Posts Tagged "jazz band"

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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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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Swing Time – The Musical

»Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Music Performances, Musicals and Theater | 0 comments

Swing Time – The Musical

I’ve enjoyed playing several shows with Mike Thornton’s (of Capitol Steps) production called Swing Time, which takes place in a radio studio during the second World War. The cast of 3 couples sings and dances through all sorts of swing music from that era, including numbers like In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction, and Sing Sing Sing. The band consists of piano, drums, and bass, and in several places the singers do a really great job mimicking the horn section of a large brass band. It’s quite fun to watch (and play in!), especially if you know the tune. Even if you don’t, you’re bound to recognize something … so come check it out at the Navy Memorial Center in downtown DC! Here’s everything you need to know about Swing Time...

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Jazz Festival in Breda, NL

»Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Jazz Festivals | 0 comments

Jazz Festival in Breda, NL

Happily stumbled across the Breda Jazz Festival today! It was set up in the old downtown area, all outdoors and free. There were 16 stages, each packed with listeners holding beer cups and various finger foods. We hardly made it to those groups though as we were pleasantly sidetracked by a couple of local bands playing in the streets. It was very New Orleans – my favorite. The first was called Rue d’Anvers, and we encountered them marching up to an opening in the square where they set up camp and played a few tunes. They had all my favorite parts of New Orleans street music: tuba bass line, multiple horn harmony sections, and spunky solos. Once they wrapped up, we continued on our way and a few more steps later came across Honkers Brass Band. A...

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Jacky Terrasson at Bohemian Caverns

»Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Concerts, Jazz Piano | 0 comments

Jacky Terrasson at Bohemian Caverns

The gig Tessa and I had scheduled for last Saturday night got cancelled, so we took the opportunity to visit the local jazz scene in a new-to-us venue, where a new-to-us jazz pianist was playing. His name is Jacky Terrasson, and he recently won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. His playing was indeed remarkable. It seemed to us to be quite engaging and accessible, especially for those non jazz lovers, while also wowing us constantly with complicated and intricate jazz tricks. In a show that lasted about an hour (plus a 10-minute encore), we heard 5 or 6 songs. The first was Besame Mucho, and like the arrangements that followed, went through several different variations and interpretations … jazzy trio feel, to slow and pensive,...

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