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SO I WROTE A SONG FOR ARIANA GRANDE’S ALBUM.

5/21/16

Once upon a time, I signed a contract with a music publisher to write pop songs. I had just gotten to Los Angeles, they offered me a nice advance, and I thought it would be a great way to see the music business from the inside. What I had assumed up until that point – and I really did believe this – was that the way pop songs were written was that a songwriter would sit down and write a song, and then the publisher would take that song and give it to a recording artist who might choose toRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 5/15: CHAMBER MUSIC WITH LA CHANZE

5/17/16

A night of joy and grace. After the amazing response to the April concert, I knew I wanted to go in an entirely different direction for this one, so I stripped the band down to a trio, and we all had the gift of being joined by one of the true lights of the musical theater, La Chanze. The night before this show, I had the privilege to attend a concert by one of my favorite pianists, the astounding Fred Hersch, whose guest was my friend, the wonderful Kate McGarry. What I saw watching and listening to those two longtimeRead More »

SUBCULTURE SET LIST: LINDSAY MENDEZ FOR PASSOVER

4/25/16

I don’t think there could have been a better way to spend the second night of Passover than at SubCulture with my sensational band, a full horn section, and the gorgeous and wonderful Lindsay Mendez. I started the evening raising a glass of Manischewitz (ugh) and leading an audience sing-along to the Pesach classic, “Dayenu,” set to a merengue rhythm. I brought two brand-new songs, one from The Connector and one aimed directly at the National Rifle Association. Lindsay transcendently sang my all-time favorite Joni Mitchell song, featuring one of Todd Reynolds’s most lyrical solos. And the horn section blastedRead More »

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

3/17/16

My yearly tribute to the Irish ladies, whose shamrock milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. Jason Robert Brown in Concert, with Special Guest Anika Noni Rose Now available for download or streaming! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/28087

SUBCULTURE SET LIST: ANA GASTEYER JOINS THE BAND (3/14/16)

3/15/16

A sublime and ridiculous evening at SubCulture with the amazing Ana Gasteyer (whose sensational album I’m Hip is available now on iTunes). Not only did Ana rip our hearts out with her version of 13-year-old teenage angst, she did an amazing Harold Arlen song from her own show, a glorious Buddy Holly/Linda Ronstadt cover, and (egged on by me) basically sight-read the hell out of “Summer in Ohio.” I can’t wait to have Ana come back and do more with that unbelievable voice! A first: not only did I premiere a brand-new song from a brand-new show (The Connector, whichRead More »