Soul, Funk, Smooth Jazz, & Country – The Sounds of Christmas at BBJ!

Larry Carlton, Sons of Serendip, Glenfiddich Scotch Tasting, Maggie Rose, Brunch With Santa, The Soul Crackers, Indigo Love, and A Smooth & Funky Christmas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2015Monday (12/14) we welcome renowned guitarist Larry Carlton to the BBJ stage! Carlton recorded his first LP, With A Little Help from My Friends, in 1968 for the Uni label. He performed on 13 albums during his tenure with The Crusaders (through 1976), and the demand for his brilliant session playing reached its height as he was featured constantly with stars from every genre including Sammy Davis, Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Paul Anka, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, and Dolly Parton. Before the height of his fame, he had already garnered a place for himself among The Going Thing jingle singers and served as Musical Director for Emmy-Nominated children’s show, Mrs. Alphabet. His playing is remarkable. Come out to the 7:30pm show.

Tuesday (12/15) Sons of Serendip will share the spirit of the season with their Christmas Beyond the Lights concert. SoS performs with a unique fusion of R&B, gospel, and neo-soul. Their classical expertise also shines through to create a uniquely sumptuous and emotionally stirring sound. This special holiday presentation combines orchestral and acoustic interpretations of modern and traditional holiday classics arranged with vocals, cello, harp and piano. You’ll hear favorites like “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Come Emmanuel,” “Let it Snow,” and “The Christmas Song,” plus the group’s first original composition “Miss You Most,” a heartfelt ballad of long distance love during the Christmas season. The performance will feature The Howard University Chapel Choir, Ned Lewis (Director), and Cassandra Allen. The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (12/17) We invite you to a very special Glenfiddich single malt scotch tasting. Join Struan Grant Ralph, the William Grant and Sons Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, as he presents and talks about the award-winning 12, 15, 18 and 21 year old Glenfiddich marques. A welcome cocktail, light food, the tasting, and discussion are included in the price of admission. The event starts at 5:30pm.

After the scotch tasting, join us for the first of two great Christmas shows by local music hero Maggie Rose with The Morrison Brothers. Maggie’s journey began in her hometown of Potomac, Maryland—hardly a mecca for country music—and has led her to Nashville by way of storied record executive Tommy Mottola (Celine Dion, Mariah Carey). With her album, Cut to Impress, and memorable songs including “I Ain’t Your Mama,” “Better,” “Looking Back Now,” and “Broken,” Maggie Rose truly holds the promise of bona fide stardom and record industry longevity. The Morrison Brothers, founded in 2007 by brothers Truman and Willie Morrison, play a unique brand of country rock that stems from the group’s mixed musical roots in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.

True to the holiday spirit, this and Friday night’s shows are stepping it up for Toys for Tots – Bring a toy and receive a raffle ticket! So come join the excitement and revel in country music straight out of the DMV! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (12/18) It’s the second big night for Maggie Rose with The Morrison Brothers! This fantastic, homespun country rock show with the Nashville shine gets started at 8pm.

Saturday (12/19) It’s Brunch with Santa time! Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate, dine from our delicious, family-friendly a la carte brunch menu, and then take in the wonder of a “surprise” visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick. The magic will begin with a violin concerto by young musicians presented by local violin instructor, Kenneth Giles. Then eat, drink, and be merry! Don’t forget your Christmas list – Guests will have the chance to talk to and take pictures with Santa Claus! Doors open at 10:30, and the event starts at 11am.

Saturday night, we’ve got a party goin’ on – The Soul Crackers with Tommy Lepson! Take some of the greatest party music ever made, make sure it’s sung & played by a band that has made a career out of belting out those sweet soul sounds – and you’ve got yourself a real good time. The band is all about Memphis & Motown soul, featuring timeless songs by artists including Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, and Wilson Pickett. Lead vocalist Tommy Lepson has won “Best Vocalist” multiple times at the Wammy Awards from the Washington Area Music Association.  With his stunning and powerful blue-eyed soul voice, Tommy conveys all the joy and passion that makes this music come alive. Supported by a stellar six-piece band including a kicking horn section, The Soul Crackers will pack the dance floor.  They start at 8pm.

Sunday (12/20) Indigo Love will put on an unforgettable show that is a walk down memory lane for those who love and remember Sarah Vaughan. It will be every bit as beautiful and an enlightening experience for those just getting to know her! The performance opens with a narrator bringing Indigo (Sarah) to the stage …the lights go down and the music comes up… A slide show of Sarah plays and the audience is taken on a wonderful musical journey of her life through narration, photos, and favorite songs like “Body and Soul” and “Send in the Clowns.” Indigo Love is a naturally gifted performer with a four octave vocal range and flawless delivery. She was a semi-finalist in both the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and in Baltimore’s 14th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition. She has performed as an opening act for artists such as Peabo Bryson, Miki Howard, Joyce Cooling, Paul Taylor, and Roy Ayers. This brunch event begins at 1:30pm.

Sunday night, we’ve got the best holiday party in town… A Smooth and Funky Christmas! Christian “Big New York” de Mesones is a larger than life showman and bassist, best known for fronting Groove Skool Band. He now sells out shows as a headliner with “Big New York & the Smooth Jazz All-Stars,” a collaborative effort highlighting the hottest smooth jazz artists in the DMV. The All-Stars for this event are Willie Bradley on trumpet, Drew Davidsen on guitar, Elliot Levine on keyboards, Jay Jones on drums, Curtis McCain on percussion, and the triple-sax attack of Rob Maletick, Eddie Baccus, Jr., and Keith Anderson. This unique Christmas musical experience will get started at 7:30pm.

We’ve still got more great holiday events coming your way! Don’t forget to check our Music Calendar and mark your calendars for Daryl Davis Presents: A Rock’N’Boogie Holiday Party with The Sapphire Stars, The Second Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party, A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas, and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra on New Year’s Eve.

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… See you at Bethesda Blues & Jazz soon!

 

Rick Brown

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