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Air-conditioning is the greatest invention since the clarinet 

Two air-conditioned shows!


Last time I was booked to perform for the Potomac River Jazz Club, I decided not to show up at the last minute. This time, I've PROMISED them I'll be there. Probably.


You should be there, too!  This Sunday, at Rosensteel Hall, in Silver Spring, Maryland. There'll be a cash bar, food, plentiful parking, and a fantabulous dance floor (and plenty of places for seated listeners, as well).


We'll be performing from 2 to 4:30 pm. Yours truly, along with Flo Anito on vocals, Harry…

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They say the subject line is the most important part of an email...that's a lot of pressure 

Buy me a beer, Mr. Shane...


Have you been watching the 4-part documentary on Stax Records on HBOMax? I just finished episode 2. My main takeaway is that someday I hope to be at least 10% as cool at Booker T. Jones. I think I'm currently at around 2.5%.


Help up my coolness level by coming to see me at a venue near you! Two upcoming beer-centric gigs featured below! (Although you certainly don't have to imbibe to attend.) Full schedule, as always, is on my website.


Friday, May 24 -- Brookeville Beer

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The magical healing properties of the clarinet 

What big pharma doesn't want you to know...


The mainstream media doesn't want to talk about all the medicinal properties of listening to me play. I can cure anything. I can coax a brain worm right out of your skull with my dulcet tones. I can induce a headache so bad, it'll make you forget all of your other troubles. Worried about catching a bug while in a crowded room? You never have to worry about crowds if I'm performing. Love life on the rocks? I can provide saxual healing. Toothache? I can perform a…

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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!!




Got a few

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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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