Love All Year on video

To celebrate the holidays and the release of the holiday album from Aaron Myers, Snowing In Vegas, here’s a video for Aaron’s new holiday song “Love All Year.”

I listened to this tens of times while making the video, and it just doesn’t get old. It’s a beautiful song that I hope will take its rightful place in the library of American holiday classics.


Vote for the DC Jazz Jam!

Just got word from Will Stephens, leader of the weekly DC Jazz Jam, that the DC CityPaper has finally included “Best Jazz Jam Session” as one of the categories in their annual and influential “Best of DC” readers poll. I’m going to vote (of course) for the DC Jazz Jam, and strongly encourage you to do so as well (using the name “DC Jazz Jam @ Dahlak”)

The “Best Jazz Jam Session” category is in the first section, under “Arts & Entertainment.” You can only vote once with each email address.

Speaking of which: I’ll be in the house band on Sunday January 13 as we welcome National Symphony violinist Glenn Donnellan to the jam. We asked him to bring his famous baseball bat violin in addition to his regular axe. Yes, you read that correctly. Must be seen to be believed:

Hope to see you at the jam!

New videos: MetroSongs & Steely Dan

Thanks to Jason for posting some videos of recent performances by the Open Doors. For some reason, I always seem to be out of frame on the right side. You can hear the keys, though, which is what matters.

First, in our traditional MetroSongs mode, playing “Ballston” at Artomatic in Crystal City, VA on June 2

Second, in expanded Steely Dan guise, playing “Black Cow” at the Classic Albums 1977 showcase at Iota in Arlington, VA on May 24

(please pardon the moving camera at the beginning)

More videos over in Jason’s YouTube channel.

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.

Video from the Black Fox: Fly Me To The Moon

Here’s the first of what I hope will be several videos from our April 13 performance at the Black Fox Lounge. I’m very happy that we captured this particular performance of “Fly Me To The Moon”, which went on an interesting (and surprising) trip.

The band:

  • Aaron Myers, vocals
  • Oren Levine, piano
  • Percy White, bass
  • Joe Henderson, drums (filling in for our regular drummer Will Stephens)

More fun to come next Friday the 20th with Aaron and the ensemble.

Two minute jazz piano

Since I started my new job, my practice time has become more limited, so I’m always looking for new ways to learn new things in a short time. It’s no surprise, then, that I was attracted to Peter Martin’s 2 Minute Jazz Piano series on YouTube. Perfect length for a short tip to work on in a limited (or longer) piano session. For example, here’s a quick refresher on broken 3rd scales, which I should have remembered last week when I had to play a very fast “Cherokee”:

Are there any other things like this I need to check out? Please let me know in the comments.