LIVE: The Chuck Lamb Trio @ Caffe Lena, 10/3/17

Chuck Lamb, John Menegon, Mike Moreno and Pete O'Brien
Chuck Lamb, John Menegon, Mike Moreno and Pete O’Brien

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Additional photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

Caffe Lena executive director Sarah Craig revealed the secret that the Caffe’s founder, the legendary Lena Spencer, was a jazz fan as well as folk connoisseur. Although, the Caffe is primarily known as a folk venue, it has hosted such jazz luminaries as David Amram, Hugh Brodie, Jeremy Steig, Eddie Gomez, Laurel Masse, Joe Venuti and many others.

After the Caffe hosted a very successful summer concert by the students of Joel Moss’ Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Caffe has decided to host a new jazz series with concerts on the first Tuesday of every month. Chuck Lamb, pianist with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, will be featured with different special guests each month.

To kick off the new concert series Lamb brought along the rhythm section of John Menegon on bass and Pete O’Brien on drums, as well as special guest guitarist Mike Moreno, to play two full sets to a full house.

The band played compositions by Lamb and Moreno as well as a healthy dose of standards. Opening with Lamb’s “Cool on the Coast,” the varied music included the gently swinging “April in Paris,” the meditative “Lotus,” the impressionistic “Gazebo.” the playful, “Star Trek”-influenced “Prime Directive” and the Metheny/Montgomery-influenced “Road Song.”

The next concert in the series will be held on Tuesday (November 7), featuring flautist Ali Ryerson as the special guest. And NYC jazz session veteran guitarist Vic Juris will join Lamb on the December 5 date.

Cool on the Coast (Chuck Lamb)
It Could Happen to You
Lotus (Mike Moreno)
April in Paris
But Beautiful
Prime Directive (Chuck Lamb)
Gazebo (Chuck Lamb)
Road Song (Mike Moreno)
A Time for Love
Mystro (Chuck Lamb)

Chuck Lamb, John Menegon and  Mike Moreno
Chuck Lamb, John Menegon and Mike Moreno (photo by Glenn Kaplowitz)
Chuck Lamb
Chuck Lamb
Mike Moreno
Mike Moreno
Chuck Lamb, Pete O'Brien and Mike Moreno
Chuck Lamb, Pete O’Brien and Mike Moreno
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