Friday, December 26, 2014

Ring in the New Year with Classic Jazz Stylings of Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue

If you know The Daniel and Coast Bar + Bistro, you know how much we love the pairing of great food, great drink, great friends and great music, and you can bet we have lined up a killer event to celebrate First Night in Brunswick.

So get ready for the savory jazz skills of Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue. A silky piano trio, featuring Rob Schreiber on drums, Emmett Harrity on piano and Nick Merriam on bass, Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue delivers a wonderful set list of classic jazz from the Great American Songbook

Expect to hear some of the iconic greats from the golden era of American popular song, including Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Rogers & Hammerstein and Rogers & Hart.

The trio will also feature some bossa nova and other Latin music from legends such as Antonio Carlos Jobim.

The group’s influences stem from the great jazz piano trios of Ahmad Jamal, Teddy Wilson, Erroll Garner, Red Garland and Nat King Cole.

Bandleader Rob Schreiber has been carry the beat on jazz standards for over 35 years and credits listening to his mother’s Duke Ellington records when he was a kid with starting him on a jazz music odyssey that began in the late 1970s and continues to this day.

He has studied music at a number of schools such as DePaul University in Chicago, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Goucher College in Baltimore. He spent years immersed in the Baltimore/Washington jazz scene until moving to Maine in 1997.

He has led several groups that include Darkwood and Labor Intensive and has played with such jazz luminaries as Shirley Horn, Drew Gress, Kirk Lightsey, Gary Thomas, Steve Novosel, Slide Hampton, Carl Grubbs, Butch Warren, Mike Carrick, Derek Day, Larry Camp and Mike Cerri.

Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue is based out of Greater Portland and has been building a strong reputation in Maine for their dedication to the classics, but also the flexibility to please the crowd at any kind of event or show.

Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram columnist Aimsel Ponti praised the trio, saying: “This band is the real deal.”

Tony Boffa, owner of Tony Boffa Music, leveled quick praise as well saying: “I have had the pleasure of hearing Rob and Standard Issue on more than a few occasions. Rob is a bright, talented and reliable entertainer/musician. Standard Issue was polished and appropriate.”

Sample the songs from the latest CD from Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue: The Very Thought of You.

Click for some VIDEO of the band performing as well.

On New Year’s Eve, Coast Bar + Bistro is offering its regular menu as well as a special Prix Fixe Menu. All dinner guests will be treated to the live music from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and then entrance to our new event space for a variety of games and prizes, beginning at 8 p.m. And, of course, we will have the traditional champagne toast at midnight.

The Prix Fixe Menu is going to be hard to turn down with the mouthwatering choice of Mixed Green Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette or Vichyssoise or Classic Shrimp Cocktail to kick things off, followed by Prime Rib with Pancetta Rosemary Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus and Au Jus or Potato Crusted Haddock with Sauteed Garlic Kale and Parsnip Puree or Pasta Primavera, finished off with New York Cheese Cake with Mixed Berry Coulis or Chocolate Roulade.

For all the info, click HERE.

The Daniel also has a special New Year’s Eve Package for those that want a room for two for the night, including all the great entertainment planned. 

Reserved tickets are not required for the New Year’s Eve food, music and events, so come on down to The Daniel on Dec. 31. We hope to make your first memory of 2015 a great one with us!

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