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Upcoming Performances!

"Clown With A Stick" album release show!

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An die Musik, 409 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Both in-person and virtual livestream tickets available! Livestream is available to view for up to a week after the show.

Seth Kibel -- clarinet, flute Sean Lane -- piano Bob Abbott -- double bass Wes Crawford -- drums

“The clown with a stick is clearly in love with himself”

Those were the words written by an internet troll on a YouTube video of clarinetist Seth Kibel. “It made me chuckle,” says Kibel, “‘cause every artist I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing is constantly wrestling with self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and even self-loathing. Clearly, this fellow didn’t know what he was talking about. Nonetheless, I kinda liked the phrase ‘clown with a stick,’ so I stole it. Thanks, dude!”

The 11 tracks of “Clown With A Stick,” cover a wide stylistic range, from straight-ahead jazz, to Jewish klezmer, to even a little taste of Motown. There are melodies familiar to all, as well as rarer selections and four original compositions by Kibel. He’s featured on clarinet on most tracks, as well as two where he plays one of his “other sticks,” the flute.

In-person tickets -- $10-$20. Live-stream tickets -- $15.

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Album Release Day -- Clown With A Stick 

Today's the big day!!!


I'm thrilled to announce that my new album on Azalea City Recordings, Clown With A Stick, is now available!!! You can listen to it RIGHT NOW pretty much anywhere you find music on the digital interwebs. (There appears to be a slight hitch with Apple Music, but hopefully that will be resolved soon. I think it's because I once said something snotty about Steve Jobs.)


Click this helpful link to hear samples and be directed to stream the full album on the service of your choice!


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The calm before the clarinety storm... 

In case you hadn't heard, I've got a new album coming out on Friday, May 19. It's called "Clown With A Stick," and it's an all-instrumental album with both jazz and klezmer and includes familiar classics and some brand-new original compositions.


I'll be SLIGHTLY increasing the frequency of these messages for a few weeks after the album is released, just so I can try to make back a small percentage of what I've invested in it. So stay tuned for a LOT more on the new record.


But until then, I've got some very…

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There was a boy who played clarinet... 

Klezmer (& jazz) in an Irish Pub? Sure, why not?


Come see us this Saturday (April 8) at The Limerick Pub in Wheaton, Maryland. No cover, but you better get there early if you want to be in spitting range of us!


I'll be playing the klezmer, the jazz, and the more, with my buddies in the Music Pilgrim Trio -- Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, and Bob Abbott on bass. 7 to 9 pm.

Then, the following Sunday (April 16), I'm returning to one of my favorite Baltimore venues -- An Die Musik Live! 3 to 5 pm.



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Do not underestimate the power of my clarinet! 

Look -- I'm not going to lie to you. If you come out to one of my performances, you're definitely taking a risk. No one really knows how they're going to react to a loud, high, squeaky clarinet player until they're face-to-face with one. But who knows? You might like it! Or it might explode your brain. Come to one of of my shows and find out!


Wednesday, March 1 -- Beth El Congregation of Baltimore

8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

7:30 to 8:30 pm.


A FREE concert! No tickets or advanced…

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Oy, with the clarinet playing... 

Oy, with the clarinet playing... 

(Artwork: "Moses and the Ten Commandments" by Shlomo Katz) 

I know a lot of you feel Moses' pain. Nonetheless, apparently a few of you are gluttons for punishment and have asked where you can hear my loud hecklestick over the next few weeks. 

Three shows I want to bring to your attention this morning. One in NY, and two in DC. 

Saturday, February 4 -- Jazz on Main 

My first time at this new(ish) jazz club in Mount Kisco, New York, practically walking distance from the…

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North of Baltimore, then Glen Echo, then WAY north of Baltimore... 

This clarinetist is going places... 

2023 is shaping up to be a VERY busy year for me, musically-speaking. For the latest on my whereabouts, you can always check out my website at, or see what kind of trouble I'm causing on various social media platforms. 

But here are a few highlights for the coming weeks: 

Saturday, January 21 -- Black Locust Hops Farm Brewery 

This is a new-to-me venue, but it sounds like it'll be a hoot! It's located in Freeland, Maryland, just south of the…

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Shows in DC and Baltimore and some exciting news! 

This Thursday at Mr. Henry's in DC! 

This Thursday, January 5, I'm delighted to be playing my first public show of 2023 at the legendary Mr. Henry's in DC! 

I'll be joined by some of my favorite people -- Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, and superlative vocalist Flo Anito! We'll be doing a lot of classic jazz and swing, Great American Songbook standards, and yes, a bit o' klezmer, too! 

Doors open at 6 pm, and then we play from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and there's a $12 food/drink…

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I put the "ah" in Hanukkah and the "ew" in New Year's Eve! 

Annual Hanukkah Concert at An Die Musik! 

This Thursday, December 22, I'll once again be leading an all-star band at one of Baltimore's best concert venues, An Die Musik Live! 

Joining me for this one-time musical celebration of all things Hanukkah (with plenty of klezmer and jazz, to boot) is guitarist Michael Raitzyk, violinist/vocalist Rebekah Geller, guitarist/vocalist Kristoffer Belgica, bassist Derek Wiegmann, and drummer Ethan Hasiuk. Come listen as we put our own "spin" on the Dreydl song! 

You can…

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Boogie-Woogie Klezmer Brunch! 

Any musical event involving the legendary Daryl Davis is going to be something special. But this one, at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center as part of JxJ - Washington Jewish Film and Music Festival is going to be something to behold! 

Daryl will be joining the Music Pilgrim Trio (Vladimir Fridman, Bob Abbott, and myself) for a musical mashup that will span the globe -- from boogie-woogie to klezmer to blues to bossa to who-knows-what? 

It's gonna be a heckuva time with lots of great music and…

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Gigs in DC, Greenbelt, NC, Florida, and Berlin 

Gigs in DC, Greenbelt, NC, Florida, and Berlin?


Okay...that's MOSTLY true.  I AM doing public shows in MOST of those places this month.  But not Berlin.  But I am playing a "Salute to Irving Berlin" show in DC, so that counts, right?


("First we take Manhattan, then we play Berlin...")


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