NYC lounge per­former hits high ‘C’ — the cen­tury mark!


Most 100-year-olds don’t mark the mile­stone birth­day with a news con­fer­ence in a pi­ano bar. Then again, Irv­ing Fields isn’t most 100-year-olds.

Fields is one of New York City’s old­est lounge per­form­ers and still plays pi­ano four nights a week at Nino’s Tus­cany res­tau­rant in Man­hat­tan. Even though he gets around more slowly than he once did, he has no plans to stop play­ing and record­ing al­bums.

“I have a brand new one, it’s called ‘ 100 Years and Still Tick­ling the Ivories,’” he said at Fri­day’s gath­er­ing or­ga­nized by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Maloney said Fields, who she called a neigh­bor­hood in­sti­tu­tion, has “an en­er­getic spirit and zeal for his work.”

Fields, best known for an al­bum ti­tled “Bagels and Bon­gos,” tapped into an in­ter­est for Latin mu­sic among the Jewish com­mu­nity in the 1950s and still takes re­quest for such sig­na­ture tunes as “Mi­ami Beach Rhumba.”

The cen­te­nar­ian started per­form­ing in New York City in the 1920s.

Look up his name on YouTube and you will find a playlist of al­most 200 videos of Fields play­ing mu­sic that evokes the feel­ing of a cock­tail party in a sunken lounge room. He said he has sold more than 2 mil­lion al­bums.

Propped up on his pi­ano stool by two cush­ions, Fields blew out the can­dles on his pi­ano-shaped birth­day cake Fri­day and said, “I can’t be­lieve this, am I in heaven.”

His sim­ple ad­vice for stay­ing young at heart: “Love what you do.”


Nino Se­li­mas, left, and U.S. con­gress­woman Carolyn Maloney, sec­ond from right, present New York City’s old­est cabaret singer and pi­ano player Irv­ing Fields with a pi­ano-shaped birth­day cake dur­ing a 100th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for him at Nino’s Tus­cany res­tau­rant in New York, Fri­day, Aug. 7.

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