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.

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

Music for the Holidays at Bistro Bohem, Sept. 8

No, I’m not referring to that joyous season between the end of November and the beginning of January. I’m talking Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — all coming at us within about a fortnight. And, amidst it all, an evening of song on Sunday, September 8, from 8 to 10 p.m., at Bistro Bohem.

At that gig, I’ll be singing, as usual, alongside George Oakley (reeds and woodwinds), Scott Giambusso (bass) and Nick Lipkowski (guitar). We’ll be playing Great American Songbook standards and maybe a few other surprises.

Bistro Bohem, it 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.

Please join us for the holidays — whether you observe them or not. And bring friends.

Let There Be Light for August 4 Show at Bistro Bohem

Maybe you saw my frantic emails and Facebook posts the afternoon of July 7: a neighborhood power outage shut down Bistro Bohem that day and scuttled our show for the night. (Sorry to those of you who didn’t see my messages that afternoon and went to hear us, only to see the place empty.) We’re hoping to keep more than the lights on when we return to the restaurant (actually, to its Kafe) on Sunday, August 4, from 8 to 10 p.m.

When I say “we” I mean the same great talents who were scheduled to support my vocals on July 7: Scott Giambusso (bass), Nick Lipkowski (guitar) and Robert Vetter (trumpet and keyboard). As usual, we’ll be playing Great American Songbook standards and a few other surprises.

As for Bistro Bohem, it features Central European food (primarily Czech) and great beers from the region. They serve dishes such as Chicken Schnitzel;Knedlo, Vepro, Zelo; Čerstvé bramborové lupínky; Pierogi; Evropský Sýrový talíř; Domaci Pastika; Smazak; Beef Goulash; Walnut Parsley Pesto Fettuccine (maybe not Central European, but…); Wild Mushroom Risotto; Seasoned with herbs de Provence; and Bavarian Bratwurst. 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.

Please join us for what should be a fun and light-filled night. And bring friends.

Jeff

Back to Bistro Bohem on July 7 and August 4

If you missed us on June 2 when we inaugurated a new weekly jazz series at Bistro Bohem, well, it was a good time. Lots of people speaking many different languages, great food and drink. We’ll try to recreate that for you on Sunday, July 7, and Sunday, August 4, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. when we’re back at the Kafe.

Helping me out on July 7 will be Scott Giambusso (bass), Nick Lipkowski (guitar) and Robert Vetter (trumpet and keyboard), my first time playing with him. As usual, we’ll be playing Great American Songbook standards and maybe a few other surprises.

A relatively new arrival in the growing galaxy of innovative D.C. restaurants, Bistro Bohem recreates a Prague cafe ambiance in the historic U Street/Shaw neighborhood in D.C. Its Central European cuisine (well-known to my friends back in Chicago) is a rarity in these parts, and it has already won acclaim from reviewers and customers, who are packing the place regularly. So even if you’re not interested in the music, at least come for the culinary experience.

The restaurant is at 600 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Phone: 202.735.5895.

No cover charge.

Please join us for what should be a fun night. And bring friends.

Jeff

June 2 Gig Inaugurates Weekly Jazz Night at Bistro Bohem

I’m excited to help Bistro Bohem inaugurate a new weekly jazz series on Sunday, June 2, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in its Kafe. Joining me will be George Oakley (reeds and woodwinds), Scott Giambusso (bass) and Nick Lipkowski (guitar). As usual, we’ll be playing Great American Songbook standards and maybe a few other surprises.

A relatively new arrival in the growing galaxy of innovative D.C. restaurants, Bistro Bohem recreates a Prague cafe ambiance in the historic U Street/Shaw neighborhood in D.C. Its Central European cuisine (well-known to my friends back in Chicago) is a rarity in these parts, and it has already won acclaim from reviewers and customers, who are packing the place regularly. So even if you’re not interested in the music, at least come for the culinary experience.

The restaurant is at 600 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Phone: 202.735.5895.

No cover charge.

Please join us for what should be a fun night. And bring friends.

Jeff