Enjoy these original songs and instrumental tunes. They are all published by Buffalo Bridge Music (ASCAP). Please let me know what you think, and if you’re interested in performing any of them.
You can hear 11 of these originals on my album “Making Up For Lost Time“, played by some of my favorite musicians in the Washington, DC area.
Pi Day (vocal, 2015): Composed on March 14, 2015 (3.14.15) in honor of that very special Pi Day (completed almost in time for the extra special Pi Second: 188.8.131.52:26:53)
Alternative Facts (instrumental, 2017): drawing inspiration from indignation at the Inauguration weekend antics of our new administration’s press people. Nominated for a Washington Area Music (Wammie) award for Best Jazz Song!
Let’s Wander (vocal, 2018): Celebrating the pleasures of exploring your city with the one you love. A romantic tune with a DC vibe. Nominated for a Washington Area Music (Wammie) award for Best Jazz Song!
Ain’t It The Truth (vocal, 2018): Keeping the faith with the facts, in response to some crazy comments we heard on the TV.
As Water Covers The Sea (instrumental, 2016): short ballad with a Biblical title (Isaiah 11:9)
All I Ever Lost (vocal, 2017): Inspired by a story from Dani Stoller about a relationship gone wrong, leaving her sadder, wiser, and in need of a new home entertainment device.
An August Day In April (vocal, 2009): Inspired by a trip to Ithaca, NY during a particularly warm April. The title came from a friend we were visiting
Are You Out Of Your Mind (vocal, 2014): a tribute to the legendary Sheila Jordan, who I had the privilege of studying with several years ago
The Bar Where I Belong (vocal, 2014): dedicated to the Black Fox Lounge, my musical home in DC until it closed on January 1, 2015
Cleveland Park (vocal, 2011): my contribution to Jason Mendelson’s MetroSongs project, about a solid upper Northwest neighborhood on the Red Line with a strong sense of history. Recorded by Jason and me on MetroSongs Volume 3.
December Light (instrumental, 2010): was going to be another Hanukkah song, but the melody was better than the lyrics
18th St Theme (instrumental, 2012, lyrics 2014): a theme for the DC Jazz Jam; an attempt to bring an Art Blakey vibe to this weekly DC jazz institution. We premiered the theme at the 3rd Anniversary jam on August 12, 2012.
Fall in Boston (instrumental, 2008): easy 3/4 jazz swing tune
Friendship Heights (vocal, 2012): another MetroSong from me and Jason Mendelson, about shopping on the DC-Maryland line. Released on MetroSongs Volume 4.
For A Tree (Arbor Day) (vocal, 2015): another in a series of holiday songs for musically under-served holidays
Hanukkah Light (vocal, 2009): Trying to fill a need for quality American Hanukkah songs
I Believe In Rhubarb (vocal, 2008): my first song with lyrics, inspired by a conversation over lunch at the Vermont Jazz Center summer workshop
I Hate Onions (vocal, 2008): follow-up to “Rhubarb” about another highly contentious vegetable
In the Lounge (vocal, 2011): a moment in the life of a well-traveled business person
Minnesota Avenue (vocal, 2013): More MetroSongs, this one another collaboration with Jason Mendelson that loosely references the station in NE Washington it’s dedicated to. Released on MetroSongs Vol. 4
The Rhythm of Jazz (vocal, 2014): talking about the rhythm of jazz, which comes from American talking. Dedicated to the brilliant Nahum Perferkovich
Snow Day (vocal, 2014): composed during the seemingly endless winter of 2013-14 in the Washington, DC area
Stand Right (vocal, 2011): A guide to escalator etiquette on the DC Metro for locals and tourists alike
Thanksgiving With Uncle Rob (vocal, 2011): Dedicated to my uncle Rob, who is always so happy just to see the family together. Recorded live at the Black Fox Lounge on Nov. 22, 2013: Barbara Papendorp and Russwin Francisco on the vocals
The Heart Says (vocal, 2015): a love song, about the heart, the head… and donuts!
Theme In Search Of A Jam (instrumental, 2015): following the successful “18th Street Theme,” here’s another bebop theme looking for a jam of its own
Three For Three (instrumental, 2012): a light jazz waltz
When The Morning Comes (vocal, 2016): an optimistic song about the promise of a new day
Without You (vocal, 2016): a simple love song in a classic American Song Book style
45 Seconds (vocal, 2014): standing at the corner of 22nd and M Sts NW in Washington, DC, watching the crosswalk sign