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John Guernsey: Piano Man

Every Friday and Saturday, dine to the accompaniment of jazz and blues piano by musician and artist John Guernsey of Takoma Park, known as the "piano man" to patrons of the cafe.


  • Book John as a solo pianist or with the John Guernsey Trio to play at an event.
  • John gives music lessons in jazz, rock and blues.
  • John takes commissions for compositions.

Love at Last Sight

In 2002 John began writing a musical called "Love at Last Sight." It was performed at the Takoma Park Community Center in 2008 and 2011, and at the Greenbelt Arts Center in 2008 for a 4-day, nearly sold-out run. The play is performed by a cast of primarily teens.

John's playing is a particular treat to many who come to the cafe, as they are aware of his accomplished performances in other venues (including the Phillips Collection, One Step Down, and as a member of the Claude Jones band) over the years.

He has now written a book called "A February Song", and the cafe will be holding a Reception & Book-Signing on Sunday, May 6 from 2-4:30pm. There will be a couple of performers reading from the book, there will be music (which is a key thread in the book), and refreshments.

Seeing is Believing by John Guernsey

Seeing is Believing

In January 2011, John Guernsey had his fourth art show at the New Deal Cafe, Seeing is Believing. He is primarily a printmaker, but also paints and does large, colorful, mixed media drawings. Born in 1945, he was drawn to both art and music as a teenager and has been doing both ever since. His imagery is personal, surreal and dream like. He has studied etching at the Corcoran and received an ongoing scholarship from the Bethesda Women's Club to study printmaking with Professor Joyce Jewell at Montgomery College.


CDs are $12 each. If purchasing more than one, the additional CDs are $10 each. You can purchase John's Music when John is performing at The New Deal or send a check or money order to

John Guernsey
7411 Hancock Ave. #102
Takoma Park, MD 20912

On receipt of your check or money order, your CD will be promptly mailed to you.

Solo Piano Volume 1

Solo Piano Volume 1 Cover Tracks: Misty, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Someone to Watch Over Me, All of Me, God Bless the Child, Moanin', Moon River, Cast Your Fate to the Wind, After Hours, Tuxedo Junction, Maria, Somewhere, I Feel Pretty, Blues in the Night, I've got the World on a String, As Time Goes By

John Guernsey Trio + One Live at the New Deal Cafe

Trio + 1 Cover Including an original composition: "Here Comes the Fox"

Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits Cover Tracks: Blues by Surprise, Anna Maria, Gospel in 3, Well I Know, Money Talks, The Last Day, There's a Fire in My Soul, The Letter, Sykesville, Still in Love, She Don't Even Live Here, Never So Blind, Bad Dream, Signals, All The King's Horses

The One Step

One Step Down Cover Tracks: Here Comes the Fox, Sois Sauce, The One Step, No Smoking, Gerry's Tune, Swedish Lullaby, The Water Song, Norwegian Night