New York's best kept secret is all about free jazz, great vibes, and one very generous woman.
Housed in a simple apartment in an historic part of upper Manhattan, Miss Margorie Elliot's Sunday afternoon music session has been bringing strangers together for 22 years.
I went with an in-the-know friend who led me up to the 3rd floor of a grand old building on a wintery afternoon. As soon as we walked into Miss Elliot's home, we were greeted by rows and rows of folding chairs and the warmth of a friendly crowd. People sat in the hallway, in the kitchen, and in a living room decorated with nothing but adoring fans and an upright piano.
On any given day, you will hear a trumpet, a saxophone, a clarinet, and even a crooner or two. You'll listen to the best of Dizzy Gillespie played by a trio and maybe even a rousing gospel song sung straight from the heart. You won't have to look far to see the silver-haired hostess dancing and singing along.
And when the musicians take a break, Miss Elliot will make her way through the crowd handing out free granola bars and cups of juice.