Loston Harris

Loston Harris Plays the Great American Songbook

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

7:45pm

For more than a decade Loston Harris has headlined at a “home” that shares his passion for timeless music, the legendary Bemelmans Bar located in The Carlyle in Manhattan’s storied Upper East Side.   Bemelmans has hosted cabaret and jazz greats for decades from the likes of Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch, John Pizzarelli and the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ).

After meeting Harry Connick Jr. at the first Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in Washington, D.C., Harris was led to study with Ellis Marsalis, who encouraged him to switch instruments from drums to piano. Loston continues the jazz legacy by blending traditional jazz, gospel and blues with his own unique stylings. With early musical inspirations ranging from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Carole King and other notable pop and R & B bands, Loston ultimately chose jazz as it is "hip, serious, complex, improvisational and limitless."

Harris has performed and toured with multiple Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis; appeared worldwide on the PBS special "Portraits in Blue" with fellow pianist and Grammy Nominee, Marcus Roberts. He is also the in-demand artist for celebrity functions and charity events.  Loston’s recordings include Stepping Stones, Comes Love, Timeless, and Why Try to Change Me Now? Which were all released to rave reviews. — His fifth release, Swingfully Yours, (Magenta Label Group), features swinging arrangements of timeless standards from the Great American Songbook.  George Gershwin, Harold Arlen and Sammy Cahn are all embraced on the release, along with a fresh sound from his newest band.   Frank Sinatra, Bobby Short and Nat King Cole can rest comfortably knowing that Loston Harris is keeping the flame alive.

The Loston Harris Trio includes Gianluca Renzi on bass and Mike Lee on saxophone.

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