Washington DC Pianist

Looking for an experienced jazz piano player in the Washington, DC area? You’ve come to the right place!

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Discography

New age and inspirational music albums composed and recorded by vocalist Tessa Frost and pianist Jay Frost.

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Jazz Duo

Jay and Tessa Frost started performing together in 2008 and continue today as a jazz duo in Washington, DC.

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Playing Organ in New York City

Playing Organ in New York City

After picking up a year of organ lessons from the Potomac Organ Institute, I’ve been able to accept organ gigs, which tend to come up from time to time.

Last weekend, I was invited to play organ for a church conference in New York, in the illustrious First Church of Christ, Scientist – across the street from Central Park on 68th.

This is by far the largest organ I’ve performed on, and I did my best to take full advantage of it! There are so many things on an organ that you can’t do on a piano! Looking forward to the next time :)

Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

I had the grand pleasure of playing piano for the Washington Nationals Dream Gala a couple of weeks ago – and what a night it was! Most of the players were there, along with spouses/significant others, several hundred people, and the Presidents! (The huge president heads that you see running around during baseball games.)

There was a silent auction and lots of mingling going on as I played background jazz standards, blues … and Aladin’s “A Whole New World,” requested by pitcher Gio Gonzales.

The Presidents would come by every once in a while, and at one point Teddy hopped up on stage to air jam next to me. Luckily, the moment was captured and tweeted by a journalist :)

Recording for Upcoming Solo Piano Album

Recording for Upcoming Solo Piano Album

Two weekends ago we completed the second recording session for my 2015 solo piano album. It was smoother than our first session in January, mostly I think because I knew better what to expect in terms of recording on my own piano … and also because we didn’t have any surprise piano issues (The first session brought with it some mysterious clicks and a double-hitting note!)

I’m also appreciating how the recording process is making me a better musician. The thing is, the music sounds different when you’re playing compared to when you listen to the playback. But after going back and forth enough, I’m starting to be able to hear how the recording sounds WHEN I’m playing instead of only afterwards. That is helpful.

The other aspect that I’m juggling is focusing on the technical aspects of playing while still preserving the musicality of the song. This is where the listening comes in – the better that I can perform technically while also listening to the overall story of the piece, the better it comes out.

I still have a long way to go for sure, but I’m grateful to be making progress in this new performance and recording territory :)

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Trying to dampen and isolate the sound as much as possible!

Save It For A Rainy Day – 10th Anniversary

Save It For A Rainy Day – 10th Anniversary

It has already been 10 years to the month since I produced my first CD – a contemporary music album called Save It for a Rainy Day.

Earlier this year I spent a solid two weeks notating sheet music from six of the tracks (something I’ve been wanting to do for a while), and as I announced in March, this solo piano sheet music is now available on Watchfire Music.

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Jazz Trio in Alexandria

Jazz Trio in Alexandria

Big thanks to The Balcom Group for having us play a couple of weeks ago in Alexandria! I had a great time (along with Mark Saltman and Greg Discher) playing an evening of jazz standards at the Westin.

We were even joined by one of the guests who sang The Girl for Ipanema in Portuguese (with an excellent accent from what we could tell!).

You can listen to clips from three of our tunes that night at our Washington DC Jazz Trio page.
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Dupont Circle Wedding

Dupont Circle Wedding

This beautiful wedding was held at the illustrious Whittemore House in Dupont Circle, home of the Women’s National Democratic Club and now a fantastic wedding venue. Big congratulations to Kelly & Stephen, and thanks for having me!

The evening was superbly organized by Bond Events.
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I Released My First Album 10 Years Ago

I Released My First Album 10 Years Ago

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since I produced Save It for a Rainy Day, my first album. I’ve made great strides in musical ability over the past decade, and it’s fun to listen back to hear where I was back then.

What’s more, I’m thrilled to have the album AND sheet music newly available on Watchfire Music.

Save It for a Rainy Day Album »

Save It for a Rainy Day Piano Sheet Music »

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