“Snow Day” live

Thanks to Aaron Myers and the band for this lovely live performance of my new song “Snow Day” at our show on April 4. I’m always impressed at how quickly Aaron can take on a new song and really “own” the lyrics, as he did in this case. That’s Mary Lawrence playing the trumpet solo; she sat in with the band on Friday. I’m at the piano, alongside Percy White on bass and Will Stephens at the drums.

Enjoy!

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

(solos)

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

An offering for a musical Thanksgiving / Hanukkah

For this year’s rare confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, I offer my musical tributes to both holidays, performed here by Barbara Papendorp and Russwin Francisco.

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Hag Urim Sameach, and best wishes for a warm and peaceful winter season.

Both of these were recorded live on Nov. 22, 2013, at the Black Fox Lounge in Washington, DC

Happy Thanksgiving, in song!

Just in time for the holiday, here’s my musical tribute to Thanksgiving, which I had the joy of performing on Friday the 22nd with Barbara Papendorp and Russwin Francisco at my show at the Black Fox Lounge in Washington, DC. It’s called “Thanksgiving With Uncle Rob” in honor of my uncle by that name who is always so happy just to see the family get together.

Enjoy, and happy Turkey Day!

Showcase tonight!

Looking forward to tonight’s exciting vocal showcase at the Black Fox Lounge, with Barbara Papendorp and Russwin Fransisco singing, and Ed Hrybyk (bass) and Winston Johnson (drums) joining me in the band. We have a bunch of new songs on tonight’s program, including holiday tributes to both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, in honor of the rare concurrence of both of those holidays this year.

Hope you can come out to share the music!

Showcase Nov 2013

 

Tonight (Oct. 16): Jazz to default by

I’ll be playing piano behind the fine vocalist Jeff Weintraub tonight (October 16), 8-11 pm, in a duo set at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle. We’ll be upstairs in the front window, performing a variety of old and new standards and not-so-standards.

Here’s an example of Jeff’s work; this one’s on our set list for tonight:

Hope you can come out and join us as we wait for the end of the shutdown (or the end of our national credit rating).

Shutdown

Photo by Shannon from flickr

Looking forward to another fun showcase!

Looking forward to getting back together with Barbara and Russwin on September 27 for another fun evening of song. We’re working on a few new numbers for this show, and plan to invite some special guests to join us at the microphone.

Hope to see you there!

Please download the flyer and share with your friends and acquaintances.

Showcase Sep 2013 portrait

“In the Lounge” live from the Lounge!

We had another fun and successful Vocal Showcase show on Friday July 26 at the Black Fox Lounge, with vocalists Russwin Francisco and Barbara Papendorp, backed by the superb talents of Winston Johnson on drums and Billy Monroe on the bass. This show featured Russwin performing the premiere of another original tune of mine, “In the Lounge,” which I started to write in an actual airport lounge back when I traveled often for my job.

Hope you enjoy the song!