Henry Shapiro (my father-in-law) began his musical career around 1935 or 1936. He learned his craft by taking lesson in New York City with the same piano teacher who taught George Gershwin. At age 16 he had his own 12 piece big band, the Henry Shapiro Band. He played in various venues in Morris County and Northern New Jersey, including various dance halls around Lake Hopatcong. He is a life long member of the Dover Musician’s Union. He moved to Florida in the 1970’s where he continued playing at private parties and restaurants in the Fort Meyers area. His love of music and entertaining as kept him young. Now, at the age of 94, he is back in Morris County, NJ where it all began for him, playing gigs wherever he can. The You Tube video above was from a June 12, 2015 performance at an open state event sponsored by the Folk Project in Morristown, New Jersey ( http://folkproject.org/ ).
So click on the You Tube link and enjoy. Let me know what you think or contact me if you would like to get in touch with Henry.
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