Billboard Top 10 + Chicago, OH, IN, CT, MA, Germany


The compilation album Action Moves People United featuring my song Make It Better is in the Top 10 on Billboard! The album, released in partnership with UNESCO is produced by Kevin Mackie, Krista Wallhagen and Rupam Sarmah and features music and poetry by Dan Aykroyd, Julian Lennon, Kathy Sledge, Alan White, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Annie Haslam, Janis Ian, Martin Barre and many more! The album is available on iTunes and Amazon now. “Make It Better” music video now viewed over 72,000 times on FB is here. See album artwork below and links to the press release here. Please check it out 🙂

I’m back in NYC after an absolutely amazing tour and BMI songwriting camp in South Africa. Pictures from my travels are on my Instagram and a short digest about the trip is on my Facebook profile which you can read here. Already planing another trip to this beautiful place that is changing massively these days.

Some great shows coming up this month including a FREE in-store performance at the Record Connection in Niles, OHon Oct 13th, a return to Uncommon Ground in Chicago, IL on Oct 15th and Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso, IN on Oct 16th. Latter two shows feature my long time collaborator Chris Marolf on upright bass, kora, banjo and vocals and the show in Valparaiso will also feature Megan Marolf on oboe and members of the Valpo High School Orchestra! Tickets available now at Chicago Street site and Uncommon Ground site.

Later this month I’m back in Middletown, CT at the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center on Oct 21st and a house concert at my dear friend Monica Mansfield in Shrewsbury, MA on Oct 22nd! Seating is limited, get your tickets here. On Oct 24th I’ll be doing a dance workshop in Boston, MA with my dear friend Yo-el Cassell who I worked with on the Off-Broadway show Moonlight Interior. Then off to Germany for a couple of weeks and shows in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein! Details below, please do spread the word!

Thank you,


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Oct 13, 2016, 6:00 PM: Niles, OH: The Record Connection

Oct 15, 2016, 9:00 PM: Chicago, IL: Uncommon Ground on Clark

Oct 16, 2016, 7:00 PM: Valparaiso, IN: Chicago Street Theatre

Oct 21, 2016, 7:30 PM: Middletown, CT: Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Ctr

Oct 22, 2016, 7:30 PM: Shrewsbury, MA: House Concert

Nov 03, 2016, 8:00 PM: Hamburg, Germany: TalkDOT TV Show Live Taping

Nov 11, 2016, 8:00 PM: Hamburg, Germany: HT16 200 Jahr Feier

Nov 13, 2016, 7:00 PM: Barmstedt, Germany: Kulturschusterei

Nov 17, 2016, 8:00 PM: Hamburg, Germany: Kukuun

Nov 19, 2016, 8:00 PM: Barmstedt, Germany: House Concert

Dec 01, 2016, 8:00 PM: North Miami, FL: The Luna Star Cafe

Dec 03, 2016, 7:30 PM: Fort Meyers, FL: ACMA Listening Room

Dec 11, 2016, 4:00 PM: Green Brook, NJ: Cozy Cabin Concerts

Dec 17, 2016, 8:00 PM: Sellersville, PA: Sellersville Theater 1894

Apr 22, 2017, 8:00 PM: Teaneck, NJ: Ethical Brew Concerts

Dec 03, 2017, 8:00 PM: Honesdale, PA: Riverfolk Concerts

Central Park, UK + Germany Tour Dates, Annie Haslam


Thanks for coming out to our most recent Rockwood show in NYC! That might have been one of the best shows we’ve had there and you guys turning out was a very big part of that so once again, thanks! We really appreciate it. Did any of you stick around for Norah Jones’ other band afterward? I had no idea she played electric… 🙂

Coming up this June we’ll be playing a few gigs in the NYC area, starting with Tavern on the Green on June 21st at 2 pm – that’s part of Make Music New York, where hundreds of musicians put on free shows all across New York City. The very next day we’ll be up in The Bronx, my home borough for Bronx Week and a short performance on their outdoor stage. On June 28th we’ll be back at the New York Book Festival which is held right near the Naumburg Band Shell in Central Park. Hope to see you at one or all of these!

REVERIE is continuing to receive FM and internet radio airplay as well as press, most recently WKSU (Kent State University, Ohio) and added “Give in to This Life”. (which is also syndicated on a few terrestrial FM stations in WI, KY, CT and NY) has added “Doing Time” and the record was recently reviewed by media in Israel & Brazil.

UK + Germany Tour Dates:

This July I will be touring the UK for the first time then touring in Germany where I will be playing in some new cities as well! UK dates include 2 shows in London as well as numerous dates in the West Midlands. I’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word to your friends and colleagues in the UK since it’s my first venture over there and could certainly use the support! Friends and family in Germany, I will be coming back to Hamburg and Berlin as well as shows in Oldenburg, Cottbus and hopefully Cologne. Accompanying me on some of these will be Mario Waschinski on bass (who played in my first band there in high school!) as well as the band Stylblyten from Berlin.

Concert at Sellersville Theater with Annie Haslam

Please mark your calendars for a very special event this fall at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA. The band and I will be doing a show there with special guest Annie Haslam, lead singer of the band Renaissance. Tickets are on sale now for this event that will take place on Saturday, September 20th at 8 PM. You can find out more about the talented Annie Haslam at her web site, and purchase tickets at the Sellersville Theater web site!

Until I leave town I will be checking out events in NYC that my friends are involved in and am letting you know about some of them so you can see if you might be interested. As many of you know I love dance and performance art so I’m going to be checking out my bud Yoel Cassell (who has been nominated for a Tony!!) in a show put on by our friend Pavel Zuštiak called “Blind Spot”. The show runs June 11-15 at Performance Space 22. More info at


JK & Band