New song: All I Ever Lost

I’m always on the lookout for inspiration for new songs, which usually comes in the form of a unique turn of phrase that turns into a lyric or a title. For this new song, a cabaret number called “All I Ever Lost,” inspiration came from Dani Stoller, a talented singer/ actress/playwright I met last year at a cabaret hosted by Barbara Papendorp, another talented singer/actress who I have the pleasure of performing with regularly around the DC area. Dani told us a story of a failed relationship, concluding that “all I ever lost was my TV.” Several months later, that sentiment evolved into this song, which Barbara and I premiered on Aug. 23 at Bistrot Lepic. Enjoy!

April 2017: Playing the Fool at Mr. Henry’s, plus first gig at Acadiana

Here’s my live music schedule for April 2017. Please come out on April 1 (seriously!) for what promises to be a fun and foolish show with Barbara Papendorp (and special guests) at Mr. Henry’s. We have a great band and fun selection of songs for the season, including some of my Spring selections.

I’ll be at Acadiana on Easter Sunday, April 16, with the fine vocalist Tony Gudell and a trio. This is my first show at this elegant Cajun restaurant in downtown DC, and we’ll be presenting an equally elegant program of American standards, including some lesser-known gems and a couple of my originals.

Barbara and I are back at the Blue Bar at the Henley Park Hotel on the 22nd, another chance to play their grand piano. After that, I’ll be back with Aaron Myers and the band to close out the month with a show at Mr. Henry’s on the 28th.

Hope to see you!

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!

June 2016 update: two more dates

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.

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.

June 2015 schedule, including the return of Aaron Myers and the band!

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

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

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.

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!

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