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New album now available! - April 8, 2015


New album now available! 
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Happy Spring!

I'm delighted to announce that, along with the arrival of spring, I have a brand new album to share with everyone!

It's called "No Words -- Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel," and it features 12 all-new original instrumental compositions by yours truly, in a variety of genres including swing, gypsy jazz, klezmer and more!

It features a stellar cast of supporting players, including Sean A. LaneBob AbbottWes CrawfordSami ArefinKevin Doran,Scott Giambusso and Mark Carson.

t's available for purchase right now at, and pretty soon it should be available in a digital format at pretty much every major online music retailer (iTunes, etc.) a special offer for you lovely newsletter subscribers, you can get this new record for the low, low price of $10 with NOadditional charges for shipping and handling.  Just send a check for $10 (per album, made out to "Seth Kibel") to:

Seth Kibel (No Words)

P.O. Box 32615
Baltimore, MD  21282

Listen to some of it right now
, and then pop a check in the mail to me!  This is a limited time offer.  Operators are standing by.

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Oh, and you should come dance to me and my friends this weekend!

Saturday, April 11 -- Seth Kibel Quartet (swing dance)

Glen Echo Park (Spanish Ballroom)

7300 MacArthur Boulevard

Bethesda, MD  20814


$18, $12 for 17 and under

9 pm to midnight

Intro dance lesson at 8 pm, included in the price of admission.

Yours truly, along with Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, and guest vocalist Lena Seikaly


Another fab dance jam with The Natty Beaux!


- Seth


Music Pilgrim Trio at Carroll Cafe - March 11, 2015

Music Pilgrim Trio at Carroll Cafe
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March 11, 2015  
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Greetings folks!

If you've survived this winter, I offer you my hearty congratulations.  If you haven't, my sincere condolences.

Just a quick note about a groovy concert take place right on the MD/DC line (literally!) this weekend...

Saturday, March 14 -- The Carroll Cafe

@ Seekers Church

276 Carroll Street, NW

Washington, DC  20012


7:30 to 9:30 pm

Tickets are $16 in advance, and $20 at the door.

Click here to make your advance reservations.


This'll be the Music Pilgrim Trio -- Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals, Bob Abbott on double bass, and yours truly on hot air.  We'll be doing some klezmer, some Russian repertoire, some gypsy swing, and more!  It's a great room, with a great vibe, and great acoustics.  Great!

See ya!


- Seth


Groundhog be darned -- live swing & klezmer - February 10, 2015

Groundhog be darned -- live swing & klezmer
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February 10, 2015  
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Greetings, fine upstanding music lovers!

I know this winter simply won't end, but I encourage everyone to come out of hibernation and go hear some live music!  I've got plenty of options for ya at,  but here are a few choice offerings...


Saturday, February 14 -- Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)

Swing Dance with the Seth Kibel Quintet

800 South Rolling Road

Catonsville, MD  21228-5317


8:30 to 11:30 pm

In the "Barn."  A joint production of CCBC (Catonsville) andChileSwing.  

$10 for undergraduate students with a valid school ID card.

$12 for CCBC employees with valid CCBC ID card and those over 64 years.
$15 for the public. Beginner lesson included at 7:30 pm.

Sean Lane on piano, Ed Hrybyk on double bass, Wes Crawfordon drums, and special guest vocalist Renee Tannenbaum!

Here's the FB event page:



Sunday, February 15 -- Washington DC Jewish Community Center

"Klezmer Brunch" with The Alexandria Kleztet

1529 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20036


11 am to 1 pm

Price: $30 brunch & concert, $10 concert only

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.  Go here to make yours: 

Yours truly, along with Bob Abbott on bass, Tim Jarvis on drums, and special guest fiddler Susan Jones.

Here's that FB event page:




Thursday, February 26 -- Great Sage

Seth Kibel Quartet

5809 Clarksville Square Drive

Clarksville, MD  21029


8 to 10 pm

No cover, and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!

The usual suspects:  Yours truly, plus Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.




See ya!


- Seth



Hot swing for a cold winter... - January 14, 2015

Hot swing for a cold winter...
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January 14, 2014  
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Happy 2015!  I hope it's treating everyone well thus far, and that you're doing your best to keep (relatively) warm, and out of trouble.

As for me, you can come see me fly head first into trouble at lotsa places over the next month or two.  As always, the complete schedule is at, but here are two highlights remaining in January:


Saturday, January 17 -- Glen Echo Park (Spanish Ballroom)

Seth Kibel Quartet

7300 MacArthur Boulevard

Bethesda, MD  20814


9 pm to midnight (beginner dance lesson at 8 pm)

$18 at the door

Another epic dance event brought to you by the good folks atGottaswing!  The weather forecast looks pretty darn good, so I think this is gonna be a highlight of the winter dance scene in the DC area.

I'll have the usual suspects with me -- Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, with the added treat of special guest vocalist Lena Seikaly.

Here's the FB event page for ya: 



Friday, January 30 -- Joe Squared

Seth Kibel Trio

133 W. North Avenue

Baltimore, MD  21201


8 to 11 pm

No cover!

A rare B'more club date, and with no cover.  But you'll have to drop some cash for Joe's legendary (and award-winning) pizza.  This show is part of their new Friday-night jazz series, and will include Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on bass.

Here's that FB event page:



With singer/songwriter Katie Gosnell at her CD release show this past fall in Annapolis:


From my recent show at the New Deal Cafe, with Bob Abbott's talented children sitting in:


A snippet from my gig in December with Charm City Klezmer at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore:

Keep warm out there!


- Seth



The Alexandria Kleztet in DC! - September 1, 2014

The Alexandria Kleztet in DC!
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September 1, 2014  
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Happy Labor Day, folks!


I'll keep this email brief.  A whole bunch of gigs up, including a few Music Pilgrim Trio shows where you can hear some of the selections we just recorded earlier this weekend for our upcoming second album.

But I wanted to quickly point out this rare public performance byThe Alexandria Kleztet:

Sunday, September 7 -- The Alexandria Kleztet

"Klezmer Brunch"

Washington DC Jewish Community Center

1529 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20036


11 am to 12:30 pm

$30 for yummy brunch AND concert, or $10 for just the yummy concert.


Click here to get tickets!

Joining us for this show will be special guest violinist Susan Jones.


And here's the FB event page, although this is not a substitute for actually making reservations.



- Seth



Back to the Big Apple... - July 31, 2014

Back to the Big Apple...
July 31, 2014  
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Two NYC-area gigs this weekend!  If you don't live in that neck of the woods, surely you know someone who does -- spread the word!  Preach the gospel!  Spam the internets!


For those of you not privileged to live in or near that hipster paradise, I've got some B'more and DC-area gigs this month, as well.  I've listed one below, but go to for the complete list.  See ya!


- Seth



Saturday, August 2 -- Music Pilgrim Trio

Downhouse Lounge

250 Avenue X

Brooklyn, NY  11223


6 to 8 pm

$20 (call for reservations)

The Music Pilgrim Trio -- Vladimir Fridman on guitar and vocals,Bob Abbott on bass, and lil' ol' me on woodwindy things.


Sunday, August 3 -- Seth Kibel & Music Pilgrim Trio

155 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
11 am to 2 pm
$10 (yummy, yummy brunch not included)
Their legendary "Klezmer Brunch!"  Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Click here to purchase advance tickets!
Friday, August 22 -- Seth Kibel Quartet
7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20565
5:30 to 8:30 pm

This is a big deal.  A major outdoor concert series, typically attended by THOUSANDS of people.  Most of them will be barely listening to me, so it'd be great to see a few familiar faces.



Two videos from my recent stint as an instructor at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia:


With NOLA accordion phenom Sunpie Barnes: 


With an all-star group backing up blues guitarist Mary Flower: 


- Seth





No cover, no escape... - July 8, 2014

No cover, no escape...
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July 8, 2014  
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Three DC-area gigs this week, all without cover charges!  Whatta bargain!


To make up for this windfall, I expect everyone on this list to go, and buy at least 20 CD's.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


- Seth



Wednesday, July 9 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project

New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway Street

Greenbelt, MD  20770


7 to 9 pm

no cover! 


With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums.


Here's the FB event page for this gig.



Thursday, July 10 -- Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project
5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD  21029
8 to 10 pm
no cover!
...and 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!
With Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and Wes Crawford on drums. 
Friday, July 11 -- Seth Kibel & Sean Lane
520 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20001
8 to 11 pm
no cover!
This is a new venue for us, so if you're in the area, stop by and make us feel welcome!


A music video from Bangla Avenue, a wild and wacky Bengali-Jazz band, featuring some clarinet from yours truly.



- Seth




Summertime, and the giggin' is easy... - June 13, 2014

Summertime, and the giggin' is easy...
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June 13, 2014  
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...but I ain't rich, and gas prices are high... come on out to see me at a show near you!  The complete schedule is listed at www.sethkibel.combut I've included a few highlights below.


And don't forget that I've got loads of CD's for sale atwww.sethkibel.comand pretty much anywhere else fine music is sold online.  They make great Father's Day presents, Flag Day gifts, July 4th treats, and Bastille Day tributes.


- Seth



Saturday, June 14 -- Music Pilgrim Trio

Corner Store Arts

900 S. Carolina Avenue, SE

Washington, DC  20003


7 to 9:30 pm

$20 suggested donation


Vladimir FridmanBob Abbott, and myself, are delighted to appear at this hip Capitol Hill art gallery/live music venue.


Here's the FB event page for this gig.



Saturday, June 28 -- Seth Kibel Trio
1401 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD  21231
7:30 to 10 pm
no cover!


Everyone knows I prefer coffee, but this place is still pretty hip.  With pianist Justin Taylor and bassist Bob Abbott.


Sunday, July 6 -- Seth Kibel Klezmer Trio
143 Varick Street
New York, NY  10013
$10 (not including brunch)
Klezmer, jazz, swing, and more, at one of NYC's most prestigious live music venues!  With Sean Lane on piano and Bob Abbott on bass.


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!
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
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:
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.
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
7 - 9 pm
It's free, open to the public, and no tickets are required!  Again, here's a Facebook event page for ya:
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
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." 


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!


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


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:

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!


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: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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:

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.

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.

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.


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