By Jay Lloyd
NEW YORK, N.Y. (CBS) — Jazz is king at one Upper West Side bistro in New York City. On a Manhattan getaway, you can hear some of the best — and you never know who will show up, just to jam.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Center City Hit-And-Run Leaves Woman In Critical Condition, Police Say
Piano, bass, and drums are on the nightly menu at Cleopatra’s Needle, backing horns, clarinets, and saxes swung by veterans of the New York music scene or, like clarinet man John Dentato (top photo), the Hollywood MGM musical sound stage.
“This is the classic American songbook,” Dentato said recently.
The room is intimate and the bar lined with New Yorkers who know the music. There’s no cover charge here and only a $10 minimum, which during Happy Hour can score two drinks.READ MORE: 'This Is What We Do In A Small Town': Mullica Hill Residents Continue Recovery Efforts Weeks After Tornado
The food is Mediterranean and the prices are reasonable.
A combo is on hand every night, and the jam sessions go into early morning.
“Great musicians come to sit in with the group,” Dentato notes.
Cleopatra’s Needle, on Broadway near 92nd Street, is a jazz gem in a city where that great American songbook was born.New Jersey Man Credits Keeping Mind Active As He Celebrates 105th Birthday