I’ll be joining Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors on a front porch in Takoma Park DC on Saturday May 18 to play some MetroSongs, part of the Takoma Porch music festival that’s bringing a bunch of local acoustic bands to porches around the neighborhood.
Since there’s no piano on the porch (and since I don’t plan to learn the accordion between now and Saturday), I needed to figure out another way to play some sort of keyboard in a portable (if not acoustic) way.
My plan is to take along my new Korg MicroKEY 37 and a laptop, hook those up to a tiny amp, and use the magic of MIDI to play with the band. I think the Lounge Lizard Session package should give me enough cool electric piano sounds for most of the tunes on the set.
If you’re in the Takoma Park area on Saturday the 18th, please stop by 252 Walnut St. NW at 2 pm to hear some MetroSongs!
The new Wednesday night dinner jazz series at Dahlak continues on Wednesday May 1, when I’ll be in the house on piano leading a vocal trio featuring singer Deirdre Jennings-Holton and Russell Snyder on bass. Looking forward to a fun evening of standards and original vocal and instrumental pieces.
Please come out and enjoy the music and tasty Eritrean food. The music starts at 7 pm, and there’s no cover or minimum.
Dahlak (also the home of the DC Jazz Jam) is located at 1771 U St. NW in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.
Woohoo! The readers of the Washington City Paper voted the DC Jazz Jam at Dahlak the Best Jazz Jam Session in DC this year. Most of the credit goes to Will Stephens, who has built the jam into a solid DC institution over the last three years. I always enjoy playing there, in the house band or as a guest, and look forward to many more jams to come.
Speaking of which, I’ll be back in the house band on Sunday April 21.
I’ll be joining the house band for the DC Jazz Jam twice this month. The first session will be Sunday April 7, when I’m looking forward to playing with the first Sunday house band and guest master artist Pepe González on the bass. I’ll be back in the band on Sunday April 21, joining the third Sunday band.
Hope you can come out to hear and play!
Looking forward to my second session of dinner jazz at Dahlak Restaurant in Adams Morgan this Wednesday April 3 at 7 pm. I’ll be joined by the great Russell Snyder
Percy White on bass for several sets of standards and some original tunes.
Hope you can come out to enjoy the music and tasty Eritrean food.
Updated April 2: Russell Snyder will be on the bass instead of Percy, who will be in New York recording with Aaron Myers
I’m excited to be working with Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors on Volume 4 of MetroSongs, a musical journey inspired by the stations of the Washington, DC Metro subway system. For Volume 4, Jason plans to record the full Open Doors band for the first time, and include songs written or co-written by members of the band in addition to Jason himself. Our goal is to release a professionally mastered album, plus accompanying video on DVD to add visuals to that audio.
Jason kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to get us going with this project. I encourage you to check it out and help support this unique musical adventure. We’re accepting contributions small and large; we’re offering great benefits, including the opportunity to host a live MetroSongs concert in your living room!
I’ve had a blast playing MetroSongs with the Open Doors, and having the opportunity to write some MetroSongs of my own (you can hear “Cleveland Park” on Volume 3). I have at least two more station tributes in the works for Volume 4, starting with “Friendship Heights.”
I look forward to your support!
In today’s Washington Post, the Going Out Guide recommended two jazz spots I play at regularly, Dahlak in Adams Morgan (home of the DC Jazz Jam and new Wednesday jazz series), and the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle. Happy to see the shout out to this part of the local scene!
By the way, I still haven’t heard of any changes in my scheduled gig tonight at Dahlak, but will provide updates if I hear of any. The snow’s starting to pick up now (8:30 am).