Hot swing for a cold winter...
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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, 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


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: 



Friday, January 30 -- Joe Squared

Seth Kibel Trio

133 W. North Avenue

Baltimore, MD  21201


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:



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


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


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

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, 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


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



Back to the Big Apple...
July 31, 2014  
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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 for the complete list.  See ya!


- Seth



Saturday, August 2 -- Music Pilgrim Trio

Downhouse Lounge

250 Avenue X

Brooklyn, NY  11223


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.


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

155 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
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!
Friday, August 22 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20565
5:30 to 8:30 pm

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.



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


With NOLA accordion phenom Sunpie Barnes: 


With an all-star group backing up blues guitarist Mary Flower: 


- 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, and buy at least 20 CD's.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


- Seth



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

New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway Street

Greenbelt, MD  20770


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.



Thursday, July 10 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
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. 
Friday, July 11 -- Seth Kibel & Sean Lane
520 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20001
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!


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... 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



Saturday, June 14 -- Music Pilgrim Trio

Corner Store Arts

900 S. Carolina Avenue, SE

Washington, DC  20003


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.



Saturday, June 28 -- Seth Kibel Trio
1401 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD  21231
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.


Sunday, July 6 -- Seth Kibel Klezmer Trio
143 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
$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!
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
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:
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.
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
7 - 9 pm
It's free, open to the public, and no tickets are required!  Again, here's a Facebook event page for ya:
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
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." 


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!


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.
Sunday, November 8 -- Seth Kibel Dixieland Quartet
2 - 3 pm
2201 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, Virginia  22191-3377
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)


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:

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!


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

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