Jason Robert Brown Performs in D.C. & New Orleans, Aug. 5-15

Jason Robert Brown fans can catch him in concert this month in both the nation's capital and in one of the capital cities of jazz.

The multi-talented composer/lyricist will first travel to Washington, D.C. to perform for three nights at the legendary Washington D.C. jazz club Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave NW). Brown, frequent collaborator Lauren Kennedy (American premiere of The Last Five Years, Sunset Boulevard) and his band the Caucasian Rhythm Kings (guitarist Gary Sieger, bassist Randy Landau) will jam on August 5th, 6th and 7th for 2 sets a night--at 8 PM and 10 PM. While Brown has stated that the songlists will vary "between 33% and 50%" from one another, he promises the second will be "100% as delicious" as the first.  In addition, both Brown and Kennedy will sign copies of their CDs after the show.

Brown will next make a stop in New Orleans, LA on August 15th for a one-night-only solo engagment. He'll cook up a gumbo of flavorful music at Le Chat Noir (which is located at 715 St. Charles Ave., and which he says will be air-conditioned).

Brown's CD Wearing Someone Else's Clothes is now available in stores and on Amazon.com, as well as on the website of its release label, Sh-K-Boom The disc is an eclectic collection of Brown songs, ranging in style from harmonically-complex pop to jazz to light rock to swing. One of the songs, "I Could Be in Love with Someone Like You," was cut from The Last Five Years to be replaced by "Shiksa Goddess." Song tracks include the title song, "Someone To Fall Back On," "Getting Out," "Nothing in Common" and "I'm in Bizness." The CD has drawn strong reviews, with Ettore Toppi of the New York Blade writing "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes is a marvelous collection of songs, well worth repeated listening."

Brown's The Last 5 Years, which was cited as one of Time Magazine's "10 Best of 2001," won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics. Brown won a 1999 Tony Award for his score to Parade, a musical written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in December 1998, subsequently winning both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best New Musical. Parade was also presented on a National Tour in 2000, which Brown conducted. Songs for a New World opened Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre in the fall of 1995, and has since been seen in more than two hundred productions around the world. Brown provided the orchestrations and contributed songs to Urban Cowboy, as well as handling the arrangements and musical direction. 13 and Honeymoon in Vegas are his other musicals-in-progress.

Tickets for the Blues Alley concert are $22 and $25, and can be ordered by calling (202) 337-4141 or visiting bluesalley.com; the doors will open at 6 pm. For tickets ($25 general, $18 students) to the Le Chat Noir concert, call (504) 581-5812 or visit www.cabaretlechatnoir.com.

To listen to clips of Wearing Someone Else's Clothes, visit www.sh-k-boom.com/JRB.html.


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