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Organ in Pennsylvania (1 of 2)

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Music Performances, Organ | 0 comments

Organ in Pennsylvania (1 of 2)

Tessa and I had the opportunity to provide the music for a Christian Science church in Berwyn, PA last month. How fun to visit and perform as guests! This church is equipped with an organ, which was another opportunity for me to have an organ performance. Here is the prelude I played, comprised of organ solo versions of two songs that Tessa and I have published over the two years: Let There Be Light, and O Gentle Presence. Both are settings to poems by Mary Baker Eddy, and sound very nice as...

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Piano Album Recording Session #3 of 4

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Music Reflections | 0 comments

Piano Album Recording Session #3 of 4

Another season, another recording session for my 2015 solo piano album. It was a pretty hot fall day, even though the summer was technically over. In our 1928 house, this meant that between every few takes we had to cool off by blasting the window air conditioning unit and turning on a cavalry of small fans. This being the third session of the year, I was glad to note that my targets were more modest (and realistic) in terms of how many songs we were going to get down per day and how long it would take! I’d also come to terms with the...

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Playing Organ in New York City

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

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...

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Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Jazz Piano, Music Performances | 0 comments

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...

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Recording for Upcoming Solo Piano Album

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Albums, Music Reflections | 0 comments

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...

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Save It For A Rainy Day – 10th Anniversary

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Albums, Sheet Music | 0 comments

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. Tessa and I have had our inspirational music on Watchfire for a couple of years now, and appreciate very much being one of their music artists. I’m glad to revisit...

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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...

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Dupont Circle Wedding

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Weddings | 0 comments

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...

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I Released My First Album 10 Years Ago

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Sheet Music | 0 comments

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 » You can also find some interesting thoughts there about some of the compositions. For example, the first track...

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Playing Jazz at Another Great Party

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Jazz Piano, Music Performances | 0 comments

Playing Jazz at Another Great Party

I’ve now had the pleasure of playing piano for United Therapeutics twice – and what a special night it was both times! I already wrote about the 1920’s speakeasy that I played in last December, and last month the event was themed like a classic car repair garage, with so much attention paid to every last detail. The crew from EMT set up all the lighting and sound and were great to work with. Thanks to...

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