At Bistro Bohem, Nov. 3

We’re back again at Bistro Bohem for Jazz Night, Sunday, November 3, from 8 to 10 p.m. Joining me will be George Oakley (reeds and woodwinds), Ethan Foote, (bass) and Nick Lipkowski (guitar). We’ll be playing Great American Songbook standards and maybe a few other surprises. Bistro Bohem features Central European food (primarily Czech) and great beers from the region. Click here to see the full menu. The restaurant is at 600 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Phone: 202.735.5895. No cover charge.

Also, I’ll be at the Black Fox Lounge in DuPont Circle in Washington, on Wednesday, November 6, 8 to 11 p.m., with Oren Levine on keys and possibly a bass player (still working on that).

Come on out to one or both of these shows. It will be great to see you.

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Music for the End of the World — Oct. 16 at Black Fox Lounge

How will you be spending the final hours before the U.S. Government defaults on its debts? Watching Wolf Blitzer and the “Best Damn Political Team in the Solar System”(TM) search for new ways to describe the crisis, as the countdown clock ticks away in the corner of the screen? Taking inventory of skids of canned foods you’ve stored in your basement? Refreshing every 90 seconds the browser showing your how fast your stock portfolio is losing value? Re-reading “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy (as depicted in the photo above), just to acclimate yourself with what you might be facing in the near future?

Friends, I have a better option. Join me and jazz pianist Oren Levine at the Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, October 16, 8 to 11 p.m., only moments before the debt ceiling deadline. Look at it this way, if we all going down, why not go down together?

And as we do, you’ll hear Oren and me perform old standards whose time-honored messages will shed new light on the current crisis:

  • The Gershwins’ “How Long Has This Been Going On?”, which reminds us that we should have seen this impending cataclysm coming a long time ago
  • Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” attempting to keep us from freaking out about the volatility we will see in the global economy
  • Sometimes I’m Happy,” recalling days gone by
  • I Wanna Be Like You,” a song from the movie “Jungle Book” in which apes kidnap the young protagonist in hopes of gaining control of the most powerful weapon in the world (connect your own dots to the current situation)
  • Caravan“, about the wandering in the desert we have ahead of us
  • Ain’t No Sunshine,” Bill Withers’ prescient prediction (in 1971) of what the post-October 17 landscape will look like
  • It’s Only a Paper Moon,” which states, “It’s a Barnum and Bailey world, just as phoney as it can be….”

So come by on October 16 for a bite and some drink. Oren and I will be on the main level of the Black Fox, right in the window as you come off the street. This is the first of a regular series of engagements there, every first and third Wednesday of each month.

And don’t forget to join me at Bistro Bohem on Sunday, November 3, 8 to 10 p.m. More on that later.

See you soon,

Jeff

Upcoming Gigs at Black Fox and Bistro Bohem

I’ll be keeping busy these next few weeks at both the Black Fox Lounge and Bistro Bohem.

On Wednesday, October 16, 8 to 11 p.m., and then again on Wednesday, November 6 (same time), I’ll be at the Black Fox (pictured below) with Oren Levine on piano. We’ll be in the front window of the place, so you won’t miss us when you come in. No cover, and the usual Great American Songbook (and more) material. Black Fox is at 1723 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., right in the heart of DuPont Circle. This is black fox exteriorthe start of regular appearances on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Then, on Sunday, November 3, 8 to 10 p.m,. I’ll be with George Oakley (sax, clarinet, flute), Nick Lipkowski (guitar) and a bass player to be named at Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Also, no cover.

I hope to see you on all these evenings. Should be a lot of fun.

Jeff

 

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