February 22nd 2020
About the Artist
Loston Harris presents the Great American Songbook at its finest. He is a piano virtuoso who combines a percussive left hand with a fluid melodic touch and a suave vocal delivery. For more than a decade, Loston has headlined the legendary Bemelmans Bar located in The Carlyle in Manhattan’s storied Upper East Side. He has a legacy of hosting great cabaret and jazz greats from the likes of Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch, John Pizzarelli, and the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ).Loston’s musical future began at a surreal pace. After meeting Harry Connick Jr. at the 1st Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in Washington, D.C., Harry led Loston to study with his mentor, Ellis Marsalis, who encouraged him to switch instruments from drums to piano. The rest, as they say, is history…
Loston is doing his part to continue a legacy by blending traditional jazz, gospel, and blues topped with his own unique stylings. For Loston, jazz is "hip, serious, complex, improvisational, and limitless". He has toured with Wynton Marsalis and appeared on the PBS special "Portraits in Blue", with fellow pianist and Grammy Nominee, Marcus Roberts. His residency at The Carlyle has made him much in demand at celebrity events. Celebrities such as George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Cruise, Michael Feinstein, and Sir Paul McCartney have all curated Loston’s talents. Most recently, Loston co-headlined at the Friars Club Gala event honoring comedian/actor, Don Rickles.
Loston’s previous CDs (Stepping Stones, Comes Love, Timeless, and Why Try To Change Me Now?) 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 new band, featuring Ian Hendrickson-Smith (tenor saxophone), Gianluca Renzi (bass), and Carmen Intorre Jr. (drums). The quartet brings a lively approach to these Great American classics.