In an age of canned and piped in music everywhere, it is a pleasant change and surprise for the opportunity to dine to the sounds of live music. Music that isn’t so loud that you can’t hear the servers or the person sitting next to you.
On September 15 the duo of Custode and Parisi entertained diners at the historic Cuomo Restaurant in Niagara Falls, New York. With Lew Custode on trumpet, coronet, and vocals and Steve Parisi on the keyboard, the duo performed Jazz classics and standards – both old and new including the Duke Ellington song “Just Squeeze Me”, the old Tin Pan Alley song “When I Take My Sugar to Tea”, “I”m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter”, the Sir Paul McCartney song “My Valentine”, “My Kind of Girl’, the Roger Miller hit “King of the Road”, “My Foolish Heart”, “You Make Me Feel SO Young”, “The Wabash Blues”, the highly requested Louis Armstrong hit “What a Wonderful World” with Lew putting a little Louis spin on the song near the end, and “The Way You Look Tonight”.
Lew played his horns muted so as not to overpower the room but instead offered up some pleasant dinner time music.
The Cuomo Restaurant has been a part of Niagara Falls since 1927 when Fransesco Antonacci founded the Italian Restaurant on Pine Avenue in the heart of the old Italian neighbourhood.
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