Tuesday Nights at the Tabard Inn

Are you near the DuPont Circle on Tuesday evenings around 6:30?

If you are, you might want to check out the nice music program at the Tabard Inn.

Sunday-Tuesday there is usually some type of duet that will play from 6:45-9:45. While they have a playlist of sorts, the musicians will always take request.

Tonight I had the pleasure of listening to Lena Seikaly and Donato Soviero. I highly recommend this venue. Is cozy and quaint - generally a great plce to relax.

The Tabard in is located at 1739 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Sunday Nights... DC Jazz Jam

Are you looking for something to do on Sunday evenings?

The DC Jazz Jam meets every Sunday evening from 6:30-9:30 at the Brixton located at 901 U Street NW, Washington DC. Every week there is a featured musician that plays along with the house band and runs the jams.

Other musicians are called to rotate in/out and a good time is always had by all.

If you're looking to meet fellow musicians or if you are just a music lover like myself, the Brixton is a great to be on Sundays.

Ed Hrybyk on bassat the DC Jazz Jam - Sunday September 20, 2015

Shameless Plug Sunday...

While I can be seen around town at various places photographing Jazz musicians, I am no stranger to the studio.

The main studio I use is:

Carriage House Studio
1327 Naylor Ct NW
Washington, DC 20001

If your looking for head shots or any other types of shoot indoors in a studio setting, let me know.

Here is an image from a recent shoot at the Carriage House

Friday Nights At Sotto

This week I had the opportunity to check out a place that I've wanted to visit fro some time now - Sotto. This is a nice little spot located at 1610 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Every Friday night there is some type of live music from 6-9. If you go, try to get there early because it can get crowded quickly..

The only issue I had was the venue is dimly lit, which mean it isn't very photo friendly,  - but then again a lot of places are same way. I am probably one of the few people who's looking to listen to some good music AND get some decent images.

Here is Percy White. It's always a treat to hear him play,

If you get a chance to visit Sotto, I highly recommend it.

Flashback Friday (The Grade School Edition)

I'm old school...

Before computers, word processors, typewriters, and even before I was allowed to use a pen in school - there was the pencil. Everything was done in pencil. We weren't allowed to use a pen in school until you mastered penmanship... I think somewhere around 3rd or 4th grade.

We used to have competitions in school to see who could use the shortest pencil.

The good old #2 lead pencil.

When was the last time you used one?


Mr. Henry's

One of my favorite passions in photography is photographing musicians. I m in awe of the depth of talent the DC area has when it comes to musicians... specifically jazz musicians.

On Wednesday evenings from 8-11, I can usually be found at the Capitol Hill Jazz Jam which takes place at Mr. Henry's located at 601 Pennsylvania, SE, Washington DC. For three hours, musicians from the area get together and... well, the name implies... jam. Today we feature the founder of the Jam, Herbert Scott.

In February of 2015 Herbert organized the jam, which is currently the only event of it's type in southeast DC. During that time the Jam has served as a venue for the DC Jazz Festival as well as collecting and delivering educational supplies to one of the neighboring schools.

If you are free on a Wednesday night, try to get down to Mr. Henry's and check out a little slice of the DC jazz scene.

We all have a supporting cast...

Some people get all of the attention. They are the person whose name is on the marquee, the person everyone has come to see. The star quarterback, the famous singer, or legendary actor... they all have one thing in common. They all have a supporting cast. The offensive line, the musicians who play the music, or literally - the supporting cast, all play an important role in making sure that the people whose names we do know become/remain successful.

Sometimes we see these people, sometimes they remain anonymous. Just know that they are no less important that the names on the marquee.

From the archives... Barbara Papendorp and Oren Levine (from the shadows) - November 2014

Sometimes it's all just a blur

Have you ever had one of those day's when you don't really see things clearly? Today was one of those days for me. Things started out on the right foot, but quickly went downhill.

I had an email that I had to get out by 10AM. I was done by 9:30, but as I was proof reading, I received a call that lasted for 15 minutes, that required me to take action after the call. Long story short, I forgot to send the email.

Today's lesson: Sometimes you need to slow down and take your time.

It's been too long...

Have you ever traveled somewhere daily only to suddenly stop and then revisited again after a long absence?

This was my experience this past Friday when I was returning home from listening to some live music at a venue just north of Dupont Circle. I decided to walk down to the Farragut North metro station and catch the train home. I figured it would bring back a bit of nostalgia since I worked on K Street in the early to mid 2000's.

It was not at all what I remembered! The platform was dark and the walls of the tunnel appeared to suffer from years of water damage. Not at all what I remembered from my frequent travels through this station. I really don't know why I was so surprised.  Whenever I travel to my hometown of St. Louis, MO, new buildings exist where they hadn't before, and places I to which I ventured as a youth are long gone.

As I often do while I wait for the train (I had 10 minutes to kill) I decided I'd get a long exposure image of the train as it entered the station. I must admit that I do like this type of photography because no two shots are ever the same.

Are you ready for some football?

What did you do for the beginning of the football season... and who is your favorite team!

Today I had the pleasure of attending the season opener between to Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins. The Dolphins won 17-10, but I did get some great shots from the stands behind the end zone close to the Redskin's tunnel.

On a brighter note, my St. Louis Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in overtime.

A Journey of 1000 miles...

For some time now, I have lugged a camera on my back almost everywhere I have gone. I have now decided to start sharing the world as I see it happening around me through my own daily blog.

From jazz musicians to street photography... from the studio or maybe a long exposure.  This blog is intended to give you a glimpse of the way I see things through the camera's eye.

I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me.... The first step begins with a self portrait of me. To be honest, I don't know if I love photography of chess more!

I am a photographer who also loves to play chess.