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Jazz Trio Offers Its Take On 'Great American Songbook' At Fort Lee Library

The Rum Runners Jazz Trio will perform July 31 in Fort Lee.
The Rum Runners Jazz Trio will perform July 31 in Fort Lee. Photo Credit: Courtesy Michael Marmora

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A jazz trio will harken the 1940s and 1950s and artists like Nat "King" Cole and Oscar Peterson during a free concert Sunday afternoon in Fort Lee.

This return engagement of the Rum Runners Jazz Trio will perform songs from the "Great American Songbook" as the core of their repertoire, but also perform bossa novas, traditional songs and pop standards.

The trio, Billy Test (piano), Adam Lomeo (guitar) and Sam Trapchak (bass) formed while they were touring western China with a larger jazz ensemble.

"We found our way to a jazz club in Hangzhou, China. Inside we found a piano, guitar and bass sitting on an empty stage. The horn players didn't have their instruments, but the three of us played till closing. We decided to start a brand new trio as soon as we returned home," Lomeo said.

The group is directed by pianist Mulgrew Miller, who has performed with Art Blakey, Tony Williams and Ron Carter.

The free 2 p.m. concert is at the Fort Lee Public Library, 320 Main St. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here for more information about the group.

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