Monday, April 15, 2019
Photo by John Sample
Tiny Desk Contest Video
As always, a plethora of various performances coming up in the next few weeks.  Check my online calendar for all the details.
 
But...in the "how do I waste a full seven minutes and 36 seconds of my day" department...
 
...it's my rather bizarre entry for this year's Tiny Desk Contest, brought to you by the good folks at NPR Music.
 
"Tiny Descant" by Seth Kibel (NPR Tiny Desk Contest - 2019 Entry)

Serious music nerds may understand the title.
 
If you're so inclined, please feel free to spread it around the interwebs. Comment, like, share, etc, etc.
 
I promise not to forget you all after I become wildly successful, super rich, indicted for multiple financial crimes, serve a 3-year prison sentence, get released early for good behavior, and then need to borrow money.
...and a bonus video for ya.
 
I Got it Bad (Flo Anito & Seth Kibel cover Duke Ellington for the Institute of Musical Traditions)
I Got it Bad (Flo Anito & Seth Kibel cover Duke Ellington for the Institute of Musical Traditions)

Wednesday March 27, 2019
Tiny Hands EP cover
Tiny Hands EP is now available!!!
As always, lots of assorted gigs coming up in the next few weeks.  Check my online calendar for all the details.
 
But right now, I wanted to announce the release of a new EP (short CD) with Flo Anito!
Full Disclosure:  For those of my fans who  DO NOT lean to the left side of the political equation, I strongly encourage you T O NOT buy or listen to this album.  I still love you lots, and I don't want to make anyone angry.  At least, I don't want to anger anyone who already likes me.  But if you're REALLY angry with me, I encourage you to buy 100 copies and then stage a burning.  That'll teach me a lesson.
Tiny Hands EP back cover
The EP is available pretty much everywhere music is bought/downloaded/streamed anywhere on the information superhighway.
You can also, of course, purchase the album (for $5) at any of my gigs.  But depending on the venue, you might have to ask me discretely, as I might have them hidden away from disapproving eyes.
Or...you can always send a check for $8 (includes shipping & handling) made out to "Seth Kibel" to:
Seth Kibel -- Tiny Hands EP
P.O. Box 32615
Baltimore, MD  21282
Flo and I did a house concert!  Well, we weren't actually INVITED... 

Tiny Hands (live at the White House) by Flo Anito & Seth Kibel
Tiny Hands (live at the White House) by Flo Anito & Seth Kibel


"Unfriend," live at the Institute of Musical Traditions: 
"Unfriend", Seth Kibel & Flo Anito


Two splendid Flo Anito originals, also recorded at the Institute of Musical Traditions: 
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Like Me", Seth Kibel & Flo Anito
"Dustbunnies", Seth Kibel & Flo Anito


And a Duke Ellington cover: 
I Got it Bad (Flo Anito & Seth Kibel cover Duke Ellington for the Institute of Musical Traditions)
I Got it Bad (Flo Anito & Seth Kibel cover Duke Ellington for the Institute of Musical Traditions)


Finally, a somewhat older video that just surfaced of the Jesse Palidofsky Trio:
"Dancing Toward The Light" -- Jesse Palidofsky Trio (with Seth Kibel & Bob Abbott)


Wednesday February 13, 2019
Really awful musicians
The groundhog covered his ears...
...which means at least six more weeks of clarinet playing!
Despite the winter weather, I've been pretty busy tootin' my horns all over the country.  As always, you can take a gander at the complete schedule at www.sethkibel.com, but below are a few special highlights.
Thursday, February 14 -- New Deal Cafe
Valentine's Day Concert with Seth Kibel & Flo Anito
113 Centerway Street
Greenbelt, MD  20770
301-474-5642
7:30 to 9:30 pm
no cover!
With pianist Harry Appelman.  There's going to be a special vegan menu for Valentine's Day, with wine pairings and desserts.  It should be a fun night, with songs for romantics, cynics, and misanthropes of all kinds.
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Monday, February 25 -- "A Duo of Duos" Institute of Musical Traditions
Double-Double Bill:  Seth Kibel & Flo AnitoDave Chappell & Maureen Andary
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Road
Rockville, MD  20852
301-530-0600
7:30 to 10:30 pm
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door.  Students (with ID) & Children: $12 advance, $17 door.
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.  All tickets are general admission.
This is going to be a very special show, in a great space.  Both Dave and Maureen are stellar talents and DC-area musical luminaries, so expect some very special collaborations, never to be repeated again!
Below is a brand-new music video for the song "Cages," written by Flo Anito and myself.  It's an uncharacteristically serious song concerning the REAL crisis on the southern border.  This recording is from our upcoming "Tiny Hands" EP that will be out this spring.  On this track, you'll hear not only Flo and myself, but guitarist Cristian Perez, bassist Bob Abbott, and percussionist Tom Teasley.  The photos used in the video are all by DC-area photographer Joe Flood.

Cages by Flo Anito & Seth Kibel
Cages by Flo Anito & Seth Kibel
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Seth on chariot
Clarinetflix & chill...
Happy New Year, one and all!
It's an uncharacteristically busy January for me.  As always, the full schedule is available on www.sethkibel.com, but here are a few highlights:
Saturday, January 12 -- Glen Echo Park (Spanish Ballroom)
Swing Dance with the Seth Kibel Quintet
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Bethesda, MD  20814
301-299-8728
9 pm to midnight
$20 ($15 students, with ID)
Intro dance lesson at 8 pm included in the price of admission!  In the historic Spanish Ballroom.  One of the nicest stages in the Mid-Atlantic!  With Sean Lane on piano, Russell Rodgers on bass, Wes Crawford on drums, and Flo Anito on vocals.  With dance instruction/leading from the good folks of Flying Feet -- Marc Shepanek and Ellen Engle!
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Then, on Sunday, January 13, I'll once again be part of Maggie Sansone'sannual "Celtic Celebration for the New Year" at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland.  It's an all-star lineup, including Maggie, Celtic flutist Laura Byrne, Irish fiddler Jimmy Eagan, world musicians Paul Oorts and Karen Ashbrook, percussionist Josh Dukes, dancer Kate Bole, and more!
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For the more politically-inclined amongst you, Flo Anito and myself will be participating in a concert and talk on Tuesday, January 15, sponsored by theDistrict Music Project -- "Protest Music in the Age of Trump." 
Tuesday, January 15 -- Wonderland Ballroom
Flo Anito & Seth Kibel
1101 Kenyon Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
202-232-5263
7 to 9 pm
$25 (includes protest button and free drink)
For tickets, or more information, click this link.  If you veer more towards the right of the political spectrum, you might not enjoy this program.  Fair warning.
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Okay...one more...
Thursday, January 17 -- Great Sage Restaurant & Bar
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
Jazz, swing, and a wee bit o' klezmer at Maryland's premier vegan restaurant and bar!  With Michael Raitzyk on guitar, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.
Jammin' with pianist Joe Holt at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland!
Jammin' with pianist Joe Holt at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland!

Okay...it's no longer the holiday season, but today IS Elvis' birthday...
Okay...it's no longer the holiday season, but today IS Elvis' birthday... 

More holiday music!  With Matt Kelley on guitar and vocals.
More holiday music! With Matt Kelley on guitar and vocals. 

What's a
What's a "letter?"
A Sidney Bechet classic, but in Russian!!!
A Sidney Bechet classic, but in Russian!!!
More jazz in Russian!
More jazz in Russian!

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Seth & Greg Schatz
When the tryptophan wears off...
Need something to do with the family the day after Thanksgiving?  With live music, you won't have to converse with them!  Swing, blues, klezmer, and more, with some authentic NOLA flavor courtesy of Crescent City fave Greg Schatz (aka Schatzy).
Friday, November 23 -- Double bill: Greg Schatz & The Seth Kibel Quintet
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21224
410-276-1651
$18, $15 MEMBERS (+$3 At the door)
8 to 10:30 pm
Family-friendly!
My group will feature Flo Anito on vocals, Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Jim Hannah on drums.
Expect a lot of high-energy roots music, plus some unexpected collaborations you won't hear ANYWHERE else!  Lotsa room to dance and lots of great dance music to work off those Turkey Day calories!

My chat with the good folks of JMORE about my online fundraiser for HIAS and my upcoming Creative Alliance show!

My chat with the good folks of JMORE about my online fundraiser for HIAS and my upcoming Creative Alliance show!


Friday, October 19, 2018
Seth & Flo at Porchfest
Shows in Greenbelt, Clarksville, and more!
Happy Autumn, my chilly friends! 

A few gigs to let you know about: 

Tuesday, October 23 -- Seth Kibel & Flo Anito 
113 Centerway Street 
Greenbelt, MD  20770 
301-474-5642 
7:30 to 9:30 pm 
no cover! 

Jazz, original music, leftist political propaganda, klezmer, & bad jokes!  Also with pianist Sean Lane and bassist Bob Abbott.

And here's a nifty poster: 
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Thursday, November 1 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
Great Sage (vegan restaurant & bar)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029 
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm
no cover!
 
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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Wednesday, November 7 -- Seth Kibel & Flo Anito
409 N Charles St 
Baltimore, MD 21201 
410-385-2638 
8 to 10 pm
$10 to $15
With pianist Sean Lane!  Baltimore's PREMIER listening room!  Comfy chairs, friendly bar, and great acoustics!
Ticket link SHOULD be up on my website (as well as theirs) very soon!
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When You're Smiling front cover
 
M y brand-new album, "When You're Smiling," is now available for purchase, download, streaming, etc.

You can listen to samples right now here: 
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/sethkibel5

It's also up on iTunes, SpotifyAmazon, and everywhere else that matters.
When You're Smiling back cover
So look -- I highly encourage everyone to purchase, download, stream, playlist, and share this album as many times as you can.
But if you're old-school, like me, and would like to mail order a copy, simply send a check for $12 (includes shipping and handling) to: 
Seth Kibel -- When You're Smiling
P.O. Box 32165
Baltimore, MD  21282
Each additional copy just $10.  And if you'd like me to sign it, just let me know!

Seth & Flo cover Miranda Lambert!
Seth & Flo cover Miranda Lambert!

Friday, October 5, 2018
When You're Smiling front cover
Yet another brand-new album!
HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!!!!

It's out folks! My brand-new album, "When You're Smiling," is now available for purchase, download, streaming, etc.

You can listen to samples right now here: 
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/sethkibel5

It should also be up on iTunes, SpotifyAmazon, and everywhere else that matters.

It's an all-instrumental affair, consisting entirely of performances of well-loved jazz, swing, and Yiddish classics. With  Sean Lane on piano,  Bob Abbott on double bass, and  Nick Ruggieri on drums. It was recorded and engineered by  Mike Monseur at Bias Studios in Springfield, Virginia, and mixed and mastered by  Steve Steckler at Asparagus Media in Takoma Park, Maryland. The cover art is by  Gina DeLuca and the album design is by  Sandy Alexander.
When You're Smiling back cover
So look -- I highly encourage everyone to purchase, download, stream, playlist, and share this album as many times as you can.
But if you're old-school, like me, and would like to mail order a copy, simply send a check for $12 (includes shipping and handling) to: 
Seth Kibel -- When You're Smiling
P.O. Box 32165
Baltimore, MD  21282
Each additional copy just $10.  And if you'd like me to sign it, just let me know!


Lady Be Good -- Music Pilgrim Trio in California
Lady Be Good -- Music Pilgrim Trio in California
Music Pilgrim Trio -- Dark Eyes
Music Pilgrim Trio -- Dark Eyes

Music Pilgrim Trio  -- Yidl Mitn Fidl
Music Pilgrim Trio -- Yidl Mitn Fidl

Music Pilgrim Trio -- King Solomon
Music Pilgrim Trio -- King Solomon


Swing Dance with Gina DeSimone & The Moaners
Swing Dance with Gina DeSimone & The Moaners

At the Library of Congress -- I come in at around 19:40
At the Library of Congress -- I come in at around 19:40

With the interPlay Orchestra at Strathmore Hall -- starting at 42:30
With the interPlay Orchestra at Strathmore Hall -- starting at 42:30

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Seth and Flo photo by John Sample
Just a quick email...
...to let you know about a very cool concert that I'm playing this coming Saturday night.  Drum & Strum Music Center is not only a music store, but it's a premier concert venue.  And this one benefits a great cause, so come on out.  And I promise you'll stay warm and dry!
Saturday, September 15 -- Seth Kibel Quintet
102 Main Street
Warrenton, Virginia  20186
540-347-7484
8 to 10 pm
$20, children under 12 are free!
Concert benefits the Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing music education and instruments for all those wishing to learn and enjoy music.
With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, Nick Ruggieri on drums, and Flo Anito on vocals.  We'll be doing some jazz, swing, blues, and more!
The infamous
The infamous "disappearing clarinet" trick makes it to the West Coast!

More Music Pilgrim Trio in California!
More Music Pilgrim Trio in California!


A history lesson from Flo Anito and the band!
A history lesson from Flo Anito and the band!
Lots more shows listed online at:
 
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:

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Upcoming Performances!

  • 04/26/2019
    Congregation Gates of Prayer - Metarie, LA
     
  • 05/01/2019
    Goodwin House - Alexandria, VA
     
  • 05/03/2019
    Seekers Church - Washington, DC
     
  • 05/04/2019
    Private affair - Washington, DC
     
  • 05/09/2019
    Homestead Gardens - Davidsonville, MD
     

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