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).
In 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!
Adding two more dates to my gig schedule for June 2016:
Weds. June 15, 5-6 pm: with Annelise Delcambre at the Glover Park Hotel Joining vocalist Annelise Delcambre for an hour of jazz in the lobby of the brand new Glover Park Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave NW), kicking off a new weekly series “Glover Park Grooves”. Free.
Thursday, June 16, 12-2 pm: DC Jazz Festival: Singing in the Parks with Aaron Myers The DC Jazz Festival Jazz in the ‘Hoods celebrates the National Park Service Centennial with this performance series presented by Events DC in collaboration with the Downtown BID. This is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Franklin Square Park, K to Eye St NW, between 13th & 14th, Washington, DC 20005. Free entry.
Here’s my music update for June 2016, featuring performances with some of my favorite people at favorite venues. In addition, I’ll be spending a week in Boston at the end of the month, as a student at the Berklee Summer Songwriting Workshop.
I’m looking forward to learning from their excellent faculty and the other participants. This is not specifically a “jazz” workshop, so it will be particularly exciting to learn about a much broader range of styles than I’m used to.
Speaking of songwriting, here’s a live recording of one of my newest tunes, “The Heart Says,” sung here by Barbara Papendorp at one of our recent shows at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant on Capitol Hill.
DC vocalist Aaron Myers has spearheaded an effort to lobby the DC Government and other DC area business and government groups to increase their support for local jazz and jazz musicians. Aaron created a Facebook group (DC Jazz Lobby) for the community, and has been attracting attention in the local media, following an intense lobbying campaign in April.
The Washington Post interviewed Aaron and DC officials for an April 17 article on the current and future life of jazz in DC. I was surprised to see a picture of me in the print edition of the article, on the front page of the Metro section. The photo from the Wednesday jam session at Mr. Henry’s also shows Steve Synk on bass and Elijah Cole on guitar, backing the amazing Herman Hawkins.
The digital edition of the Post piece featured an excellent photo of Aaron and fellow musician and activist Herb Scott.
My only concern with the article is that it describes jazz music as more of a historical artifact that needs to be “saved.” I disagree. The DC jazz scene is active and thriving, with many local musicians writing and playing jazz and improvisational music for right now, not recreating historical sounds (for a start, Aaron, Herb Scott, Mark Meadows, Akua Allrich, Sam Prather). The music and the musicians do need more support, and I support Aaron’s lobbying efforts. That support is needed to make a strong scene stronger, as an vital cultural and economic activity. It doesn’t to be “saved.”
These photos were taken by Astrid Riecken, who is producing beautiful work, some of which she shares on her Instagram feed.
Another gig on the February list: I’ll be sitting in with the house band at JoJo’s (1518 U St NW) for the Feb 7 edition of the DC Jazz Singers Jam. Happy to be playing alongside Nicole Saphos (bass) and Ele Rubenstein (drums), supporting Maija Rejman, Anthony Compton, and many fine local vocalists.
No cover charge for the music.
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
This is my updated performance schedule for June, 2015. You can always keep up to date on the gigs and other related info on the web site: http://www.ohljazz.com.
I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events.
Sunday May 31 and June 28, 11:00 am: Brunch with BSQ at Malmaison
Saturday June 6, 7:30 pm: With BSQ at the Henley Park Hotel
BSQ is back in the Blue Bar with an evening of instrumental and vocal jazz, including my original “An August Day In April“. The music happens at the elegant Henley Park Hotel in downtown DC, 926 Massachusetts Ave NW. No cover charge for the music.
Friday June 19, 8:00 pm: With Aaron Myers at Mr. Henry’s
After a hiatus following the closing of the Black Fox Lounge in January, Aaron Myers and the band are back with new shows in a new venue, the upstairs lounge at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill. Two-item minimum.
Wednesday June 24, 7:00 pm: Jazz à la française at Bistrot Lepic
Back at the Bistrot Lepic wine bar with Barbara Papendorp and Percy White for an evening of jazz standards in English and en français, plus more of my original songs. No cover charge for the music.