Below is a quick story from a fan named Kathryn.
My dad and uncle owned their own soul food restaurant bar in a town 45 minutes north of Midtown New York City called Greenburgh where I grew up.
This bar called Farmers Midway was a town establishment
and my dad was rather famous and well known in this little
town. He had the best soul food north of the Mason and
Dixon line and featured live jazz on the weekends.
My dad was a hands on owner type and lived and breathed jazz
music. Yes, I am a juke joint baby. Most of our jukebox 45’s
were the latest Motown and R&B But for the jazz sides my
dad hand picked the sides he thought were best for the bar
The jazz my dad loved and the sides the
customers loved was definitely not the John Coltrane,
Pharaoh Sanders, or Jackie McLean slick jazz, but the Toe
tappin jazz jazz people could pop their fingers to.
My dad loved Lionel Hampton and took me to hear him live at the
Damn in Westchester where they had live summer concerts.
One of the songs my dad chose was “Advent” recorded in
1982 and released a year later. A bluesy somewhat minor bluesy A section with a bridge. That song was loved by the regulars who came in.
I remember that on the recording Lionel announced “John
Colianni on piano” The clients who really loved to sing along Mr. West and his son could sing along both Johnny Walkers solo and John
Not that they were musicians, but had incredible ears and an incredible love for jazz. Eighty percent of the jukebox was Motown so it was just a smaller strip on the left hand side that featured the jazz sides. This cut was a HUMUNGOUS favorite of the customers.
About a month ago at Swing 46 I was at the front near the door
and someone called the name “John Colianni. I was so
surprised I said “thats that name of the pianist” I had to ask
him “Are you that famous John Colianni on Lionel
Hampton’s Orchestra recording?” He said yes!!
WOW! I realized we were Facebook friends, but I had not met him in
person. My dad bar’s is now gone, but I said to John you
know you were real real famous in my dad’s bar! He was
surprised … I explained about the song I had forgotten the
name of the song… But I said everyone in the bar liked bluesy
jazz I then showed him the page I made for Farmers
Midway Restaurant. When John saw the picture and I told him your name was called out John said I am betting it was “ADVENT”.
He sent me the cut and right away I went crazy that was the cut that was constantly played. I mean constantly.
Its not NYC with a more transient clientele. My dads bar felt like a bar down south everyone know everyone everyone came for a drink most afternoons and nights of the week pig feet in the vinegar jar next to the
liquor bottles that people could order while they had they
Yes, it had a very southern small town vibe to it I’ll never forget that song Advent It stayed on my dads jukebox until he sold the business back in the late 90’s. My dad’s bar definitely turned out to be a great training ground for my musical career.
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