On the Loose
Jay Rapoport, lead singer/pianist of Dangerous Kid, was born in Georgetown, D.C., and has been playing piano and singing professionally since he was 19 years old. Jay has performed at many Washington D.C. area venues including State Theater, The Funk Box, The Ram's Head, Iota, The Recher, Velvet Lounge, and the infamous 9:30 Club. He has also performed at several clubs in New York City including The Lion's Den and Tribeca. Jay has also performed at many of Washington's hotels, restaurants, and bars (including the Ritz-Carlton and Mr. Smith's) as a solo pianist, rock keyboardist, and vocalist. He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he was an award-winning singer-songwriter, and also was named one of America's '100 Best College Performers' in Mastercard ACTS Talent Search before returning to D.C. to pursue his music career. Jay has been featured on keyboard, piano, and vocals on two Worry Stones CDs, NOVA Custom (2000) and You Don't Know What You're In For (2003), each selling several thousand copies locally and on regional East Coast and Southern tours. He was also featured on Shwa's Just A Thought CD (2004) and has released two solo original piano/vocal albums, Don't Look Down (his 1998 debut) and Live At Jammin' Java (2004). Joining with Paul Withers on drums and Matt Dosberg on bass, Dangerous Kid, a high-energy rock trio, was formed in 2005 to take Jay's music to the next level with an eye on entertaining the masses. The first Dangerous Kid CD, On The Loose, will be released in September 2005. Jay's clever and infectious songs, along with his passionate voice and skill on piano, continue to captivate bar and club audiences with his recent move to New York City.