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Winter Jazz Warms the Bookshop

Some Monk tunes, “Olio”, “Here’s That Rainy Day” and a beautiful traditional hymn often performed by John Fahey… just some of the numbers performed by jazz bassist Steve Shaughnessy and guitarist Bryan Campbell at Canio’s recently.  A beautiful way to close out 2012 despite the stormy weather that night. Snug inside the bookshop and before an intimate appreciative audience, these two fine musicians seemed to pull notes out of the air each complementing the other in a respectful collaboration. Shaughnessy and Campbell often play at the Bay Burger Jazz Jam, and we’re happy to note, will be performing weekly in a quintet at World Pie in Bridgehampton beginning Thursday, January 10 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Campbell is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance at Queen’s College. He is a gifted artist with a long career ahead of him.  Shaughnessy, a master musician in both classical and jazz performance,  a long time member of the South Fork Chamber Orchestra, is also a music educator. He and jazz guitarist Tom DePetris have collaborated for decades particularly when DePetris headed up the jazz fusion band Solar popular on the East End. DePetris was scheduled to appear at Canio’s as he has many times before, but bad weather changed that. We hope to welcome Tom back another time.

On this late December night, the lovely notes of  “I Fall In Love Too Easily” swirled  among the poetry and art books, and seemed to say it all!

Bob Morris, “Assisted Loving”

Bob Morris discusses True Tales of Double Dating with my Dad

July 3, 2009


Bob Morris, author of Assisted Loving, after his reading

Funny, moving, heartfelt,  irreverent – Bob Morris enthralled his audience  as he described his caring relationship with his parents.  He spoke in vivid detail of  his many memories of their last years.  Morris played a hilarious Allan Sherman tune “You Gotta Have Skin” on his ukulele, in tribute to father. We laughed and felt the love they shared.  Bob’s  great gift is his ability to write and speak about this tender time in his life with humor and pathos.  Bravo, Mr. Morris! We have a few signed copies of Assisted Loving available. Call us to reserve a copy. (631-725-4926).

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Former Sag Harbor band member, Bob Morris, entertains the crowd


Jazz session inaugurates New Year

They’ve been playing together for 30 yes, hard to believe, 30 years now. When they played together once again, this time at Canio’s Books the first Saturday in the new age of Obama, DePetris and Shaughnessy sizzled. They played a seamless set of Ellington standards, one with a samba arrangement; Sonny Rollins riffs, the beautiful St. Thomas had us all basking in the Islands; and some of DePetris’s own exquisitely wrought compositions. With so few places left to hear good jazz outside NYC, we are fortunate to have these masterful musicians right here in the ‘hood. Another packed house warmed up the room on a very cold night. Deep bass notes and the sweet voice of the guitar curled around the bookshelves, a command performance of American improvisation. Don’t miss our next set with Steve Shaughnessy on bass and Tom DePetris on guitar. Read the great review at “Jazz Musicians Steve Shaughnessy And Tom DePetris Play To Packed House At Canio’s Books” by Colin M. Graham.

Canio’s Books is located at 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963, 631.725.4926. Call or email us, While we love you to SEE you, you can also order new titles at our online storefront or some of our second hand inventory HERE. Thanks for visiting!