Les Lieber and Friends Jazz at Noon The Players New York, NY June 3, 2011 At age 99,Les Lieber was feted with lots of applause at The Players in New York City's Gramercy Park, because of a May 5, 2011 feature article by Corey Kilgannon in the New York Times, featuring the alto saxophonist opening "Stardust" a capella, in the soundscape and style of his youth (about 1932).
and drummer Steve Solow (65)a recent replacement for cardio surgeon Bob Litwack MD. Jon Handpicks, the scatting lyricist and frequent guest who called them "non-working musicians."
Missing were Mike Cantor, rhythm guitarist and Gershwin era vocalist, although he may be here next week. Deceased alumni Sam Parkins, an RCA producer and 1930's clarinet stylist, or Jim Gribbon, a freelance graphic artist and swinging trumpeter can still be heard if one remembers a solo.
Vibraphonist Warren Chaisson was one of the first guests, and the last at Jazz at Noon, June 10th, 2011, ending the oldest continuous jazz session that began in October, 1965. Optimistically, Lieber announced a return to a regular Friday schedule in the fall.
Will Jazz at Noon return to The Players in Gramercy Park? Les Lieber will be 100, so let's hope to celebrate on that birthday in 2012. Stay tuned.