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Live in the Clubs: Jon LeRoy finds niche for organ trio

Jon LeRoy, center, will bring his trio to 9 Maple Avenue on Saturday night. The other members of the group are Ted MacKenzie, left, and Mike Novakowski.
Jon LeRoy, center, will bring his trio to 9 Maple Avenue on Saturday night. The other members of the group are Ted MacKenzie, left, and Mike Novakowski.
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When Syracuse native, jazz pianist and organist Jon LeRoy moved to the Capital Region in 1994 and began playing gigs here, he found himself swimming against the musical current. “When I first moved to this area, everybody wanted me to sound like Bill Evans,” LeRoy said recently from a coffee shop in Schenectady. “Everybody just wanted a piano player to sound like Bill Evans, and really my direction was a more Gene Harris, Oscar Peterson, ...

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