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Klezmer, jazz, and then some klezmer & jazz - September 19, 2010

 

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!
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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
919-886-6889
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:
 
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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.
 
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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
410-234-4500
7 - 9 pm
 
It's free, open to the public, and no tickets are required!  Again, here's a Facebook event page for ya:
 
 
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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
410-415-5400
 
There'll be a $5 suggested donation at the door.
 
Here's that FB event page:
 
 
 - Seth

Wammies, Blood, Bones, and B'more! - March 21, 2010

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." 

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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!

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Jazz happenings, YouKlez, & more! - November 2, 2009

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.
 
THEN...
 
Sunday, November 8 -- Seth Kibel Dixieland Quartet
2 - 3 pm
2201 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, Virginia  22191-3377
703-494-8126
 
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)

Youlali

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.

The Alexandria Kleztet -- CD Release show at The Kennedy Center, and more! - August 20, 2009

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:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/

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!

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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...

Peace, Love and Coffee (the album) now available with free shipping! - June 23, 2009


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

Two swing dances this weekend - June 11, 2009

I've got two fun swing dances coming up this weekend. Different locations, different bands, and different music -- so hopefully I'll see you at one or the other.

First, on Friday, June 12, my award-winning jump blues outfit, The Natty Beaux, will once again be playing for a dance at The Washington Dulles Hilton, in Herndon, Virginia.

The dance runs from 9 pm until midnight, with a free lesson at 8:30 pm. Admission is $15. Click here for more information.

Here's a sneak preview on YouTube:
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Then, on Saturday, June 13, I'll be leading a quartet for a very special swing dance at The Dickeyville Mill in Baltimore, from 9 pm to midnight.

With me for this engagement will be pianist Sean Lane, bassist Bob Abbott, and drummer Mark Carson. Together, we'll be celebrating the recent centennial of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, who would have been 100 years old on May 30.

We'll be playing three hours of music associated with this giant of American music, and doing our best to live up to the high standards he set.

The Dickeyville Mill is located at 4900 Wetheredsville Road in Baltimore, and a free introductory dance lesson will be taught at 8 pm.

Click here for more information.

And here's a peek at Mr. Goodman in his prime:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh93540ymaY

Three groovy shows during the next week - May 4, 2009

There's a bunch of cool shows coming up in the next week that I wanted to put on your radar.
 
First off, on Wednesday, May 6, The Alexandria Kleztet will be giving yet another of our famous free shows at The Peabody Institute in Baltimore.  This concert will be from 7 to 9 pm, and is completely free -- no ticket required.
 
We'll be in Leakin Hall 16, which is one of the larger dance studios.  It's rather hard to find, so I'd recommend just entering Peabody through the main entrance on Mount Vernon Place, and then asking the friendly security officer to direct you.  Peabody is located at 1 East Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore.  For directions, just call 410-659-8100 or click here.
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Then, on Friday, May 8, my award-winning jump blues band, The Natty Beaux, will play a hot and sweaty swing dance at The Chevy Chase Ballroom from 9 pm until midnight.
 
The name notwithstanding, The Chevy Chase Ballroom is located at 5207 Wisconsin Avenue in NW Washington.  The admission is $15, and includes a drop-in beginner lesson from 8:30 to 9 pm.  For directions, or more information, just click here.
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Finally, on Sunday, May 10, it's Momma's Day!  And what better way to kick-off this special day than with some hot coffee, unique shopping, and free klezmer music?
 
As such, we'll be playing a free show at DC's historic Eastern Market from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.  We'll be on the corner of 7th Street and North Carolina Avenue, SE, just outside of Port City Java (which is where I'll be when we're not playing).
 
Eastern Market is a really fun, festive place, with lots of opportunities to support the local DC economy while buying lots of pretty things for Mom and treating her to a lovely morning.
 
Click here for more info.
 
See ya!
 
- Seth

Klezmer in Louisiana - April 21, 2009

Just a real quick note to let you know that I'm gonna be giving a special klezmer concert in Metairie, Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans, this coming Monday evening, April 27. 
 
It'll be at 7:30 pm at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation.  It's free, and it's open to the public.  For more information, just click here, or call the temple at 504-889-1144.
 
It's JazzFest time in New Orleans, so I'm delighted to be adding to the cornucopia of fine music that can be heard down in the delta over the next two weeks.
 
Accompanying me for this performance will be the fine pianist, and fellow New Yorker-in-exile, Sean Lane.
 
If you're down in that neck of the woods, please stop on by, and if you know anyone who lives down that way, please feel free to let 'em know!

New website! - March 16, 2009

Hey folks!

So this is my brand-new website! It's clearly a work-in-progress, so please check it out, and let me know if you have any comments, complaints, criticisms, or concerns.

Thanks!

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