Last Sunday there was love in the air and valentines swinging from the ceiling at Nathaniel Witherell's nursing home as the jazz sounds of the Billy Harris Quartet had spectators swaying to the beat and dancing in the hallways.
It was Tamerin, a psychiatrist practicing in backcountry, who brought the special Valentine jazz concert to Witherell. "Our home was on the Women's Club of Greenwich Homes Tours last year to raise money for the Witherell," said Tamerin. Meeting Mary Bruce, Witherell's director of activities, Tamerin suggested a musical occasion and Valentine's Day was chosen. A program of "Love Songs" was suggested -- and the rest is romantic history.
The day featured a medley of songs by Cole Porter and Gershwin and those made famous by Frank Sinatra. Then came a moment of surprise for Susan Tamerin. "I'd like to sing this song for my wife," her husband said, making a dedication. Then, tenderly holding the microphone, he sang, "It Had to Be You," adding his own lyrics -- "It had to be Sue".
"I really surprised Susan," said Tamerin afterwards. "I love to see a Brit blush!" (His wife is from Great Britain.) Tamerin had concocted the song idea during the concert, after Harris had dedicated a tune to his wife, Patti.
As for his performance, Tamerin was on note throughout the concert.