Combining the pleasures of good food and good music, the Montauk Library’s “Cuisine Concert Series” presents videos made by some of the library’s most engaging guest artists. Each half-hour video includes demos of the artists’ favorite family recipes plus a fantastic mini-concert.
The series kicks off on September 30 with jazz vocalist and pianist Janice Friedman, who shared her mother Elaine’s savory recipe for baked chicken apricot plus a fabulous performance of songs that are comfort food for the jazz lover. Among the tunes was “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (Porter), “The Duke” (Brubeck), “Emily” (Mendel and Menken), “Josie” (Becker and Fagen), “Here’s That Rainy Day” (Van Heusen and Burke) and “It Might as Well be Spring” (Rogers & Hammerstein).
Friedman has performed virtually everywhere and in all types of venues from concert halls, jazz festivals and five-star hotels to intimate jazz clubs. After earning a jazz studies degree from Indiana University and touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra, she appeared at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and many jazz clubs, eventually touring with pianist Marian McPartland as well as performing on her NPR show Piano Jazz. Her albums include “Tryptych: A Trio of Trios,” “Finger Paintings,” “Swinging for the Ride” and “Janice Friedman Trio: Live at Kitano.”
The concert and recipe is available for viewing on the library’s YouTube channel. Visit Montauk Library YouTube Channel.