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Piano at The Willard Hotel

»Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Music Performances, Piano Gigs | 0 comments

Piano at The Willard Hotel

I had the distinct and honorable pleasure of being asked to play piano at an event hosted by the Museum of the Bible celebrating the 155th anniversary of Julia Ward Howe’s writing of the lyrics to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, which contain many Bible references and was written in the wee hours of November 19th, 1861. To mark the occasion, the Museum of the Bible had an exhibit in the lobby of the Willard Hotel, and had me playing piano off to the side. I played through several Civil War-era tunes, circling back to different versions and motifs of the Battle Hymn. The Willard is an elegant luxury hotel that has been in business since at least the 1860s. In fact, it was in a room there where Julia Ward Howe woke up in the wee hours on the morning and...

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Jazz Trio in Alexandria

»Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Jazz Piano, Piano Gigs | 0 comments

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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Valentine’s Day Music at the DoubleTree

»Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Jazz Piano, Piano Gigs | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day Music at the DoubleTree

Our Valentine’s performance was a total blast! It had all the important elements: great people, amazing venue, and of course, love. We spent the evening singing through nearly all of the love songs we knew – lots of jazz standards, some latin, and some pop as the guests rotated slowly around us, enjoying the music and crystal-clear views of the Pentagon and downtown Washington. I actually played for two different crowds – the weekly Comedy Zone dinner on the 12th floor, then a couple of sets with Tessa in the Skydome. Pictures from both below! It was a great night 🙂

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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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Making a Solo Piano Jazz Setlist

»Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Music Reflections, Piano Gigs | 0 comments

Making a Solo Piano Jazz Setlist

For my regular weekend gig I play about an hour of jazz standards (mostly) as background music at a restaurant while people eat dinner. After making setlists for weddings, Christmas parties, and stage events, I initially thought that coming up with a setlist for an hour of background music would be easy. It was easier than other types of performances, but it required more thought than I expected. Music contributes to the ambiance of the room and people – whether or not they are paying you their full attention for the hour – are taking it in. They appreciate hearing a few songs that they recognize, such as old favorites that they don’t hear often, showtunes and movie themes, cool piano versions of great folk/rock songs, or jazzy takes on...

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