Updates on Nov. 22 Gig

For the three people (okay, maybe only two) who might actually check here before heading out to my gig at Twins Jazz in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, November 22, there will now be only one long set, starting at 8 p.m., instead of two.

The other news is that bassist Scott Giambusso will be joining me and Chris Grasso,  who is playing piano. It’s a great combination.

Once again, there’s a $10 cover. Bring friends. See you there.

Jeff

Next Gig: November 22 with Chris Grasso at Twins Jazz

16221_10152648196746700_4802426864498580546_nI’ll be back at Twins Jazz in Washington, D.C., for a pre-Thanksgiving affair on Sunday, November 22, with sets at 8 and 10 p.m.

I’m thriled to be singing this time with Chris Grasso,  one of the best — and, for that reason, busiest — jazz pianists around. If you come only to hear Chris’ remarkable playing, I guarantee you’ll have an enjoyable evening.

We’ll work our way through an eclectic mix of standard and not-so-standard tunes.  For a hint of what you’ll hear, click here to listen to my recordings.

There’s a cover charge of merely $10.  Doors open at 7 p.m. The music starts at 8, and then again at 10 p.m.  For directions and all-important parking tips, click here.

I hope you can join us.
Jeff Weintraub

My Next Gig: Sun., Oct. 18, at Twins Jazz

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Jeff with Wayne Wilentz on piano, James King on bass and Jim West on drums, July 2014.

So many important events occurred on October 18 throughout history. In 1873, for example, Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers and Yale Universities set the first rules for collegiate football (what are their rankings this year?); in 1929, Canadian law finally recognized women as “Persons”; in 1954, Hurricane Hazel (the third that year) became the most severe ever to hit the U.S.;  in 1961, the film adaptation of “West Side Story” was released; in 1968, police found 219 grains of cannabis resin in John and Yoko’s apartment; and, in 1980, Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, was crowned Miss World USA. All true, according to the Internet.

I won’t promise anything quite as auspicious, but we should have fun on Sunday, October 18, 2015, when I’ll be back at Twins Jazz in D.C.to perform two sets at 8 and 10 p.m.

This time I’ll be singing with Wayne Wilentz, one the most talented and, consequently, busiest musicians around, who will burn up the piano keys and keep me from running off the rails. His playing alone will be a huge treat for everyone.

Also, I’ve invited special guest Cheryl Hurwitz to add some of her great violin stylings on a few tunes.

For a better idea of what you’ll hear on September 10, click here to listen to my recordings.

There’s a cover charge of merely $10.  Doors open at 7 p.m. The music starts at 8, and then again at 10 p.m.

By the way, I’ll be back at Twins on Thursday, November 19 and Thursday, December 10. Mark your calendars.

Please come on down. I hope to see you there.

Jeff Weintraub

Back at Twins Jazz: Sept. 10, 8 to 11 p.m.

10945627_10152654827551700_1324410779163328400_nOn Thursday, September 10, I’ll be back at Twins Jazz in D.C., performing two sets at 8 and 10 p.m.

Backing me up will be some of the city’s best: George Oakley (reeds and woodwinds),Scott Giambusso (bass), Nick Lipkowski (guitar) and Steve Bergman (drums). For a better idea of what you’ll hear on September 10, click here to listen to a few of my recordings.

There’s a cover charge of merely $10.  Doors open at 7 p.m. The music starts at 8, and then again at 10 p.m.

By the way, I’ll be back at Twins on Sunday, October 18, Thursday, November 19 and Thursday, December 10. Mark your calendars.

Please come on down. I hope to see you there.

Jeff Weintraub

Next Gig: June 10 at Twins Jazz

Jeff headshot singingJoin me on Wednesday, June 10, with sets at 8 and 10 p.m., at Twins Jazz, one of the hottest places in D.C. for jazz.

I’ll be singing jazz songs from the Great American Songbook, along with pieces from other related genres. Backing me up will be some of the city’s best: George Oakley (reeds and woodwinds), and Eliot Seppa (bass). For a better idea of what you’ll hear on June 10, click here to listen to a few of my recordings.

There’s a cover charge of merely $10 — a deal on any nice summer night in D.C.  Doors open at 7 p.m. The music starts at 8, and then again at 10 p.m.

Please come on down. I hope to see you there.

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New Pics From RitzCarlton, Georgetown

A few photos from show in January at RitzCarlton, Georgetown.Gabriela Alarcón shot the photos for Art Soiree, which produced the program. Gabriela graciously gave me permission to included them here. Click here for samples of her work, and go to my gallery for more pics from the show.

Next Gig: Jan. 22 – Art Soiree’s Living Room Series Live at Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

JAN-22NDIf I might borrow a phrase, you deserve a break on Thursday, January 22 — if not most other days. You know, leaving the worries of the day behind and relaxing in a living room-like setting with some friends as live music plays.

That’s the night I’ll be performing in the Living Room Live Series, which Art Soiree, the producer of the event, calls a concert series that “spotlights emerging artists.” It all takes place in the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s lobby-lounge, which has the ambiance of an actual living room (with a fireplace and drinks and all).

I’ll be singing jazz songs from the Great American Songbook, along with pieces from other related genres. If that’s a little too vague for you, click here to listen to a few of my recordings with these same guys.

Backing me up will be some of the city’s best: George Oakley (reeds and woodwinds), Scott Giambusso (bass) and Nick Lipkowski (guitar). (We’re actually a quartet.)

As if that’s not exciting enough, the show is also free — but you have to RSVP. To get your ticket, click here.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The performance starts at 8, and we’ll play until 10:30 p.m. Seating is first-come-first-served.

I’m mighty grateful to Sandro, the founder of Art Soiree, for having me play. Art Soiree curates and stages contempoary art exhibitions, festivals and art projects. Sandro and his partner Tati have presented more than 300 unique exhibitions and programs since 2009, featuring more than 400 contemporary artists. They also offer full production and artistic marketing services to private and business clients.

So I hope you can join us on January 22. Please, don’t do it for me. Do yourself a favor. You deserve it.

Next Gig: Warming up Mandolin Orange on Oct. 1

There are two reasons why you should go to my friend Alan Kanner‘s for a house concert featuring the traditional acoustic folk/country group Mandolin Orange on Wed., Oct. 1, 7 p.m., at (the quaintly named) “Square in the Circle,” 6714 Poplar Ave., in Takoma Park, Md.

By an order of magnitude, the biggest reason you should go is that Mandolin Orange — the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz (pictured below) — is extraordinary. As one reviewer put it, “They craft simple songs that go beyond chord progressions and vocal harmonies, leading somehow toward something pure. Using acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and a hand-me-down fiddle, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz allure with a heart-worn sensibility. Last year’s Haste Make/ Hard Hearted Stanger combines bluegrass, rock and country for lullabies that swoon.” I’ve listened to all three of their albums and have become a huge fan.

Check out these videos mandolin-ornage2if that’s not enough to convince you.

This is a chance to hear in an intimate venue (about 50 seats) and for the low-low price of only $20 a group that is already on its way to becoming a major force in their genre of music and well beyond. If you don’t know them now, eventually you will — and should.

The second, much less compelling reason for you to go is to hear me. Alan has generously offered me the opportunity to provide a brief warm up to Mandolin Orange, and I’m thrilled and humbled to do it.

This will be pretty far from my usual jazz act. With my guitar, I’ll be singing a few country, folk and blues selections. Though the featured act should be enough reason to go, I’m hoping my playing might push you over the edge and get you there.

If you do plan to go, it’s essential to email Alan at SquareintheCircle@gmail.com so that he can be sure there’s still room in what is a limited space.

I know it’s a school night, but, really, you owe it to yourself to come hear Mandolin Orange. You will be amazed by them. I hope to see you there.

Jeff Weintraub

Videos From My July 2014 Show

Here are videos of three tunes I performed this past July at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Va. They’re posted also on the WeintraubMusic YouTube Channel. Backing me up were: Wayne Wilentz – piano; James King – bass; Jim West – drums. The videography is by Bobby Spero. Let me know what you think.

LULLABY OF BIRDLAND – BY GEORGE SHEARING AND GEORGE DAVID WEISS

 

ILLUSION – BY GREGORY PORTER

 

 I WANNA BE LIKE YOU – BY ROBERT B. SHERMAN AND RICHARD M SHERMAN

 

New Pics of Carlyle Club Show

For those who couldn’t catch me at Carlyle Club on July 24, I’ve just posted some photos that Aretha Grayson took that night on my Gallery page. Here are a four from the collection. Backing me up were Wayne Wilentz (piano), James King (bass) and Jim West (drums).