Posts Tagged "vocals"

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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Karmin opens their tour at the Baltimore Soundstage

»Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Concerts | 0 comments

Karmin opens their tour at the Baltimore Soundstage

We were there! One week ago today. There was lots of lights, colors, dancing, jumping, pzazz, spunk, and best of all – good music by real musicians. The bassist, Andrew James, is a friend of ours and put our names on The List, which was cool 🙂 It was great to see him rocking it with the band on the opening night of their Pulses tour. Lead singer Amy was very easy and fun to watch. She worked the crowd, promoted new material, and talked between songs about the right amount – not to little that we wanted more, but not too much that we just wanted her to get back to the music. Nick was a little more confusing as he switched between singing, playing keys, and running around in his all-green outfit, but when he grabbed his trombone everything clicked into...

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American Voices with Renée Flemming

»Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Concerts, Music Reviews | 0 comments

American Voices with Renée Flemming

I was fortunate to purchase tickets far enough in advance (almost 10 weeks) for last weekend’s program at the Kennedy Center, hosted by Renée Fleming. It entailed 6 masters classes and concluded with a star-studded concert Saturday night. I attended the concert as well as the Vocal Jazz and Pop masters classes, which were fascinating. Vocal Jazz Master Class Dianne Reeves led the jazz class in the Terrace Theater, which entailed  four voice students about a couple hundred of us spectators. Each student took a turn singing a song, after which Ms Reeves worked with them to improve certain aspects of their performance. The best part was when she’d have the singer re-sing part of the song while focusing on a particular interpretation technique. In every...

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Performing at the Mother Church in Boston

»Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Music Performances, Music Reflections, Sheet Music | 0 comments

Performing at the Mother Church in Boston

It’s hard to believe that Tessa and I just performed for a service at The Mother Church on Sunday! Just last week I was sitting here at my desk in DC, dreaming up an organ part for a piece I wrote earlier this year: Come To This Fountain. This solo had already been approved for the service, but I was following an inkling that adding organ to the existing piano/vocal arrangement would be pretty powerful. But would it sound good? Could it blend smoothly with my piano accompaniment? Would it support or distract from the solo’s text (Mary Baker Eddy’s Communion Hymn)? Now, a week later, I’m listening to one of the practice recordings that we ran before the service. The Mother Church organist Bryan Ashley was wonderfully open to the idea, even...

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