“Without You” at the DC Jazz Jam!

Thanks to Tony Gudell for capturing this performance by Barbara Papendorp and the DC Jazz Jam house band of my song “Without You” at the jam on May 14, 2017. With Percy White, bass, Mark Caruso, guitar, and Will Stephens, drums.

I’ll be playing with Barbara at Bistrot Lepic on May 24, and with Tony at Acadiana on June 18. Hope to see you there!

July 2016: DC Jazz Jam, Lepic, Mr. Henry’s, and the Lucky So & Sos!

Here’s my live music schedule for July 2016: this month includes Aaron Myers’ birthday show at Mr. Henry’s (22nd), another evening at Bistrot Lepic with Barbara Papendorp (20th), and a session of the DC Jazz Jam with Antonio Parker (11th).

Lucky So & So'sIn addition, I’ll be joining the Lucky So & So’s at Sehkraft Brewing in northern VA for a Saturday night show (16th), sharing the bill with singer-songwriter Mary-eL. That should be a fun night!

February 2016 update

Here’s my performance update for February 2016. As I noted in the update, I was honored this month to contribute a musical theme for Darwyn Dave’s new podcast “Dealing With My Grief.” Darwyn is a talented photographer who is actively documenting the DC jazz scene. I’ve benefited from many performance photos he has produced, and was more than happy to return the favor with this short composition:

Oren’s gigs for July 2015

This is my updated performance schedule for July, 2015. I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events.

Sunday July 12, 6:30 pm: DC Jazz Jam at the Brixton

The Weekly DC Jazz Jam is back, at a new venue, The Brixton at the corner of 9th and U Sts NW in Shaw. I’m looking forward to reuniting with the second Sunday band for another exciting jam featuring some of the region’s best players.

Wednesday July 15, 8:00 and 10:00 pm: Songs for a Summer Evening at Twins Jazz

For my first gig at Twins Jazz, I’ve invited several of my favorite musicians for an evening of original songs, familiar standards, and some surprises. Barbara Papendorp and Aaron Myers, vocals, Percy White, bass, Will Stephens, drums. Two sets, 8 pm and 10pm. $10 cover + $10 minimum

Friday July 24, 8:00 pm: With Aaron Myers at Mr. Henry’s

Aaron Myers starts his regular fourth Friday stand in the upstairs lounge at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill, with me at the piano, Percy White on bass, and Will Stephens at the drums. Two-item minimum.

Sunday July 12 and 26, 11:00 am: Brunch with BSQ at Malmaison

Joining BSQ for Sunday brunch as we continue our regular brunch performances at Malmaison, an elegant restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront.

18th Street Theme: now with lyrics!

Thanks again to Aaron Myers for the first performance of the lyrics for the 18th Street Theme at Sunday’s DC Jazz Jam (Feb. 9). Since this is “Vocal February” at the Jam, I thought it was appropriate to give those vocalists a way to join in the now-traditional theme at the end of the session.

Here are the lyrics (also available, along with lead sheets for the music, on the DC Jazz Jam web site):

Florida Ave.
Check out the sign
Step in, get your horn, grab a seat
It’s Sunday in DC
You know the place to be
We’re jamming on 18th Street

Get on the list
Wait for the call
Get up and be part of the beat
Step out to grab a smoke
Catch up or catch a joke
We’re jamming on 18th Street


Digging those drums
Hearing that horn
Don’t know him but man that was sweet
We played that Miles tune
How ‘bout “How High The Moon”?
We’re jamming on 18th Street

Finish your drink
Close out your tab
Pack up as you send out a tweet
We’ll do it all again
You know the where and when
We’ll see you on 18th Street

18th St Theme, live at the DC Jazz Jam!

I had a chance to go through the collection of recordings from the DC Jazz Jam on Soundcloud, and found this excellent rendition of the 18th St Theme from the August 4, 2013 session. Have a listen!

Speaking of the DC Jazz Jam, I’ll be back in the house band on Sunday Nov. 24 as we celebrate Wayne Shorter’s 80th birthday year with a selection of his compositions. Joining me in the band will be Alex Martin on guitar, Craig Falk on bass, and Alan Kirschenbaum at the drums. Hope to see you there!

18th Street Theme, live in Vermont!

I returned a couple of weeks ago from the annual Vermont Jazz Center summer workshop, an intense six days of excellent music and excellent food in the beautiful surroundings of southern Vermont. At the student concert that closed the week, I had an opportunity to perform my “18th Street Theme” with my student ensemble. I wrote this for the 3rd anniversary of the DC Jazz Jam last year, and we’ve played it almost every week since to close out the weekly jams at Dahlak restaurant in NW DC. I’m hoping to upload a recording of the Theme from the jam soon; in the meantime, here’s our Vermont take on it.

DC Jazz Jam: Best of DC!

Woohoo! The readers of the Washington City Paper voted the DC Jazz Jam at Dahlak the Best Jazz Jam Session in DC this year. Most of the credit goes to Will Stephens, who has built the jam into a solid DC institution over the last three years. I always enjoy playing there, in the house band or as a guest, and look forward to many more jams to come.

Speaking of which, I’ll be back in the house band on Sunday April 21.

Two jams in April

I’ll be joining the house band for the DC Jazz Jam twice this month. The first session will be Sunday April 7, when I’m looking forward to playing with the first Sunday house band and guest master artist Pepe González on the bass. I’ll be back in the band on Sunday April 21, joining the third Sunday band.

Hope you can come out to hear and play!

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!


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).