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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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We’re Playing on Valentine’s Day!

»Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Music Performances | 0 comments

We’re Playing on Valentine’s Day!

Tessa and I are looking forward to Valentine’s Day – when else do you get to sing a bunch of jazzy love songs with your spouse? This year Valentine’s falls on a Saturday, and we’ll be performing a couple of sets from 5 – 7:30 at the Skydome Lounge in Arlington, with beautiful panoramic views of the Washington skyline. Here’s all the info you need about menu and pricing, and we hope to see you...

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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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Wedding Reception at the Capitol Hill Club

»Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Piano Gigs | 0 comments

Wedding Reception at the Capitol Hill Club

A wedding reception last month brought me the privilege of playing at the magnificent Steinway at the Capitol Hill Club. Now that we have our own 7′ Baldwin, it isn’t often that I find myself at other pianos of equal or higher caliber than what I’m used to playing at home! This was an exception. I really enjoyed the mellow touch, strong resonance, and overall amazing dynamic depth that comes with concert grands. Strangely, a little sign next to the piano indicated that was only 6′ 10″, which is clearly not the case. Not wanting to make a complete fool of myself, I didn’t try to measure it in front of the wedding guests, but it looks pretty close to a concert grand (around 9′). Definitely longer than our 7′ Baldwin....

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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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