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Rick Bogart Trio at Seppi's Sunday Brunch

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Rick Bogart Trio
(Rick Bogart Website)
Seppi’s at Le Parker-Meridien
(Seppi’s Website)
123 West 56th Street
New York, NY
Appearing Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30 to 11:30 pm
Sunday Brunch, 12 noon to 3 pm

Rick Bogart on Clarinet and Vocals
Gary Pace on Piano
Morris Edwards on Bass

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 15, 2006

One of the best kept midtown brunch secrets, near Carnegie Hall, City Center, and Broadway shows, is Rick Bogart’s jazz brunch at Seppi’s, in Le Parker-Meridien Hotel. Rick’s trio is set up in an elegant room, with French art posters, French flag, antiques and candles, flowers and old world décor. The band performs near the entrance, so visitors are immediately greeted by Gary Pace on upright piano, with Rick Bogart on clarinet and Morris Edwards on bass. The food is excellent, and my vegetable/cheese omelet was to perfection. But, I was there for the music.

The sets that I caught had Bogart opening on clarinet for Gershwin’s Our Love Is Here to Stay, followed by When You’re Smiling, with a nice bass solo. This band is smooth, relaxed, and upbeat. The music is hum-able and memorable, very à propos to the ambiance. Bogart plays the clarinet in the style of the big band era, and Pace and Edwards create a melodic and rhythmic backup. Memories of You found the clarinet in soft, sensitive effects, while Pace kept a repetitive and resonant rhythm. My Blue Heaven featured Pace on piano with especially pleasant riffs.

Louis Armstrong’s Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans and Ain’t Misbehavin” had Bogart doubling on clarinet and vocals. As a singer, Bogart never overwhelms the band or space, but, rather, sings with a throaty depth that’s evocative of boutique Parisian clubs. Bésame Mucho lifted the energy in a bouncy, lively, and devilish twist. Bogart’s clarinet ended in a fancy flourish. The final song, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, had the trio in a fusion of swing. Seppi’s weekend jazz brunch (or night-time jazz dinner) is a great escape from the midtown chill. Tell them you saw them on

Seppi's at Le Parker Meridien

Rick Bogart Trio

Gary Pace on Piano

Morris Edwards on Bass

Rick Bogart on Clarinet

For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at