Live from the Triple Nickel – Marjorie Eliot
On any given Sunday, Marjorie Eliot, 66, transforms from a soft-spoken New Yorker into meditative jazz pianist performing to a loyal audience. The jazz lovers are made up of old-timers reminiscing about the good old days and tourists in search of a unique New York experience.
For 19 years, Eliot and her close-knit band has been performing free shows in the comfort of her own living room. The mother of five sons, she has been paying tribute to her son Philip who died of a kidney ailment at age 32 and Michael her eldest son who also became ill and passed away in 2006.
Recently she announced she’d be adding a Saturday matinee in her home with an admission of $20 to help offset the costs for the Sunday afternoon show. She humbly reminded her audience that she was NOT grant funded and needed more support to continue the free shows. Until now she says, “Everything has been out of pocket.”
Along with her son, Rudell Drears, 40, they perform jazz, gospel and soul standards by every one from Gershwin to Anita Baker. Rudell is the singer and pianist along with veteran bassist, Bob Cunningham, saxophonist Cedric Choukroum, and trumpeter Koichi Yoshihara. Together they enjoy the weekly matinees as much as anyone. Bob Cunningham gave two reasons why he comes back every week, “One there’s a new audience and two, the music that we play is not static. ”
Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Entertainment shows now happen every Saturday and Sunday at 4pm at the historic building known as the “Triple Nickel” or 555 Edgecombe Avenue # 3F in northern Harlem. Call 212-781-6595 for more information.