“I had this idea that there other businessmen like myself who could have been musicians who would like to have a place to play. So, I started Jazz at Noon,” Lieber told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman on Friday.
He started playing at 14-years-old and he announced last month that Jazz at Noon’s 46th season would be its last.
“I just had to be here,” said one woman.
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From far and wide, they came to the Players Club on Gramercy Park South.
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“From Long Beach, California, yes,” said a woman.
“He’s a city treasure,” said another.
He’s a man who still has a mind sharp enough to ponder questions like this: “Do your fingers tell your brain what to because your brain doesn’t have time to tell the fingers?”
And at 99-years-old, Lieber says, “There was such consternation in the audience.”
So, Jazz at Noon will return in the fall and Lieber is already looking forward to making it to a 50th season.
“I really had no right just, for myself, to call Jazz off,” he says. “All I have to do is blow and finger.”