May 2016: Jazz and Funk Parade!

Here’s my update for May 2016, which will be a very busy month for music. I have seven events on the schedule, including three shows (in three places) with Barbara Papendorp, a couple of jam sessions, and another exciting show with Aaron Myers. All that and the Funk Parade with the Lucky So & So’s!

Here’s my newest original song, “When The Morning Comes,” which I’ve had the pleasure of performing a couple of times with Barbara. This is from our premiere performance at Bistrot Lepic in March.

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:

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 Wednesday

Dinner Jazz at Dahlak continues on Wednesday June 5. This time I’m thrilled to welcome CaShandra J and Percy White to the gig. The CapitalBop calendar lists my gig as “straight ahead jazz as background music,” but with this band it’s going to be much more than that.

We’re playing from 7-10 pm, and as usual there’s no cover charge for the music. Hope to see you there!

By the way, Dahlak is one of the “Jazz in the Hoods” venues for the DC Jazz Festival. Happy to be part of the festivities!

Dinner Jazz at Dahlak: May 1

The new Wednesday night dinner jazz series at Dahlak continues on Wednesday May 1, when I’ll be in the house on piano leading a vocal trio featuring singer Deirdre Jennings-Holton and Russell Snyder on bass. Looking forward to a fun evening of standards and original vocal and instrumental pieces.

Please come out and enjoy the music and tasty Eritrean food. The music starts at 7 pm, and there’s no cover or minimum.

Dahlak (also the home of the DC Jazz Jam) is located at 1771 U St. NW in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

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!

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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).

March music: new dinner jazz and WWJF

March is shaping up to be a busy musical month. I’m looking forward to kicking off a new Wednesday night dinner series at Dahlak Restaurant, which hosts the weekly DC Jazz Jam. I’m taking on the first Wednesday slot, starting on March 6 at 7 pm. I plan to invite a variety of musical partners to join me in this Adams Morgan spot. Stay tuned for more information on the personnel.

Speaking of the DC Jazz Jam, I’m really excited to be joining the third Sunday house band on March 17 at 6:30 pm, as we welcome vocalist Rochelle Rice to kick off the 3rd annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival. We’re looking forward to a particularly talented group of guest musicians to join the house band: yours truly on piano, alongside Duff Davis on guitar, Phil Ravita on bass, and Anders Eliasson at the drums.

857105_10200486193744790_477450560_oIf that wasn’t enough, I’m heading back to 1979 with Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors at Iota in Arlington, VA on March 21, recreating highlights of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in the Classic Albums 1979 showcase. This collection of some of the top pop sounds of my high school years includes re-creations of The Eagles, The Clash, Tom Petty, and Michael Jackson. Tickets for this blast from the past are $12 at the door.

Finally, Fridays at the Black Fox continue in March, with two shows with Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble, Mar. 1 and 15. Those shows start at 9:30 pm, and as always there’s no cover for the music.

Hope to see you in March!

Back to 1979, with the great music, without the bad hair

It’s Classic Albums time again, this time going back to the incredibly influential musical year of 1979. Please join us at Iota in Arlington, VA on March 21 for a re-creation of some of the musical highlights of my late high school years, featuring:

That Pink Floyd act is pretty ambitious; we’re starting to shed heavily now in preparation for the big night. Hope to see you there!

p.s. Don’t forget about the upcoming benefit for FAIR Girls featuring my regular jazz group, Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble. Tickets are still available for this February 20 soiree at the Swiss Embassy in NW Washington, DC.