Marietta Ohio

Thank You

L to R: Andy Hall, Me, Sean Parsons, Ryan Kennedy, and Steve Heffner after our Stage Door Cabaret gig at Peoples Bank Theatre, April 23, 2016

L to R: Andy Hall, Me, Sean Parsons, Ryan Kennedy, and Steve Heffner after our Stage Door Cabaret gig at Peoples Bank Theatre, April 23, 2016

Saturday night was one of the most standout experiences of my life so far.

When musicians and an audience agree together to go beyond our everyday level of connection...to share space and time and stories and sounds and laughter and tears...it is a sacred experience. Thank you so much to those of you who came for creating and sharing that sacred space with us. 

Thanks also to... 

  • Shane Henthorne for his wonderful sound engineering work. 
  • Peoples Bank Theatre and the rest of the wonderful folks there who made last night happen: Hunt, Bradford, Drew, Geoffrey, Chuck, Gillian, Caroline, and all of the people working behind the scenes who make it possible for artists to connect to our community through that venue.
  • Andy, Steven, Ryan, and Sean for being a singular group of musicians and friends. Cheers.

Update:

The incredible Michelle Waters took these amazing shots of our show. What a wonderful evening. She captured it perfectly. See them here.

Jess Baldwin Quintet @ Peoples Bank Theatre

I'm very excited to be performing again with Andy Hall, Steven Heffner, Ryan Kennedy, and Sean Parsons; and I'm extra-excited to be performing with them in Marietta, Ohio's beautifully restored Peoples Bank Theatre! This will be an intimate cabaret-style setup with table seating on the stage. A buffet and cash bar are provided, and the first drink's on the house.

An evening with the JBQ is a jazz-influenced homage to the many genres I enjoy, including arrangements of songs from artists like Björk, Weezer, Bach, Samuel Barber, and more. Here's a taste of our sound:

Buy tickets here.

If you want to share the event with your friends via Facebook, here's the Facebook event link.

Next Single Brewing

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I made it a goal last summer to start taking recording really seriously, and it's been even more exhilarating than I imagined. Since recordings don't require all of the prep time from musicians that gigs do, I get to work with more amazing (read: in-demand, busy) musicians, which lets me dive into more genres. And after we've worked hard, people can hear the finished product anywhere or anytime they want, as opposed to gigs, which are difficult for people who are far away, busy, stuck in the snow, sick, exhausted, can't find a babysitter, etc. For those reasons, recording felt like the best place to invest my time and money for a while.

I've already had a great time recording with Steven Heffner (bass), Ryan Kennedy (guitar), Bernie Nau (sound engineer), and Sean Parsons (piano) this past fall. We tackled some jazz and a little bit of country/Americana.

I wanted the next one to be big, loud, powerful, and have some of the flavors that I love in the soul/funk/pop worlds. I absolutely LOVE it already. It'll be a big contrast to the previous singles. 

I've traveled to Columbus twice this month to lay down tracks for it. Just finished recording all of the vocals on Tuesday. This track brings out a different part of my voice that I haven't been able to use in a live gig for a while, and it's really satisfying to tap into.

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The super-talented Jared Mahone is helping me bring the kernel of my vision to life as the producer for the track. Jared is a college buddy from AB. It's been at least 10 years since we've worked on music together, and it's been very cool to collaborate again after adding 10 years of life and learning to the mix. 

Jared's pulled together a stellar cast of guys from the Columbus area to make this happen. A couple are old friends...

...and several are new.

  • Cody Aledia on bass
  • Joel Lugo on drums
  • Aaron White on keys
  • Jeff Martin (Frequency Factory), sound engineering 

After the tracking's done, it will move into the hands of two Grammy winners. (WHA?!) Mike Landolt (Maroon 5) will be mixing, and Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Dr. John, Beck) will be mastering!

"Danny Brown" by Leigh Cox

I also love working with artists in other mediums, and track art is a great excuse to do that. There's a collaboration in the works with two of my favorite artists for the album art: fellow Marietta implants Leigh Cox (originally from Columbus) and Joe Ryckebosch (originally from Portland).

Leigh recently announced that some of her work (including this!) will be in Key and Peele's first feature length film! [UPDATE, 3 May 2016: Check out the article in Paste Magazine about her work in the film.]

Album Art by Joe Ryckebosch

And Joe designed the album art for Mutemath's recent album Vitals!

There's so much good stuff and so many great people coming together on this! I LOVE what we've put together so far, and I can't wait to share it with you! More to come...