The album project is underway!

Just completed recording 11 tracks for an upcoming album of original tunes, which I hope to release later this year. I had the privilege of recording at the superb American University studios with Mike Harvey and his crew of talented graduate students, who made it easy for us to capture the work of 11 musicians in a variety of configurations.

I’m deeply grateful to the DC and Baltimore area artists who contributed their talents and ideas to this project:

  • Aaron Myers
  • Andrew Frankhouse
  • Barbara Papendorp
  • Ele Rubenstein
  • Herb Scott
  • Lionel Lyles
  • Mark Saltman
  • Paul Jung
  • Percy White
  • Tony Gudell

I’m looking forward to hearing the final product and sharing it with you.

Thanks to Tony for the photos!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, enjoy these original songs about love & lovers.

Without You: an old-fashioned song about lasting relationships

The Heart Says: a song about love, patience, and donuts

And finally, Snow Day, a seasonally appropriate song about the challenges (and promises) of relationships in winter weather

Happy Thanksgiving! Some songs for the season

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I’m happy to offer a few musical “snacks” to add to your holiday preparations.

You can hear these live as well: I’m joining Barbara Papendorp and Amy Conley at their Capital Cabaret at Mr. Henry’s on Nov. 27 to sing about Thanksgiving. Barbara and I will perform more seasonal tunes at Bistrot Lepic on Nov. 30.

Here’s “Thanksgiving For Uncle Rob,” a song about the important non-culinary parts of the holiday, sung by Aaron Myers:

Back in the kitchen, I offer two comments on the meal, sung by Barbara Papendorp:

new original: As Water Covers The Sea

Here’s a quick rendition of my new instrumental tune “As Water Covers The Sea”. Enjoy!

To hear more original music, please check out the holiday CD “Snowing In Vegas,” which I recorded with DC jazz/soul vocalist Aaron Myers. It’s available on CD and through your favorite streaming services: Spotify, SoundCloud, iTunes, Amazon, and others.

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.

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.

April 2016 news: DC Jazz Jam, Mr. Henry’s, Bistrot Lepic

Here’s my jazz update for April 2016

Looking forward to joining Barbara Papendorp for her “Ladies In Jazz” night at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill. We’ll be singing songs for the season, including my musical tribute to Arbor Day (one of many holidays that needs more songs):

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: