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2nd Annual Eastern-European Throwdown at New Deal Cafe

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New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway Street, Greenbelt, MD

An EPIC double-bill: Orchester Praževica & the Baltimore Klezmer Allstars! No cover! Tipping encouraged. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended. Call the New Deal at 301-474-5642 to make 'em!

Orchester Praževica -- Resistance is futile, this Turbo Folk! High energy dance music drawing on the tradition of Eastern European Czardas and Gypsy Swing, but widely influenced by jazz and blues. Under the direction of Slovak born and raised guitarist and singer Tomáš Drgoň this band delivers honest, authentic and entertaining mix of folklore, jazz and dance music suitable for everything from upscale clubs to dives, jazz festivals to mosh pits, arts receptions to underground galleries. Orchester Praževica has performed at several prestigious stages including the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, Patterson Theater in Baltimore, The Drom in NYC, and shared stage with the Hungarian Gypsy folk supergroup Parno Graszt, the Romanian Gypsy brass legends Fanfare Ciocarlia, Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra, and other greats on the "not so mainstream" music scene.

Baltimore Klezmer Allstars -- Seth Kibel -- clarinet, flute, saxophone Sean Lane -- piano Bob Abbott -- double bass Jim Hannah -- drums

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Clarinets of Spring 

As promised, this clarinet-playing fool is returning to his (musically) promiscuous ways!


I'll be playing hither and yonder quite a bit for the remainder of 2024. There are two public shows coming up in the next two weeks that I wanted to bring to your attention:


Thursday, April 4 -- Mr. Henry's

I'll be back at this legendary Capitol Hill venue in DC this Thursday, playing my usual mix of jazz, swing, and klezmer with vocalist Flo Anito, pianist Sean Lane, and special guest bassist Zoe Jorgenson. Doors…

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Sandy Alexander (1974-2024) 

Sandra Jean Alexander


I generally try to keep these newsletters music-oriented and relegate personal concerns to social media. But I felt like I should let those who receive these messages know about a profound loss in my life.


Early Tuesday morning, I lost my beautiful bride of more than 26 years, Sandy Alexander, after a courageous 3 1/2 year battle against breast cancer and two months in home hospice. She was 49 years old. Needless to say, the kiddos, Sandy's parents, and I are grief-stricken, but we are…

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A return to Keystone Korner Baltimore! 

Monday, January 15, 2024

A return to Keystone Korner Baltimore!


Just a quick message to let you know that I'm returning to one of the most posh venues in Baltimore, Keystone Korner!


I'll be there this Wednesday, January 17, along with vocalist Flo Anito, pianist Harry Appelman, and bassist Bob Abbott. Jazz, swing, and klezmer are on the menu.


It's a 7:30 pm show, and both in-person ($20-$25) AND high-quality virtual livestream ($10) tickets are available!


Click here to get 'em!!




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It's the most woodwindy time of the year 

We interrupt your 10 gazillion Cyber Monday emails for an important clarinet bulletin...


It's gonna be a busy holiday season for this little Hanukkah elf. The best way to keep apprised of my honking, tooting, and flooting (sic) is to follow me on social media. But here are two upcoming concerts, one in DC, one in Baltimore, that require advanced ticket purchase.


Sunday, December 3 -- A special "Chanukah Family Klezmer Brunch" at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center in Washington, DC!


A special…

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Ask not for whom the clarinetist squeaks... squeaks for thee.


I've actually got a fair number of public shows this November, before the madness of the "official" holiday season begins. Best way to keep up-to-date on my nefarious activities is to follow me on social media, or check out my calendar on my website.


But here are some of this month's highlights:


Wednesday, November 8 -- A return to the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland! 7 to 9 pm. No cover, but reservations are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Call the New Deal at 301-474-5642 to make 'em! For…

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Clarinetist on the Run 

Mr. Kibel Goes To Washington


This Thursday, September 7, I'll be performing at Capitol Hill's legendary live music venue, Mr. Henry's. I'll be playing from 7:30 to 10:30 pm along with vocalist Flo Anito, pianist Sean Lane, and bassist Bob Abbott. Jazz, swing, klezmer, and more! Come on out, bring your gavel, and bang it on your table in time with the music.


Advanced tickets are HIGHLY recommended! Click here to get 'em!

All I Need Is A Reed A Day


Then, on Sunday, September 10, I'll be returning to my…

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New Deal, For Real 

New Deal Cafe this Wednesday evening!


This Wednesday, June 28, I return to one of my favorite venues, the New Deal Cafe, in Greenbelt, Maryland. 7 to 9 pm. I'll be joined by an all-star cast of characters, including vocalist Flo Anito, guitarist Michael Raitzyk, and tuba-player-to-the-stars Tom Holtz. We'll be doing some jazz, some swing, some klezmer, and some questionable shenanigans.


There's no cover (although tipping is strongly encouraged), but I HIGHLY recommend you call ahead at 301-474-5642 to make…

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More Clown, More Stick 

I promise not to let success go to my head...


My new album's been out for just under two weeks and, thus far, I've made thousands of pennies! I'm currently topping the charts of "Albums Released By Clarinetists Named Seth Kibel In May 2023."


All joking aside, it's been nice to get a lot of support and encouragement from the clarinet-loving masses. I REALLY appreciate it!


If you haven't done so already, you can stream the new album from pretty much any platform by clicking this link. (Apple Music

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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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