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New York: The Rainbow Room

New York: The Rainbow Room

photos: Allan Braslow

  Although I think the concept of cocktail piano assumes a certain connotation of intoxication, cocktail piano need not be about alcohol. Tea may be just as effective. I am reminded of a different time and place in New York—the Mayfair, a small and elegant hotel off Central Park near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was late afternoon and my wife, Jerry, and I lounged comfortably in the tearoom, just off the lobby. As we waited for a friend to arrive, serving ladies in immaculate black dresses and starched white aprons gracefully proffered properly brewed tea in fine porcelain and delicate finger food from gleaming silver - a perfect setting for the sound of cocktail piano (An Affair To Remember), which permeated the room, gently and quite effectively erasing all the tensions of the day. Think, if Cary Grant had met Deborah Kerr here things may have turned out differently. Just maybe....

New York: The Rainbow Room

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