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March 14, 2020

"I'm staying at home." The weather is great, the wisteria over the door is about to burst forth, and I am well. I step outside this morning. People are out on their balconies, leaning against the railing, looking down on the street, which is almost empty of pedestrians...

February 22, 2020

Living as an expat, returning to the US just a month or two each year, do I risk being forgotten? Have to start from scratch when I move back for good some day? In the words of Robin & Linda Williams, “Don’t let me come home a stranger.” Or does absence make the heart...

January 8, 2020

Happenstance Theater (Mark Jaster, Alex Vernon, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, Sabrina Mandell, and Gwen Grastorf) in Moxie; A Happenstance Vaudeville, Round House Theater, 2016.

(photo: Leslie Swan photography) 

More than a week past the expiration date... too late for a year's-...

September 15, 2019

I have a new single! "Keep on Your Side of the Road" is a spare, rhythm guitar-driven, indie rock track–a whole other ball of wax from my 2017 jazz trio album. Available wherever you stream or download music.

As with my earlier solo single, "Poor Little...

April 28, 2019

Despite what people say about CDs, I keep getting requests for them at gigs, so, always happy to oblige, while I was in the States last month I had these made. And though the album's been available digitally for a year or so, I feel so much more satisfied now that it's...

April 15, 2019

 Happenstance Theater's Pantheon. at Baltimore Theater Project.  photo: Glenn Ricci

An extremely rewarding month of working with Happenstance Theater has come to an end. I was honored to get the chance to work with this company! They create truly exciting theater....

November 8, 2018

Discussing family biz with brother Mark Jaster and sister-in-law Sabrina Mandell.

My older brother, the actor Mark Jaster, has specialized in physical comedy since his senior year in high school, when he first went to Paris to study with Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau’...

November 3, 2018

Stadtgarten, Köln. Kyle Crane, a drummer I once worked with, is on tour with Neko Case and kindly got us comps for tonight’s concert. We walk up the stairs and I give the ticket taker my name. He barely  glances at his list. “That’s downstairs,” he says. Okay. Back dow...

October 19, 2018

Forgot this song for almost a year. I worked on it with The Buskers a couple of different ways, but the arrangement never came together. I think it wants a lush, pop groove. There was a problem lyrically: the tension between the title/hook, which sounds typically male...

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