Thursday, October 20, 2011

Up Coming Performances

we specialize in, quality, 'cool' classic live jazz!

Links to our original web site and a performance schedule for myself and events we take part in can be found below. 


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  •      Ian's Calendar:

    this is the schedule for Ian and Ian Dylan Music:

    playing as part of the Tom Kitchen Quintet.

    Jeffrey Greenberg on keys, Ian Dylan on drums, Mike Kunselman on sax, and Zack Williams on bass., Tom on Guitar.
    this is ajazz jam. thus Musicians who'd like to sit in are invited.
    7 till 11 PM

    Castello’s offers excellent international cuisine and is a great venue for music. It’s located at 5201 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011 (about 3 miles south of downtown Silver Spring).
      supposed to become a regular event.

    7 till 11 PM
    playing again as part of the Tom Kitchen quintet.
    though Friday night is not a jam.  
    could become a recurring event.

       past events:

    10 -1:00
    Silver Spring
    the Farmers Market
    Elsworth Ave
    playing with the Tom Kitchen Quartet
    Tom on Guitar

    Sandy Spring Museum
    Sandy Spring MD
    playing w The LoveJoy Group w vocalist Karen Lovejoy

    6:00 to 9:00
    El golfo Restaurant

    Latin American cuisine
    8739 Flower Avenue Silver Spring, Md. 20901
    Phone 301-608-2121
     playing for Vocalists Deborah Thornton and Michelle Hoit
    Wayne Wilentz piano, Wess Biles bass
    this is a tribute to pianist Ron Garry, who many of us played with and have very fond memories of.

    afternoon concert
    German Town MD
    playing at the Peach Harvest Music Fest
    doing classic country w Rodeo Motel

    6 to 9 PM

    El Golfo Restaurant
    8739 flower Ave
    silver spring MD 20901
    301 608-2121
      playing drums for a vocal show case featuring Tess Fererra
    Wayne Wilentz on piano, David Jernigan on bass.

    5:30 - 6:30 PM
    Rockville Md
    Christmas tree lighting.
    playing drums w the Lovejoy Group.
    K Lj on vocals

    11:30 -2:30 Pm
    Gaithersburg Md
    outdoor wine festival
    playing jazz w vocalist Karen Lovejoy
    Emery Digs Bass,Sam Munguia piano, Karen on vocals, and Ian on drums

    El Golfo Restaurant
    8739 Flower Ave
    Silver Spring Md
    7:30 -10:00 pm
    playing drums for Conjer Woman; an old school blues and similar blues band.

    playing drums for The Lovejoy group
    11:30 -2:30 pm
    outdoor festivle
    w vocalist Karen Lovejoy
    Gaithersburg MD
    11:30 - 2:30 Pm

    The Ian Dylan Trio
    w; Cyndy Rice Elliot bass, Paule Rosenberg Piano, Ian D drums
    Elgolfo Restaurant
    8739 Flower Ave
    Silver Spring MD, 20901
    8 - 10Pm

    7:00 to 10:00 PM
    Alexandrea VA
    The Ian Dylan Music Trio, minus drums Plays For, a
    private event

    Silver Spring MD
    8 to 9 Pm
    Playing with The Lovejoy Quartet
    we're the first set for the Inwood Coffeehouse
    Karen on vocals, Ian on Drums

    the new Bussboys And Poets
    in Takoma Park
    7 - 11 pm
    Valentines day with the Bruce Khromer Quartet
    Bruce on claranette and Tenner Sax, Ian on drums

    5:00/7:30 Pm
    Silver Spring Md
    El Golfo Restaurant
    publically available event
    Playing Drums w The Randy Ruff quartet
    Randy on vocals, Wayne Wilentz Piano, David Jernigan bass, Ian on drums

    6:30/10:00 Pm
    Reston VA
    semi private event
    Julie Mack with The Ian Dylan Trio
    Julie vocals, Wayne Wilentz Piano, David Jernigan bass, Ian on drums

    4 to 7:30 PM
    Reston VA
    semi private event
    Julie Mack with The Ian Dylan Trio
    Julie vocals, Wayne Wilentz Piano, David Jernigan bass, Ian on drums

    Birthday Party,  private event
     Arlington VA
    5 to 8 PM
     The Ian Dylan Music quartet
    comprised of
    bass, Guitar, trombone and alto sax

    4 to 6 Pm
    RiverDale Ppark
    playing drums with Tom Alderson's jazz quartet,  Joint venture. Tom on Pedal steel

    6 to 8 PM
    Bethesda MD
    semi private event
    Playing with The Blenn Wiser Trio

    Alexandrea Va
    private event
    The IDM trio
     comprised of
    bass, Guitar, and tennor sax

    Washington DC
    New Years Eve At The Black Cat
    Playing jazz and more w vocalist TONY ANTHONY & HIS MALVIVANTS
     opening for and during Intermission for The Peaches Odell Big Band‎

    7 to 10pM
    Takoma Park/Washington DC
    6914 4th Street NW
    jazz jam at; Takoma Station
    Jazz w The Ian Dylan Quartet
    Ian-drums, Julie Segle-trombone,Rick Eldritch-piano, Sheryl Wilson-bass

    Washington DC
    Gallaudet University
    Private event
    Playing jazz w The Steve Marcus Quartet
    Steve Flute, Shawn Terrell-guitar, Ray Chu-bass:

       4 to 6 Pm
    River Dale Md, The farmer's market
    playing w, a jazz quartet lead by guitarist Tom Alderson

      5 to 8 Pm
      Silver Spring Md
    Out door Private birthday party event w The Christophe Ludet Trio
    Christophe-piano, Ian-Drums, Ray Chu-bass
    9:15 to 10:30pm
    Silver Spring Md 20902
    Semi private event
    Playing w Seth Kibel and Profusion at the Inwood House coffee house
    various artests, before and during
    , Seth on tennor Sax, flute, and clarinette

      Silver Spring Md 20903
    Playing for Takoma Chapel 7:30pm
     Concert Featuring vocalist Ivy Hylton,
    special event, Fundraiser for the chapel;
    Playing with The Takoma Chapel Jazz Band, under the leadership of;Pianist and music minister Michael Tyson

      7 to 9:00pm
      6914 4th Street NW Takoma Park Washington DC
    Takoma Station Tavern
    Special Jazz performance
    , not a regular event:
    This is part of the Takoma Park Pub Crawl, so participants will be bar-hopping is the idea
    Pete Reppert; Piano, Bennie Williams; Bass, Scott Van Domelen sax, Ian on Drums

    Washington DC
    11:30 AM
    Office party w the Brannock Rily quartet
    Jerrad Marks Piano, Bennie Willliams bass, Ian Dylan drums, Brannock Rily Alto sax

    7:30 TO 9:30PM
    The Urban Eats Cafe, 3311 RoadIsland Ave, Mount Rainier MD
    Playing Jazz w The Kim Reynolds quintet
    Kim  on piano, Julie Segal trombone, Karen Brigs on trumpet, David Witaker on bass, Ian D on drums
    no cover charge ; be ready to have fun

    Playing w The Takoma Chapel Jazz Band
    Michael Tyson pianist, Rhonda Jeter vocals, Carla Thomas Bass, Bruce Khromer Clarinette and tennor sax 

    7 to 10:00pm
    House drummer
    Takoma Station Jazz Jam select Tuesday Evenings;
    Takoma Park Md , Washington DC
    no cover charge
    Paul Rosenberg piano, Ed Hrybyk bass, Ian Dylan Drums
    Don Tillary co leading and creating trumpet and vocal fun
    6914 4th street NW

    9:00pm to midnight

    5:00 to 7:00pm
    Chantilly VA
    Private Event business conference,
    The Ian Dylan Trio
    Ian on drums

    11:00 am
    Takoma Chapel
    1000 New Hampshire Ave
    Silver spring MD
    The Mini Center at The National Labor College
    Wonderful service, Playing with their jazz band,Dayton Eckerson tennor sax, Rhonda Jeter Vocals, Mike Tyson Piano, Bob Shan bass

    7:00 to 10:00 PM
    The Dupont Circle Hotel
    Washington DC
    Corpret office party, private event
    The Ian Dylan Quartet
    Randy Ruff vocals, Christian Gonsalis bass, Paul Rosenberg piano, Ian Dylan drums

    5:15 to 6:15 PM
    Washington DC
    Corpret event, office pre holliday party
    w the Charley Schewler Quartet
    Scott Garison guitar, Ian Drums, Charley Schewler Piano, Bennie Williams bass, Mark V Tennor sax

    1:30 to 4:30PM
    Playing at DC Eastern Market
    Washington DC
    W the Kim Reynolds quartet
    Kim piano, Steve Rogers:  sax, Joe Lerner:  bass,

    6:00 to 10:00pm
    business Networking event
    Private home
    Vienna VA
    Ian W the Ian Dylan Trio

    6:00 to 10:00pm
    Silver Spring MD
    private event, house party
    Playing w The Shawn Terrell Tet tet. Shawn on guitar.

    Green Belt MD
    The New Deal Cafe
    music for a wedding w the Greg Meyer Quartet
    Greg tennor sax, Pete Reppert piano, Percy White Bass, Ian Dylan Drums

    7:00 - 10:00 pm
    Bethesda, MD
    Gaffney's Restaurant
    W the Julie Mack quartet
    Dinner performance with Julie Mack Vocals, Paul Bangser (guitar), Steve Scott (bass) and Ian Dylan (drums).

    Washington DC
    holiday Party
    The Ian Dylan Trio plays for a private event

    The Key Bridge Marriot
    Arlington VA
    private event
    Pre Christmas Party
    The Ian Dylan Trio plays classic jazz

    private event
     1 to 5:00pm
    Anapolis MD
    Labor Day bbq
    Ian on drums with, Randy Lema Guitar, and Justin Parrott bass

    Fort Washington MD
    semi private event
    The Ian Dylan Trio
    plays for, the Chocolate Festival at National Golf Club at Tantalon

    Anapolis Md
    wedding reception With The Jeff Roarbach trio
    Jeff piano, Ian Dylan drums, Max Murry Bass

    5 to 9:00pm
    Washington DC
    private event
    surprise Birthday Party
    w the Kevin Jefferson Quartet
    Kevin on trumpet, w Piano and bass

    7:00 to 11:00pm
    Ellingtons On 8th
    Washington DC
    w the Kevin Jefferson trio
    Kevin trumpet and flugle horn, Mike Nicholas piano and left handed bass, Ian Dylan drums

    7 to 11 PM
    Ellingtons On 8th
    Washington DC
    w vocalist Angela Thomson
    Amy Bormet piano, Oliver Albertini bass

    7 to 10 PM
    Jazz at The Extra Virgin Restaurant in Arlington Va
    playing w the Barbara Fakoury Quintet
    Barbara on vocals and Ian on drums

    ; 4:30pm
    playing For the City of Fairfax Verginia, At Fairfax Plaza
    Jazz W The Barbara Fakoury Quintet;
    Barbara on vocals, Ian on drums

    2007, second Sunday in June
     Twelve Noon
    Takoma Park Jazz Fest
    w the Mike Nicholas Quintet
    Mike Nicholas vocals, Muneer Nacer trumpet, John Steel bass, Peter Edelman Piano

    7:00 to 11:00 PM
    The Extra Virgin Restaurant
    Arlington Verginia
    Playing w vocalist Barbara Fakoury and her quartet

    Our Jazz Trios And Quartets


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  •   In the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area, when your seeking a live jazz band for an event, keep us in mind. You may want clarification as to who we are. Well, we're a jazz trio that can easily become a quartet that has as the star; vocals, vibes, or a cool style horn. The trio's have piano or guitar as the leader. I'm on drums unless an alternative is desired. I'll be keeping things such that our music is something that you can dance too. not only can you, you'll probably have the urge too do so at some point during your event.

     Let me Explaine. We felt that there was a need for jazz with a different sonic balance than much of what we had noticed when attending jazz performances. It's not that the other guy sounds bad but it's more just that we're obsessed with really getting the balance of sound that reaches your ears correct. It's not that our ear is the only one around but then again, we have confidence in what we bring you because of our twenty years experience and dealing with and observing our rich local jazz community.

     So what do we do? Song wise, our music includes tunes made popular by Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and anything else that swings or Latinizes. Anything from the Cole Porter song book is fare game. Anything written by Jerome Kern or Harold Arlen is also likely to find its way in to our repertoire. Show tunes not considered jazz by some; well, we see such thinking as a challenge to show the world how up to date and hip some of those old chestnuts can actually be when done right.. Other music thought to be odd at the time when done right can be quite refreshing.

     There are millions of kinds of jazz out there but, This is the type of  jazz that makes you want to move your body, the kind of music that makes you smile, the kind of music that makes you happy from the ground up and the inside out.. and actually, it's the kind of jazz that people use to dance to a lot more often.

    What you'd get with us is kind of like big band but not completely so. It’s a bit like what they use to call "Cool jazz." and Actually, some of us would say that what we do is, the Real, smooth jazz "". Think of it this way. Our music is to your event what the best dessert is to your mouth.  Our promise is to create something that makes your occasion more fun, and So we are happy to accommodate you as best we can; though we are jazz mostly and other things as needed. Many other bands are the reverse, which is fine but that's just not us.

     It's an honor to be able to say that, We often get complements tips or both because of our musicianship and quality customer service.. IN other words, quality musicianship is not enough as only known and tested musicians are included in our groups. These are people who you can count on to be friendly, and on time, and to have a good attitude no matter what.

    enjoy some music samples, and Learn more or contact us at The Links above any time you wish.

       Though   We have our favorite groups, we know and play with many musicians thus, working with your budget is something that we're always happy to do. generally speaking though, Jazz trios and Quartets range from $400 to $1200, depending on time of the week, year, and many other factors. I discuss this more elsewhere and you can find the link to that below.

    be in touch soon then, so that we can add something musical, special, and fun to your event.

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Find a DC based Jazz Band For Hire

    I'm Ian with Ian Dylan Music, and I personally guarantee that you'll love our music, if your a jazz fan of any
     stripe. and I'm tempted to guarantee it even if your not. Lets be honest: you have a lot of choices when it comes to who you hire, and no one knows that better than we do. and why not, after all, we've been a part of the Washington DC area jazz scene for over twenty years. Music isn't enough; after all, if it were, many musicians would be better known. and, though no one's perfect, our trio's and quartets are so professional and musically satisfying, that I'd be more than happy to put them up against anyone in the DC Maryland, Virginia Area.. and no, I would not have said this ten years ago, but saying it now is something we feel we can do knowing that you'll have a better than great time with us at your event. not guessing, knowing.

    for more info, song samples, and ways to contact us, visit us at

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Favorite DC Area Jazz Musicians

    as you may have gathered, below are the links to the web site for Washington DC based Ian Dylan Music, and more

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  • Some Of My Favorite Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia Based Jazz Musicians: are; me, myself and i; to find out more and to book my trio or quartet for your event, please click the link called home above:;

    ok just kidding; well mostly; actually; there are tons of people other than my cloce friends and I who you need to know about if your going to be taken seriously as a jazz fan residing anywhere in DC MD and Northern Va; let me talk about some of them, and i say that as I just can't address everyone here. Thus you can find out about many many more musicians worth mentioning via links available elsewhere on this blog.

    There are certain jazz musicians in the region who I
    look for when attending a concert,, and while This list is not perfect it's a good start, You should know that, it’s not based on musicality alone, but personality also. IN other words, though there are times when live music just speaks for itself, i also appreciate someone who can really perform and relate to an audience as well, and so, my idea was to include both personalities and types of experience here as best I could. preference is usually given to those who I have found to be friendly and also have performed with as it's much easier to really know what you think of someone's playing when you can really experience it from the inside as it were. Also, my tastes will become evident in about another half a second as again, I’m not trying to teach a class here, only trying to let you know about people in the DC area who may deserve more of an audience and who you may enjoy hearing.

     for now though, let’s just say that - this has been longer than I intended but, it Just   couldn't be helped. I'd like to start by giving you an over view by way of notable press mentions of the top 5 Dc area jazz albums, and sure, some of these people are mentioned here. Below and elsewhere:

     We'll deal with drums first as that's what i do and also, hey, why not?


       Warren Wolf

     To be honest, I heard about this guy who plays vibes, drums, bass, and piano, and thought, yeah, right. No one can really do that much well. I mean sure I got it that he can play vibes early on by attending a show or two but even so. Not an amazing thing all by itself. But wait as there’s more; the truth is that, though I don’t know what he’s like as a bassist and think I’d need to play with him as I’m a drummer, in order too, decide, I can now say that – it’s not hype. He really plays great drums, and vibes. And I’d hire him as a pianist also assuming that that worked for all concerned. As a vibes player, he’s a bad-ass. As a drummer? Yeah, same thing. And to tell you the truth, I’d prefer him and his playing to allot of people in general. He’s got great time, a great sense of innovation, and yup, he’s not loud and or busy enough to trip my please, stop and or pick one or the other alarm. Lots of people are too busy for my taste, or too loud. Either one is fine give or take, but for my money, far too many drummers do the loud and busy thing both at once and together. Which though necessary for allot of band leaders, frankly it just isn’t my bag in terms of taste. But he somehow manages to be just the right amount of both as a drummer, while keeping my interest. Not as easy as you may think, I can assure you…

      Gary Jinkins:

    so my friend and one of my teachers now has a web site. And i can tell you this, which is that Gary is one of the somewhat few people in town who's drumming i always! enjoy hearing. Its hard to be or feel tired when he plays, no matter what kind of day you had. Though he's originally From Cleveland O, i for one am glad that he's chosen to continue to live here in the DC area.

     J Jefferson:

    J is the most recent example of someone who made me say - huh, if you can afford
    him and find him first, give him a call, He's not the only one that gives me that feeling but, he's one of the very very few, and to tell the truth, I'm trying to sound and be more like him, give or take. He's not so all fired loud as are many drummers, and for my money, he just really has it goin' on. and he's just sounding better than ever.
    Lenny Robinson:

    His playin, usually a touch louder than j, is just excellent. if you're looking for something that is often the best of many worlds, Lenny might just be it. at least one Recording has Him playing with tenor sax man, Ron Hollaway that you may wish to seek out. He has something with his own trio now too that's great as well. He has a really beautiful slightly more open than the 1950's style that i use to try and emulate myself, a bit like Jimmy Cobb..
     Chuck Redd:

     Though he's becoming equally known for his vibes playing, Chuck was originally and still is a dam good drummer, and actually, I've studied with him and Lenny both. His shows are always fun, partly because of his personality, and there aint nothing wrong with that. there are plenty of great records with him playing vibes that you might enjoy. Those would be recordings under Chucks name. also what he recorded with the late Guitarist Charlie Byrd,

    you may wish to check in to all of those. You can find links For Lenny, and Chuck on my web site.
    Harrold Summey:


     any show where he's the drummer is excellent. Harold has great control of not only the hands but the feet also and that's a bit unusual. He won a Thelonius Monk first place percussion award as well, and that's no lie.

    He's kind of a cross between Ben Riley, Buddy Rich and Max Roach. and probably a lot better than most people even the really good players that most people believe are really good. If you pay to see him play, you'll get your money's worth.
    Believe! it.
     Speaking of Buddy Barry hart is the nearest thing to seeing Buddy Rich if you missed out on seeing him live and many of us did. I know that it seems weird to say so little about either of the just mentioned here but, the favorite jazz performances I’ve attended section on this blog will say more as needed. also, i didn't find much or anything about Barry when i tried so, my suggestion is to check out Guitarist Rick Whitehead and his trio as Barry is a usual drummer with him. Always really deeply fun and exciting music.


     Robert Redd:

      Robert, Brother of Chuck Redd, just mentioned is always managing to surprise me, but not in an alienating way as some do. Just when you think ok, i know who you are and what you'll do, he proves that i don't and it's always fun and musical when he's playing for you.

     Jon Ozment:

     Keep an eye out for when he's playing as he's able to do anything musical at any instant, and - that's more than cool. I know this because we did a gig together, and he did that hey I’m right there with you no matter what you do thing even while playing the role of bassist at the same time.. It's clear that Jon has heard everything but, he does what's needed, when needed, not as easy as it sounds.

    Bob Sykes:

     He's another one that can really make it happen with the left hand bass or darn near anything else too evidently.. I did a gig with him and a vocalist once and, he was always right there with whatever we needed, no problem, much more difficult than I’m making it sound to be that good a player let me assure you. and he knows lots of music, anything that classy people like us might enjoy.
     Allyn Johnson:

     Any gig that has him as the pianist is a  great time. He's very humble, and just really has it goin on. he Also does a good bit of gospel as well.

     Janelle Gil:
     Always fun to hear and as good as any man and better than most of those who claim to play piano. What can I say, it's difficult to suppress emotion when you hear her play. She doesn't forget the blues in her playing and that's something that many of us appreciate very much.
    Paul Rosenberg:

     He Plays some darn good piano and even sax and flute too. It's amazing how together some people can be as he's been doing the day job and family thing a lot too but, hey, for someone who is able to play for less than a small fortune, he's really got it going on pretty darn good. and yup, I say that as someone who has performed with him also

     Kim Reynolds:]
    As someone who's performed with him a good few times, I can say,  he's one of my favorites when it comes to playing as part of a band the size of a quartet or more. Not everyone has what it takes to be a team player, but Kim does.
    Paul Wingo:

     Paul recently passed This year - 2014 - we're sorry to say. He was a great guy and will be missed.
    This is one guitarist who, was always musical and you certainly didn't notice the lack of a pianist if there was none around and To tell the truth you might as well know that when it comes to jazz, that's a lot of what goes in to my enjoyment of a guitarist.
    Dave Mosic:

     He is another one who you should check out when you can as he's just an all around good player who really knows allot as well. and, as a matter of fact, he studied ear training with an under discussed guy named Asher Zlotnic as did my buddy Justin Lees. In other words, it's a real musician who can really use their ear like those guys can; those who know how too as they've been trained as just mentioned.
      Donato Soviero:  

    This is another one you should really check out. Again, a truely humble funny guy and a really world class musician also.

    Russell Rodgers:

    He's a good guy and just really got it going on and really knows the music and it feels great playing with him. Saddly, that's much more difficult to find than one might suppose. If I were going to learn bass, He'd be on the top 3 or five people to study with in the DC Area for me.

      The Late Butch Warren

    Butch was known for being an amazingly musical presence on a good few Bluenote jazz recordings in the 1960's. Dexter Gordon's record entitled Go for example. he passed on October 5th of 2013. I can say that I am honored to have had the chance to play with him several times at various jam sessions and even a time or two on a gig of mine. Those occasions were a beautiful thing. He was all about just making the music happen. To me he'll always be the friendly giant who was never to good to chat with one of us regular guys. there's no denying that he really was just a great guy to have played with. You should definitely read more about him on the web site available at the link above, and also do yourself a favor and make sure that you have at least one record in your collection that has him playing bass as i certainly do.
    Cyndy Elliott:

     Now, she's, doing something that's very exciting with her swingtopia Jazz octet. Let’s just say that it's a small big band that's a truely welcomed blast from the past as far as i'm concerned.
    Anyone thinking that they're going to easily best her, on bass has different tastes than i do.
    Zach Pride:

    I sat in with him for a tune once and it was really nice, just a really beautiful thing he has going on there. to say nothing of the impressive resume.

    Tommy Cecil:

    Any time when he's  on bass is a good time. He's again, friendly, funny, and everyone seems to just be having fun when he's playing and or around. Tommy can Often be found playing with Chuck Redd when possible.
    David Jernigan:

     He's someone who evidently knows and can play everything as he knows tons of songs, both jazz and scadds of famous and neglected tunes from here and Brazil. And he's ok with a drummer not being an electric clock too, which is always refreshing. You won't easily find anyone more musical than David. and I can say that from having played with him and from time spent getting to know him as well.
    Bhagwan Kahlsa:

    He  plays some darn good bass, in terms of my taste in bassists at any rate.. and Actually, I sat in at a jam where he was the house bassist and, looking back, i recall that he was doing all the right stuff. Not too loud, not to this, not to that, just letting the music happen, and Not everyone seems able or willing to do that as I’ve found. and, like David J, he's a real musician as he knows tons of music by heart. Just very easy to play with which, is sadly lacking. No  need to ask what I think right? :)

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     is also especially excellent at that no pushing no shoving, just letting the music happen with skill and grace thing.. Somewhat like Bhagwan and Zack,He just often has this beautiful light touch that a medium to quiet drummer like me really appreciates. He's not the only one who does but, he's one of the somewhat few who does. Or that's what it felt like to me when i sat in on a tune with him once.

    Max Murry is also just amazingly good and i know this as we played a wedding gig together, and Let me tell you, any gig is fun when a guy like Max is playing bass. Again, he just aloud me to be me, just lets the music happen instead of forcing it to happen. It's ok if someone else likes the forcing thing but, personally it's just not my taste. - Similar
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    she really has a great unique voice, and it's just hard to be bored when she sings i must say... Happy to have Anita King:

     She's really got the kind of thing going on that made me think, really, only one song? is that all i'm getting? Then again, it was a jam thus room had to be made for others as well. She may say that she hasn't been singing jazz for long  but, so what. Did I like it is what i care about and if i do then that's what leads me to give someone mention here. In other words, though lots of people are "good"  that doesn't mean that i enjoy hearing them. But if they're good and i enjoyed it, well that's what turnes me on. Being good by itself isn't enough any more and she did it for me on both counts.

       Randy Ruff:

     Our time performing together at a private event was really great fun, to say the least He has a way of just keeping your attention that’s not un heard of but not always easy to find either. Again, he draws your attention to him if your in a music mood, he doesn’t demand it. And he’s not someone who always does the same songs that everyone else does either though he can do that too.
    Julie  Mack:

     I've performed with her as well, and that was also great fun. She seems to have that rare thing going on where she is really connected to what i call her inner self. She kind of has this way of getting her thing across without killing you with brightness and loudness. Pitty not all vocalist or any kind of musicians get that; never the less, She just really is easy to hear, and impossible not to enjoy. very musical stuff
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    Vocalist Julie Mack performs jazz and Brazilian music in the Washington, DC area.

       Karen Lovejoy:
     She’s another one who I’ve done some really fun gigs with and, she also has a really great record, CD, that you should get. That has a wonderful original on it and lots of other good stuff. She just really has a unique approach to melody and a really nice relaxed sound that's easy to hear and like and hard to ignore.
     Mike is extremely impressive as a vocalist and I don’t say that just because he’s an old friend. He’s also a first rate sound man, a good pianist, a beast of a musician, and sings the heck out of jazz, gospel, and! r and b.. And, if that wasn't enough, he knows lots of tunes and scat sings very well.

     We once had a gig with trumpeter Kevin Jefferson and, though it was just the three of us, it was one of the most musical and wonderful experiences that I’ve ever had. Why is that? it’s because he listens well, and really understands music. also, Mike plays the role of bass and pianist at the same time, both so So Well, that it’s just a joy to experience and play with. Playing that duel roll is called playing left-handed bass, by the way, a skill that many pianists may think that they have and that most probably really don’t have. And his ear is well, perfect, ya know, just like mine;) ha-ha.

     I’m not done; and though Mike brings a lot of sound gear, not always but often enough, it’s not just for show, he actually knows how to use it, and that's pretty cool as That’s lacking in my experience... Who knew right? Well, now you do too.
     though a good rant is cool, ,  I Really enjoy giving credit where and when it’s due.

         horn players:

    How about harmonica to start?
    I just saw Phil Wiggins in concert and honestly, he's just the best of all words Ian in my correct opinion. He plays the heck out of the blues and plays plenty of jazz as well. Just a truly fun friendly bad-ass.
    next lets turn to a big band performance as
    after all
    what better place to find horn players.

     As of 2113, for 14 years Every Friday 6 to 9 pm, The Westminster Church located at 400 I Street Nw in our nation’s capital, is a place to check out some live jazz. Just about anyone who’s anyone in town wants to play at this authentically cool venue. Admission is only $5, and they have food for sale down stairs.

     This time it’s all about some of the most musically lovely ladies in town with the Shannon Gunn big band. A vocalist friend once booked a gig that had her, myself and two horns as part of the group and Shannon was one of them. the other horn player on the date enjoyed her trombone playing as much as i did. At any rate, this was a 16 piece big band and half of them are accounted for in terms of this usually better than average memory of mine.

    ·         On piano was Amy K Bormet who I’ve played with before as well, which is great as she’s shockingly good for her age, and actually become darn good for any age. On bass was the always respected Amy Shook, and on drums was Lidia Louis who I don’t know and had really only heard of but certainly enjoyed hearing more than most. Providing an alternative to Shannon’s own sound was trombonist Jen Krupa. who I’ve seen play before and who i enjoy immensely. Lee Pelzer played Baritone sax, and that’s always a welcomed addition for any big band and always a treat. Halley Shoneberg was on Clarinette and sax. On Tenor Sax and clarinette, was a new name for me, Anita Thomas. Conversation with her after the show revealed that clarinette was her first instrument, and had she done a clarinette solo on more than one song, she might have stolen the show.

    I’m going to just try and cut this a tad short as it’s easy to just keep going here but, really the big thing for me are two things. One, did it seem credible and also, did i enjoy myself, and though the answer is often yes, it’s certainly not always been yes, just like any type of experience in life. Thus Shannon really made it happen and my feeling is that only someone at death’s door would not have enjoyed the big band of wonderful women that night. To use the words of a family friend from childhood, it was “seriously good.”

       Seth Kibel:

      Seth plays Jazz and other things as well. Tenor Sax and clarinette and both very well. He’s probably one of the most cheerful musicians I’ve met and it shows in his playing. A real performer and really just someone who is evidently able to adapt his vision for any number of situations, with world music one day, and a version of a classic rock radio ballad the next. Truely an experience;
    Bruce Krohmer: 

    Bruce if you didn't know is, producer of The Takoma Park Jazz fest, and he also plays some wonderful clarinet, and that’s just such a cool thing and not so easy to find these days. He plays good tenor sax too but, I just love that clarinet. "seriously good" just really burn’in, no exaduration. - Similar
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       Lyle Link:
     He plays some nice alto and tenor, but he really plays some amazing flute that’s really gotten my attention. And i don’t mean yeah that's nice I mean really ass kick flute.
       Antonio parker:

     He’s One of my favorite people to catch up with, and plays some really seriously good Alto sax. but did you know that he can play the heck out of soprano sax also? Well it was years before I knew either. His Link is on the Bio page of my main site.
    Muneer Nasser plays trump
    et and flugelhorn, not unusual maybe but, he has also gotten in to playing bass, probably Gods plan as his father was a wonderful player who you may have on some jazz records. That would be the late Jameel Nasser, formerly George Joiner. and that’s worth taking
     note of.. and, if that wasn’t enough, he’s also now an author. who knew, well now you do too. Here's Muneer playing with a wonderful band that i was a part of with Mike Nicholas at the Takoma Park jazz fest.

       Let’s not even try to have everyone I like outside of the Washington DC area be a discussion, so I’ll just say a thing or two and then leave off for now.

     Guitarist Justin Lees comes to mind as he’s one guitarist that’s able to satisfy just as much as most pianists, not so easy to find I find. Pianists Roberta Pickett, Noah Hydu and Johnny O’Neal are some favorites of mine when it comes to pianists not living here in DC..

     Bassist Ameen Saleem and Melissa Slokem Come to mind as well.

     Also, drummers Winard Harper, Billy Hart, Jeff Hamilton, Willy Jones the third, And Joe Farnsworth, are some very favorites of mine in case you find you can’t sleep without knowing that.
    , last and never least, Lets never forget, Branford Marcellus and His wisdom and completely amazing and beautiful soprano sax playing.

    I say more about other Washington DC based musicians in another post, but its based more so on live performances I’ve enjoyed.