Jazz Band Creates Love Sounds at East Meadow Library

EAST MEADOW, NY — The city’s public library was overflowing with love songs on Valentine’s Day.

The Paul Joseph Trio returned to the newly renovated library on Monday to perform a program of tunes by Richard Rodgers, emphasizing the American composer’s romantic numbers.

Nicely dressed in a red shirt, Paul Joseph, the band’s namesake frontman and pianist, led performances of “Falling in Love With Love”, “If I Loved You” and “My Funny Valentine”. On the cold February night, the trio also anticipated the arrival of warmer weather by performing “It Might as Well be Spring” and “Spring is Here.”

Bassist Edgar Mills commanded the tight rhythm section while drummer Danny Borg provided steady rhythm and timely accents to Joseph’s smooth piano playing.

A longtime resident of Oceanside who also composes classically oriented symphonic compositions, Joseph and the various iterations of his band have performed at libraries on Long Island and the greater New York area for many years. The trio perform programs by Rodgers and other American songbook composers, including George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, as well as performances of classical music rearranged into jazz compositions.

The Paul Joseph Trio will perform programs of St. Patrick’s Day Jazz at the Bayport-Blue Point Library at 2 p.m. on March 13 and Holiday Jazz at the Shelter Rock Library in Albertson at 3 p.m. on December 11. For more information, visit www.pauljoseph.com.


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Henry R. Wright