J Train Jazz

Elegant Music for Your Special Occasions

J Train is a collaboration of experienced jazz musicians in the DC metro area. The group has performed at restaurants, clubs, hotels, the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, the Arts Club of Washington, and many homes. J Train’s primary musical focus is jazz standards and bossa novas – the music that comprises the Great American Songbook. Think George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Antonio Carlos Jobim and you’ll be headed in our direction. Some pop and blues tunes are also mixed in.  Click here for a selected playlist.

J Train is available as a jazz trio (sax, piano or guitar, and bass) as well as solo piano and solo guitar. We can add drums and/or vocals.  Listen to a solo piano clip here.  Watch the trio here.

To discuss hiring J Train for your special occasion, please contact Lee Arbetman at 301-602-5097 (mobile) or arbetmanlee@gmail.com.

 

“Your group was exactly what we wanted for our wedding. Everyone commented on the band-and everyone from cousins to grandparents danced and had a great time. Thank you!”

Dia Farquhar & Matt Costello, (then) newlyweds

“Some colleagues and I heard you at a restaurant and decided you’d be perfect for our annual client party. You were!”

Kathryn Himes, Esq, Mead Data Central

About the Band

Music for your special occasion that’s truly special

Whatever special event you’re planning, you’ll love the way J Train works with you. We listen to your ideas, adapt to your needs, and give you the music and musicians to make your event truly memorable. For wedding receptions, anniversaries, holiday parties, and personal and professional gatherings of every size and purpose, we offer the perfect blend of America’s most loved music.

The J Train’s repertoire lets us set just the musical mood you’re after. The swing tunes, sentimental ballads and sensuous Latin numbers we play create the atmosphere you want.

We work with you to provide the right instrumentation to meet your plans, space, taste and budget.

    • Our core trio: sax, guitar or piano, and bass
    • Mix in any combination of the following ensemble players: drums, vibes, and trumpet
    • Add polished vocalists—male or female.
    • And for more intimate settings, our guitarist or pianist are available—solo or with bass.

Songs We Play

J Train’s repertoire is both ageless and wide-ranging. You’ll never go wrong with the standards and swing tunes from Ellington, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and others. And you’ll love our straight-ahead versions of jazz classics by Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobin, Wes Montgomery and many more. And if your event calls for dancing, J Train is ready with the right tunes at the right tempos. Some of the songs we play:

Swing

  • A Foggy Day
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’
  • All of Me
  • All the Things You Are
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Bernie’s Tune
  • Blue Skies
  • But Not For Me
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Cherokee
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Falling in Love With Love
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Green Dolphin Street
  • Have You Met Miss Jones?
  • How High the Moon
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  • If I Had You
  • I’ll Remember April
  • In a Mellow Tone
  • In Your Own Sweet Way
  • Just Friends
  • Lady Be Good
  • Like Someone in Love
  • I Love You
  • L-O-V-E
  • Love for Sale
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • Makin’ Whoopee
  • Moonglow
  • My Romance
  • Night and Day
  • Our Love is Here to Stay
  • Out of Nowhere
  • Route 66
  • ‘S Wonderful
  • Satin Doll
  • Secret Love
  • September in the Rain
  • Shiny Stockings
  • Slow Boat to China
  • Stars Fell on Alabama
  • Stompin’ at the Savoy
  • Summertime
  • Take the A Train
  • There is No Greater Love
  • Way You Look Tonight
  • Witchcraft
  • (I’ve Got the) World on a String
  • Yesterdays
  • You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To

Ballads

  • Angel Eyes
  • As Time Goes By
  • Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  • Crazy
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • In a Sentimental Mood
  • It Had to be You
  • Lover Man
  • Misty
  • Moonlight in Vermont
  • My Funny Valentine
  • The Nearness of You
  • Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  • ‘Round Midnight
  • Tenderly
  • That’s All
  • What’s New?
  • When I Fall in Love

Bossa Nova/Latin

  • Besame Mucho
  • Black Orpheus
  • Blue Bossa
  • Dindi
  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • How Insensitive
  • Meditation
  • Our Day Will Come
  • Poinciana
  • Samba de Orfeu
  • Song For My Father
  • Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
  • Watch What Happens
  • Wave
  • What a Difference a Day Makes
  • What is This Thing Called Love?

Blues

  • All Blues
  • Birks’ Wirks
  • Blue Bossa
  • Blues in the Closet
  • C Jam Blues
  • Freddie the Freeloader
  • Jumping with Symphony Sid
  • Kansas City
  • Moanin’
  • Soft Winds
  • Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
  • Watermelon Man

Booking

Please give us a call or fill out the form below to discuss your special event. If you can let us know the starting and ending times of your event as well as where and when it will be held, we will give you a price for our services.

Lee Arbetman
301-229-1106 (evening)
301-589-1130 (day)
lee@jtrainjazz.com