Good Music and Warm Weather, Feb. 19 at the Black Fox

winter photoHere’s the scene outside my house as a write this note. It’s what everyone in the Washington region is seeing, waiting (so we’re told) for yet another layer of snow tonight. The weariness has surely set in, but consider this: the forecast shows that it will be 60 degrees on Wednesday, February 19. Coincidentally, that the same day, from 8 to 11 p.m., I’ll be back at the Black Fox Lounge, for an evening of Great American Songbook jazz classics and more — this time with  Oren Levine(piano), and Eliot Seppa (bass). It will be a perfect night to celebrate the melting of ice and snow and the imminent appearance of early crocuses. Come by and release.

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.

Hope to see you there.

Jeff Weintraub

Next Gig: January 15 at Black Fox

I’m back at the Black Fox Lounge, Wednesday, January 1, 8 to 11 p.m., after a surprisingly strong turnout this past New Year’black fox exteriors Day. Joining me (vocals) will be Oren Levine (piano) and Eliot Seppa (bass) playing Great American Songbook jazz classics and much more.

We’ll be in the street-level window of the 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.

Hope to see you there.

Jeff Weintraub

Next Gig: Two Great Traditions on One Night, December 18

OfficeParty_LoResYou may or may not know that I’ve recently started my own business. Like any self-respecting American company, I figured mine must have a holiday party. So I asked the Special Projects Division of my company to assign a Holiday Party Task Force, made up of some of the most tasteful party experts. Their assignment: to come up with an idea for our first annual event. After months of deliberation and multiple field tests, their recommendation, which I have accepted, is to combine the company holiday party with one of my twice-monthly engagements at the Black Fox Lounge. Such an obvious and elegant solution! Why didn’t I, the boss, think of that?

So please come by the Black Fox on Wednesday, December 18, from 8 to 11 p.m., not just to hear Oren Levine (piano) and Eliot Seppa (bass) and me (vocals) perform Great American Songbook standards and such. Join us also in observance of the Great American Office Holiday Party.

Here’s how it works. Go to the Black Fox at 1723 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Walk in and find a seat. Order drinks or food. Listen to the music. Have fun. I won’t be buying rounds of drinks, but I will sing to you. Is that something you might be interested in?

Oh, and there’s no cover charge.

Come celebrate. Hope to see you there.

Jeff Weintraub

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Back at the Black Fox, Nov. 20

Black Fox pic.nov6.13As this grainy photo might suggest, we had a great time last week at the Black Fox Lounge. Joining me then were Oren Levine on piano and Eliot Seppa on bass. We’ll be back there next week, November 20, from 8 to 11 p.m., for another night of jazz.

Black Fox is at 1723 Connecticut Ave NW, in Washington, D.C., the heart of DuPont Circle nightlife. We hope you can make it.


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,


Back to Fusion, December 23

We had so much fun at Fusion Restaurant on November 18 that owner Barry Dindyal has asked us to return — this time on Sunday, December 23, from 7 to 9:30.

With me on vocals, with Oren Levine (piano), George Oakley (reeds and woodwinds) and Scott Giambusso (bass) will be playing.

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, with its innovative and acclaimed Indian cuisine, is at 4815 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

See you on December 23.