Seth Kibel


Seth began his career as a full-time professional musician in 1996, when he moved to the Washington/Baltimore area following his graduation from Cornell University with a double major in Music and American Studies. Since that time, he has been in demand as a sideman and as a bandleader performing in such diverse genres as jazz, rock, blues, swing, klezmer, dixieland, and classical music.

Seth began his professional klezmer career in 1993 with Cayuga Klezmer Revival, upstate New York’s premier klezmer band. Their CD, Klezmology, is still sold nationally. Seth is currently the leader, clarinetist, and composer for The Alexandria Kleztet, an “alternative” klezmer band he founded in the Baltimore/Washington area. The band’s two albums, Y2Klezmer (1999) and Delusions of Klezmer (2002) are both available nationwide. Both albums received the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) award for Best World Music Recording following their release.

In addition to his activities with the Kleztet, Seth has fronted a variety of swing and jazz groups, including Air Mail Special, The Bay Jazz Project, and Seth Kibel’s Dixieland All-Stars. In 2002, he was commissioned to write, perform, and record an original score for Dreams in the Golden Country, an original theatrical production at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Seth has performed with such notables as Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Percy Sledge, The Coasters, and Johnnie Johnson. Additionally, he has appeared with many notable groups in the Baltimore/Washington area, including The Daryl Davis Band, The Tom Cunningham Orchestra, The VanDangos, and The Hot Kugel Klezmer Band, just to name a few. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, as well as on several European tours. Seth can be heard on recent CD releases by folksinger John Simon, The Civil Air Patrol Band, American Song, The Hot Kugel Klezmer Band, guitarist David Kitchen, boogie-woogie pianist Daryl Davis, blues guitarist Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, jazz vocalist Esther Haynes, and flamenco guitarist Gerard Moreno.

Seth’s primary instruments are the clarinet, saxophone (alto, tenor, and baritone), and flute. He has, however, been known to make some noise on harmonica, recorder, guitar, piano, and accordion.

Watch Past Performances

Video 6/6/2015: MyTix My Way Soirée Pre and Post-Let's Be Frank Swing Dance Party

Join in a celebration of the centennial year of Frank Sinatra’s birth with the acclaimed Seth Kibel Quintet. Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg (Gottaswing) lead free swing dance lessons at 5 p.m. After the Let's Be Frank NSO Pops concert, the fun continues 10 p.m.–midnight with more dancing, social photo booths, and cash bars pouring signature cocktails.

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