Jazz Piano

1920’s-themed Holiday Party

»Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Jazz Piano, Piano Gigs | 0 comments

1920’s-themed Holiday Party

This just may have been the most fun themed party I’ve been to. It was set in the Roaring 20’s with a live jazz band, professional dancers, horse races, photo booths, while I played solo jazz piano in the ‘speakeasy.’ The decorations were superb, the people were a blast and the food was incredible! I hope they do it again next year …

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Christmas Party Music

»Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Jazz Piano, Music Performances, Piano Gigs | 0 comments

Christmas Party Music

I played piano for lots of great holiday parties last month – ’twas the season! It is quite a treat to be part of so much cheer and meet so many new people. Here are pictures from a few of them:

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Automated Jazz Band App

»Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Jazz Piano | 0 comments

Automated Jazz Band App

I’ve always had a hard time practicing rootless voicings in my left hand. I have no problem playing them with my right hand, but when playing with a bassist the pianist is supposed to play them with his/her left. The difficulty in practicing these voicings is that because they sound very different (dare I say ‘wrong’ to the untrained ear) without a bass note! I tried crossing my hands and playing the bass with my right hand, but that was no good. I was looking into hiring a bassist to practice with me when I learned about the iRealPro app, which basically changed my life. Not only does it have thousands of charts that you can download for free (in the forum), but you can put together your own arrangements right on your phone or tablet. Best of...

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Piano at the Cosmos Club

»Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Jazz Piano, Music Performances | 0 comments

Piano at the Cosmos Club

I had the pleasure of playing again for the Brattle Group’s DC office. This year, the party was held at DC’s Cosmos Club – a very elegant and respected Washington establishment. Passing several pianos on the way to the banquet hall, the one that was ready for me was a freshly-tuned Kimball. It was very fun to play, and I went through several jazz and latin standards while guests arrived and got drinks. After dinner, we were treated to a fantastic magic show by Michael Cantor, with card tricks, telepathy and stuffed bunnies. It was a pleasant evening with lots of good people...

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Music from A Charlie Brown Christmas and other Jazzy Holiday Tunes

»Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Jazz Piano, Piano Gigs | 0 comments

Music from A Charlie Brown Christmas and other Jazzy Holiday Tunes

We have the pleasure of playing two public gigs this December to which ALL are invited!  Both shows will feature several jazzy holiday arrangements and music from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Thursday, Dec 5th | 6:30pm – 7:30pm Tessa and Jay play together in this benefit event for Your Sisters.org, an inspiring non-profit organization focused on freeing Tanzanian girls and women from poverty. 10% of restaurant proceeds and all other donations will go straight to Your Sisters. Walker’s Grille | 6909 Metro Park Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310 | 703.922.6200 Friday, Dec 13th | 8pm – 10pm | $10 buy tickets » We are looking forward to being back at Alexandria’s Old Town Theater with our DC jazz trio, Frost Advisory, made up of Tessa on vocals,...

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Playing Piano at the Rusty Scupper in Baltimore

»Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Jazz Piano, Music Performances | 0 comments

Playing Piano at the Rusty Scupper in Baltimore

I played piano for a bunch of nice folk at corporate party at Baltimore’s Rusty Scupper last week. It was my first time in Baltimore (aside from several visits to BWI), and my what a beautiful waterfront!  

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