15 April, 2009
Irving Fields is an American pianist and lounge music artist who was born in New York City, New York.
Some of his most noteworthy compositions include "Miami Beach Rhumba", "Managua, Nicaragua" and "Chantez, Chantez," covered by Dinah Shore in the 1940s.
Irving Fields' most famous album is Bagels and Bongos, a Jewish-inflected Latin jazz recording that sold 2 million copies after its release in 1959. He also recorded Bikinis and Bongos, dedicated to Hawaiian music, and Pizzas and Bongos, inspired by Italian rhythms.
At 93 years-old, Irving Fields is still making personal appearances. He also recently wrote a theme song for YouTube.
Irving Fields currently plays six nights a week at Nino's Tuscany, an Italian restaurant on W. 58th Street between 6th and 7th Ave. in New York. Previous to his position at Nino's Tuscany, Mr. Fields performed at the East River Cafe, a Mediterranean restaurant located on First Avenue and E. 61st Street. Upon leaving, he transferred the job to his protege, Albert Aprigliano, who considers Irving Fields to be his mentor.