LIVE: The Chuck Lamb Trio with Valery Ponomarev @ Caffe Lena, 11/14/18

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Valery Ponomarev

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The November edition of the monthly jazz night at Caffe Lena featured the acclaimed Russian-born trumpeter Valery Ponormarev. Heavily influenced by Clifford Brown, he eventually joined Art Blakey & The Messengers where he played in the late ’70s, and since then has accompanied Junior Cook and Charles McPherson, as well as playing with his own ensembles.

A charming man with a tremendous sense of humor, he is a strong believer in audience participation, and he quickly had the audience clapping along to the music. The ensemble – featuring Chuck Lamb on piano, Jeff Siegel on drums and Rich Syracuse on bass – played two sets, primarily focused on such standards as “You Stepped Out of a Dream,” “Autumn in New York,” “Byrdlike” and “Speak Low.” Everyone left the Caffe with a smile.

GO HERE to see more of Rudy Lu’s photographs of this concert…

The Chuck Lamb Trio returns to the Caffe at 7pm on Tuesday (December 11) with veteran clarinetist Ken Peplowski as the special guest. Tickets are $20 in advance; $22 at the door.

Valery Ponomarev and Rich Syracuse
Chuck Lamb
Chuck Lamb and Valery Ponomarev
Valery Ponomarev, Chuck Lamb, Rich Syracuse and Jeff Siegel
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