Next gigs: Mr. Henry’s – July 21; Villain & Saint – Aug. 13

2017 Villain and Saint7I hope you can join me for two upcoming gigs: one on Friday, July 21, from 8 to 11 p.m., at Mr. Henry’s, 601 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C., the Capitol Hill pub and restaurant that has long been a spot for great jazz and other music; and on Sunday, August 13, 4 to 6 p.m. at Villain & Saint, 7141 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md.

Joining me at Mr. Henry’s will be Wayne Wilentz on piano and Scott Giambusso, two of the Washington area’s busiest and most accomplished jazz musicians. At Villain & Saint, pianist Jim Levy will join me and Scott, with Ele Rubenstein on drums. Don’t miss these guys.

Mr. Henry’s is a hopping presence on Capitol Hill, and we’ll be playing in the upstairs performing space. There is a $15 food and beverage minimum per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. for guests who are interested in the jazz dinner menu (prepared by Chef Thomas Bach). For that, Mr. Henry’s strongly encourages you to make reservations to get a preferred table. To make a reservation go to http://www.mrhenrysdc.com/live-music   or  http://www.mrhenrysdc.com/

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.

I hope you can join me for one of both of these shows.

Jeff Weintraub

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

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: 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.

Check Out My New Demo Tracks

I finally found some time to sit down and record six songs to share with others, and now they’re live and ready for your indulgence.

If you do check them out, you’ll hear me, Nick Lipkowski (on electric and acoustic guitars), George Oakley (alto saxophone, flute and clarinet), and Scott Giambusso (acoustic bass). We recorded at New Door Productions, where Scott is the proprietor and engineer.

To hear the tracks, click over to this page to find the links to the recordings on SoundCloud. Or click each of the songs right here:

I hope you enjoy them, and please share your feedback.

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

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.

Jeff