Washington Post shout-out!

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!

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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).

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!

December gigs: MetroSongs live!

This month’s performance schedule starts with a live MetroSongs performance by Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors, with me in the keyboard chair. We’ll be at Ebenezers Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill in DC on Thursday Dec. 6, performing about an hour of MetroSongs, including a new song about Union Station and my composition for Cleveland Park. DC singer-songwriter Amanda Lee is opening for the Open Doors. The coffeehouse is at 201 F St. NE in Washington, a couple of blocks from Union Station. Tickets for the show are $10, and doors open at 7:00 pm.

My regular Black Fox gigs with Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble continue in December, with with two performances on Dec. 7 and 21. As always, these Friday night shows start at 9:30 pm, and as always there’s no cover charge for the music. I have a new instrumental tune, “Three For Three”, that I’m hoping to play at one of these shows.

The DC Jazz Jam is going strong in December as well. I’ll be in the second Sunday house band on Sunday Dec. 9, 6:30-9:30 pm at Dahlak, joining the house band of Mark Caruso on guitar, Dahni Scally on bass, and Paul Jung at the drums.

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!

Funk Me To The Moon

Here’s another live recording from a recent gig with Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble, this time Aaron’s unique funky take on “Fly Me To The Moon”. We have a lot of fun with this one. Enjoy!

I’ll be back at the Black Fox Lounge with Aaron and the band on Friday Sept. 7, the start of a very busy weekend of music. Hope you can come out and join us.

Coming up in August

Here’s a preview of my performance schedule for August, 2012. Hope you can come out to enjoy the music.

Friday August 3, 9:30 pm: First Friday at the Fox

It’s always a thrill to join Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble for another evening of jazz standards and surprises. We’re back at the Black Fox Lounge on the 3rd with the regular band: yours truly on the piano, 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.

Aaron and the band will be performing again on August 17, but I will be on vacation and not at the piano on that night.

Saturday Aug. 25, 2:30 pm: MetroSongs at the winery

I’m joining Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors for a set of acoustic MetroSongs at the Quattro Goomba’s Winery in Aldie, VA, part of a regular weekend music series at this Loudon County, VA winery. The show runs from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

Not Too Busy by M. V. Jansen from flickr

[Updated August 2] Sunday Aug. 26, 6:30 pm: DC Jazz Jam

I’m swapping Sundays this month at the DC Jazz Jam, playing on the fourth Sunday (along with monthly master guest Lyle Link) instead of the usual second Sunday. The jam runs from 6:30-9:30 at Dahlak, 1771 U Street NW, Washington, DC.

The reason for switch is the special 3rd anniversary celebration of the Jam on August 12th. The little jam that Will Stephens started in 2009 has become something of an institution. To celebrate, Will is inviting back the original house band members to lead this session: Peter Runk (keys), Mark Caruso (guitar), Percy White (bass) and of course Will on the drums. In addition, the anniversary jam will feature some young stars of the DC jazz scene: Elijah Balbed (tenor sax), JS Williams (trumpet), and Wallace Corey (trombone) — along with a special MC, Aaron Myers.

In honor of the big event, the evening will include the premiere of the theme song I wrote for the jam.

Happy birthday Aaron!

I’m delighted to be accompanying Aaron Myers this Saturday July 28 for a special birthday performance and fundraiser at the Black Fox Lounge (where we perform regularly two Fridays a month).

Aaron’s cause is the Urban Arts Partnership, which is dedicated to creating and delivering “arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap” in underserved public schools.

 

The show starts at 9:30 pm. There’s no cover charge, but of course donations to the Partnership are welcome at the party or online.

Hope to see you there!

On a personal note, this looks like an excellent cause to support. It’s a natural fit with my day job at PBS, where I’m building education products that help teachers engage students and teach more effectively. 

July performances

Here’s an update on my July performances. I’ll be back at the Black Fox Lounge on Friday, July 6 for my regular first Friday musical adventure with Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble, featuring yours truly on the piano, 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.

Aaron and the band will be performing again on July 20, but I’ll be out of town for that third Friday event. If you’re in town, however, please stop by and have a drink!

On July 8, I’ll be taking my pace at the piano as part of the regular second Sunday house band at the DC Jazz Jam, 6:30-9:30 pm at the Dahlak Restaurant, 1771 U St. NW (corner of 18th St) in Washington, DC. The jam has become something of a DC institution, and attracts a talented group of guest instrumentalists and singers every week. It’s a pleasant way to spend a Sunday evening with good music and tasty Eritrean food.

Hope you’re keeping cool despite the weather and the storms. Have a happy Fourth!

3rd Friday at the Fox

I’ll be back at the Black Fox Lounge tonight, Friday June 15, from 9:30pm, with Aaron Myers and the rest of the Ensemble, Percy White and Will Stephens.

It’s been a thrill to play with the same musicians on a regular basis for a long time (over a year); that’s given us the opportunity to work out arrangements and respond well to any surprises that come up in the show. For me, it’s also been an excellent opportunity to showcase some of my original material, like this tribute to the DC subway.

Hope you can join us at the show!

 

DC Jazz Festival: doing our part

The DC Jazz Festival starts this Friday, June 1, bringing an almost overwhelming selection of excellent jazz to the DC area over the 10-day run of the festival.

I’ll be playing at the start and end of the festival timeline, in regular gigs that the Festival recognizes as part of the Jazz in the ‘Hoods series.

  • On June 1, I’ll be at the Black Fox Lounge for our regular first Friday show with Aaron Myers and the ensemble.
  • On June 10, I’m happy to announce that I will be joining the house band of the DC Jazz Jam as the regular second Sunday pianist. The jam has grown into a very active and high quality gathering of excellent local players. I’m looking forward to a fun session on the 10th and future Sundays.

In addition to this jazz activity, I’m also playing in a more pop vein on June 2 at 4:00 pm, joining Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors to play some MetroSongs at Artomatic in Crystal City.

Although I’m happy to be playing with Jason and the band, this means that I’ll have to miss Marianne Solivan singing at the Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days At The Phillips Collection earlier in the afternoon. If you haven’t heard her yet, you’re missing something special. Definitely worth checking out! (there might even be time to Metro down to Crystal City to catch our 4 pm show as well…)