Easton Piano Loft is back at Lafayette Inn


Legendary New York Musicians Featured in Intimate Salon Series

On 4 Sunday afternoons at 5PM this fall, The Lafayette Inn – in association with Luce Group and the Easton Piano Loft – presents COLLEGE HILL CONCERTS in the unique, cozy yet intimate salon space of the Lafayette Inn, 525 W. Monroe Street, Easton, PA 18042.

This Sunday afternoon concert series takes place on September 25th, October 16th, November 13th and December 18th at 5pm at the Lafayette Inn on College Hill in Easton, PA. All concerts are from 5-7 p.m. with 2 sets and one intermission.

Tickets are $30/Seniors and $25/Students. Reservations may be made directly with the Lafayette Inn at 525 W Monroe St., Easton, PA 18042-1737 or by dialing (610) 253-4500 .  Online box office with single ticket sales plus a special 4 concert subscription is available online for $100 before September 25th at www.jameslucemusic.com/pianoconcerts

is the re-launch of the original Easton Piano Loft of Downtown Easton, conceived and produced by Genevieve and James Luce. “We are thrilled to bring the world’s greatest pianists to College Hill.”, said Paolo Di Liello, who, along with his wife Laura, are the proprietors of the Lafayette Inn. “We welcome the Luce Group back to Easton. Their original Piano Loft brought many legends of classical and jazz piano to the area in a way that was cool and different, and they were community leaders who made an impact on our city. Although the original Piano Loft closed six years ago, it was never forgotten, so of course we were thrilled to move the Easton Piano Loft 2.0 to our beautiful space at the Lafayette Inn.”

Series Lineup:

September 25, 2016 5pm  ZACH BROCK, violin | PHIL MARKOWITZ, piano

October 16, 2016 5pm  FRANK KIMBROUGH, piano

November 13, 2016 5pm  ARMEN DONELIAN, piano

December 18, 2016 5pm  OSCAR L. WILLIAMS II, piano

Additional performer information:

A Veteran of the bands of Chet Baker, PHIL MARKOWITZ is a thirty plus year veteran of the International Jazz scene.  His original compositions range from hard-cutting chromaticism to the most lyrical post-romantic ballads.  Inventive, virtuosic, and accessible, Markowitz presents a forward-looking vision for contemporary music.  Phil’s notoriety as a composer came in the late 1970’s when he was playing in a NYC club with legendary jazz harmonica player, Toots Thielemans As they were playing Phil’s composition, “Sno’ Peas”, pianist Bill Evans walked in, loved the song, and asked Toots to bring it to their upcoming recording session.  Evans’ and Thielemans’ subsequent recording of “Sno’ Peas” on the classic Grammy-nominated album, “Affinity”, put Markowitz on the map as a venerable jazz composer.

“I called the great French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and I said ‘So, who’s the new cat? Who’s got the stuff? And he said Zach Brock.” – Stanley Clarke
Heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation,” Zach Brock is an award-winning jazz violinist and composer whose music draws on the traditions of jazz, classical, world, and popular music. The Chicago Tribune recognized Zach’s recent recording ”Perpetuity” as one of it’s “top ten jazz recordings of 2014” and Downbeat Magazine’s 61st Annual Critics Poll named Zach it’s “Rising Star” Violinist of 2013. Zach’s acclaim as a bandleader has grown through appearances at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and festivals such as “Tudo é Jazz” in Ouro Preto, Brazil. The reputation of Zach as a master musician and sideman has spread through collaborations with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke, Grammy-award-winning super-group Snarky Puppy, and contemporary jazz masters Phil Markowitz and Dave Liebman.
In 2012 Zach became the first violinist ever to record for Criss Cross Records in it’s 32-year history and 2015 will see his third release for the acclaimed Dutch label.

October 16 5pm


Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York jazz scene for more than 30 years. Frank’s first LP, “Meantime” has just been released on Newvelle Records – a new, audiophile LP-only label based in France. In 2008 Frank was appointed to the faculty at the Juilliard School, to serve as its interim director and to teach applied piano, piano classes, and leading an ensemble. He performed with the Juilliard Jazz Quartet from 2010 – 2014 with Ron Carter, Carl Allen and Ron Blake. Residencies and workshops include the Paris Conservatory (with Maria Schneider), Oxford University and The New School University (with the Jazz Composers Collective), Berklee College of Music, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music (with Maria Schneider), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jazz@Lincoln Center’s Outreach Program.

November 13, 5pm


In 23 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Far East, ARMEN DONELIAN has performed and recorded since 1975 as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own quintet and trio, and with Jazz legends including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Mongo Santamaria and Billy Harper. Armen Donelian is a Fulbright Senior Scholar for work in Armenia, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. He has received six Jazz Performance Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for concerts and master classes. A faculty member at New School University since 1986 and William Paterson University since 1993, Donelian has taught at conservatories in Copenhagen, Iasi, Jyväskylä, Lisbon, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tblisi, Yerevan and Zürich.

December 18, 5pm


Oscar is a special musician, and his journey has just begun. He lends his virtuosity to the art of creating deep emotional moods from melancholy to great joy.  His power and spirit on his instrument brought him immediate recognition by Bobby Watson in Kansas City, and when he came to New Jersey to study under the direction of the late Mulgrew Miller, he was discovered by Trumpeter Wallace Roney, and he has begun to make his mark on the world stage alongside the great players of the jazz idiom.