December gigs

Here’s my list of gigs for December, featuring an exciting DC Jazz Jam with the great Fred Foss on alto sax, and performances with Barbara Papendorp (12/26) and Aaron Myers (12/28).

I’m also celebrating the release of Making Up For Lost Time at a house concert on the 13th. Please let me know if you’re interested in that, so I can send along the details. 

In addition to all that, I’ll be going into the studio with the Lucky So & Sos to record a couple of tracks for a future release. Stay tuned for more info about that project!

Happy holidays and Happy New Year!

Available now! “Making Up For Lost Time”

At long last, my album of original songs “Making Up For Lost Time” is complete and ready for production, scheduled for release on November 7. The album features 11 compositions (9 with lyrics) and features 10 of the DC area’s top jazz performers.

I’m thrilled with how the music came out. I’m also thrilled with this super cover photo, shot by the brilliant DC photographer Darwyn M. Dave.

I hope you enjoy the finished product, coming soon to CD Baby (digital and CD) and your favorite digital music services.

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The album project is underway!

Just completed recording 11 tracks for an upcoming album of original tunes, which I hope to release later this year. I had the privilege of recording at the superb American University studios with Mike Harvey and his crew of talented graduate students, who made it easy for us to capture the work of 11 musicians in a variety of configurations.

I’m deeply grateful to the DC and Baltimore area artists who contributed their talents and ideas to this project:

  • Aaron Myers
  • Andrew Frankhouse
  • Barbara Papendorp
  • Ele Rubenstein
  • Herb Scott
  • Lionel Lyles
  • Mark Saltman
  • Paul Jung
  • Percy White
  • Tony Gudell

I’m looking forward to hearing the final product and sharing it with you.

Thanks to Tony for the photos!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, enjoy these original songs about love & lovers.

Without You: an old-fashioned song about lasting relationships

The Heart Says: a song about love, patience, and donuts

And finally, Snow Day, a seasonally appropriate song about the challenges (and promises) of relationships in winter weather

December 2017: Bistrot Lepic and Snowing In Vegas!

Here’s my live music update for December 2017. It’s a light month, with only one performance schedule so far, at Bistrot Lepic on December 4 with Barbara Papendorp.

As we move into the winter and the holiday season, I invite you to check out the holiday album I recorded with Aaron Myers, “Snowing In Vegas,” which you can purchase on CD or find on your favorite streaming site. It includes original holiday and seasonal songs from Aaron and me, plus creative takes on Christmas classics.

Hope you enjoy these video highlights from the album.

New song: All I Ever Lost

I’m always on the lookout for inspiration for new songs, which usually comes in the form of a unique turn of phrase that turns into a lyric or a title. For this new song, a cabaret number called “All I Ever Lost,” inspiration came from Dani Stoller, a talented singer/ actress/playwright I met last year at a cabaret hosted by Barbara Papendorp, another talented singer/actress who I have the pleasure of performing with regularly around the DC area. Dani told us a story of a failed relationship, concluding that “all I ever lost was my TV.” Several months later, that sentiment evolved into this song, which Barbara and I premiered on Aug. 23 at Bistrot Lepic. Enjoy!

“Hanukkah Light” on the radio!

Happy to discover this week that the syndicated public radio music show Upfront Soul added my song “Hanukkah Light” to their playlist for their Dec. 19 show, which is being broadcast this week on the program’s home station, WERU in Maine, and several other community radio stations around the US. You can tune in in your town, or listen to the program online through PRX.

This recording is from “Snowing In Vegas,” the holiday album I recorded with Aaron Myers last year. There’s more original seasonal songs on the album, which you can purchase on CD (or stream at your convenience).

Happy holidays and best wishes for a musical 2017!