MetroSongs Volume 4: on CD (and maybe in your house)

metrosongs4I’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!

March music: new dinner jazz and WWJF

March is shaping up to be a busy musical month. I’m looking forward to kicking off a new Wednesday night dinner series at Dahlak Restaurant, which hosts the weekly DC Jazz Jam. I’m taking on the first Wednesday slot, starting on March 6 at 7 pm. I plan to invite a variety of musical partners to join me in this Adams Morgan spot. Stay tuned for more information on the personnel.

Speaking of the DC Jazz Jam, I’m really excited to be joining the third Sunday house band on March 17 at 6:30 pm, as we welcome vocalist Rochelle Rice to kick off the 3rd annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival. We’re looking forward to a particularly talented group of guest musicians to join the house band: yours truly on piano, alongside Duff Davis on guitar, Phil Ravita on bass, and Anders Eliasson at the drums.

857105_10200486193744790_477450560_oIf that wasn’t enough, I’m heading back to 1979 with Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors at Iota in Arlington, VA on March 21, recreating highlights of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in the Classic Albums 1979 showcase. This collection of some of the top pop sounds of my high school years includes re-creations of The Eagles, The Clash, Tom Petty, and Michael Jackson. Tickets for this blast from the past are $12 at the door.

Finally, Fridays at the Black Fox continue in March, with two shows with Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble, Mar. 1 and 15. Those shows start at 9:30 pm, and as always there’s no cover for the music.

Hope to see you in March!

Back to 1979, with the great music, without the bad hair

It’s Classic Albums time again, this time going back to the incredibly influential musical year of 1979. Please join us at Iota in Arlington, VA on March 21 for a re-creation of some of the musical highlights of my late high school years, featuring:

That Pink Floyd act is pretty ambitious; we’re starting to shed heavily now in preparation for the big night. Hope to see you there!

p.s. Don’t forget about the upcoming benefit for FAIR Girls featuring my regular jazz group, Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble. Tickets are still available for this February 20 soiree at the Swiss Embassy in NW Washington, DC.

 

MetroSongs live!

Come on out to Iota in Arlington tomorrow night January 28 for some live MetroSongs. I’ll be on stage with Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors, as we join several other local bands for what promises to be a fun evening of original local music. The show starts at 8; I expect we’ll go on around 10.

Busy musical weekend starts tonight

Three gigs in three days this weekend, starting tonight (Friday Sept. 7) with the regular first Friday show at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle DC. I’ll be at the piano backing vocalist Aaron Myers along with the rest of the Black Fox Ensemble: Percy White on bass and Will Stephens at the drums. The show starts around 9:30 pm, and as always there’s no cover charge for the music.

The music continues on Saturday Sept. 8th at 8:00 pm, when I join Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors for a special MetroSongs performance at the Electric Maid in Takoma Park DC to celebrate the release of MetroSongs Volume 3: “Red Handed”. Harris Face and Zia Hassan are opening for our band.

As part of our set, we will perform my contribution to the metroSongs oeuvre, “Cleveland Park“, which is included in Volume 3.

The musical trifecta wraps up on Sunday Sept. 9 at 6:30 pm, when I join the second Sunday house band for the DC Jazz Jam at Dahlak, 1771 U Street NW, Washington, DC.

Hope you can come out and hear the music!