Monday, July 23, 2018
Photo by John Sample
Come hear me play!  Why would you?
(sorry...I meant "wouldn't")
 
Well, the best way to keep track of my whereabouts is through my website, www.sethkibel.com, which recently received acomplete overhaul!  New design, new videos, updated calendar, etc.  Now you can find out more about me without looking at a site that looks like it was designed in 2004.
Here are some performance highlights for this week:
Wednesday, July 25 -- Riversdale House Museum
Outdoor concert with the Seth Kibel Quintet
4811 Riverdale Road
Riverdale, MD  20737
301-864-0420
7 to 8 pm
free!
With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, Nick Ruggieri on drums, and Flo Anito on vocals.  If it rains (pretty likely, methinks!), we just go inside the mansion!
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Thursday, July 26 -- United States Botanic Garden
Outdoor concert with the Seth Kibel Quartet
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20001
202-225-8333
5 to 7 pm
free!
With  Sean Lane on piano, Russell Rodgers on bass, and  Nick Ruggieri on drums.  In the National Garden Amphitheater, but if it rains, we go indoors to the Conservatory Garden Court.
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Saturday, July 28 -- The Casa Phoenix
Seth Kibel & Flo Anito
near Logan Circle
Washington, DC  20009
202-270-5048
7:30 to 9:30 pm
$25
Vegetarian  feast at 6:30 pm included in the price of admission.  This is a fabulous and friendly house concert venue.  Actual address revealed upon ticket purchase.  Flo and I are gonna do some of our original music (including quite a few political songs!), some jazz classics, and a few other surprises (klezmer, anyone?). 
 
Below is a video for a brand-new song that Flo Anito and I wrote together about the crisis on the southern border.  It's called "Cages," and if you get a chance to listen, and possibly spread it around the interwebs, we'd be very grateful.

Cages -- by Flo Anito & Seth Kibel
Cages -- by Flo Anito & Seth Kibel

Some other recent videos for ya! 

Some extreme closeups at a swing dance!
Some extreme closeups at a swing dance!


An hour of klezmer!
An hour of klezmer!


Some Duke Ellington with Flo Anito!
Some Duke Ellington with Flo Anito!


More swing dance closeups!
More swing dance closeups!


Tiny Hands, Big Desk (live)
Tiny Hands, Big Desk (live)


Some jump blues with the Natty Beaux!
Some jump blues with the Natty Beaux!
Lots more gigs listed online at:
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Photo by Larry Levine
North Carolina tour, plus another DC klezmer brunch (klunch?)
North Carolina tour

Please tell all your friends, family, foes, and frenemies you might happen to have down in North Carolina!  We need all the help we can get in promoting these concerts.  Many thanks!
Friday, June 1 -- The Rooster's Wife
910-944-7502
6:45 to 8:30 pm
Price:  $10 (in advance)
A few advance tickets are still available for this one!  Get 'em here!
Sunday, June 3 -- The Juggling Gypsy
910-763-2223
11 am to 1 pm
$10 cover
Brunch will also be available for purchase.
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Klezmer Brunch w/ Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
202-518-9400
$30 concert & brunch, $10 concert only
Kids under age 7 eat free and don't need a ticket!
A rare public performance of The Alexandria Kleztet!  Yours truly, along with Helen Hausmann on violin, Bob Abbott on bass, and Tim Jarvis on drums!
Advance tickets are HIGHLY recommended!  And you MUSTpurchase your tickets (right here) no later than Wednesday, June 6 if you want brunch.  After that, all tickets are concert only!  Fortunately, we'll be louder than the growling of your stomach.  I think.
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As always, these are just the highlights.  If you need to serve me a subpoena, there are plenty of other performances coming up through the Washington and Baltimore regions!
Lots more gigs listed online at:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Seth with Cherry Blossoms photo by John Sample
Some stuff in Maryland, and then an advance warning to North Carolinians!
I've got a pretty busy spring and summer lined up -- please check out my full schedule at www.sethkibel.com.  But here are some highlights for ya:
Thursday, May 3 -- Great Sage (Vegan Restaurant)
Seth Kibel Quartet
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm
No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!
This will be a unique performance!  Yours truly, along with mandolin ( Joel-Michael Schwartz), tuba ( Tom Holtz), and drums ( Wes Crawford).  The results may be good or they may be bad, but, either way, musical history will be made!

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Swing Dance with the Seth Kibel Quintet
800 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD  21228
443-831-6422
8:30 to 11:30 pm
$10 to $15

In "The Barn."  Intro dance lesson at 7:30 pm included in the price of admission.  With Flo Anito on vocals, Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.

RSVP at Faceplant!
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So...at the beginning of June, Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project (yours truly, along with Sean Lane, Bob Abbott, and Wes Crawford) are doing a short mini-tour of North Carolina!  A few private dates, but we've also got two public gigs, and we could REALLY use your help spreading the word!  If you've got family, friends, former roommates, jilted lovers, or escaped pets in North Carolina, please let 'em know that we'll be bringing klezmer, jazz, and swing down south!
Friday, June 1 -- The Rooster's Wife
114 Knight Street
Aberdeen, NC  28315
910-944-7502
6:45 to 8:30 pm
Price:  $10 (in advance)
Advance tickets are strongly encouraged for this one!  Get 'em here!
Sunday, June 3 -- The Juggling Gypsy
1612 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC  28401
910-763-2223
11 am to 1 pm
$10 cover
Brunch will also be available for purchase.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Photo by Rose Romeo Campiglia
2 chances to hear me klez it up this Sunday!

"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & Friends
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 concert & brunch, $15 concert only
Kids under 7 eat free and don't need a ticket!
This show will feature Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on double bass.
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Sunday, April 15 -- Tikvat Israel Congregation
Concert with Seth Kibel Klezmer Quartet
2200 Baltimore Road
Rockville, MD  20851
301-762-7338
7 to 9:30 pm
$25 in advance, $30 at the door
Double bill with Rak Shalom, a cappella group from the University of Maryland!  Advance ticket purchase HIGHLY recommended --click here to purchase tickets!
With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.

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Tired of your kiddos snarfing your Tide Pods? Then get 'em interested in a (slightly) more useful activity -- jazz!

Bring 'em to my "Saturday Family Jazz" program at AMP by Strathmore on Saturday, April 21!  11 am to noon.  Designed for kids ages 3 to 11, these programs will be fun and (gasp!) educational.  Advance ticket purchase is STRONGLY encouraged!  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
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Lots more gigs listed online at:
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Photo by Evan Forman
A rare visit to NYC, NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, and more!
Two big shows coming up this weekend -- one in Rockville, Maryland, and one in New York, New York!
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...then, it's up the Jersey Turnpike for... 
Sunday, April 1 -- City Winery NYC
"Klezmer Brunch" with Klezmerama
155 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
212-608-0555
11 am to 2 pm
$10 (does NOT include brunch)
This is a very special one-time Passover/Easter/April Fool's Day concert with an all-star band consisting of your truly, along with drummer Eve Sicular, trombonist Reut Regev, and accordionist Shoko Nagai, all of whom play with such illustrious NYC klezmer bands as Metropolitan KlezmerIsle of Klezbos, and J. Edgar Klezmer!
 
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NPR's Tiny Desk Contest!! 
Perhaps some of you recall this bizarre submission I made last year.   
This time, I collaborated with the talented singer/songwrite Flo Anito  to come up with this nifty little ode to a certain short-fingered vulgarian. If you like it, please share, comment, like, tweet, repost, retweet, instatweet, snaptweet, and generally spread it all around the exits of the information superhighway. Thanks!
Tiny Hands, Big Desk
Tiny Hands, Big Desk


Lots more gigs listed online at:
Monday, February 12, 2018
Tiny Planet album cover
Yet another new album, and some enticing public performances!
For the past year or so, you've been hearing about "Tiny Planet," my collaborative project with the globe-trotting percussionist Tom Teasley.

We've been getting some pretty awesome reviews from our shows,    !

Well, at long last, our new album is out!
It's available for your purchasing and listening pleasure at pretty much everywhere fine (and other) music is sold along the information superhighway.  CDBaby (for an actual bonafide CD), iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.
Probably the best way to obtain it (and listen to extensive samples) is to go to this link!

But...just for my extra-special, super-tastic, ultra-sexy email subscribers...you can order a copy by sending a check for $12 (includes shipping and handling) to:

Tiny Planet (Seth Kibel)
P.O. Box 32615
Baltimore, MD  21282

Makes checks out to "Seth Kibel."  Each additional copy is just $10.
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Sunday, February 18 -- Edlavitch Jewish Community Center
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & Friends
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 concert & brunch, $15 concert only
This show will feature the Music Pilgrim Trio -- yours truly, along with Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Bob Abbott on double bass.  And maybe a surprise guest or two!
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Friday, February 23 -- Old Town Hall
Concert with "Tiny Planet" (Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley)
3999 University Drive
Fairfax, VA  22031
703-352-9100
8 to 9:30 pm
free, no tickets required!
Come to think of it, this is would be an excellent opportunity to pick up our new album!

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Another Tiny Planet video!!!  A nice preview of the new album.  (Did I mention we have a new album ?)
 
 
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Monday, January 1, 2018
Actual picture of Seth
Was your New Year's resolution to hear more woodwinds in 2018?
Who am I kidding?  Of course, it was!

Well, fortunately for you, I'm starting off the New Year with quite a few gigs.  The full schedule, as always,
is a click away,   
but here are two highlights I wanted to bring to your attention:
Thursday, January 4 -- Great Sage (vegan restaurant)
Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm
No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!  WithSean Lane on piano, Russell Rodgers on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
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Sunday, January 7 -- Edlavitch Jewish Community Center
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & Friends
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 concert & brunch, $15 concert only
My "friends" this particular morning will include Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on double bass.
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Lots more gigs listed online at:
Monday, December 11, 2017
More Kibel!!!
Doesn't everyone wish for more clarinet this time of year?
Quite a few more performances remaining this holiday season, including my annual klezmer appearance at The Kennedy Center with The Alexandria Kleztet.
But here are two shows you need to ask Alexa to buy you tickets for RIGHT NOW!
Thursday, December 14 -- An Die Musik
Seth Kibel & Friends -- A Swingin' Klezmer Chanukah!
8 to 10 pm
$15, $10 students
Some favorite Chanukah carols, klezmer melodies, jazz improv, and more, with electric guitarist Michael Raitzyk, bassist Bob Abbott, and everyone's favorite percussion elf Tom Teasley!
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Wednesday, December 20 -- Tiny Planet (Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley)
CD Release Show!
7:30 to 8:30 pm
$20
As many of you already know, I've got a duo project, dubbed "Tiny Planet," with the award-winning, globe-trotting percussionist Tom Teasley.  We've got a brand-new record, and it will be available for purchase at this show.  It won't officially be available elsewhere until mid-January, but we'll have some "advance copies" for sale at the concert.
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Videos of Snark & Despair
(please assist me in my relentless battle against obscurity by watching, commenting, reposting, resharing, retweeting, regramming, etc...)
Wait!  There's more...
Lots more gigs listed online at:
Monday, November 27, 2017
Snark & Despair cover
Did you miss the CD Release Show in Bethesda? SAD!!!
Fortunately, you've got just ONE more chance to hear the songs on my new album performed live!  Be there, or forever live with the nagging regret!
Thursday, November 30 -- Creative Alliance (Patterson Theater)
CD Release Show of Snark & Despair
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21224
410-276-1651
7:30 to 9:30 pm
$15, $12 members (+$3 at the door)
This is going to be your last chance to hear the songs from my new album performed live for the foreseeable future.  You won't regret coming to this show!  And, if you do, you can always tell people you "don't recall" ever attending.
Flo AnitoBilly CoulterDavid KitchenBlack Betty (Jenny Langer), and Chris Urquiaga will reprise their songs from the album as well as perform short mini-sets of their own repertoire consistent with the overall theme of the evening.  Plus, familiar songs of protest from folks like Bob Dylan, Elton John, Nancy Sinatra (!), and more.  And I'll have the BEST house band, consisting of guitarist Steve Steckler, pianist Sean Lane, bassist Russell Rodgers, and drummer Wes Crawford.  
I highly encourage everyone to save a few bucks, by clicking this link and getting your tickets in advance!
And please, please, please, PLEASE -- buy, download, stream, share, repost, review, playlist, and generally scream about my album from the rafters.  I need all the help I can get!  If you lend a hand, I promise to say "thank you."  This is probably the best link for you to get started doing all of that!
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Photo by Rose Campiglia
Holiday shopping woes???  Remember -- my assorted albums make GREAT gifts!  Not only do they contain award-winning music in multiple genres, but you can rest assured that your friends and family don't already own copies!
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It's a CRAZY busy December for this guy!  Check out my schedule and come hear me play!  Come to any six shows and win a free restraining order! 
Lots more gigs listed online at:

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Snark & Despair cover
If you're not under house arrest...
(I'm lookin' at you, Paulie M!) 
...come spend Tuesday night sharing my liberal outrage!
Tuesday, November 7 -- Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
CD Release Show of Snark & Despair
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD  20814
240-330-4500
8 to 10 pm
$12.50 per person (free admission to George Papadopoulos, but no secret taping!)
This is going to be your only chance in the DC area to hear the songs from my new album performed live.  Not only that, but I've got a "grand jury of musicians" lined up for your listening pleasure.  Flo AnitoBilly CoulterDavid KitchenBlack Betty (Jenny Langer)Damon Foreman, and Chris Urquiaga will reprise their songs from the album as well as perform short mini-sets of their own repertoire that keeps in with the overall theme of the evening.  Plus, familiar songs of protest from folks like Bob Dylan, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, and more.  And I'll be colluding with a crack house band consisting of guitaristSteve Steckler, pianist Sean Lane, bassist Russell Rodgers, and drummer Wes Crawford.  And yes, I'll be giving periodic election updates (from Virginia and elsewhere) from the stage.  And I guarantee I'll be funnier than Wolf Blitzer (although that's a pretty high bar).
It's reserved seating, and this is gonna be the biggest audience for a CD release show EVER, so get your ticket right now by clicking this link!
And please, please, please, PLEASE -- buy, download, stream, share, repost, review, playlist, and generally scream about my album from the rafters.  I need all the help I can get!  Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated. This is probably the best link for you to get started doing all of that!
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A Dossier of Snark & Despair!

Snark & Despair cover
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Klezmer with Bacon!
I've known  Christylez Bacon for quite a few years, and have constantly been in awe of his multitudes of talents (rapping, beatboxing, songwriting, vocalizing, guitarizing, percussing). And I've long since joked that we should do a klezmer project together since I had the perfect name in mind -- "Klezmer With Bacon." Get it? It's an awesome name, right?
Well, this Wednesday, my joke becomes a reality as Christylez and myself debut our joint klez-hop project as part of this  year's Washington Jewish Music Festival.
Wednesday, November 8 -- Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
Klezmer with Bacon
2475 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009
202-450-2917
7:30 to 10 pm
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
Presented by the Washington Jewish Music Festival, this will be a double-bill with Simone Baron & the Contra Ponte Project.  We go on first.
 

Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Find me all over the interwebs! 

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Snark & Despair cover
Spend Election Night 2017 with ME!
Sure...you could spend Election Night (Tuesday, November 7) watching the returns from Virginia and elsewhere on the Fake News Channel of your choice.  Or...you could come to a bigly concert featuring a whole slew of my friends!
Tuesday, November 7 -- Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
CD Release Show of Snark & Despair
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD  20814
240-330-4500
8 to 10 pm
$12.50 per person (free admission to Bob Corker, John McCain, and Frederica Wilson)
This is going to be your only chance in the DC area to hear the songs from my new album performed live.  Not only that, but I've got a cavalcade of stars lined up for your listening pleasure.  Flo AnitoBilly CoulterDavid KitchenBlack Betty (Jenny Langer), and Chris Urquiaga will reprise their songs from the album as well as perform short mini-sets of their own repertoire that keeps in with the overall theme of the weekend.  And I'll have a crack house band consisting of guitarist Steve Steckler, pianist Sean Lane, bassist Russell Rodgers, and drummer Wes Crawford.
It's reserved seating, and I'm known for my massive crowds (although the Fake News never shows them), so get your ticket right now by clicking this link!
And please, please, please, PLEASE -- buy, download, stream, share, repost, review, playlist, and generally scream about my album from the rafters.  I need all the help I can get!  Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated. This is probably the best link for you to get started doing all of that!
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Reviews of Snark & Despair!

Snark & Despair cover

The reviews are starting to come in!!


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Klezmer with Bacon!
Then, the next night, I've got a very special show as part of this year's Washington Jewish Music Festival.
Wednesday, November 8 -- Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
Klezmer with Bacon
2475 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009
202-450-2917
7:30 to 10 pm
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
The world premier of my new duo project with progressive hip-hop phenomChristylez Bacon.  Presented by the Washington Jewish Music Festival, this will be a double-bill with Simone Baron & the Contra Ponte Project.  We go on first.
 

Lots more gigs listed online at:

 

Monday, October 2, 2017
Monk & Dizzy
Monk & Diz at 100!
This month will see the centenaries of two American legends -- the iconoclastic pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10) and pioneering trumpeter and musical innovator John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21). 
To celebrate this moment in music history, I'll be leading an all-star band of musicians at Baltimore's leading venue for live jazz.
Thursday, October 5 -- Seth Kibel & Friends
"Tribute to Monk & Diz"
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
410-385-2638
8 to 10 pm
$10 to $15
Seth Kibel -- clarinet, flute, saxophone, witty and insightful historical commentary
Sean Lane -- piano
Gordon Russell (from Florida!) -- trumpet
Bob Abbott -- double bass
Tom Teasley -- percussion
It's no substitute for buying an actual ticket, but here's the FB event page for this special show.
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CD Release Shows of Snark & Despair!

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Tickets are now available for the only two live performances of the music from new album!  One show in Bethesda, one in Baltimore, and that's it!

Get yer tickets now, because these shows will have the largest audiences for any CD release shows ever.  Period.

These concerts will feature ALL of the songs from the new record, plus mini-sets from all of the vocalists who sung my snarky ditties -- David Kitchen, Flo Anito, Billy Coulter, Damon Foreman, Black Betty (Jenny Langer), and Chris Urquiaga.  All backed by a crack house band consisting of pianist Sean Lane, guitarist Steve Steckler, bassist Russ Rodgers, and drummer Wes Crawford.
 
Wanna brush up on the lyrics so you can sing along at these shows? 
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YouTubage!
 
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Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Find me all over the interwebs! 

 

 

Monday, September 18, 2017
Library of Congress Archive Challenge
I'm checkin' in to the Library of Congress!
Q.  What's the worse place to play a clarinet really loud???
A.   A library!
Q.  And what's the baddest library in entire country???
A.   The Library of Congress!
Wednesday, September 20 -- Library of Congress (Thomas Jefferson Building)
Noon to 1 pm
1st Street, SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street
Washington, DC  20540
202-707-6400
free, no tickets required!
in the "Coolidge Auditorium"
I could not be more excited to be part of this special concert, which will also feature such musical luminaries as NEA Fellow Phil Wiggins, folk legends Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Don Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Brazilian songstress Cissa Paz.  We'll all be performing original interpretations of rare musical material contained in the archives. 
For my segment, I've transcribed and re-arranged a slew of melodies played by the Galacian fiddler Berish Katz, and recorded by famed Yiddish folklorist Ruth Rubin in 1947.  I got to go into the Archives and explore the original reel-to-reel tapes of these field recordings.  It's been an exciting musical adventure for me!
Some of these melodies I've arranged in a fairly traditional manner, and some I have not.  At this performance, I'll be accompanied by pianist Sean Lane.  If you're anywhere in the DC area this Wednesday, I encourage you come to this special event.  If you're not, there will be video forthcoming!
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Snark & Despair cover

The new album, "Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair," is now pretty much available at every off-ramp on the information superhighway.

Click above, and you can listen to samples from every song, as well as find easy links to purchase a copy on CDBaby, or purchase digital downloads from iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby, as well as stream this puppy on Spotify. 

I've invested a lot of time, sweat, and moolah into this project, so I'd love for you to listen to it.  And if you like what you hear, please help me to spread the word! Due to the overtly political nature of this recording, many usual promotional avenues are not available to me.  So I'm really counting on ALL OF YOU
to help me spread the word.  Share it on social media, send it to your friends, write reviews on any of the above sites, add it to playlists, etc.  Any promo is good promo!

Oh, here's some early press for the album!  M
 ore to come, with any luck!
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YouTubage!

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Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Find me all over the interwebs! 

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Snark & Despair cover
The new album is OUT, and available for purchase right now!
(& scroll down for info on a very special concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey!)
The long wait is OVER!!!  My new album, Seth Kibel Presents: Songs of Snark & Despair, is finally out, and available for purchase.  It's a record the likes of which this world has never seen!
You can go to CDBaby and purchase the album right now, as either a physical CD, or digital download.  And it should be available pretty much everywhere else online (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) in a manner of days.
If you'd rather not give your credit card info to the Internet Illuminati, and prefer to support the good folks of the U.S. Postal Service, just send a check for $12 (includes shipping and handling) to the following address:
Seth Kibel (Snarker-in-Chief)
P.O. Box 32615
Baltimore, MD  21282
Add $10 for each additional copy you'd like.  And lemme know if you'd like me to sign it for ya!  If you don't buy this record, I may decide to shut down the government.  Or maybe not.  Only time will tell.
This album is a collection of songs written and recorded in wake of the 2016 Presidential election. With a progressive outlook, and an unhealthy dose of dark humor, these tunes traverse a wide landscape of musical genres, including blues, swing, klezmer, bossa nova, reggae, and more.
With an all-star cast of local musical luminaries, including the following:
Arch Alcantara -- electric guitar, vocals
Flo Anito -- vocals
Simone Baron -- accordion
Black Betty -- vocals
Christopher Brown -- electric bass
Daniel Brown -- double bass
Billy Coulter -- vocals
Wes Crawford -- drums
Jared Denhard -- trombone
Damon Foreman -- electric guitar, vocals
Ira Gitlin -- banjo
Adam Gonzalez -- cello
Helen Hausmann -- violin, vocals
Tom Holtz -- tuba
Seth Kibel -- clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute
David Kitchen -- guitar, vocals
Sean Lane -- piano
Aaron Malone -- violin
Bill Neri -- viola
Cristian Perez -- acoustic guitar
Russ Rodgers -- electric bass
Nick Ruggieri -- drums
Steve Steckler -- electric guitar
Tom Teasley -- percussion
Chris Urquiaga -- vocals
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Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley
No sooner is one project completed, then another one moves up the pipeline...
"Tiny Planet" is the name of my new collaborative project with globe-trotting, award-winning percussionist Tom Teasley.  We've actually got an entire album already recorded, and it'll be out later this fall!
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Relief concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey!

Organized by the legendary SONiA disappear fear, this concert is going to take place at the Corner Community Center in Baltimore this Sunday, September 3, from 7 to 10 pm.  I'm delighted and honored that SONiA asked me to be a special guest, along with such other musical luminaries as Tret Fure, Tom Prasada Rao, Sarah Pinsker and Georgie Jessup!
Click here for more info, and click here to purchase advance tickets!  This is going to be a very special evening to benefit a very worthy cause.
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Lots more gigs listed online at:
Monday, August 7, 2017
Photo by John Sample
Two special Maryland shows, a snarky album cover, and some more YouTubage!
Two big local shows coming up this month!
(but there's lots more listed at    )
Thursday, August 10 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21209
8 to 10 pm
No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!  Jazz, swing, and a wee bit o' klezmer!
With Sean Lane on piano, Russell Rodgers on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
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Tuesday, August 29 -- Tiny Planet (Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley)
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
7:30 to 9:30 pm
No cover!
"Tiny Planet" is the latest name for my duo project with the award-winning, globe-trotting percussionist Tom Teasley.  Look for a recording out this fall!
We'll make an awful lot of noise for just two musicians, all while previewing our new album, featuring a blend of klezmer, Arabic music, American jazz, and a whole lotta improvisation!
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The new album's all done, and it's at the manufacturer as I type.  I should have them in hand by the end of the month (roughly two WH Communications Directors from now).  Kickstarter rewards will be out around then, and the album should be pretty much available everywhere fine music is sold not long after Labor Day.
Check out the cover, with art drawn by the legendary political cartoonist KAL!!
Snark & Despair cover

Lots more gigs listed online at:
Monday, July 10, 2017
Bob Margolin & Seth Kibel, photo by Beth Harrison
A return to NYC, an update on the new album, and more!
Are you currently residing in the New York metropolitan area?  Do you have friends or family who do?  College roommates?  Pen pals?  Ex-boyfriends?  Ex-girlfriends?  Former landlords?  Cyber stalkers?  Celebrity crushes?  Pet alligators you released into the city sewers?
If the answer to any of those questions is "heck, yeah," then you need to know about my big gig in Manhattan this coming Sunday!  Spread the word like it's jelly, people!
Sunday, July 16 -- City Winery NYC
155 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
212-608--0555
I'll be there as part of their infamous "Klezmer Brunch," from 11 am to 2 pm.  Tickets are $10, but do not include the crazy yummy brunch.
The band will include yours truly, along with Michael Raitzyk on guitar, Bob Abbott on bass, and the unruly William Kibel on piano, melodica, and cajon.  We'll be doing some klezmer, some jazz, and more!

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How's my new album coming along?  Well, here's a video update for ya!
The short story is that "Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair" is all recorded and mixed!  We're just finishing the artwork and mastering, and then it's off to the manufacturer.  We'll definitely have this puppy out before Labor Day, right around the time Bob Mueller starts handing out indictments.
If you helped to support this project on Kickstarter, you'll be getting your rewards around that time.  If you didn't, you should be able to purchase the finished album around then, as well.

With Flo Anito & Bay Jazz Project:
Paying tribute to Chuck Berry with Daryl Davis:

Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
Friday, May 26, 2017
Photo by John Sample
Kickstarter Update & lotsa summer shows!
I've got 15 days left on my crowdfunding campaign for my new album, and I'd surely appreciate it if you'd collude with me!


Oh, and I've had few requests, so here's the extended "Director's Cut" version of my Kickstarter video for y'all.  It's nine minutes of your life you'll never get back.

If you've already contributed, you have my deepest gratitude.  But I'd also appreciate any and all sharing you can do of this fundraising page.  And remember, I'm gonna give 25% of the proceeds to the ACLU.  That's kinda self-serving, since I'm hoping they'll help get me out of jail after the album comes out.
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My summer schedule is really starting to fill up.  Go to www.sethkibel.com  for the complete itinerary, but I'm including a few highlights below.

Monday, May 29 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
Waterfront Park
1A Prince Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
703-746-5592
2 to 3 pm

This is a really fun, free, outdoor festival, with loads of great music ALL day long!  We'll be immediately following the United States Army Blues Band, which is CRAZY good!  I'll be playing with Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.  All the regulars!

If it rains, the event will move inside the Lee Center Richard Kauffman Auditorium located at 1108 Jefferson Street in Alexandria.

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Thursday, June 8 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20001
202-225-8333
5 to 7 pm
Another very cool free, outdoor concert series, in a gorgeous setting!  And if it rains, we go inside the Conservatory Garden Court.
With Sean Lane on piano, Dan Hall on double bass, and Nick Ruggieri on drums.
But there's lots more for you to heckle me at!

Lots more gigs listed online at:

 

Monday, May 15, 2017
Photo by Rose Campiglia
Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair
Well, I've got a new album in the pipeline and it's VERY different from anything I've ever done before.

Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair is a politically-themed album, consisting entirely of songs I've written since the election in November.  Definitely left-leaning, and with quite a bit of dark humor.

I don't like to put TOO much politics in these email updates, but if you think that it's something that might resonate with you, I politely ask that you check out my Kickstarter campaign to find out more, and help support this project by pre-ordering a copy.

To make these songs come to life, I've enlisted a cavalcade of talented vocalists and instrumentalists from the Washington/Baltimore region.  Click here for the complete list.  I'm thrilled and honored that so many talented individuals took time out from their schedules to lend their musical prowess to my musical rants!

The album is completely recorded at this point, and should be out by the end of the summer. Anything you can do to help spread the word and support this undertaking would be greatly appreciated!

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All politics aside, I've got a busy schedule of gigs the next few months, playing lots of non-partisan jazz, blues, swing, and klezmer, all over the Mid-Atlantic.  Go to www.sethkibel.com for the complete schedule.

If you've got little people in your life, check out the Saturday Family Jazz sessions I'll be leading at Strathmore Hall (in the Mansion) on May 20, June 3, and June 17.  These fun programs take place on Saturday mornings at 11 am, and are interactive presentations designed for jazz lovers ages 3 through 11.  Click here for tickets or for more information!

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Oh, here's another gig I want to highlight:

Thursday, May 25 -- Seth Kibel Trio
Great Sage (vegan restaurant!)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

Yours truly, plus Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on bass.

 
More YouTube videos to kill time at the office! 
The Music Pilgrim Trio

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Photo by Rebecca L. Carroll
Baby, It's Not Cold Outside... 
Did you know that clarinet fumes are a leading cause of climate change?  It's true -- I saw it on the internet.

With that in mind, it's gonna get a lot warmer real soon, 'cause I'm tootin' my horn all up and down the East Coast, including a rare return engagement in the Big Apple!  Full schedule, as always, available at www.sethkibel.com, but here are some highlights:

Sunday, February 26 -- Seth Kibel Trio
House Concert at "Casa Phoenix"
Logan Circle
Washington, DC  20009
6:30 to 9:30 pm
$20

A house concert AND dinner party (dinner is included in the price of admission!) at a new hub for the Washington DC arts scene!  All are welcome -- just purchase your tickets by clicking this link.

For this show, I'll be playing some jazz, swing, AND klezmer, along with pianist Sean Lane and bassist Bob Abbott.

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Friday, March 3 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
15200 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD  20715
240-232-6376
7:30 to 9 pm
$22
A chance to hear us in a rare concert setting, in this lovely small theater!  With Sean Lane on piano, Russell Rodgers on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
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Sunday, March 5 -- Seth Kibel & Friends 
Edlavitch Washington DC Jewish Community Center -- "Klezmer Brunch"
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm

$30 brunch & concert, $15 concert only
(there's no option for getting just the brunch without having to listen to us, save earplugs)


Klezmer, some other klez-related music, and some jazz, to boot!  With Simone Baron on accordion and piano and Bob Abbott on bass.  Come on out and show some support for the JCC -- they could use it.


Finally, a long overdue return engagement at NYC's legendary City Winery!
Photo by Evan Forman
photo by Evan Forman
Sunday, March 12 -- Seth Kibel Trio
City Winery -- Klezmer Brunch
155 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
212-608-0555
11 am to 2 pm
$10 (does not include brunch)
This is a really fun gig at an incredible venue!  If you've got any friends or family in the NYC-area, please tell them to come on out!  Advance tickets are encouraged, but not required.   Click here to get 'em!
For this show, I'll have Simone Baron on accordion, along with NYC-bassist Brian Glassman.
Lots more gigs listed online at:
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Photo by Rose Romeo Campiglia
...and the short clarinetist played on...
I know there's a lot of crazy stuff going on these days, but isn't it comforting to know that no matter what happens, I'll still be out there, annoying someone  with my squeaky misery stick?

You can see me do just that on Thursday!

Thursday, February 2 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
Great Sage (vegan restaurant!)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover, but 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

Yours truly, plus Michael Raitzyk on guitar, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.

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MASC Grand Prize!!
So...last Sunday evening, I received an amazing voice mail message informing me that my song, "New Waltz," won the GRAND PRIZE for this year's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by theSongwriter's Association of Washington (SAW).

I am shocked and humbled that my little ditty, with no lyrics, and a rather unimaginative title, took home the top honors. I only regret that I wasn't able to make the awards gala to celebrate wit h everyone and give everyone there a sloppy drunken hug. Believe me, I would have!

You can purchase said album here, or pretty much anywhere fine music is sold in the digital multiverse.
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Tiny Desk Contest 
Now, if it were a "Tiny Clarinetist Contest," I'd be a shoo-in.  And if it were a "Tiny Hands Contest," we all know who would win the prize.  But, it's neither of those things!
It's the "Tiny Desk Contest," sponsored by NPR Music.  If you listen to NPR a lot, you know what this is, but if not, go here to find out lots more!
If you follow NPR Music on any of the social networks, you'll get a number of opportunities to vote for me in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, check out my wild and wacky submission!
Lots more gigs listed online at:

Monday, January 9, 2017
Photo by Elie Cossa
Musical Mischief and Mayhem in Midwinter
January is usually a pretty slow month for us professional musicians, but this January seems to be an exception to that rule.  At least for me.  I've got loads of dates, as usual, up at www.sethkibel.com, but here are some highlights that, barring an epic blizzard, I'd love to see some friendly faces at!


Thursday, January 12 -- Tom Teasley & Seth Kibel
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
703-548-0035
7 to 9 pm

Tickets -- $10

Another concert featuring my ground-breaking collaboration with world music percussionist Tom Teasley (see above photo).  Due to our conflicting schedules, we aren't going to do too many of these performances, so catch us when you can!

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Sunday, January 15 -- Seth Kibel & Friends 
Edlavitch Washington DC Jewish Community Center -- "Klezmer Brunch"
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm

$30 brunch & concert, $15 concert only
(there's no option for getting just the brunch without having to listen to us, save earplugs)


Klezmer, some other klez-related music, and some jazz, to boot!  With Simone Baron on accordion and piano and Daniel Brown on bass.  And maybe a special guest or two!


Saturday, January 21 -- Seth Kibel Quartet, featuring Jenny Langer
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Bethesda, MD  20814
301-299-8728
9 pm to midnight
$18 ($14 with student ID).  Intro dance lesson at 8 pm included in the price of admission.
Another fine swing dance, at the finest of venues, put on by Flying Feet Enterprises!  I'll haveHarry Appelman on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, and special guest vocalist Jenny Langer!

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Sunday, January 22 -- Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley 
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
410-385-2638
5 to 7 pm
Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
Click here to purchase advance tickets (recommended)
Breaking News!!!
I'm delighted to announce that I'm a GOLD (1st place!) winner in this year's Mid-Atlantic Song Contestsponsored by the Songwriter's Association of Washington!  My composition "New Waltz," from my 2015 album No Wordshas won the top prize in the Instrumental category!
You can hear my winning song here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn8ejDr-HcU

And here is the complete list of winners: 

Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen!   Blake Althen and Human Factor for producing this record, and  Sean Lane,  Bob Abbott, and  Wes Crawfordwhose prodigious musicianship brought this tune to life. Oh, and my fab record label, Azalea City Recording.Thanks, all!

 

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Monday, December 26, 2016
Photo courtesy of Washington Jewish Music Festival and Jhon Ochoa
I've got a bad feeling about this...
While most of you may be desperately wishing that 2016 would just come to an inglorious end already, I've got some more shows to plug!

The full schedule is up at www.sethkibel.comand highlights include my annual "Holiday Vaudeville" shows at The Kennedy Center with the Alexandria Kleztet today and tomorrow.

But there's one I really want to mention here:

Wednesday, December 28 -- Annual Chanukah Concert with the Seth Kibel Quartet
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
8 to 10 pm

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.  You can get them at the door, or better yet, order them online here.
For this show, I've got a fabtastic band -- Sean Lane on piano, Simone Baron on accordion, and Ed Goldstein on tuba.  And maybe a special guest or two!

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Now...a special Chanukah present for you nice people!
This track, which is free, and downloadable, is the result of collaboration I did recently with Audix, a young up-and-coming electronica producer in Baltimore.  I played all of the assorted woodwind instruments and he did everything else.  The result is, shall we say...rather unique.  Think of it as klezmer meets dubstep.  Kleztronica, perhaps?
In any case, please listen, share, repost, facetweet, and instachat it for us!
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Technically, this is a 2017 show, but on January 4 you might still have alcohol in your system from 2016, so I'll mention this here anyway.
Wednesday, January 4 -- Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
7:30 to 9:30 pm
No cover, although tips (and advice) are certainly welcome!
This is a reprise of our "Desert Echoes" collaboration which was wildly successful (if I may say so myself) at this year's Washington Jewish Music Festival.  For those of you who aren't familiar with him, Tom Teasley is globe-trotting, award-winning percussionist.  Together, we mix an improvisatory blend of klezmer, jazz, Arabic sounds, and more.
Kibel Teasley New Deal

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Seth with clarinet
Clarinet is coming...
The holiday season is about to begin, and that means everyone's favorite Hanukkah elf is about to get CRAZY busy!  Here are some highlights from the next two weeks, but go to www.sethkibel.com to get the complete schedule!

Sunday, November 27 -- Seth Kibel & The Music Pilgrim Trio
Edlavitch Washington DC Jewish Community Center -- "Klezmer Brunch"
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 brunch & concert, $15 concert only
(there's no option for getting just the brunch without having to listen to us, save earplugs)
Klezmer, jazz, and some Russian favorites with yours truly, Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Bob Abbott on double bass.
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Then...that very same evening...
7014C Westmoreland Avenue
Takoma Park, MD  20912
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Sampler 6 "Holiday Snowflakes" CD Release Concert

In "Allyword," Airshow Mastering's new concert venue!
Broadcast LIVE at WOWD-LP/94.3 FM, www.TakomaRadio.org

Featuring:
Patty Reese, Bill Starks, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Karen Collins & The Backroads Band, Jesse Palidofsky, Joe Uehlein w/ Anna Grace, Carey Creed, and extra special flake Seth Kibel

$15 suggested donation, INCLUDES free copy of brand-new Azalea City Recordings holiday sampler CD! 
Azalea City concert
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Finally, if you're itching to work off some of those T-Day calories...
Saturday, December 3 -- Swing Dance with The Seth Kibel Quintet
800 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD  21228-5317
8:30 to 11:30 pm
In the Barn Theater!
Admission: (includes beginner lesson at 7:30 pm)
$10 for undergraduate students with a valid school ID card
$12 for CCBC employees with valid CCBC ID card and those over 64 years
$15 for the public
 
Taking a break from working on the transition?
Watch me in action, but tell people you're just vetting qualified candidates... 

Lots more gigs listed online at:

 

Monday, October 17, 2016
Seth on the bar at OBTG
Debut performances of two new projects!
Friday, October 21 -- Seth Kibel & The Brass Ballers with special guest David Kitchen
8604 Chestnut Avenue
Bowie, MD  20715
301-464-8800
8 to 11 pm

A NOLA-style brass band, fronted by yours truly!  We'll be doing some rock, soul, dixieland, blues, and other great American roots music!  Joining me for this musical adventure will be Florida's own Gordon Russell (trumpet, vocals), Jared Denhard (trombone), Ed Goldstein (tuba),Mark Carson (drums), and special guest David Kitchen (guitar, vocals).

No cover!

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Monday, October 31 -- Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley present "Desert Echoes"
2463 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009
202-667-0088
7:30 to 10 pm
I'm excited to launch this new duo collaboration with the award-winning, globe-trotting percussionist Tom Teasley.  There'll be some klezmer, some jazz, some electronics, and a whole lotta improvisation and musical experimentation!
This performance will be a double bill with Yoshie Fruchter's Sandcatchers Band (from NYC) and is part of this year's Washington Jewish Music Festival, sponsored by the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center.
Tickets are $8 and advance ticket purchase is STRONGLY recommended!   Click here to get yours!
Seth Kibel & Tom Teasley
Incriminating videos!


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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Seth with clarinet
A bunch of public shows, but please don't tell the paparazzi...
Thursday, September 1 -- Seth Kibel Trio
Great Sage (vegan restaurant!)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover, but 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

Yours truly, plus Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and a special appearance from guest vocalist Julie Kurzava.  Maybe a few other guest appearances, as well!

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Sunday, September 11 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
410-385-2638
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tickets -- $12 ($10 students).
Some jazz, swing, and klezmer, with guitarist Michael Raitzyk , bassist Bob Abbott , and drummer Chuck Karner .  One of the best listening rooms in the B'more area, with the comfiest chairs you'll ever sit in while remaining conscious!  Plus, on a Sunday, parking is plentiful and free in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

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Sunday, September 18 -- Seth Kibel & Friends 
Edlavitch Washington DC Jewish Community Center -- "Klezmer Brunch"
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 brunch & concert, $15 concert only
(there's no option for getting just the brunch without having to listen to us, save earplugs)
Klezmer, some other klez-related music, and some jazz, to boot!  With Sean Lane on piano, Ed Goldstein on tuba, and Tim Jarvis on drums.
Watch me work!  Why not??
I'm watching you work right now!

With the fabulous vocalist/pianist Flo Anito:

Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
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Monday, June 6, 2016
Photo by David Kennedy
New Deal Cafe -- Wednesday, June 8
This Wednesday, I'll be returning to one of my favorite haunts in the greater Washington region, The New Deal Cafe!  Here are the deets:

Wednesday, June 8 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
7 to 9 pm

No cover, but we greatly appreciate your tips!  (Like go home and practice)

If ya want a seat at a table, I strongly encourage you to call and make a reservation.

I'll have all my regular miscreants -- Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.  And I'm sure I'll have a few special guests, as well!


From a few years ago, but found these HD vids on Vimeo:
Thanks, Tracy Foust!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Photo by Rose Campiglia
The Return of The Alexandria Kleztet
The Alexandria Kleztet, my award-winning, genre-bending klezmer band, doesn't play very many public shows anymore.  But we've got one this Sunday!
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 for brunch and concert, $15 concert only.  Brunch reservations MUST be made by Wednesday, May 18.
With Helen Hausmann on violin, Bob Abbott on double bass, and Tim Jarvis on drums.
And just in case you insist on making it "Facebook Official," although this isn't a substitute for making actual reservations!
No Words album cover
Wammie Win!

I'm delighted to report that my 2015 CD release, "No Words," recently won the Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) for "2015 Jazz Recording."  These awards are voted on by musicians and music-industry professionals in the Greater Washington metropolitan region, so it's especially gratifying to be recognized by my peers.

This album is available pretty much everywhere fine music is sold along the information superhighway, both digitally and in coffee coaster formats.

More gigs on the website, including a whole slew of sets at the Washington Folk Festival (June 4 & 5), and a return to The New Deal Cafe on Wednesday, June 8!

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Seth with clarinet
Just a quick email to let you know about a very special offer available to only the chosen few -- my email list subscribers!

Details are below, but the important info is that you need to go to this link:

And enter the code "MUSIC" in the "Password or Discount Code" box to get $5 off every general admission ticket!  Do it!  Do it now!

Okay...so here's the skinny on the gig:

Sunday, April 3 --  Creative Cauldron
Seth Kibel Trio with special guest vocalist Lena Seikaly
ArtSpace Falls Church
410 South Maple Avenue
Falls Church, VA  22046
General Admission  $20
Students/Seniors/Military  $18
Table for Four w/ Bottle of Wine  $100   
Table for Two w/ Wine  $50
But again, you can save $5 off the general admission price by using the above code.  Click here to purchase your tickets now!
This show is part of the Creative Cauldron's "Passport To The World" series, co-presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and curated by Lynn Véronneau and Ken Avis ofVeronneau.
In addition to Lena, I'll have Sean Lane on piano, and Bob Abbott on double bass.

Ya gotta purchase your tickets ahead of time to get the discount, but here's the FB event page, if you're into that sort of thing.


See ya!

- Seth
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Monday, March 21, 2016
Seth on his back
I also do floors.
Two big shows coming up in the next week, one in B'more and one in DC.  That constitutes a world tour, doesn't it?

Thursday, March 24 -- An Die Musik Live
The Seth Kibel Quartet
409 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
8 to 9:30 pm
$12 advance tickets, $15 at the door, and $10 students.
With Harry Appelman on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
Some jazz, swing, klezmer, and more!  With the comfiest chairs in all of Baltimore!
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"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
11 am to 12:30 pm
$30 for brunch and concert, $15 concert only.  Brunch reservations MUST be made by Wednesday, March 23.
With Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Susan Jones on violin.
Lots more gigs listed online at:
These concerts will NOT be snowed out!!
I promise!  I guarantee it!  I stake my good name and reputation on it!

First up is the following concert in the B'more region, which was rescheduled from the original date of January 29.

5315 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD  21214
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Seth with clarinet
Concerts in DC and B'more!
Greetings and salivations!

I've got two special shows remaining this month, and advance reservations or ticket purchases are highly recommended.  So get those credit cards (or PayPal accounts) ready, and click away.  Or just send me all of your credit card info, and I'll do it for you.  You can trust me.  I'm a clarinetist.


Sunday, January 24 -- Washington DC Jewish Community Center
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400
11 am to 12:30 pm

Concert & Brunch -- $30 (MUST reserve by January 20)
Concert only -- $15

Yours truly, along with Helen Hausmann on violin, Bob Abbott on double bass, and Tim Jarvis on drums.

Click here to make your reservations!

And it's not the same as a reservation, but here's the FB Event page.

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5315 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD  21214
8 to 10 pm

$20 -- advance tickets HIGHLY recommended!  Click here to purchase!

Yours truly, along with Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Bob Abbott on double bass.



Hey!  Someone posted an extended video edit of our gig this past summer at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.  Check it out, and remember a warmer time.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Shows in Maryland and DC!
Happy New Year, friends and fans!

January is typically a slower time of year for us musician-folk, but I've actually got an unusually busy month.  The complete schedule, as always, is up at www.sethkibel.com, but here are some highlights for the next couple o' weeks:

Thursday, January 7 -- Great Sage Vegan Restaurant
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!  With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbotton bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.

Here's the FB event page for this gig.

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Sunday, January 10 -- Corner Store Arts
900 South Carolina Avenue, SE
Washington District of Columbia 20003
202-544-5807
5 to 7 pm
$20 advance, $25 at door

This concert is a tribute to the legendary jazz composer Billy Strayhorn.  It was originally scheduled for November, to commemorate Strayhorn's 100th birthday, but had to be rescheduled.  We'll still play a lot of great Strayhorn classics at this show, but probably some other stuff, as well!

With Sean Lane on piano, and special guest vocalist Julie Kurzava!

One more...

Saturday, January 16 -- Glen Echo Park (Spanish Ballroom)
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Bethesda, MD  20814
301-299-8728
9 pm to midnight
 $18/adult ($12/for those 17-and-under), with an intro dance lesson (included in the price of admission) at 8 pm.
Another fine swing dance put on by the folks at Flying Feet!  For this show, I'll have pianist Justin Taylor, bassist Bob Abbott, drummer Wes Crawford, and fabulous guest vocalist Jenny Poppen.
Lots more gigs listed online at:
 
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Monday, December 7, 2015
Hanukkah shows in Bethesda and Baltimore!
I think there are only a few tickets left for this first one, so ya better act quickly!

Wednesday, December 9 -- The Mansion at Strathmore Hall
Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
7:30 to 8:30 pm
10701 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD  20852
301-581-5100

$25.  Click here to purchase tickets!

It's not a substitute for purchasing an actual ticket, but here's the FB event page.

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Thursday, December 10 -- An Die Musik
Seth Kibel & The Alexandria Kleztet
8 to 9:30 pm
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
410--385-2638

$12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time students with ID.  Click here to purchase tickets!

And here's that FB event page.

And, when you're completely sick of the holidays...
Wednesday, December 30 -- New Deal Cafe
The Seth Kibel Quartet
7 to 9 pm
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
301-474-5642
No cover!  With guitarist Michael Raitzyk, bassist Bob Abbott, and drummer Wes Crawford.  We promise not to play ANY holiday songs, of any denomination!
A whole bunch of great videos from my June gig at The Kennedy Center!


Lots more gigs listed online at:
Savor The Journey album cover
New album from the Music Pilgrim Trio!  Just in time for the holidays...

The Music Pilgrim Trio (Vladimir FridmanBob Abbott, and myself) has a brand new album out, filled with klezmer, jazz, Russian melodies, and more!

 
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Gobble, gobble, gobble, OY!
Greetings fellow Turkeys and Tofurkeys!

My apologies for increasing the number of emails I send lately, but there's a lot going on these days!  I promise you you'll be hearing a LOT less from me in the early months of 2016. 

Two important gigs on the immediate horizon:

Sunday, November 29 --  Washington DC Jewish Community Center
"Klezmer Brunch" with Seth Kibel & The Music Pilgrim Trio
11 am to 12:30 pm
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
202-518-9400

This time it'll be the "Music Pilgrim Trio," with yours truly, Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Bob Abbott on double bass.  Klezmer, Yiddish favorites, Russian melodies, and more!  Tunes from our BRAND NEW recording, "Savor The Journey."

Concert & Brunch: $30 
*Must reserve brunch tickets by Wednesday, November 25* 
Concert Only: $15 


It's not a substitute for an actual reservation, but here's the FB event page for this show.
Then, another Billy Strayhorn tribute show!
Saturday, December 5 -- 49 West Coffeehouse & Winebar
Sean Lane & Seth Kibel -- Billy Strayhorn at 100
8 to 10 pm
49 West Street
Annapolis, MD  21403
410-626-9796
$10 cover.  With bassist Bob Abbott.
A Turkey-tastic swing dance jam featuring The Natty Beaux!
Lots more gigs listed online at:
Savor The Journey album cover
New album from the Music Pilgrim Trio!  Just in time for the holidays...

The Music Pilgrim Trio (Vladimir FridmanBob Abbott, and myself) has a brand new album out, filled with klezmer, jazz, Russian melodies, and more!

 
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 -- Great Sage & Strayhorn Tribute shows in DC & B'more
Come to a show, get yer holiday shopping done...
Hey there, friends, fiends, and fans!

This time of year is always pretty busy for us musician-types, so please check out my schedule at www.sethkibel.com and come to a show near you!  I've included a few special highlights below, but there's lots more on the website.
Oh, and as always, all of my various albums make EXCELLENT holiday gifts, since you can rest assured that your friends and family members don't already own copies.  Pick 'em up at a show, or order them directly from my website. 
www.sethkibel.com
Like Vegan food???

Thursday, November 5 -- Great Sage
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535--9400
8 to 10 pm
No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

The band for this show will include Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawfordon drums.

Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
Lush Life -- Billy Strayhorn at 100

November 29, 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billy Strayhorn, pianist and composer, and often unsung hero of American jazz. Frequently eclipsed by the imposing shadow of his legendary mentor, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn nonetheless penned numerous classics of the Great American Songbook, including Lush Life, Chelsea Bridge, Daydream, and of course, the Duke Ellington Orchestra's biggest hit, Take The "A" Train, based on the directions Ellington had given Strayhorn on how to get his apartment.

To celebrate Strayhorn's tremendous talent, I'll be playing a number of tribute concerts over the next few weeks.  Here are two such upcoming concerts:

Sunday, November 15 -- Corner Store Arts
900 South Carolina Avenue, SE
Washington District of Columbia 20003
202-544-5807
5 to 7 pm
$20 advance, $25 at door
With Sean Lane on piano, and special guest vocalist Julie Kurzava!

Saturday, November 21 -- An Die Musik
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore Maryland 21201
410-385-2638
Two shows:  8 & 9:30 pm
$15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID.
With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, and Wes Crawford on drums!
Savor The Journey album cover
New album from the Music Pilgrim Trio!  Just in time for the holidays...

The Music Pilgrim Trio (Vladimir FridmanBob Abbott, and myself) has a brand new album out, filled with klezmer, jazz, Russian melodies, and more!

 
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Was there ever really much of a contest?

Anyhow, come watch me be a drain on society at a venue near you!

The complete schedule is at www.sethkibel.com , but here are a few special highlights:

Thursday, August 13 -- Great Sage Vegan Restaurant
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm
no cover!

With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.  1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

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7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20565
202-289-3360
5:30 to 8:30 pm
free!
This one's a big deal!  If the weather cooperates, there will be litereally thousands of people at this event.  Granted, almost all of them will be ignoring us, but hey, we take what we can get.
So please come on out so we can see some familiar and friendly faces listening and/or dancing among the gathered throng!
Once again,  Sean Lane  on piano,  Bob Abbott  on bass, and Wes Crawford  on drums.
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Saturday, August 29 -- Glen Echo Park (Spanish Ballroom)
Swing dance with Seth Kibel Quartet
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Bethesda, MD  20814
703-359-9882
9 pm to midnight
$18

Another BIG dance organized by the good folks of Gottaswing.  Don't forget the intro swing dance lesson at 8 pm, included in the price of admission.
The band will include Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass,Wes Crawford on drums, and guest vocalist Lena Seikaly!

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Here are two things you can do right now to assist me in my relentless battle against obscurity and irrelevance:
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More swing dance vids, both with The Natty Beaux and my own fine ensemble of musical miscreants:

  - Seth
 
 
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Greetings, my dear friends!


It's a busy, busy summer, and I'll be sweatin' and spittin' at venues all over the Baltimore and Washington region!  As always, the complete schedule is at www.sethkibel.com, but here are a few highlights:


Thursday, July 30 -- Glen Echo Park (Bumper Car Pavilion)

Outdoor concert with Seth Kibel Quartet

7300 MacArthur Boulevard

Bethesda, MD  20814

301-364-2222

7:30 to 8:30 pm

free!


Fun for the WHOLE family with yours truly, Sean Lane on piano,Russ Rodgers on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.

 

And it's covered, so unless the weather is REALLY bad...


 

Monday, August 3 -- Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Featured artist with Daryl Davis Band

7719 Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda, MD  20814

240-330-0420

7:30 to 10 pm

$5 cover


Daryl Davis has been running this Monday night series all summer long, to tremendous acclaim.  I'm thrilled and honored to be the "featured artist" this coming Monday.  Daryl and I have been friends, as well as musical collaborators, for several decades now, and we always have a crazy good time when we perform together.

 

 

Wednesday, August 5 -- Riversdale House Museum

Outdoor concert with Seth Kibel Quartet

4811 Riverdale Road

Riverdale, MD  20737

301-864-0420

7 to 8 pm

free!


This is a real fun outdoor concert series!  With me, I'll have Justin Taylor on piano, Russ Rodgers on bass, and Mark Lucas on drums.  If it rains, we just move inside the mansion.


 

Friday, August 7 -- Hilton Washington Dulles Airport

Swing Dance with Seth Kibel Quartet

13869 Park Center Drive

Herndon, VA  20171

703-478-2900

9 pm to midnight

$15

I've played this super fun swing dance numerous times (including with The Natty Beaux this coming Friday -- July 31), but it'll be an extra treat to show up with my own group.  There's a free beginner lesson at 8:30 pm, so don't worry if you've never danced before!


For this show, I'll have Justin Taylor on piano, Daniel Brown on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, and guest vocalist Lena Seikaly!


Oh, and here's the FB event page for this dance.


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Well, I still think these computers are just a fad, but that notwithstanding, I've made social media uncool by expanding my online presence.


If you'd like me to harass you even more than I currently do, I encourage you to:

 

a)  "Like" my new public Facebook profile

 

and/or


b)  "Follow" me on Twitter -- @SethKibelMusic


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Here are some fab videos from last year's "Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp" in Iowa City, Iowa, organized by piano whiz (and Seth Kibel stunt double) Chase Garrett!


Pennies From Heaven (featuring Chase & myself)

 

Stormy Weather (featuring Chase & myself)


The Slop (featuring "Sax Gordon" Beadle et moi)


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Oh, and check out me and the fellers tearin' it up at The Kennedy Center with a few special guests!

 

And here's the ENTIRE pre-show concert from The Kennedy Center's big Frank Sinatra tribute show!


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Finally, if you're reading this far, I'm assuming you already know me pretty well.  That's a good thing, 'cause The Washington Jewish Week thinks you should.


 - Seth

 
 
   
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June 3, 2015  
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This is a big one, folks!


This Saturday, June 6, I'll be returning to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to perform both BEFORE and AFTER the big NSO tribute concert, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of that other blue-eyed musician, Frank Sinatra!


The main concert is already sold out, but the before and after shows (featuring moi) are free and open to the public!


Both sets will be on the Millennium Stage, outside the main concert hall.  The early set will be from 6 to 7 pm.  The late set will start whenever the main concert ends (probably around 10 pm) and will go until midnight.  There'll be a free beginner swing dance lesson and demonstration at 5 pm, from the good folks atGottaswing, and then the after-party will include dancing, cocktails, poker tables, photo booths, and more!


The 6 pm set will also be broadcast live on the internet, here, and then archived online for a future race of aliens to watch when they visit our deserted and barren planet.


I'll have quite a cast of players with me, including:

Jenny Poppen -- vocals (early set)

Lena Seikaly -- vocals (late set)

Sean Lane -- piano (early set)

Justin Taylor -- piano (late set)

Bob Abbott -- double bass (both sets)

Wes Crawford -- drums (both sets)


Here's the FB event page for this, with lots more info!


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Ooo...mark your calendars!  This'll be a fun evening!


Azalea Sampler Release Concert poster

 

 

 

Here's that FB event page for ya!


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The Natty Beaux at last year's Takoma Park Street Festival!


...and on a recent swing dance. 


 - Seth

 
 
 

 

   
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....then come to one of my shows!  I've got a few nifty ones coming up in the next two weeks.


Wednesday, May 6 -- Seth Kibel Quartet

New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway Street

Greenbelt, MD  20770

301-474-5642

7 to 9 pm

No cover!

 

We'll be doing some swing, klezmer, and more.  Yours truly, along with Michael Raitzyk on guitar, Daniel Brown on double bass,Wes Crawford on drums, and a surprise guest pianist.


Here's the FB event page for this gig.


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Sunday, May 10 -- Seth Kibel Trio (& guests)

Tapestries at Contemporary Tapestry Weaving
5592 Poplar Lane

Royal Oak, MD  21662

301-466-0183

3 to 4:30 pm

$15-25 (pay what you can).  $5-10 students and those with low or no income. 


A special Mother's Day concert in this hip Eastern Shore art gallery!  I'll have Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on double bass, along with guest appearances from vocalists Laura Baronand Molly Hickman.  Brought to you by Carpe Diem Arts.

 

Here's that FB event page.


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Thursday, May 14 -- Seth Kibel Trio

Great Sage

5809 Clarksville Square Drive

Clarksville, MD  21029

443-535-9400

8 to 10 pm

No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

 

This time 'round, I'll be exploiting the talents of Craig Sparks(piano/vocals) and Daniel Brown (double bass).

 

Facebook, facebook, facebook.

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Hey -- here's a nice review of the new record:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/3/new-springtime-cds-offer-bouquet-of-tunes-as-fresh/

It's available for purchase right now at CDBaby.com andAmazon.com, as well as pretty much every major online music retailer (iTunes, etc.)


 
And...this is your final chance for the "subscriber-only" special!


F
or you lovely newsletter subscribers, you can get this new record for the low, low price of $10 with NO additional charges for shipping and handling.  Just send a check for $10 (per album, made out to "Seth Kibel") to:


Seth Kibel (No Words)

P.O. Box 32615
Baltimore, MD  21282


Listen to some of it right now
, and then pop a check in the mail to me!  This is a limited time offer.  This offer is unrepeatable.  It will not be repeated.


 
No Words -- back cover

 

 

 - Seth

 
 
 

 

   
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Happy Spring!


I'm delighted to announce that, along with the arrival of spring, I have a brand new album to share with everyone!


It's called "No Words -- Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel," and it features 12 all-new original instrumental compositions by yours truly, in a variety of genres including swing, gypsy jazz, klezmer and more!


It features a stellar cast of supporting players, including Sean A. LaneBob AbbottWes CrawfordSami ArefinKevin Doran,Scott Giambusso and Mark Carson.


I
t's available for purchase right now at CDBaby.com andAmazon.com, and pretty soon it should be available in a digital format at pretty much every major online music retailer (iTunes, etc.)


 
But....as a special offer for you lovely newsletter subscribers, you can get this new record for the low, low price of $10 with NOadditional charges for shipping and handling.  Just send a check for $10 (per album, made out to "Seth Kibel") to:


Seth Kibel (No Words)

P.O. Box 32615
Baltimore, MD  21282


Listen to some of it right now
, and then pop a check in the mail to me!  This is a limited time offer.  Operators are standing by.


 
No Words -- back cover

 

 

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Oh, and you should come dance to me and my friends this weekend!


Saturday, April 11 -- Seth Kibel Quartet (swing dance)

Glen Echo Park (Spanish Ballroom)

7300 MacArthur Boulevard

Bethesda, MD  20814

301-299-8728

$18, $12 for 17 and under

9 pm to midnight


Intro dance lesson at 8 pm, included in the price of admission.


Yours truly, along with Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, and guest vocalist Lena Seikaly


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Another fab dance jam with The Natty Beaux!

 

- Seth

 
 
 
   
Music Pilgrim Trio at Carroll Cafe
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Greetings folks!


If you've survived this winter, I offer you my hearty congratulations.  If you haven't, my sincere condolences.


Just a quick note about a groovy concert take place right on the MD/DC line (literally!) this weekend...


Saturday, March 14 -- The Carroll Cafe

@ Seekers Church

276 Carroll Street, NW

Washington, DC  20012

301-562-4147

7:30 to 9:30 pm


Tickets are $16 in advance, and $20 at the door.


Click here to make your advance reservations.

 

This'll be the Music Pilgrim Trio -- Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, Bob Abbott on double bass, and yours truly on hot air.  We'll be doing some klezmer, some Russian repertoire, some gypsy swing, and more!  It's a great room, with a great vibe, and great acoustics.  Great!

See ya!

 

- Seth

 
 
Groundhog be darned -- live swing & klezmer
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February 10, 2015  
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Greetings, fine upstanding music lovers!


I know this winter simply won't end, but I encourage everyone to come out of hibernation and go hear some live music!  I've got plenty of options for ya at www.sethkibel.com,  but here are a few choice offerings...



 

Saturday, February 14 -- Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)

Swing Dance with the Seth Kibel Quintet

800 South Rolling Road

Catonsville, MD  21228-5317

443-831-6422

8:30 to 11:30 pm


In the "Barn."  A joint production of CCBC (Catonsville) andChileSwing.  


$10 for undergraduate students with a valid school ID card.

$12 for CCBC employees with valid CCBC ID card and those over 64 years.
$15 for the public. Beginner lesson included at 7:30 pm.


Sean Lane on piano, Ed Hrybyk on double bass, Wes Crawfordon drums, and special guest vocalist Renee Tannenbaum!


Here's the FB event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/909518649078677/

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Sunday, February 15 -- Washington DC Jewish Community Center

"Klezmer Brunch" with The Alexandria Kleztet

1529 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20036

202-518-9400

11 am to 1 pm

Price: $30 brunch & concert, $10 concert only


Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.  Go here to make yours:
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=146661&view=Detail 


Yours truly, along with Bob Abbott on bass, Tim Jarvis on drums, and special guest fiddler Susan Jones.


Here's that FB event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/392323277558888/

 

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Thursday, February 26 -- Great Sage

Seth Kibel Quartet

5809 Clarksville Square Drive

Clarksville, MD  21029

443-535-9400

8 to 10 pm

No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!


The usual suspects:  Yours truly, plus Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.


Facebookery:

https://www.facebook.com/events/782957875117956/

 

 

See ya!

 

- Seth

 

 
 
   
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January 14, 2014  
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Happy 2015!  I hope it's treating everyone well thus far, and that you're doing your best to keep (relatively) warm, and out of trouble.


As for me, you can come see me fly head first into trouble at lotsa places over the next month or two.  As always, the complete schedule is at www.sethkibel.com, but here are two highlights remaining in January:


 

Saturday, January 17 -- Glen Echo Park (Spanish Ballroom)

Seth Kibel Quartet

7300 MacArthur Boulevard

Bethesda, MD  20814

703-359-9882

9 pm to midnight (beginner dance lesson at 8 pm)

$18 at the door


Another epic dance event brought to you by the good folks atGottaswing!  The weather forecast looks pretty darn good, so I think this is gonna be a highlight of the winter dance scene in the DC area.


I'll have the usual suspects with me -- Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, with the added treat of special guest vocalist Lena Seikaly.


Here's the FB event page for ya:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1528876610686919/ 


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Friday, January 30 -- Joe Squared

Seth Kibel Trio

133 W. North Avenue

Baltimore, MD  21201

410-545-0444

8 to 11 pm

No cover!


A rare B'more club date, and with no cover.  But you'll have to drop some cash for Joe's legendary (and award-winning) pizza.  This show is part of their new Friday-night jazz series, and will include Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on bass.


Here's that FB event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1579750085572114/

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With singer/songwriter Katie Gosnell at her CD release show this past fall in Annapolis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyABQK-aL_Y&index=3&list=FLYVxDPvXjFQyBK2UWg71jpw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7UQlDucimI&index=4&list=FLYVxDPvXjFQyBK2UWg71jpw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmkfxPGrMAc&index=5&list=FLYVxDPvXjFQyBK2UWg71jpw

 

From my recent show at the New Deal Cafe, with Bob Abbott's talented children sitting in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbqe8vfLcFA&index=2&list=FLYVxDPvXjFQyBK2UWg71jpw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9ei4LBU0yw&index=1&list=FLYVxDPvXjFQyBK2UWg71jpw


 

A snippet from my gig in December with Charm City Klezmer at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KQEvEBVk4s&index=6&list=FLYVxDPvXjFQyBK2UWg71jpw


Keep warm out there!

 

- Seth

 

 
 
 
The Alexandria Kleztet in DC!
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September 1, 2014  
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Happy Labor Day, folks!

 

I'll keep this email brief.  A whole bunch of gigs up onwww.sethkibel.com, including a few Music Pilgrim Trio shows where you can hear some of the selections we just recorded earlier this weekend for our upcoming second album.


But I wanted to quickly point out this rare public performance byThe Alexandria Kleztet:


Sunday, September 7 -- The Alexandria Kleztet

"Klezmer Brunch"

Washington DC Jewish Community Center

1529 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20036

202-518-9400

11 am to 12:30 pm


$30 for yummy brunch AND concert, or $10 for just the yummy concert.

 

Click here to get tickets!


Joining us for this show will be special guest violinist Susan Jones.

 

And here's the FB event page, although this is not a substitute for actually making reservations.

 

 

- Seth

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Two NYC-area gigs this weekend!  If you don't live in that neck of the woods, surely you know someone who does -- spread the word!  Preach the gospel!  Spam the internets!

 

For those of you not privileged to live in or near that hipster paradise, I've got some B'more and DC-area gigs this month, as well.  I've listed one below, but go to www.sethkibel.com for the complete list.  See ya!

 

- Seth

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Saturday, August 2 -- Music Pilgrim Trio

Downhouse Lounge

250 Avenue X

Brooklyn, NY  11223

718-627-3200

6 to 8 pm

$20 (call for reservations)


The Music Pilgrim Trio -- Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals,Bob Abbott on bass, and lil' ol' me on woodwindy things.

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Sunday, August 3 -- Seth Kibel & Music Pilgrim Trio

155 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
212-608-0555
11 am to 2 pm
$10 (yummy, yummy brunch not included)
Their legendary "Klezmer Brunch!"  Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Click here to purchase advance tickets!
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Friday, August 22 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20565
202-289-3360
5:30 to 8:30 pm
free!

This is a big deal.  A major outdoor concert series, typically attended by THOUSANDS of people.  Most of them will be barely listening to me, so it'd be great to see a few familiar faces.

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Two videos from my recent stint as an instructor at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia:

 

With NOLA accordion phenom Sunpie Barnes:
http://youtu.be/65ogwv3h4lw?list=FLYVxDPvXjFQyBK2UWg71jpw 

 

With an all-star group backing up blues guitarist Mary Flower:
http://youtu.be/hMdbrioFHGM 

 

- Seth

 

 

 

 
 
   
No cover, no escape...
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July 8, 2014  
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Three DC-area gigs this week, all without cover charges!  Whatta bargain!

 

To make up for this windfall, I expect everyone on this list to go towww.sethkibel.com, and buy at least 20 CD's.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

 

- Seth

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Wednesday, July 9 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project

New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway Street

Greenbelt, MD  20770

301-474-5642

7 to 9 pm

no cover! 

 

With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.

 

Here's the FB event page for this gig.

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Thursday, July 10 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm
no cover!
 
...and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!
 
With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums. 
 
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Friday, July 11 -- Seth Kibel & Sean Lane
520 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20001
202-518-4092
8 to 11 pm
no cover!
 
This is a new venue for us, so if you're in the area, stop by and make us feel welcome!
 
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A music video from Bangla Avenue, a wild and wacky Bengali-Jazz band, featuring some clarinet from yours truly.

 

 

- Seth

 

 

 

Summertime, and the giggin' is easy...
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June 13, 2014  
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...but I ain't rich, and gas prices are high...

 

...so come on out to see me at a show near you!  The complete schedule is listed at www.sethkibel.combut I've included a few highlights below.

 

And don't forget that I've got loads of CD's for sale atwww.sethkibel.comand pretty much anywhere else fine music is sold online.  They make great Father's Day presents, Flag Day gifts, July 4th treats, and Bastille Day tributes.

 

- Seth

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Saturday, June 14 -- Music Pilgrim Trio

Corner Store Arts

900 S. Carolina Avenue, SE

Washington, DC  20003

202-544-5807

7 to 9:30 pm

$20 suggested donation

 

Vladimir FridmanBob Abbott, and myself, are delighted to appear at this hip Capitol Hill art gallery/live music venue.

 

Here's the FB event page for this gig.

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Saturday, June 28 -- Seth Kibel Trio
1401 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD  21231
410-522-1907
7:30 to 10 pm
no cover!

 

Everyone knows I prefer coffee, but this place is still pretty hip.  With pianist Justin Taylor and bassist Bob Abbott.

 

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Sunday, July 6 -- Seth Kibel Klezmer Trio
143 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
212-608-0555
$10 (not including brunch)
 
Klezmer, jazz, swing, and more, at one of NYC's most prestigious live music venues!  With Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on bass.
 
 
 

 

 

Happy (almost) Autumn!
 
I've got a bunch of public performances coming up in the next few weeks.  Below are some highlights, but remember, you can always find my complete schedule on here on this website!
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This Thursday, September 23, The Alexandria Kleztet will journey down south, to Wilmington, North Carolina, for a very special concert.  If you've got any friends or family down that way, please help spread the word!
 
128 S. Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina  28401
919-886-6889
7:30 pm
 
Tickets are $15, and it's a fairly intimate venue, so advance tickets are STRONGLY recommended.
 
Here's the Facebook event page, if you're into that sort of thing:
 
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Then, on Sunday, September 26, Bay Jazz Project will play the festive and free outdoor concert series at Eastern Market in Washington, DC, from 1 to 3 pm.
 
225 7th Street, SE (right by Port City Java)
Washington, DC  20003
 
If the weather's nice, this gig is a LOT of fun.  With me for this show will be pianist Sean Lane, bassist Bob Abbott, and drummer Mark Lucas.
 
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On Wednesday, October 6, The Alexandria Kleztet will once again return to The Peabody Institute in Baltimore to give a free concert.  We'll be in the Cohen Davison Theater.
 
1 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD  21202
410-234-4500
7 - 9 pm
 
It's free, open to the public, and no tickets are required!  Again, here's a Facebook event page for ya:
 
 
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Finally, on Sunday, October 10, I'll be doing a special, one-time concert at Guitars of Pikesville.  It's billed as "Seth Kibel & friends," and it'll be be yours truly, along with superlative jazz guitarist Michael Raitzyk and musically promiscuous bassist Dave Frieman.  We'll be playing some of my original compositions, along with a little klezmer, a little jazz, and a lot of unplanned improvisations!  It should be a fun and special evening.
 
806 Reisterstown Road, 2nd floor S6
Pikesville, MD  21208
410-415-5400
 
There'll be a $5 suggested donation at the door.
 
Here's that FB event page:
 
 
 - Seth

Hey there, folks!

2010 got off to a bit of a slow (and snowy) start, but things are starting to kick into high gear now.  A few highlights:

On Saturday, February 28, the 24th annual Washington Area Music Awards (or "Wammies") were held at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia.  I'm happy to report that, once again, I was honored with two Wammies from my colleagues in the greater Washington musical community.  I was given the Wammie for "World Music Instrumentalist" for the SEVENTH year in a row, and "Peace, Love and Coffee" became the 4th album by The Alexandria Kleztet to receive the Wammie for "World Music Recording." 

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Plus, it was a pretty busy night for me, because I was also the leader of the pit band for the awards show.  That's right -- I was the guy cutting off everyone's acceptance speeches!  For the occasion, I threw together an all-star conglomeration of some of the area's best and brightest musicians:  trumpeter Justine Miller, trombonist Brian Priebe, pianist Sean Lane, guitarist Phil Mathieu, bassist Scott Harlan, and drummer Wes Crawford.  We called ourselves "Seth Kibel & DC Time Machine," and we played a wide variety of material associated in some way with our nation's capital.  It was our debut gig, and since I seldom get calls for bands that play both John Philip Sousa and Chuck Brown, it was also probably our farewell performance.

 

In other news, I want to hip everyone to the brand new album from SONiA & disappear fear.  It's called "Blood, Bones & Baltimore," and it's really an amazing record.  And I'm proud to report that I'm all over it!  I urge all of you to check it out!

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Hey there, folks!

 
I've got a couple of jazz gigs in the next week or so.  There's no cover or admission charge at either, so if you're in the right neck of the woods, please come on out and say "hi."
 
Thursday, November 5 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
6:30 - 9:30 pm
8381 Merryman Street
Ellicott City, Maryland  21043-4636
(410) 461-6709 
 
With me at this show will be my usual jazz co-conspirators Sean Laneon piano, and Bob Abbott on double bass.
 
THEN...
 
Sunday, November 8 -- Seth Kibel Dixieland Quartet
2 - 3 pm
2201 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, Virginia  22191-3377
703-494-8126
 
We'll be annoying all the librarians by making a loud and raucous dixieland racket!
 
This'll be an all-star group, featuring myself on clarinet, along with trombonist Brian PriebePhil Mathieu on guitar, and Jay Miles on tuba.

In klezmer news, we've just posted a whole slew of fine, fine video clips from The Alexandria Kleztet's August CD release show at The Kennedy Center.

 

Please check 'em out.  And pretend the internet is toast, and our videos are klezmer jelly -- in other words, spread 'em around!  Tweet 'em, post 'em on your Facebook profiles, rate 'em, comment on 'em, share 'em with your loved ones, watch 'em on company time -- it's all good!

Ketsad M'rakdin

Bei Mir Bist Du Schein

Cantina Band (yep, from Star Wars)

Youlali

Mi Ha'ish

If what you see (and hear) whets your appetite for more, please check out our December performance schedule here.  We're playing all up and down the East Coast throughout next month, so you'll have plenty of chances to catch us live.

This Wednesday, August 26, we'll be kicking off a series of "official" CD Release shows for our brand-new album, Peace, Love and Coffee. We decided to start right at the top, so we'll be performing at the most prestigious venue in the Greater Washington area, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We'll be playing from 6 to 7 pm on The Millennium Stage. As I mentioned, it's completely free, and no tickets are required. And if you can't make it in person, you can watch it live (or archived after the fact) on the web here:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/

We'll be playing a program almost entirely of music from the new record which will be, of course, available for purchase from your friendly Kleztet sales team. We hope you can make it!

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We're kicking the promotion for this record into high gear, so anything you can do to spread the word would be greatly appreciated. Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Tell your frenemies. Speaking of which, this Friday, August 21, you can hear extended excerpts from the new album, plus a witty and wacky interview with yours truly, on Metro Connection, WAMU's (88.5 FM) award-winning local affairs program. You can hear the show live at 1 pm, or anytime afterwards at the Metro Connection website.

And the great press just keeps rolling on in:

Here's a great review from DC's On Tap Magazine

We've been getting a lot of airplay on various folk, world music, and Judaica radio shows all across the country. If you listen to one, please request us! If they don't have our album yet, let us and know and we'll send 'em one!

So don't forget to buy the new record -- it's available on-line just about everywhere fine music sold, both as a physical CD and as a digital download. And go friend us on MySpace and/or Facebook and/or ReverbNation and/or OurStage. We'd love to sink our many digital tentacles into your online lives...


It won't officially be released until Tuesday, July 7, but I'm thrilled to let our friends and fans know that our fourth album, Peace, Love and Coffee, has arrived back from our manufacturer.  It's a million-seller, err...I got a million in my cellar : )
Pretty soon, it'll be available just about everywhere fine music is sold:  CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, Rhapsody, and more.  Both as a physical CD and as digital downloads.
But you can get your copy right away!  All you need to do is send a check for $15 (made out to The Alexandria Kleztet) to:
The Alexandria Kleztet -- Peace, Love and Coffee
P.O. Box 32615
Baltimore, MD  21282

And as part of this special advance offer, we're gonna foot the bill for shipping and handling!  That's right, it's just $15 per CD, and not a penny more!

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Peace, Love and Coffee contains 14 brand-new recordings, including six original compositions, as well as creative re-workings of classic Jewish songs like Bei Mir Bist Du Schein and Ketsad M'rakdin.  It also contains numerous audience favorites, including Bad Coffee (Builds Character), Youkali (a tango by Kurt Weill), and our legendary interpretation of Cantina Band (from the very first Star Wars film).
In addition to myself, Helen Hausmann, Scott Harlan, and Tim Jarvis, the album includes guest appearances by Sean Lane, Ira Gitlin, Maggie Sansone, and Jon Carroll, and is released on the award-winning Azalea City Recordings record label.
We hope all of you decide to take advantage of this special offer for our mailing list, and become the first on your block to have three of my favorite things:  Peace, Love and Coffee.
- Seth & The Alexandria Kleztet
I've got two fun swing dances coming up this weekend. Different locations, different bands, and different music -- so hopefully I'll see you at one or the other. First, on Friday, June 12, my award-winning jump blues outfit, The Natty Beaux, will once again be playing for a dance at The Washington Dulles Hilton, in Herndon, Virginia. The dance runs from 9 pm until midnight, with a free lesson at 8:30 pm. Admission is $15. Click here for more information. Here's a sneak preview on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozwP1fUcQo4 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Then, on Saturday, June 13, I'll be leading a quartet for a very special swing dance at The Dickeyville Mill in Baltimore, from 9 pm to midnight. With me for this engagement will be pianist Sean Lane, bassist Bob Abbott, and drummer Mark Carson. Together, we'll be celebrating the recent centennial of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, who would have been 100 years old on May 30. We'll be playing three hours of music associated with this giant of American music, and doing our best to live up to the high standards he set. The Dickeyville Mill is located at 4900 Wetheredsville Road in Baltimore, and a free introductory dance lesson will be taught at 8 pm. Click here for more information. And here's a peek at Mr. Goodman in his prime: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh93540ymaY

There's a bunch of cool shows coming up in the next week that I wanted to put on your radar.
 
First off, on Wednesday, May 6, The Alexandria Kleztet will be giving yet another of our famous free shows at The Peabody Institute in Baltimore.  This concert will be from 7 to 9 pm, and is completely free -- no ticket required.
 
We'll be in Leakin Hall 16, which is one of the larger dance studios.  It's rather hard to find, so I'd recommend just entering Peabody through the main entrance on Mount Vernon Place, and then asking the friendly security officer to direct you.  Peabody is located at 1 East Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore.  For directions, just call 410-659-8100 or click here.
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Then, on Friday, May 8, my award-winning jump blues band, The Natty Beaux, will play a hot and sweaty swing dance at The Chevy Chase Ballroom from 9 pm until midnight.
 
The name notwithstanding, The Chevy Chase Ballroom is located at 5207 Wisconsin Avenue in NW Washington.  The admission is $15, and includes a drop-in beginner lesson from 8:30 to 9 pm.  For directions, or more information, just click here.
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Finally, on Sunday, May 10, it's Momma's Day!  And what better way to kick-off this special day than with some hot coffee, unique shopping, and free klezmer music?
 
As such, we'll be playing a free show at DC's historic Eastern Market from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.  We'll be on the corner of 7th Street and North Carolina Avenue, SE, just outside of Port City Java (which is where I'll be when we're not playing).
 
Eastern Market is a really fun, festive place, with lots of opportunities to support the local DC economy while buying lots of pretty things for Mom and treating her to a lovely morning.
 
Click here for more info.
 
See ya!
 
- Seth

Just a real quick note to let you know that I'm gonna be giving a special klezmer concert in Metairie, Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans, this coming Monday evening, April 27. 
 
It'll be at 7:30 pm at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation.  It's free, and it's open to the public.  For more information, just click here, or call the temple at 504-889-1144.
 
It's JazzFest time in New Orleans, so I'm delighted to be adding to the cornucopia of fine music that can be heard down in the delta over the next two weeks.
 
Accompanying me for this performance will be the fine pianist, and fellow New Yorker-in-exile, Sean Lane.
 
If you're down in that neck of the woods, please stop on by, and if you know anyone who lives down that way, please feel free to let 'em know!

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Upcoming Performances!

  • 08/18/2018
    Sixth and I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC
     
  • 08/18/2018
    101 Deli Bar - Baltimore, MD
     
  • 08/24/2018
    Towson Dance Studio - Timonium, MD
     
  • 08/25/2018
    Private affair - Cambridge, MD
     
  • 08/29/2018
    Homecrest House - Silver Spring, MD
     

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