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Jazz at the Mansion: Art Topilow Trio

Doors at 6:45pm. Music starts at 7:15. $15 at the door. Bring a dish or drink to share. 

By day, Arthur Topilow, MD is Director of Oncology Research at the Meridian Hospital system in Neptune, New Jersey, however at night he is an ardent pianist.  He recently retired from the clinical practice of hematology and medical oncology.  

As a youth, Arthur began studying the piano with Nina Dobkin in his hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey. He later studied jazz piano with Lennie Tristano and Morris Nanton. During summers in his college and medical school years, he played the piano for shows in Catskill mountain resort hotels.  In his medical internship year, he performed the Rhapsody in Blue with the Doctors’ Orchestra in Manhattan.   

His chamber music performances have included works by Brahms, Bach, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Bolling. In 1985, he performed the Schumann piano concerto with the Garden State Orchestra. He participated in the Count Basie centennial jazz concerts in Red Bank in 2004 and in the Jazz in the Park series in Red Bank in 2004 and 2005.  For the last seventeen years, his own jazz group has played multiple times at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, New Jersey, where his group has included such notables as Ken Peplowski, Ed Polcer, Randy Sanke, and James Chirillo.  Arthur has performed with Harry Allen and Warren Vache at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  

Dr. Topilow has participated in the 92nd Street Y’s jazz piano Master Class in 1998, 1999 and again in 2001 as part of the “Jazz in July” series with Dick Hyman and Derek Smith.  In July of 2003, he performed at the 92nd Street Y in their regular “Jazz In July” concert series.  In 2005, 2006, and 2009 he appeared with Dick Hyman in duo piano concerts at the Axelrod Theater in Deal.  For several years he has performed with the Red Bank Jazz orchestra for the Sinatra bash at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank. 

He has also appeared on many occasions with his clarinetist/conductor brother, Carl, at events in New Jersey, Ohio, and Colorado, including multiple times with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra (CPO) under Carl’s baton. In 2008 in Cleveland Ohio, he played with the Cleveland Pops orchestra for Bernadette Peters and later that same weekend for Sinatra impersonator, Steve Lippia. In 2009 the United States State Department sent the brothers to Italy for a State Department sponsored five concert tour.  

Arthur is a member of the Shore Area Music Educators Association where he recently performed Dick Hyman's Etudes for Jazz Piano in February 2016.  In April 2016, he performed and directed an all Gershwin concert at the Axelrod Theater in Deal, New Jersey and on another date performed with cabaret star, Ann Hampton Callaway.  In 2017 he performed with a big band with vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli.  He often performs locally at various venues in Monmouth county with guitarist Vinnie Corrao and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.  Vinnie and Gary are on Art's latest CD, "Doctor Jazz."