MetroSongs at Artomatic

I’m looking forward to playing a selection of MetroSongs at the Artomatic festival in Crystal City, VA on June 2 at 4 pm. I’ll be on keyboards with Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors.

All I know about this event is what I read in the papers (to paraphrase Will Rogers); apparently Artomatic is what happens when a bunch of artists and musicians take over an 11-story office building in near-suburban northern Virginia. We’ll be on the 10th floor on the main stage.

By the way, if you’re interested in experiencing MetroSongs before the show, you can check out some videos of our live performances, and of course listen to the songs themselves.

Looking forward to the 30th

I hope you’re able to come out to the Black Fox Lounge on March 30 to hear what I’m calling the “Dupont Jazz Project” perform an evening of standards and original tunes.

Percy White and Will Stephens are joining me in the rhythm section, to play a variety of standards and original tunes and arrangements. In addition, I’ve invited several of my favorite vocalists to sing some of my original songs and their favorite standards.

Black Fox favorites Aaron Myers and CaShandra J will be in the house, along with Jeff Weintraub and Jason Mendelson (of MetroSongs fame). I’m looking forward to helping Jason explore the jazz side he may not have known he had!

Nerd recap

I had a great time playing MetroSongs with Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors at Nerd Nite DC on Feb. 11.  We covered nine stations in this performance, ending with a very energetic “Mall & Chain (Pentagon City)”.

At the gig, Jason brought out the MetroSongs Vol. 2 CD, “Party Train”. This edition includes my piano playing on track 3: “Ice Skating at the Archives”. Please check out MetroSongs.org for more info on how you can get your very own copy (Vol. 1 is available as well).

Back on the jazz side, I’m back at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle on Friday the 17th, with vocalist Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble: yours truly on the piano, Percy White on the bass, and Will Stephens on the drums. We’re fresh from our successful performance at the French Embassy Valentine’s party on Feb. 10, so it should be another fun evening!

Playing for my people

I’m back at the Black Fox this Friday Feb. 3, with the Black Fox Ensemble (Percy White on bass and Will Stephens on the drums). Aaron is out of town, so we will be backing vocalist CaShandra J (and perhaps some additional guest vocalists). Should be another enjoyable evening of standards and surprises.

On Saturday Feb. 11, I’ll be joining Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors to play MetroSongs at Nerd Nite, a celebration of smarts and music at DC9 (9th & U Sts NW in DC). Tickets are $10 for the show, which starts at 6:30 pm. As a former mechanical and software engineer, I feel that I’ll be playing for my people, and am looking forward to the nerdly vibe.

Playing for my people...

In addition to the above, Aaron Myers and the rest of the Black Fox Ensemble are still on track to play at the Soirée Saint-Valentin on Feb. 10 at La Maison Française in the French Embassy in NW DC.

MetroSongs: Cleveland Park

I’m happy to report that Jason Mendelson recorded and posted my modest contribution to his ongoing MetroSongs project, a song about Cleveland Park (on the Metro Red Line, in upper Northwest Washington). The song is about holding on to your history in the face of change, a theme that seemed appropriate to this neighborhood.

For more information on that history, you can try some sources that I found useful: Wikipedia (of course) and the local historical society.

Photos by KCIvey and M. V. Jantzen from Flickr

[updated the link to the Cleveland Park song & MetroSongs project Jan. 4]

And now for something completely different…

I’m excited about an upcoming non-jazz gig, at the Artisphere in Rosslyn on Tuesday December 20. I’ll be part of the MetroSongs band, backing singer-songwriter Jason Mendelson. Jason will be featured in this installment of the “Words and Music” series, where he will talk about his process and perform (alone and with the band) several of the songs from the MetroSongs project.

According to the Artisphere web site, the show starts at 7:30 PM and costs $8 ($6 for seniors). Should be a fun show!