Getting ready to throw down the jam…

On Thursday May 24, I’m joining an extended edition of Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors in the Classic Albums 1977 showcase at the Iota Club & Cafe in Arlington, VA. We’re performing selected songs from the classic Steely Dan album Aja, complete with horns and backup singers.

We’re appearing alongside an impressive roster of local musicians who will recreate other legendary sounds of those bygone days. I don’t think Billy Joel and the Ramones appeared on the same stage in ’77, but they will do so (at least in spirit) on the 24th.

Speaking of which, I may be one of the only people on the Iota stage who was actually around to listen to those albums in 1977, but I digress…

In addition to this foray into classic rock, the jazz continues at the Black Fox Lounge on Friday May 4, when I take my place at the piano alongside Aaron Myers and the rest of the Black Fox Jazz Ensemble.

Thanks, 1986. Looking forward to 1977!

We had a full house at the Electric Maid on Saturday for the Classic Albums 1986 showcase. I was thrilled to join Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors for a re-creation of Elvis Costello’s Blood and Chocolate album. Great work all around by the other musicians on the bill as well.

Jason’s next project is to go back to 1977, a great year for rock and pop albums (and yes, I was there at time to hear some of them). We’re still figuring out which album to take on.

One of the perhaps less-notable albums of that year was Chicago XI. That album did have one big hit, “Baby, What a Big Surprise,” and another number, “Vote for Me,” that strangely echoes what we’re hearing this election year:

I’ll give detroit one year
New cars that run on beer
Or anything except gasoline

I’m looking to the sun
More power for everyone
And the cleanest sky that you’ve ever seen