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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 25, 2005

(Mahwah) – Jazz at the Berrie Center presents The Loston Harris Trio on Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Loston comes to the Berrie Center from Bemelman’s Bar in the Café Carlyle in Manhattan, the current musical home for this jazz vocalist/pianist.

Harris blends traditional jazz riffs, gospel and blues with his own unique stylings.  A protégé of Ellis Marsalis, father of the famed Marsalis jazz family, Harris is reminiscent of another Marsalis protégé – Harry Connick Jr.  Harris was a percussionist throughout his early studies, switching to piano on the advice of Marsalis.  The vocalist/pianist performed as a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by multiple-Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis.  He also appeared on the PBS special Portraits in Blue” with fellow pianist and bandleader Marcus Roberts.

As Harris’ interest in classic vocalists such as Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett grew, he decided to record an album in which he used both his vocal and instrumental skills.  Comes Love was a critical and commercial success.  Another recording, Timeless, showcases the artist as a composer and performer, revealing an intimate view of Harris in such love songs as How Deep is the Ocean” and On The Street Where You Live,” as well as romantic originals If I Say I Love You” and Twilight.”

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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