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Jesse Palidofsky Trio

Audiences love the passion and joy of the Jesse Palidofsky Trio, equally at home with ballads and up-tempo numbers.

Clarinetist and soprano saxophonist, Jonah Blaustein is a fabulous instrumentalist who performs in a wide variety of musical styles from early jazz and Klezmer to Latin cumbio dance music, Greek, Macedonian and Armenian traditional folk music. He has been featured with groups such as The Capitol Quickstep Quadrille Orchestra, Cumbiaranga, The Sunshine Skiffle Band, Klesmos, The Imperial Palms Orchestra and Karpouzi. He has performed classical chamber music, worked in theater orchestras, and in vaudeville, and played in a Javanese gamalan ensemble.

Pianist, guitarist, and vocalist Jesse Palidofsky is a seasoned performer and was a 2001 recipient of a Montgomery County Arts Council Outreach Grant for his work with seniors. Jesse is also a gifted songwriter, and his original compositions have been featured on WETA-Fms Traditions program, on Montgomery Cable TVs Takoma Coffeehouse program, at the Washington Folk Festival, and in the 1998 Hexagon Review, among other venues. Jesse has shared stages with recording artists such as Pete Seeger, Magpie, Bob Franke, Terra Nova, Pat Humphries, Alan Damron and Lisa Mosciatello. Jesse's use of music with children with cancer at Children's Hospital has been profiled in a feature article in The Washington Post. He has played at coffeehouses in the DC metro area and in Michigan, at Common Ground on the Hill, and for the Rotary International Conference in Antalya, Turkey and the Pastoral Care Network for Social Responsibility in Baltimore.

Fred Lieder is a contemporary cellist. He plays many different styles including classical, jazz, rock, blues, Celtic, and folk. His latest "live" recording with WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association) Award winning vocalist Lisa Moscatiello has garnered very positive reviews. Fred's versatility makes him an in-demand recording artist, teacher, and performer. He has played such diverse places as The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, The Birchmere, Blues Alley, The Black Cat, and numerous other venues up and down the east coast.

What people say about Jesse's music and his trio:
"I expected the JP Trio would be good, but I didnšt know they would be THAT great!"
Lisa Null, co-chair, Washington Folk Festival Program Committee

"Jesse played his just-written song, Išve Got the Swannanoa Gathering Sleep Deprivation Blues, which brought the house (at Ashville, NC's Be Here Now) to its feet with cheers and applause."
Robert Caldwell, Performing Songwriter Magazine, July 1994

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