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Jazz Piano

The Christian McBride Trio Smoke the Roscoe Room at Alvin & Friends in New Rochelle, NY

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

McBride had a Cheshire cat smile as he picked up his burnished bass and proceeded to start the first set with a rousing staccato version of Juan Tizol's "Caravan" -- a proud master showing off his amazing musical prodigy. The trio is a powerhouse of precision and technical virtuosity.

John Escreet's Sabotage and Celebration: A Work to Celebrate

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Escreet's Sabotage and Celebration is a complex and intriguing album that showcases the young pianist's increasing maturation as a composer. Like his playing, the album challenges the senses.

Chick Corea and the Vigil Light Up the Night at Stamford's Columbus Park

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Corea is a world-class pianist and keyboard artist whose presence has been at the forefront of the contemporary jazz scene for nearly half a century.

Marvin Stamm and Mike Holober Serenade at Nyack Library's Carnegie Room

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 07.23.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

In the tiny town of Nyack, in the shadows of the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Rockland County Jazz and Blues Society and the Nyack Library once again provide a superlative matching of two local jazz musicians as part of their Carnegie Concert series.

An Intimate Duet: Joe Lovano and Kenny Werner at the Carnegie Room, Nyack Library, Nyack, NY

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Lovano is a big, burly man, bearded and jovial with a personality that emanates warmth. His predominant instrument is the tenor saxophone and he dominates his horn with a virtuosity and authority that few other present day players possess.

The Synchronicity of Benny Green's New Trio on His Latest Release Source

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 07.19.2011 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Green is an effervescent pianist who digs deep into the marrow of a song to find different approaches to make it sing. The obvious love that that these guys have for this music is genuine.

Father Time: Dave Brubeck Plays the Blue Note

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Going to see Brubeck's late show at the Blue Note on a Saturday night feels, in 2010, almost as improbable as going to the ballpark to catch Mickey Mantle, or attending a lecture by Alexander Hamilton.