MCC Jazz Combo Students Delight Landmark Restaurant Goers
By Emily Hughes, Live Wire Staff Writer
Two former Jazz Combo students, Noah Negron and Jason LaPierre, performed a three-hour set on Friday, January 27 at the Landmark Cafe, a restaurant located on Main Street in downtown Manchester.
The set included “Anthropology” by Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Parker, “Have You Met Mrs. Jones” by Richard Rogers, and well-known swing piece “In The Mood” by The Glenn Miller Band.
Performance response from the crowd drew both applause and looks of enjoyment from young and old alike.
“The performance is going well so far”, stated Negron during intermission. “People are in a relaxed mood and they are having a fantastic time.”
The duo have been together for about two to six months, and they plan to record an EP and hope to record a full album in the future.
Since their performance, they have been asked to play again at the Landmark Cafe on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17. Negron and LaPierre hope to tour other places in the future.
Before the Landmark Café opened in October 2005, a well-known antique store called Marlow’s was in business for 78 years until it closed in 2002. The store was run by George Marlow’s parents since 1911 until their deaths, and Marlow picked up the business in the mid-1970s, according to the Landmark Café’s website.
The store carried 65,000 items including clothing, household goods, furniture, toys, luggage and vacuums. After closing Marlow’s, the Landmark Cafe opened with partners Dan and Joanne Albani. The ownership changed to Jim Deere and Elaine Hodge on June 4, 2012.
To keep the memory of George’s store alive, along with his merchandise, his knowledgeable staff, and the generosity of George and his wife Lillian, the Landmark Café today is proud to be a part of Manchester’s history by commemorating George and his legacy. The Landmark Café will make sure “Marlow’s for everything” will not be forgotten, according to the café’s website.
The Albani’s wanted to create a relaxing dining atmosphere. In addition to breakfast, they also serve lunch and dinner.
The restaurant has previously been a venue to a number of artists including blues and swing band Skylark Drive and acoustic duo Armentano.
The Landmark Cafe is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday (with the exception of Tuesday, when it is closed). They also serve breakfast until 11:30 p.m. weekdays, 1 p.m. on the weekends.
To learn more about the restaurant’s history or to find out what other venues will be playing, visit the Landmark Café’s website: http://thelandmarkcafe.com/index.html
For more information on Lapierre’s music visit his website www.jasonlapierremusic.com