Several months ago, North Shore natives acoustic guitarist Duane Anzalone and vocalist/guitarist Charlie Kaplan reunited to perform at The Metropolitan Bistro at 39 Roslyn Ave. in Sea Cliff. The Roslyn High School and Wheatley School Class of 1971 graduates (respectively) first played together years ago at Fearn’s Harness Shop, in the Village of Roslyn. That long-ago beloved wine and cheese bar was owned by Anita and Billy Long, who now operate The Metropolitan Bistro and host its new “Fearn’s Revisited Live Music Series,” featuring special appearances by musicians who performed at the original venue.
The response to Anzalone and Kaplan’s January performance at the Sea Cliff restaurant was so great that the Longs have invited them back as the musical act on Friday evening, April 28. This time, the musicians will be joined by percussionist Jeremy ArbitalJacoby, Wheatley graduate class of 1974. All three men eventually pursued different careers from one another, but still make time to play together.
The Metropolitan Bistro features New American cuisine in a casual setting. Guests in both the restaurant and bar can enjoy listening to an acoustic music mix of the 1960s and 1970s through the present.
In his teens, Roslyn Harbor native Anzalone played guitar in the legendary Roslyn band, Station Plaza. Today, he performs regularly in New York City with The Haggard Kings, a country band. Anzalone received his master’s degree in earth and environmental science and teaches chemistry and biology in New York City.
Kaplan grew up in Roslyn Heights’ Country Club section. He has been singing all of his life and performs at farmer’s markets and restaurants on guitar, in and around Connecticut where he now lives. He holds a doctorate in psychology and works in private practice.
Since the age of 15, ArbitalJacoby has played and taught music with many different groups and genres ranging from orchestra in Off-Broadway shows, summer stock theater, jingles and studio recordings. A fulltime professional musician, ArbitalJacoby grew up in Roslyn Heights’ S-section and today lives in Albertson.
Anzalone, Kaplan and Jacoby all have ties to the North Shore of Long Island and expect that many friends and family will attend.