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Jazz Duo for Birthday Party

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Music Performances | 0 comments

Jazz Duo for Birthday Party

Tessa and I had a great time last weekend playing through a good portion of our jazz repertoire as background music for an 80th birthday party. The birthday boy, his wife, and a couple of dozen lifelong friends and guests all enjoyed a best-in-class dinner at Joe’s Crab House while we provided atmosphere and ambiance – and then stuck around for some food of our own!! Big thanks to the hosts for having us...

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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...

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House Concert TOMORROW for NY Singer/Pianist Todd Alsup

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Music Performances | 0 comments

House Concert TOMORROW for NY Singer/Pianist Todd Alsup

Tessa and I are thrilled to be hosting a house concert tomorrow night for a Singer/Songwriter from New York City, Todd Alsup. He’ll be sharing songs from his new album Currency, and hopefully a few pop/R&B covers as well! I’ll be opening with a some jazz and a couple of new age pieces from Piano on 24th. We have thoroughly enjoyed Todd’s performances at Redeye Grill, across the street from Carnegie Hall in NYC, because of his soulful interpretation of cover songs and amazing vocal technique. (Indeed, we like some of his...

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Music Performances | 0 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Enjoy my solo piano rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, played yesterday as the postlude for our church service. Stars and Stripes - Church Postlude...

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“Piano on 24th” Review – One World Music

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Piano on 24th | Comments Off on “Piano on 24th” Review – One World Music

“Piano on 24th” Review – One World Music

A really nice review just came in for Piano on 24th by One World Music! I’m delighted that Steve enjoyed it so much, and I’m impressed with how spot-on he was with his interpretation of individual recordings. You can read the review below, or visit OWM’s inspiration album review page and click on my album cover. (While you’re at it, have a listen to song samples below or purchase Piano on 24th!) Before You Open Your Eyes (sample)Come To This Fountain (sample)Que La Lumiere Soit (Let There Be Light) (sample)With The...

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Musical Director for Sweeney Todd

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Musicals and Theater | 0 comments

Musical Director for Sweeney Todd

January was a blur this year! Fresh off of a trip to Peru over the holidays, my wife and I returned home and jumped straight into tech week for a musical we’d been involved in since November: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, produced by St. Mark’s Players. Tessa was a soprano in the chorus, and I was Musical Director, conductor, and pianist. It was many hours of work, advanced my music education considerably … and was tons of fun! The cast was comprised of 19 people – 9 principals and 10 in the ensemble....

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Casino Night with NAIOP

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Jazz Piano, Music Performances | 0 comments

Casino Night with NAIOP

Thanks to the NAIOP for having me and Tessa perform last week! It was a great night of jazz standards, showtunes, and lots of yummy finger food...

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Last Day To Pre-order Piano on 24th!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Albums | 0 comments

Last Day To Pre-order Piano on 24th!

Greetings! I’m happy to share the news that WE REACHED OUR PRESALE GOAL of $2,400 for Piano on 24th – my new CD! Tessa and I send a heartfelt THANK YOU to the 40 supporters who have backed our Kickstarter campaign thus far. Also, today is the last day you can make pre-purchases, so if you’re on the hunt for Christmas gifts we invite you to consider the CD for someone else! You can listen to samples and pre-order until midnight tonight ». We’ll send out the CDs by Dec 14th.   Thank you very much and happy...

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NEW SOLO PIANO CD! Coming December

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Albums | 0 comments

NEW SOLO PIANO CD! Coming December

. Announcing a new solo piano album: “Piano on 24th” Piano on 24th is an album of solo piano pieces that starts out with joyful, pure, inspirational compositions and segues into colorful tunes with flares of minor themes, flamenco, and rock piano. It is comprised of songs that I wrote this year and others that date as far back as 12 years. To help get this project to the finish line, Tessa and I put together this Kickstarter campaign which allows you to support us by: pre-purchasing CDs becoming a supporter or producer (with your...

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Organ in Pennsylvania (2 of 2)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2015 in Music Performances, Organ | 0 comments

Organ in Pennsylvania (2 of 2)

As I promised Friday, here’s a recording of the postlude I played in Berwyn, PA last month. It is my organ arrangement of John Tesh’s April Song. I really enjoyed holding that last high note for so long over chords – can’t do that on...

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