Happy New Year! Sonny Landreth, 76 Degrees West Band, and a Tribute to David Bowie & George Michael this Weekend

Sonny Landreth, 76 Dregrees West Band, and a Tribute to David Bowie and George Michael, Jan 2017 at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper ClubFriday (1/6) We welcome the great Sonny Landreth to our stage! The Mississippi native recorded his first solo album, Blues Attack, in 1981. Four years later, his influential “Congo Square,” named for the slave auction block in old New Orleans, appeared on Down In Louisiana. Although that album fanned the flames of his reputation as an emerging force in roots music, Landreth kept a parallel career going as a celebrated sideman and session player. Over the years he performed and recorded with many artists including songwriter John Hiatt and British blues innovator John Mayall and toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He also collaborated with Eric Clapton and has performed at all of Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festivals since 2004. Sonny Landreth’s latest album is Bound By the Blues. Sharing the stage with Landreth will be Americana rock ‘n’ roll artists Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (1/7) Get ready for 76 Degrees West Band! Based out of the DMV, the jazz-funk band has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001. The group has worked with numerous national acts such as “Jamaica Funk” Tom Brown, Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, Rahsaan Patterson, and Raheem De Vaughn. The band’s 1st single was an instrumental remake of AWB’s “School Boy Crush,” which made it onto Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart and was a radio request worldwide. Their name was inspired by the longitude in the Western Hemisphere that covers the Washington DC area. Joining 76 Degrees West Band will be special guest Sugar Bear, and the show will be hosted by WHUR’s own Tony Richards. The performance starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/8) Please join us with DJ Jaafar Ouardi as we celebrate the music of two great artists we lost in 2016. Last January 8th, David Bowie turned 69 years old, released the powerfully innovative, Black Star, and then left us 2 days later. His artistic legacy is one of boundary-pushing, invention, and reinvention, with artistic highlights including Heroes, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Station to Station, and Let’s Dance, among many other notable recordings. George Michael burst onto the music scene as a member of Wham! In the 1980s. He was one to challenge convention and sometimes censorship of the day. His many hits include “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “I Want Your Sex,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” and “Freedom.” He is a 2017 nominee for the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. DJ Jaafar Ouardi has worked in the hospitality for over 9 years, with the last 7 of those years being exclusively in the hippest bars and nightclubs in the area. He plays and loves all kinds of music from Top 40, Hip Hop, R&B, Latin, Arab, Persian and French. You will be in good hands as he explores and honors the music of David Bowie and George Michael. The tribute begins at 7:30pm.

Happy 2017! We are excited about the new year and have lots of great performances in store. In addition to remembering David Bowie and George Michael this Sunday on what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday, we have Junior Marvin’s Wailers coming up who will lead us in celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday, and Denny Laine will be here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wings Over America! So as you can see, New Year’s Day may be over, but at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, the celebrations show no signs of stopping. Check our Music Calendar for these shows, upcoming Valentine’s Day events, and our full list of performances.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

It’s Almost 2017! Celebrate All Week with Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow, Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys, Deanna Bogart, and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra

Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow Band, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Deanna Bogart, and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Tuesday (12/27) Saxophonist Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His extraordinary career features high points including early-’70s gigs with Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws. His name is a common sight often on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. His first hit, “Always There,” (credited as Ronnie Laws and Pressure on the original 45) was one of the most popular, sax-driven, crossover hits of the 1970s jazz-funk fusion era. His playing ushered in the sensualization of the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems such as “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Come out for this evening performance and you will “just love” the sensual and star-power sounds of Ronnie Laws. The show begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/28) Let It Flow is a collective of some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their blend of R&B, neo-soul and contemporary jazz with a generous helping of homegrown DC go-go is what makes them fantastically unique. The band has shared the stage with many notables including The Dazz Band, Sybil, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Kid from Kid ‘n Play, and the late, great Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go. Let It Flow performs concerts, club dates, outdoor events, private parties, fraternity and sorority galas, and wedding receptions. Their music is infectious and will get you moving on the dance floor. Get ready for Let It Flow! The concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/29) Auld TWANG Syne features two of the hottest, funnest, dancin’est, roots rockin’est bands the DC area has to offer: Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys! They’ll be twangin’ ‘tween the holidays and giving you a great big reason to rock. Ruthie & the Wranglers are known for their high energy Americana Country, rockabilly, roots rock and a splash of surf. The Thrillbillys are made up of a who’s who of veterans of the DC area music scene: Leader Johnny Castle (Nighthawks, and formerly with Bill Kirchen and Switchblade), rock ‘n’ roll/pop rock master David Kitchen, roots rock and country guitar slinger Andy Rutherford, and Jack O’Dell on drums. Get yourself to this show and go home with raised spirits and a big dose of TWANG! The band kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (12/30) The fans of award-winning multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart really value the diversity of her genre-free zone. As a bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist, and sax player, Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a blend she calls “blusion.” Her fusion of blusion — spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless, and fun — has garnered her three Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009, and 2010 and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won 22 Wammies, the music awards for our hotly contested DC region. Deanna Bogart’s dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals, and cut-above songwriting will win your heart. Don’t miss this one! The show starts at 8pm.

New Year’s Eve, Saturday (12/31) Please join us at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for this extra special performance by Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra as we ring the new year… 2017! Come out and celebrate with a four course dinner, hats, noisemakers, horns, pop out streamers, and the traditional champagne toast at midnight. When Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra step to the stage, the audience is transported to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The group will bring down the house as everything old becomes new again. The 18-piece ensemble swings with manic abandon through the early Great American Songbook, infusing standards with new energy. For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s alive in Washington, DC and around the world. The Washington Post says, “Scantlin is the consummate showman.” An elegant evening will be had by all! Doors open for dinner at 7pm and the party starts at 9pm.

We’ve just added so many new shows to the lineup for 2017. Here are just a few: The Hardway Connection, Sonny Landreth, Joe Clair & Friends, Denny Laine Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Wings over America, Bill Laurence, the annual Buddy Holly Tribute, Jeff Bradshaw, The Spinners, and Annale with Special Guest Shakespeare. Check our Music Calendar for all the recent additions.

We at BBJ hope you’ve been having a magical holiday season. Thank you so much for spending time with us and for celebrating great entertainment with us in 2016. We wish you a very Happy New Year!

 

Rick Brown

Happy Holidays! Welcome Winter with NRBQ, Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, & Soul-Driven Holiday Parties by Secret Society and Soul Crackers

NRBQ, Cassandra Wilson, Secret Society, and Soul Crackers at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Tuesday (12/20) NRBQ‘s music is a blend of styles from rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz. They have attracted fans as diverse as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, and Penn and Teller. NRBQ songs have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Dave Edmunds, and many others, and the group even served as the unofficial “house band” for The Simpsons for seasons 10-12. In their 50-year history, NRBQ’s records have been released by many record companies, including Columbia Records, Kama Sutra Records, Mercury Records, Virgin Records, Rounder Records, and more. The band never works with a set list, so fans never know what songs to expect! Come out and enjoy the surprises! The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/21) Join us on the occasion of the winter solstice for a special concert experience by the one-and-only Cassandra Wilson. Celebrated for her rich, husky sound and her improvisational and interpretive gifts, Wilson has expanded jazz singing with her exploration of standards and old blues, country and folk songs, and the music of Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and others. Making her name in the 1980s as a founding member of Steve Coleman’s free-ranging M-Base Collective, Wilson’s breakthrough 1993 album, Blue Light Until Dawn, was a prime collection of originals and songs by Robert Johnson, Mitchell, Hank Williams, and Van Morrison. She won a Grammy for 1996’s New Moon Daughter, and the following year sang on the recording and tour of Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio, Blood on the Fields. Wilson’s singular 2015 recording, Coming Forth By Day, is an original homage to Billie Holiday on the centennial of her birth. We have two chances to see and hear Christmas with Cassandra, at 7pm and 10pm.

Thursday (12/22) Come celebrate the holidays with Secret Society at the 3rd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party! Dance to the soulful sounds of one of DMV’s finest bands, as they perform hits that get you moving all night. DJ Eclipse will be on the 1’s & 2’s. There will be plenty of fun, great food, drinks and holiday cheer. Formed in 2008, Secret Society, the brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, was created to bring the “live band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. The combination of talent, experience and influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound. The group calls it “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is they offer. The party starts at 8pm.

Friday (12/23) The Soul Crackers annual Holiday Party is a legendary blowout and a treasured rite of the season for hundreds of music lovers. This will be the band’s third holiday happening at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. Sprinkled in with soul classics from the likes of Al Green, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & Otis Redding will be a handful of soulful Christmas chestnuts. This show is known for bringing together friends and families of all ages from across the region for informal reunions for a night of great music, dancing and reconnecting. The band features Washington Area Music Association Hall Of Fame vocalist Tommy Lepson, guitarist Keith Grimes, Chuck Sullivan on drums, Spencer Hoopes on keys, saxophonist Wayne Sulc, Chris Hutton on trumpet, and bassist Ronnie Newmyer. To top it off, this performance will feature the stellar backing vocals and dynamic showmanship of the Too Much Sisters aka, Anita King & Caz Gardiner. The music starts at 8pm.

Don’t forget to Give the Gift of Music! Now until December 25th, buy 3 tickets and 1 FREE (excludes 12/31, 2/13, and 2/14). Use code BBJ4. We do hope you are enjoying our shows for the season, including all those happening this week plus the upcoming “Auld TWANG Syne” with Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Get the details of these and all our other shows on our Music Calendar.

We wish you the happiest of holidays!

 

Rick Brown

Non-Stop Entertainment featuring Holiday Jazz! The Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show, Redd Christmas, Dionne Farris, Joe Clair, A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2, and VMA’s Big Band Christmas

Virginia Music Adventures, Redd Christmas, Dionne Farris, Landau Murphy Jr, Joe Clair, Big NY & the Smooth Jazz All Starts at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Monday (12/12) Kick off your week with Virginia Music Adventures‘ award-winning all-star youth ensembles as they present A Big Band Christmas! Ring in the holiday season with tomorrow’s stars. Now in its 13th year, the Virginia Music Adventures Annual Holiday Show has become a tradition in the DC Metro area. Four youth ensembles plus new a cappella vocal jazz ensemble will perform holiday favorites and some fresh musical choices including movements from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Bing Crosby’s rendition of “Jingle Bells” with the Andrews Sisters, and Ella Fitzgerald’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” among other classic hits.” Virginia Music Adventures (VMA) provides comprehensive jazz music instruction combined with performance and travel opportunities to school age musicians. Through local, national, and international community service and travel, VMA encourages its students to develop empathy and respect toward other cultures. This holiday performance begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (12/14) There may be a lot to be said for a white Christmas, but internationally-known drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd brings us his own take on the season with Redd Christmas! Chuck began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs, and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008 and is a featured soloist annually at The Oregon Festival of American Music, The W.C. Handy Music Festival, The Newport Beach Jazz Party, The West Texas Jazz Party, The North Carolina Jazz Festival, and The Roswell Jazz Festival. Jazz Times has praised Redd’s playing describing his vibes work as “Exquisite!” and The Washington Post admired his “melodic sparkle.” The Redd Christmas show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (12/15) Come out to this fantastic night of music with a soulful sensation! Have you heard this may be the last time you see this artist billed as “Dionne Farris?” Officially speaking, it’s “Dionne.” The Grammy nominated singer you know and love has dropped her last name as an artist. “I’m taking it back to the root,” she says, “to a time before the formalities of “Dionne Farris” when I was simply, Dionne. That’s who created everything the fans love.” Dionne began singing in elementary school and in the early 1990s, she performed as the vocalist on hip hop group Arrested Development’s hit single, “Tennessee.” She rose to fame with the release of her 1994 debut album, Wild Seed – Wild Flower, featuring the single, “I Know.” She was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1996. Revelation, her new 7-song album with 60-page mini book, is a reflection on, dedication to, and a celebration of the late, great music icon, Prince. Dionne was Prince’s muse for The Truth album; he penned the song “Dionne” to her. Use Discount Code DIONNEBBJ for 50% off your tickets! The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (12/16) Join us for the Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show! Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the dreadlocked classic crooner and runaway season six winner of NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent, has toured across the country to sold-out audiences while maintaining his home and roots in his beloved West Virginia. His debut CD, That’s Life, on Columbia Records hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell. Murphy’s follow-up, Christmas Made for Two, was a benefit fundraising vehicle for The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, one of many Mountain State charities Landau has supported generously with his time and talent. His book, From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star, became an Amazon #1 best-seller and Reader’s Favorite Award winner. His Landau Live in Washington DC was actually recorded right here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz! Joining the show will be special guest Maiya Sykes of NBC’s The Voice and music sensation Postmodern Jukebox. The Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (12/17) Don’t miss Joe Clair & Friends! Joe Clair is back with two big shows featuring comedians Jon Laster, Wil Sylvince, and The Fat Doctor. The house band, Sound of the City, will add the musical touch. Host, comedian, radio personality, and on-air veteran Joe Clair is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. This native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show, taking the morning airwaves by storm and making the drive to work much more enjoyable for listeners across the DMV. He is proud graduate of Morgan State University where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and graduated as a psychology major but found his passion for comedy, music, and communications. Clair got his start on HBO’s famed Def Comedy Jam before gaining national notoriety as host of BET’s famed show, Rap City, where he introduced the world to hip-hop and rap superstars. So get ready to laugh, Bethesda! The shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (12/18) Back by popular demand… Big NY and the Smooth Jazz All-Stars will take to the stage to give us A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2! A larger-than-life showman, Christian “Big New York” de Mesones is the creator of “Big New York & the Smooth Jazz All-Stars”, a uniquely collaborative effort highlighting both the hottest smooth jazz musicians in the DMV as well as Billboard-charting guest artists. Ronald Jackson from smoothjazzride.com wrote, “Witnessing the extraordinary talents of Big New York was as astounding and moving as an earthquake!!!” Guests can always expect a very entertaining performance as Christian combines smooth, sophisticated grooves with flavors of old school R&B and Latin Jazz. This musical combination will be evident in the Smooth & Funky Christmas set lists, which will include new arrangements of holiday favorites, interspersed with hits from the All- Stars, and crowd-pleasing covers. The All-Stars for this event are Willie Bradley on trumpet, David Bach on piano, Drew Davidsen on guitar, Elliot Levine on Hammond organ and synthesizer, the triple-sax attack of Rob Maletick, Eddie Baccus, Jr., and  Danny Kusz; Swiss Chris on drums, and Curtis McCain and Jesus Gonzalez  on percussion. Making her debut at BBJ is guest vocalist Lindsey Webster. This special Christmas performance begins at 7:30pm.

It’s so exciting to be in the midst of the holiday season with so many great events. We’ve got even more coming up including Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, the 3rd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Show with Secret Society, Soul Crackers Holiday Party, Auld TWANG Syne with Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys, New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Visit our Music Calendar for more info and tickets to all our upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you soon for dinner and a holiday show!

 

Rick Brown

Holiday Cheer with Motown & More, A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch,
and Sinatra’s 101st Birthday with Tony Sands

Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration, Golden Era Sahara Dance Salon, Celebration of Frank Sinatra's 101st B-Day by Tony SandsFriday (12/9) Get ready… Here it comes! It’s time for Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration. The word “Motown” evokes sounds and images of a musical era full of great artists, classic songs, smooth choreography and exciting stage shows. For the holidays, Motown & More offers all that, plus those special tunes that bring the season in with style: The Temptations’ “Silent Night” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” and Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” — just to name a few. Vocalists Gene McBride, Vic Frierson, Karen Linette, Deborah Poole-Williams and Micah Smith, each phenomenal in their own right, come together with exquisite harmonies. Led by Musical Director and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Gillespie, the six piece musical ensemble also features saxophonists Art Sherrod, Jr. and Eddie Baccus, Jr. Celebrate the season with this trip down Memory Lane – with old school music, dancing, food, and friends. Doors open at 6pm; the concert starts at 8pm.

Sunday (12/11) Returning to Bethesda Blues and Jazz is the wonderful Golden Era Sahara Dance Salon: A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch! Allow yourself to be swept away by the romantic allure of a dance for the ages. From 1,001 Arabian Nights to present day, belly dance (raqs sharqi) continues to captivate audiences with its timeless beauty and elegance. Sahara Dance, Washington DC’s Center for Middle Eastern Dance, is a boutique dance studio dedicated to celebrating the joy and beauty of belly dance. Founded in 2002, Sahara Dance offers over 50 weekly belly dance classes at three locations in DC and Maryland. Seeking to elevate belly dance as a performance art and to create a community for belly dancers, Sahara Dance produces several annual theater productions. This is a great event for the whole family; kids under 12 attend for only $15! Doors open for brunch at 11:30am; the dancing begins at 1pm.

The Sunday evening performance pays homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. It’s the 101st B-day Celebration of Frank Sinatra by Tony Sands! Lifelong Sinatra fans have long been fascinated whenever they hear Tony Sands start to croon. For more than 20 years, Tony Sands has been perfecting his act, and wooing audiences all over the United States. Who better to lead us in celebrating what would have been Sinatra’s 101st birthday? It Was a Very Good Year – A Tribute to Frank Sinatra Starring Tony Sands is a must-see. Sands will be performing such hits as “That’s Life,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be A Lady,” “My Way,” “New York, New York,” and many more, accompanied by the fabulous big band sounds of Swingtopia. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind musical tribute. Doors open at 6pm. The concert kicks off at 8pm.

Our holiday shows are underway and we hope to see you at this most wonderful time of the year! Coming right up we’ve got Virginia Music Adventures Presents A Big Band Christmas, Redd Christmas, the Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show, A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2 featuring Big NY & The Smooth Jazz All-Stars with Special Guest Lindsey Webster, Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, the Soul Crackers Holiday Party, and so much more. Get your tickets now for the big New Year’s Eve event, as Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra ring in 2017. You can find tickets and info for all our shows on our Music Calendar.

We look forward to seeing you soon for dinner, a show, and some holiday cheer!

 

Rick Brown

Down-Home Country, Rhythm & Dazzle: An Eclectic Week with Kim Jordan’s Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, Jazz & Soul, Maggie Rose, and A Drag Salute to Motown

Kim Jordan's Gil Scott-Heron tribute, Jazz and Soul, Maggie Rose, and A Drag Salute to Motown Twisted at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November - December 2016Wednesday (11/30) The revolution may not be televised, but it will hit the stage live with Kim Jordan’s multimedia concert, A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron! Kim Jordan, an extraordinarily gifted artist, keyboardist, producer, composer, arranger, vocal coach, and promoter received her BA in music from Howard University. Upon graduation, she was immediately hired by and became musical director for jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, touring the world with him for over 30 years until his untimely death in 2011. She received international acclaim for her live performances from such publications as The London Guardian, The San Francisco Examiner, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Vibe, and Billboard.  With over 35 years of experience in the music industry, Kim has been a trailblazer for the musical genre “Gospel Jazz.” Her Gil Scott-Heron tribute features video footage, audio clips, and some of Gil’s most prolific songs as told from Kim’s unique perspective as longtime musical director and friend. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/1) Join us for a fantastic evening of Jazz & Soul with four powerful performers! Quickly becoming a recognized name in contemporary jazz, David P Stevens is multi-talented guitarist, writer, producer, and performer who has shared the stage with Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Najee, Frank McComb, and others. Lin Rountree aka The Soul-Trumpeter has had twelve Top 20 Billboard singles and numerous collaborations with top R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists. 6’7″ lead bass player from Kansas City, Julian Vaughn laid down a strong statement with his self-released debut, The Purpose Project, in 2010. Debórah Bond credits Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, and Sade as the roots which shaped her sound, an eclectic mix of R&B, funk and British soul. The Jazz & Soul concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (12/2) Come see the homecoming show of an amazing country artist! Maggie Rose is cool and confident, yet warm and approachable with a laugh that’s as melodic as the songs she sings. Maybe she was born under a special star; how else can you explain her journey from Potomac, Maryland – hardly a mecca for country music – to Nashville by way of storied record executive Tommy Mottola who has worked with the likes of Celine Dion and Mariah Carey? Through the disappointments that face any new artist – promises broken, faith rattled – Maggie has persevered, and her experiences hold the promise of longevity. Her first album title, Cut to Impress, was chosen from lyrics. She says, “‘Cut to impress’ … jumped out to me because it represents so much about this album… But it’s also that I’ve finally cut out a place for myself as an artist that is unique and real.” Her latest triumph, The Variety Show, Vol 1, is out now. Maggie Rose will be sharing the stage with The Morrison Brothers, who dutifully farm the fertile soil between mainstream country music and southern rock. Don’t miss this special evening dedicated to a winning combo! The show starts at 8pm.

Sunday (12/4) Behold, the DC drag queen — there’s nothing quite as fierce or as likely to make you want to get up and dance yourself! A Drag Salute to Motown Twisted is a two-hour show featuring performers as they sing, dance, and impersonate popular female & male artists, and get the audience in on the act. Enter the magical world of illusion as your favorite divas and divos dazzle right before your eyes: Diana Ross, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Rick James, Teena Marie, and Martha and the Vandellas replicated by DC’s top illusionists. Performing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz is a dream come true for the show’s creator, director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee, who has been seen on America’s Got Talent, Ugly Betty, Drag City: DC, and R&B Divas. There will be two fabulous performances at 3pm and 8pm.

As always, our Music Calendar has the latest info on our upcoming shows. Check there for info and tickets to Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration, the Golden Era Sahara Dance Salon: A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch, Landay Murphy Jr. Holiday Show, Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, and much more!

Welcome to the holiday season, everyone. We look forward to sharing it with you at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club!

 

Rick Brown

Rockin’ into Thanksgiving Week: Daryl Davis, Rare Essence, Davy Knowles, Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience, and A Gospel According to Jazz

Daryl Davis, Rare Essence, Davy Knowles, Mousey Thompson and the James Brown Experience, and A Gospel According to Jazz at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2016Tuesday (11/22) Get ready for the holiday with Daryl Davis Presents: Rockin’ into Thanksgiving! Come to dance or just sit back and enjoy as Daryl and the band provide an evening good old rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, blues, boogie woogie and some country music thrown into the mix, too. Show host and piano master Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. A very special guest, 92-year-old jokester Helen “Ma” Dillon, will open the show. She’s guaranteed to get your motor running, even when your starter is broken! The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (11/23) Rare Essence has long been one of the city’s most popular and enduring Go-Go bands. Formed by four students at a Southeast Washington Catholic school during the mid-’70s, the band was kept on track by several no-nonsense moms and mentored by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. They have performed with Run DMC, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Ice Cube, Heavy D and the Boyz, Wu Tang Clan, Redman and Method Man, French Montana, Scarface, TLC, Eric B and Rakim, YoYo, Shabba Ranks, and KRS-1, not to mention Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, The Junk Yard Band, and EU. Come out and chant along to hits like “Lock It,” “One On One,” “Hey Buddy Buddy,” and the ever popular “Overnight Scenario.” The party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/24) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday (11/25) Chicago-based Davy Knowles is at it again with a new album, Three Miles from Avalon. Dripping with classic blues riffs and intricate guitar work, this is exactly what we have come to expect from the former Back Door Slam frontperson, an artist who has not one, but two Top Three Billboard Blues Chart albums. Three Miles from Avalon does not disappoint. Knowles co-produced and recorded the album in his base of operations, Chicago, with friend Anthony Gravino. “Never Gonna Be the Same” sounds like Knowles stretched the south side of Chicago all the way down to the bayou. “Oxford MS” is a story song of violence and torment that pushes this album from amazing to astronomically amazing. Come in, get out of the bustle of Black Friday, enjoy the live show, and take in some new tunes! The concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (11/26) Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience is an all-star ensemble that faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. This outstanding band is led by accomplished drummer and DC native Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006. Thompson has also performed with other renowned musical performers including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, and Peaches & Herb. The band performs James Brown’s biggest hits including “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, “Cold Sweat,” and so many more. Don’t miss this celebration of The Godfather of Soul! The band will get started at 8pm.

Sunday (11/27) Come one, come all, come hear A Gospel According to Jazz! From his early days in Memphis where he played in his father’s church choir, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum drew inspiration from the rich musical traditions of that city, including gospel, R&B, blues, and jazz. He received a scholarship to attend music school at Texas Southern University, where he formed a band in 1979 and began playing shows on the local club circuit. Whalum released A Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 1 in 1998. Of his 5th annual A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas season tour, Kirk says, “This is the most unique holiday celebration you never knew you had to experience for yourself… Keiko Matsui and Norman Brown, Sheléa, Kirk & Kevin Whalum and John Stoddart?! …There’s no joy like spending the holidays with family and great music. So you bring the family, we’ll take care of the rest!” The evening’s two shows begin at 5:30pm and 8pm.

Keep a lookout on our Music Calendar for more great events like Maggie Rose with The Morrison Brothers and A Drag Salute to Motown Twisted, plus lots of holiday shows like Redd Brothers’ Christmas, Landau Murphy Jr. Holiday Show, A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2, and Christmas with Cassandra Wilson!

Here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, we are thankful for all of you. Thanks for coming out to meet friends, share dinner and drinks, and to enjoy the shows. We appreciate celebrating great entertainment in downtown Bethesda, and it is wonderful to share that passion with you! Have a great Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Soul, Sax, and Other Classic Sounds: Dwele, Butch Trucks & The Freight Train
+ The Jonathan Sloane Trio, Jeanette Harris, The Larry Brown Quintet,
and The Texas Chainsaw Horns present Hot Mess Burlesque

Dwele, Jeanette Harris, Larry Brown Quartet, Texas Chainsaw Horns and Hot Mess Burlesque, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2016Wednesday (11/16) Who’s is the man with the eclectic magic who sells out legendary venues from London to San Francisco and Oakland? It’s Dwele! Andwele Gardner hails from the legendary music mecca of Detroit and lives a life in song. From soul-stirring melodies composed on piano keys, he writes poignant music, performs with natural grace, and captivates with his clear, silky tone. He is a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist who’s carrying on a Motown-inspired tradition instilled in another time. With five critically-acclaimed albums  – Subject, Some Kinda, Sketches Of A Man, W.ants W.orld W.omen, and Greater Than One, the Grammy Award-winning artist has blazed a trail for this generation’s newfound Soul/R&B era. Dwele will perform at 8pm.

Thursday (11/17) We are pleased to welcome to our stage Jeanette Harris, the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz! Fans love her for her wonderful cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart from her album, Saxified. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, Harris was the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring. She had a hand in writing all of the selections on her fourth CD, Summer Rain, except for a lovely cover of the Luther Vandross classic, “Here and Now.” The first single, “Just Keep Holding On,” made it to #4 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Singles Chart and #1 on The Smooth Jazz Indie Chart. Her latest, Chocolate Vibez, is out now. The Jeanette Harris concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (11/18) Pianist Larry Brown leads one of the most accomplished straight-ahead jazz groups in the Mid-Atlantic area, having performed at An Die Musik, Blues Alley, the Meyerhoff,  the Kennedy Center, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, Baltimore-Washington Jazz Fest, Alexandria Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, Twins Jazz, Bohemian Caverns, the King Of France Tavern, Montpelier Arts Center, Chris’ Café, the New Haven Lounge, Caton Castle, Strathmore Mansion, and the Black Rock Center for the Arts. JazzReview.com describes The Larry Brown Quintet as “Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well-chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section.” The Larry Brown Quintet will perform at 8pm.

Saturday (11/19) The Texas Chainsaw Horns present Hot Mess Burlesque! The Hot Mess Burlesque is back once again with an even bigger and better show. There’ll be beautiful women, classic burlesque, acrobats, stilt walkers, lingerie models, aerialists, performance artists, tango dancers, comics, hoop artists, and even the occasional flaming tuba — all this plus the music of the 12-piece multi-Wammie Award-winning Texas Chainsaw Horns backing up the performers. Hot Mess Burlesque brings you some of the finest talent from across the US, Canada, and Europe. Join us for an evening of fun, sexy entertainment, tastefully presented for a great night out. This unique show starts at 8pm.

Sunday (11/20) Butch Trucks and The Freight Train was formed only one year ago and is already receiving rave reviews for their fantastic live shows from their four US tours. A founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, drummer Butch Trucks is joined on stage by world-renowned blues guitar slinger Damon Fowler, keyboard master Bruce Katz, who has been on touring duties with The Gregg Allman Band, percussionist Garrett Dawson of The Dickey Betts Band, Blues Hall of Famer guitarist Chris Vitarello, and the young and very talented vocalist Heather Gillis, whose vocals, guitar playing, and performance tie together this amazing representation of the past, present, and future of roots rock and the blues. All aboard for Butch Trucks and The Freight Train! Also sharing the evening will be the Rockville-based Jonathan Sloane Trio.

Here are some more shows on the way at BBJ: The 101st Birthday Celebration of Frank Sinatra by Tony Sands, Sonny Landreth + Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles, 76 Degrees West with Sugar Bear, and Angie Stone. We’ve also got so many holiday shows coming up: Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration, A Gospel According to Jazz, Landau Murphy Jr. Holiday Show, and ringing in 2017 with us will be Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra! Check out our Music Calendar for the latest information on our upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Rick Brown

Great Talent Featured All Week Long with The Shirelles Salute to the Troops,
Larry Carlton, the Joan Osborne Soul Revue, a Lori Williams CD Release Party,
and Comedy with Joe Clair & Friends

Larry Carlton, Lori Williams CD Release Party, The Shirelles + Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, Joe Clair and Friends, Joan Osborne Soul Revue at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2016Monday (11/7) Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with The Crusaders and then with the multi-platinum jazz super group, Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades. Sting has described Carlton with this praise: “It must have taken more than one lifetime of music to produce Larry Carlton, he is the sum and son of a long lineage, beyond time, and beyond rational explanations of dedication or practice, the work of his hands speaks grace and passion and timeless knowledge. Listen, learn and be profoundly moved.” The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Thursday (11/10) Lori Williams, called a “dynamic presence” by JazzTimes and “the sought-after combination of soul and technical prowess that is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald” by Muzikreviews.com, has a superb, melodic voice certain to “bring a tear of joy (or more) to your eye for sure” (Improvijazzation Nation). She believes in her motto: Words are powerful. Speak wisely. With that in mind, she has found her voice in the music she passionately shares. Lori’s third CD, Behind the Smiles, is a romantic collection, embodying a seamless mix of jazz, inspirational, and soul music. Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Terri Lynne Carrington says, “Lori… can seamlessly move from Jazz to R&B where the listener can feel at home with her in either genre.” Join us for this CD release concert as we celebrate Behind the Smiles. The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (11/11) Join us on Veterans Day for a special Salute to the Troops with The Shirelles! The Shirelles were the first all-girl group of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era to score a number one record. These Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame members have sustained a high-visibility presence in the pop culture consciousness for over 40 years, and they continue to thrill audiences worldwide with a high-energy show of their many hits interspersed with a wide range of selections from pop, rock, soul, standards, dancing, and comedy. Come out and hear the hits including “Soldier Boy,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and “Baby, It’s You.” We also welcome to the stage three former lead singers from three of the world’s most renowned vocal groups, The Temptations, The Platters, and The Drifters… Together, they are Leonard, Coleman & Blunt! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (11/12) Don’t miss Joe Clair & Friends as Joe returns once again for two silly shows. This time, the featured comedians are Nick Lewis, B Phlat, and Marcus Brown. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, this guy keeps a busy schedule. He first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. He held down the spot for six consecutive years and gave the world hip-hop the way it was supposed to be. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. You can call him Joe Cleezy, J.C., or you can even call him Mr. Clair. Whatever you call him, our #1 Comedian Joe Clair is 100%. You’ll love the house band, too — Sound of the City! The shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (11/13) Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation – both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Having hit the world stage in 1995 with the hit, “One of Us,” this soulful vocalist and multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer. She has performed alongside many notable artists including Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples to name a few. Osborne is widely known for her live performances in the Grammy Award-winning documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and she has co-produced her last two critically-acclaimed solo records, Love And Hate and Bring It On Home. Join us as she takes us on a journey with the Joan Osborne Soul Revue. It begins at 8pm.

We’ve got so much more coming up in November and beyond. This month alone we’ve got Dwele, Jeanette Harris, Hot Mess Burlesque with The Texas Chainsaw Horns, Butch Trucks and The Freight Train, Rare Essence, A Gospel According to Jazz, a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, plus other great events. Stay up-to-date with our Music Calendar for all our holiday shows in December, and get your tickets early for New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra.

Thanks for your support of great music in Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Halloween Fun with Clones of Funk, Jazz & Blues Treats with Incognito featuring Maysa, Tab Benoit, and Kevin Whalum

Clones of Funk, Kevin Whalum, Incognito featuring Maysa, Tab Benoit at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Oct - Nov 2016Monday (10/31) The freaks come out at night! The freaks will definitely be out in force for the freakiest, funkiest Halloween party in the DMV featuring Clones of Funk! Clones of Funk is a full stage band playing classic anthems by funk legends Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone, and James Brown. Their colorful attire and stage show make them the ideal musical entertainment for Halloween night. You’ll be inspired to dance all night long and take a trip back in the day when music was all about getting down. Wear your best costume or just come as you are to get freaky on the dance floor and have a funky good time. Make sure you use Discount Code: cfunkbbj when you buy your tickets for a wicked 50% OFF! The party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/3) We are pleased to welcome Kevin Whalum to our stage! Kevin Whalum is best known for his stellar work with his brother Kirk Whalum on the series, A Gospel According To Jazz, Chapters 1-4. Chapter One was released in 1998 to critical acclaim, and it put Kevin on everyone’s radar with his medley take on the Negro spirituals, “Wade In The Water/Motherless Child.” Kevin has three solo albums under his belt: the self-produced solo debut, Timetable (2002), the George Duke-produced, One Life To Love (2008), and the new self-produced, I Live For You (2016). Although Kevin eschews any effort to force him into a category or genre, he freely admits to defining himself as “primarily a jazz vocalist who just happens to be a Christian.” The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (11/4) Come out and experience Incognito – one of the best funk/jazz/soul outfits in the world. A pioneer of the “acid jazz” movement who has delighted listeners and dancers for decades, Incognito has scored hits with versions of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and Ronnie Laws’ “Always There,” selling more than a million records worldwide in the process. Maysa first gained fame as the featured voice on Incognito’s defining `90s era hits “Don’t You Worry About A Thing,” “Still A Friend of Mine,” and “Deep Waters.” She then launched a concurrent solo career with the hits “Am I Wrong (For Lovin’ You),” “Friendly Pressure,” and “Hypnotic Love.” Blessed with an instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence, Maysa’s alluring vocals, candor, humor and purity as an artist make her a rarity.  This magical combo will perform two shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (11/6) Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray, and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since. His recordings include These Blues are All Mine, Whiskey Store, and Fever for the Bayou. The show starts at 8pm.

Coming up soon: Larry Carlton, Lori Williams’ Behind the Smiles CD Release Concert, A Salute to the troops with The Shirelles, Joan Osborne, Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band, Rare Essence, Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience, Dionne, and a 101st Birthday Celebration of frank Sinatra by Tony Sands. See our Music Calendar for more upcoming events.

Happy Halloween! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown