Next Gig: Villain & Saint, Bethesda, Sunday, April 2, 4 to 6 p.m.

Villain and Saint storefrontFor my many friends who live within a comfortable distance of downtown Bethesda and who are more alert in the late afternoon than at night when I usually play, my next gig on Sunday, April 2, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Villain & Saint (7141 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md.) couldn’t be more convenient. And, at the family-friendly low price of $10 a person (cover charge), it really doesn’t pay to stay home.  (Advance tickets are available here.)

But wait! That’s not all! There are three even bigger reasons you should come: the acclaimed Harry Appelman, on piano; the spectacular Percy White on upright and electric bass; and the magical George Oakley on reeds and flute. Really, these guys are so great that I will have to be careful not to forget to sing as I watch them in awe.

If that’s not enough to get you there, consider Villain & Saint, which describes itself as “a Haight-Ashbury-inspired rock ‘n’ roll music hall,” which obviously has room for the eclectic mix of standard and not-so-standard jazz tunes we’ll be playing. The Villain & Saint kitchen offers “classic bar-fare of hamburgers, loaded nachos, chicken wings and quesadillas and “a standout selection of premium whiskies and bourbons, American beers, and a slew of signature cocktails.” Perfect for a Sunday afternoon in April.

For a hint of what you’ll hear, click here to listen to my recordings and here to watch my videos.

For all those reasons and more, I hope to see you at Villain & Saint on April 2.

Jeff Weintraub



Next Gig: Takoma Park’s Square in the Circle, February 11

square-in-the-circle-2I hope you can join me on Saturday, February 11, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., when I’ll be at Square in the Circle, 6714 Poplar Avenue in Takoma Park, Md. I’m thrilled to be doing it for at least three reasons:

1) Square in the Circle (pictured above) is actually the home of my good friend Alan Kanner, who regularly hosts some of the best independent musicians from across the U.S. It’s a relaxing, intimate setting where the audience can actually touch performers there, but let’s not get carried away with that.

2) Because Square in the Circle typically hosts folk and roots musicians, I’m excited to mix my usual jazz set with equal parts folk, country and blues tunes. It’ll be a night of great American music by the likes of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Elvis Costello (okay, British, but with the heart of an American), Billy Strayhorn, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington and Tom Waits.

3) I’ll be joined again by two spectacular musicians, who, without me, would be worth your hearing: on piano, Dan Lamaestra, who has recorded extensively and performed around the world and currently holds the prestigious position of pianist with the internationally renowned Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble; and, on bass, David Jernigan, one of the Washington area’s leading (and busiest) performers of Brazilian and American jazz.

All this for the low, low cover charge of only $10 per person. There will be refreshments there, but you’re welcome to bring your own, if you don’t mind contributing.

Because it’s a house, seating is limited. So if you plan to attend, please send an email to me at weintraubjeff@gmail.  

If I were to tell that this will be a fun night of great song and spirit, is that something you might be interested in?

See you on February 11.

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

Next Gig: Midsummer Night’s Swing, July 24, Carlyle Club


The Carlyle Club

I’m thrilled to be one of several singers performing in “A Midsummer Night’s Swing” at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Va., on Thursday, July 24, starting at 7 p.m. It’s a singers’ showcase, featuring the lovely and talented: Anthony Compton, Kim Mills, Jeanine Greene, Kathy Farmer, Kiris Powell, Tacha Coleman Parr and Tim Gavagan, who will also emcee the event. Backing us up will be the Wayne Wilentz Trio.

I have to confess it’s my first time at the Carlyle, 411 John Carlyle Street in Alexandria, either as a performer or a listener, but I’ve heard it’s a terrific room and that the food — “classic American cuisine” — is mighty fine.

To get more information or to order tickets at $15 each, click here.

I hope you can join us.

Join Us at The Black Fox on March 5

bf phootI’ll be back at the Black Fox Lounge from 8 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, singing from the Great American Songbook jazz classics and more. Joining me this time will be Nick Lipkowski (guitar) and Eliot Seppa (bass). We’ll be in the street-level window of the Black Fox, which is at 1723 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. There will be food and drink for you, but, as always, no cover charge.

Please join us.

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.


Fusion Gig Now On March 3, Not February 24

For those (all two of you) who diligently marked your calendars when I announced last week I’d be playing again on February 24, thanks, but scratch that. I’ve moved it to Sunday, March 3, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Otherwise, all the details will be the same. The evening will feature jazz standards and other surprises, with:

Cost: $10 suggested at the door.

Click here to RSVP that you’re coming, or just show up. This won’t guarantee you a table. But you can make a reservation directly with the restaurant at 202- 726-2210.

Fusion, known for innovative and acclaimed Indian cuisine, is at 4815 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

See you on March 3, not February 24.