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

Great Voices, Famous & Emerging: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Anissa Hargrove with Gloria Gaynor, a Tina Turner Tribute, and The Vocal Workshop Showcase

The Vocal Workshop Showcase, Anissa Hargrove with Gloria Gaynor, A Tribute to Tina Turner, Cécile McLorin Salvant at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Monday (10/24) Don’t miss The Vocal Workshop Showcase! The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. This time, the singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass, and Lenny Robinson on drums. Tickets are good for either or both sets, so come to the early show and stay for no additional cover charge. The performances are at 7pm and 9pm.

Thursday (10/27) Come out and see Anissa Hargrove, a native Washingtonian who was “born to perform.” Over the years, she has performed background vocals with legendary R&B artists including Patty LaBelle, Chanté Moore, Miki Howard, Shirley Jones, and a host of others. She is a recent recipient of the 2016 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for Best Urban Adult Contemporary Recording. Her current single, “Crazy,” is in rotation on her hometown radio station, WHUR 96.3 FM — the country’s largest Adult Contemporary station – as well as on Sirius XM Heart and Soul, Music Choice, and other stations worldwide. These days, when not performing her own music, Anissa is on the road singing backup with the multi-Grammy winner and legendary Queen-of-Disco, Gloria Gaynor, who will join her onstage for a special guest appearance! The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (10/28) The music of Tina Turner is world renowned! Come and experience a night of dinner and dancing as BRENCORE Entertainment honors her stellar musical catalog with a Tribute to the Music of Tina Turner. Talented international recording artists, Annie Sidley and Friends, will perform an evening of Tina’s greatest hits and fan favorites including “Proud Mary,” “River Deep,” “Fool For Love,” “Nut Bush City Limits,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Private Dancer,” “The Best,”  “Better Be Good to Me,”  “Let’s Stay Together,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” and more. This will be a fantastic show. Be part of the celebration of one of the best performers of all time! The Tina Turner tribute show hits the stage at 8pm.

Saturday – Sunday (10/29 – 10/30) Shortly before the release of Cécile McLorin Salvant‘s debut Mack Avenue album, WomanChild, critic Ben Ratliff made a bold prediction in the pages of The New York Times. McLorin Salvant, he claimed, “is still mostly unknown to jazz audiences,” then added: “though not for much longer.” McLorin Salvant has more than validated that forecast. The last 24 months have been a whirlwind of success and acclaim for the young vocalist, who first came to the attention of jazz fans with her triumph at the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. WomanChild went on to earn a bevy of honors, including a Grammy nomination and selection as Jazz Album Of The Year by the DownBeat International Critics Poll. That magazine also honored McLorin Salvant in three other categories including Best Female Jazz Vocalist. A few months later, the Jazz Journalists Association selected McLorin Salvant as Up-and-Coming Jazz Artist Of The Year and as Top Female Vocalist. We’ve got two great chances for you to see her perform – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 7:30pm.

Coming up: We’ve got The Freaks Come Out at Night Halloween Party with Clones of Funk! Other great acts on the way to BBJ are Kevin Whalum, Larry Carlton, The Shirelles, Joan Osborne, Dwele, Butch Trucks, Rare Essence, Davy Knowles, A Gospel According to Jazz, Dionne, NRBQ, and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Find out about all we have to offer on our Music Calendar.

Thanks so much for being part of a great music and entertainment scene here in downtown Bethesda. We can’t wait to see you here for dinner and a show!

 

Rick Brown

It’s Iconic Music Week with Spyro Gyra, The Blackbyrds, Chad & Jeremy, Newmyer Flyer Presents Van Morrison’s “Moondance” & Bruce Springsteen’s “E Street Shuffle,” Mike Phillips, and Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band


Chad and Jeremy, Mike Phillips, The Blackbyrds, Dream Discs Presents Van's "Moondance" & Bruce's "E Street Shuffle" in full, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Spyro Gyra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016
Monday (10/17) Of the many British Invasion acts that stormed the charts in the wake of the Beatles, Chad & Jeremy possessed a subtlety and sophistication unmatched among their contemporaries, essentially creating the template for the kind of lush, sensitive folk-pop that was to follow. From humble beginnings in coffee houses and folk clubs in London, they were “discovered” by famed movie composer John Barry and they recorded a string of hits: “Yesterday’s Gone,” “Summer Song,” “Willow Weep For Me,” “If I Loved You,” “Before and After,” “Distant Shores.” Over the years, the two men remained in touch, and a reunion opportunity presented itself in the summer of 2003 with a PBS TV music special. Since then they have performed all over the United States, Hawaii, and the Philippines, entrancing audiences with their unique blend of songs old and new, romantic and satirical, plus their humorous stories and anecdotes. The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (10/19) The enormously talented Mike Phillips is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the legendary “Big Three” of American soul music: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Prince. The New York native has exploded on the world music scene, becoming his own jazz man with a hip-hop flavor, known for blowing away audiences on stage, on television, and with chart-topping recordings. He’s had standing ovations at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, and the inaugural balls for Presidents Clinton and Obama. His recordings, You Have Reached Mike Phillips, Uncommon Denominator, and MP3 scored in the top ten of the Billboard jazz music rankings. This great show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (10/20) This concert by The Blackbyrds is dedicated to their fellow alumni of Howard University in celebration of Howard Homecoming! One the most accomplished bands ever from the Washington, DC area, The Blackbyrds came together more than 40 years ago under the tutelage of their music professor, the late great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who became their manager and producer. They created a unique jazz funk sound combined with soulful harmonies that made a big impact on the music charts in the 1970s, with 10 top 40 R&B hits and several that made the pop charts. The Blackbyrds’ biggest hit recordings were “Walking In Rhythm,” their Grammy nominated, million-selling smash hit that received widespread airplay on several radio formats, peaking at #4 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart, “Happy Music,” an uplifting party anthem that was their biggest R&B hit at #3 and also #19 on the pop chart, and “Rock Creek Park,” their most beloved recording known by generations of music fans. Come out and enjoy the “Happy Music” of these hometown favorites! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Friday (10/21) Newmyer Flyer Productions Presents an evening of bona fide rock classics: Van Morrison’s Moondance and Bruce Springsteen’s The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle performed in their entirety. This is a rare chance to experience two of the finest albums ever made played by some of the DC area’s finest musicians. Performers include Brian Simms, Owen Danoff, Billy Coulter, Kirk Philips, Tony Denikos, Greg Hardin, Margot MacDonald, Deeme Katson, Peter Nissen, with Chuck Underwood, Dan Hovey, Bill Starks, John Hurd, Helen Hausmann, Scott Giambusso, Ronnie Smith, John Zidar, Trevor Specht, Wayne Sulc, and Zack Smith. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (10/22) Saturday night will rock at BBJ! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s: Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Police, and lots more. With Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnette on bass, Mike Moore on lead guitar and vocals, Bruce Buchanan on vocals and keys, and Ralph Dweck on drums, the good times are gonna roll. Come out and join the party! Remember to take advantage of the free weekend parking at Cheltenham Garage. The band starts at 9:30pm.

Sunday (10/23) The great Spyro Gyra are contemporary jazz icons who observed their fortieth year as a band in 2014. They’ve been going strong since the popularity of their familiar tune, “Morning Dance,” from 1979. They released their most recent album of new material (their 30th), The Rhinebeck Sessions, in 2013, which Jazztimes called “inspired.” Travis Rogers of the Jazz Journalists Association picked it for Jazz Album Of The Year. Something Else Reviews called it “Their finest album since their early 80s heyday” and made it a Top Twenty pick for the year. Audience reaction has been so positive to their post-2000 material that bandleader Jay Beckenstein decided to give their albums from that time a little more focus. In order to spotlight this innovative period, Spyro Gyra released The Best Of The Heads Up Years. Come out and hear what’s happening with this iconic band! The concert starts at 7:30pm.

What else is coming up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz? On deck we’ve got Anissa Hargrve with a Special Guest Appearance by Gloria Gaynor, a tribute to the music of Tina Turner, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Freaks Come Out at Night Halloween Party with Clones of Funk, An Evening with Kevin Whalum, Incognito featuring Maysa, Larry Carlton, Davy Knowles, and A Gospel According to Jazz with Kirk Whalum… to name a few! Check our Music Calendar for the latest information and to get your tickets.

Thanks for supporting great music in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Entertainment From Around the World! Morris Day & The Time, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul, Colombian Comedian Piter Albeiro, and Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink

Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink, Piter Albierto, Morris Day and The Time, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Wednesday (10/12) Join us as Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink! Miriamm Wright sings with power and passion and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business including Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, India.Arie and Will Downing. You may also know her from her touring as Peaches, one half of the classic R&B duo, Peaches & Herb. A woman with vision, Miriamm founded and serves as Chair of the Board for the non-profit organization the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (EPW), raising thousands of dollars annually to provide support services to families facing breast cancer, as well as to provide education and screening to underserved communities. Please come out to a great show for a great cause. The event begins at 8pm.

Thursday (10/13) Colombian comedian Piter Albeiro has traveled the world performing in over 14 countries and 70 cities. He came to prominence in the late 1990s, and in 2000 he began his time as an on-air personality on Olímpica Stereo Bucaramanga. He is noted for a 40-hour stint of telling jokes on Radio Uno in 2004, and in 2006 he wrote his name into the history books as the first human being to tell jokes for 101 hours straight! Tickets are available for this Spanish language event through Tickeri.com. The show starts at 9pm.

Friday (10/14) What Time Is It? Time for two amazing performances by Morris Day & The Time! Born in Minneapolis, Morris Day went to school with Prince Rogers Nelson and sang in Prince’s first band, Grand Central. The Time was originally created as Prince’s alter-ego to be seen as the cool, street-wise funk band contrasting Prince’s more soulful, R&B sound. International fame came along when Morris Day and The Time were cast in Purple Rain, which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak. The group first burst onto the public scene with the self-titled album, The Time, which included “Get It Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl.” They went on to record three more albums, including What Time Is It? (featuring the hits “777-9311,” “Wild and Loose,” “Walk,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”) and Ice Cream Castle, (which included the hit “Jungle Love”). After three albums, Morris Day launched his solo career, releasing The Color of Success, Daydreaming, and Guaranteed. Morris Day & The Time are back on the road with a great live show in store! They start at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (10/16) We are pleased to present Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band plus JaneliaSoul! Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the group’s sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. The Washington Post says,” A storming powerhouse of big-band African funk, Chopteeth is smart, tight and relentlessly driving: a definite don’t-miss.” Sharing the stage will be Nigerian-American singer-songwriter JaneliaSoul, who charms listeners with her soulful take on the reggae and world genres, echoing artists as diverse as Sade, Etta James, and Ziggy Marley. Back in West Africa, JaneliaSoul boasts a collection of popular hits in the afro-pop genre, including “Sexy Nana” and “Love Song in Yoruba.” She is now on a quest to take over the USA with her latest single “Love-Hate.” The music starts at 7:30pm.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Chad & Jeremy, The Blackbyrds, A Tribute to the Music of Tina Turner, Cécile McLorin Salvant, a special Halloween “Freaks Come Out at Night” show by Clones of Funk, Kevin, Whalum, Dwele, and Maggie Rose & The Morrison Brothers. Stop by our Music Calendar for more.

We love bringing you the best and most diverse mix of music, comedy, and special events in the DMV! We look forward to welcoming you to dinner and a show here in downtown Bethesda.

 

Rick Brown

Classic Alternative, Sensual Soul, and Amazing Prodigy Jazz: This Week at BBJ with Midge Ure + Richard Lloyd, guiltypleasures, and Joey Alexander

Midge Ure with Special Guest Richard Lloyd, guiltypleasures, Joey Alexander at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Tuesday (10/4) By the time Midge Ure’s single “If I Was” went to #1 in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career. Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, and Ultravox had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation. He was at the helm for a series of all-star charity rock concerts: The Prince’s Trust, Wicked Women for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and of course the famous Band Aid. He sang in honor of Nelson Mandela, won a Lord Provost Award for services to Scottish music, and produced for Phil Lynott, Steve Harley and countless others. His iconic video direction of memorable hits by the Fun Boy Three, Bananarama and others adds to the long resume of this great artist. Joining Ure will be special guest Richard Lloyd, who in addition to his solo work performed with the seminal underground band Television, Rocket from the Tombs, Matthew Sweet, and others. The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (10/5) Get a taste of some sensual soul with guiltypleasures! Best known for the WHUR-FM Quiet Storm classic, “Anticipation (The Remix),” DC’s own guiltypleasures bears a soulful sound reminiscent of Eric Benét, Incognito, and Brand New Heavies. Both their 2009 debut album, lovestories, and their 2015 sophomore release, cautionarytales, received critical acclaim resulting in multiple Washington Area Music Association Award nominations and Soul Tracks Readers Choice Awards. Bassist Rick White, is the band’s principal writer, arranger and producer and serves as guiltypleasures’ musical director. Vocalists Kal El Gross, Mycah Chevalier, Bléz and Jerrica White  have performed with  artists such as El DeBarge, Ledisi, Maysa, Eric Benét, Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michelle, Vivian Green and Kem. The guiltypleasures concert starts at 8pm.

Saturday (10/8), Sunday (10/9) Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane, and he has a special affinity for trumpet players including Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis.  At age 10, Joey was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and he won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 jazz professionals from 17 countries. In 2014, Joey performed at star-studded galas in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Rose Hall, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo, and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall. On May 12, 2015, he released his highly anticipated debut album, My Favorite Things, on the Grammy-winning Harlem-based label Motema Music. His new album, Countdown, is out now. Joey Alexander will perform three shows: Saturday at 7pm and 9:15pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm.

We are looking forward to so much great music: Morris Day and The Time, Kwam 1 + Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul, Mike Phillips, The BlackByrds, Spyro Gyra, Anissa Hargrove, Kevin Whalum, and Miriamm Wright’s concert in support of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, to name only a few! Check our Music Calendar for the 411, and get your tickets!

We’re always so glad to see our friends and fans coming out to support great music and entertainment in downtown Bethesda. Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

 

Rick Brown

Classic & Contemporary Jazz and R&B! The Count Basie Orchestra, Melba Moore, Steve Oliver, Sarah Dash, a Tribute to Luther Vandross, plus Joe Clair Comedy

Count Basie Orchestra, Steve Oliver, Luther Re-Lives, Sarah Dash, Joe Clair and Friends, Melba Moore at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Sept – Oct 2016Tuesday (9/27) The legendary Count Basie Orchestra really needs no introduction! This is one of the most thriving big bands in history. All the musicians have grown up with the Kansas City Swing style of Count Basie and they each add their own voice to the band. With 19 performers, 17 sidemen (plus 17 Grammys to match!), 1 vocalist, and 1 bandleader, they’ve become the premier jazz band and they put on a not-to-miss performance. Since Basie’s passing in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes, Dennis Mackrel, and now Scotty Barnhart, have led The Count Basie Orchestra and have maintained it as one of the elite performing organizations in jazz. The concert begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (9/28) You’re going to love Steve Oliver! Steve Oliver brings a fresh combination of smooth jazz and soft adult contemporary music to his performances. He is renowned throughout the contemporary jazz world for his charismatic, one-on-one relationship with the audience, soulful lead vocals, snappy guitar lines, vocal percussion, wonderworking with the synth guitar, and a few full-on pop/R&B vocal tunes on every album. His latest recording, the John Mayer, Sting, and Steely Dan-influenced Pictures and Frames features the exotic soundscaping of Steve Reid (The Rippingtons) and the allstar rhythm section of bassist Lee Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt) and legendary jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock). The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/29) They called him “The Velvet Voice.” With hits like “Power of Love/Love Power,” “Never Too Much,” “Here and Now,” and “Any Love,” the late R&B legend Luther Vandross captivated a generation. Come out to this fantastic performance and you’ll be transported on a romantic journey through Vandross’ iconic catalog. Luther Re-Lives, featuring William “Smooth” Wardlaw, pays tribute to the original with love, respect, and faithful accuracy. This is a must see performance for any Vandross fan. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/30) Vocal talent sensation Sarah Dash has recorded and performed live with some of the greatest names in the industry including The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Laura Nyro, The O’Jays, Wilson Pickett, and Bo Diddley. While still in high school, Sarah formed a group called the Del Capris. She asked another Trenton girl, Nona Hendryx, to join. Shortly thereafter, Sarah and Nona joined forces with The Ordettes, Patti Labelle and Cindy Birdsong, to become the Bluebelles and had their first hit “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman.” Shortly after that, they became Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. After years of success, Cindy Birdsong left to join the Supremes in 1967. In 1970, they morphed into Labelle, best known for the classic monster hit “Lady Marmalade.” Sarah Dash’s solo dance music classics are “Sinner Man” and “Low Down Dirty Rhythm.” Currently, she performs her autobiographical musical, Sarah, One Woman. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (10/1) Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, Joe Clair keeps a busy schedule. Don’t miss him as he returns to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for two silly shows featuring comedians Jay Phillips, Henry Welch, and Laughin’ Lenny! The house band will be Sound of the City. Joe Clair 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. So get ready to ROFL, Bethesda! The evening’s two big shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (10/2) Melba Moore is a four-time Grammy nominee and the winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie, in which her performance of “I Got Love” shot her to stardom. Moore was born Beatrice Melba Hill to the popular R&B singer known as Bonnie Davis (originally named Gertrude Melba Smith) and saxophonist Teddy Hill, who managed the influential Harlem jazz club Minton’s Playhouse in its heyday. Her mother had a #1 R&B hit, “Don’t Stop Now,” in 1943, before Melba was born. Melba Moore got her big break in original cast of Hair as the character named Dionne, and after several months she replaced Diane Keaton in the role of Sheila, becoming the first African-American actress to replace a white actress in a lead role on Broadway. With a total of eleven top ten U.S. hits on the Billboard charts over the past 40 years, Moore continues into the 21st century as one of pop music’s most enduring artists. The concert starts at 8pm.

Here’s just a taste of what’s coming up this fall at BBJ: 13-year old piano genius Joey Alexander, Morris Day & The Time, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Whalum, Larry Carlton, Rare Essence, and on Veterans Day, The Shirelles Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Salute to the Troops with Leonard, Coleman & Blunt. Read all about it and get your tickets through our Music Calendar.

Thanks as always for keeping great music alive and well in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you.

 

Rick Brown

A Super-Eclectic Week of Excellence with Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials
+ Guy Davis, Marcus Johnson, King Soul vs. Soul Crackers in The Thrilla in Vanilla,
The B Street Band sings for Voices for Autism, and Banda Magda

Lil’ Ed and his Blues Imperials + Guy Davis, Marcus Johnson feat. Phillip “Doc” Martin, King Soul vs. Soul Crackers, Voices for Autism feat. The B Street Band, Banda Magda at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/21) Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.” Sharing the stage will be Guy Davis, whose much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice, and his literate, yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s barely rested since then, taking his music to television, radio, and performing at theaters and festivals. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Thursday (9/22) Over the last decade, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums. On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month. His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media, and accolades across the music industry. He is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the DIY music world. Marcus has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Contemporary Jazz CDs, which consisted of three distinct albums, all charting Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously. Joining him onstage will be saxophonist (and dentist!) Phillip “Doc” Martin. The music starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/23) It’s The Thrilla in Vanilla!! In the soul showdown of the century, this hotly anticipated bout features two of DC’s most beloved bands, King Soul and Soul Crackers, as they square off for the undisputed heavyweight horn band title! World famous sports reporter Thom Loverro will be on hand as emcee/referee and to make sure it’s legit. King Soul is bringing the excitement of real Southern Soul to new audiences. Featuring original songs, gritty vocals, a slamming horn section, and driving rhythms, the allstar lineup includes members of the Slickee Boys, The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, The Recliners, The Grandsons, The Hula Monsters, The Thangs, and The J Street Jumpers. The Soul Crackers play some of the greatest party music ever made from the Memphis and Motown sounds like Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, and Wilson Pickett. After the show, only one of these groups will be able to claim they are the palest and the baddest band in DC! This musical battle royale begins at 8pm.

Saturday (9/24) The Original Springsteen tribute, The B Street Band sings for Voices for Autism, whose mission it is to raise money, awareness and acceptance of individuals and families affected by autism. In addition to raising awareness, the group hopes to promote the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people living with autism. 100% of money raised will be donated to Autism Speaks. Now in it’s 10th year, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. This event begins at 7pm.

Sunday (9/25) Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show). Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by an unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Coming up at BBJ: Steve Oliver, Sarah Dash, Luther Re-Lives – A tribute to Luther Vandross, Melba Moore, Midge Ure, The Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show and so much more. Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra will be back to ring in 2017, so get your New Year’s Eve tickets early! You can always find out more and purchase tickets through our Music Calendar.

Happy Autumn, everyone. Thanks as always for your support, and we look forward to seeing you for dinner and a show.

 

Rick Brown

Trouble Funk, A Drag Salute to the Divas, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and The Wine & Jazz Series Begins with Nick Colionne

Trouble Funk, Nick Colionne, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and A Drag Salute to the Divas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/14) All aboard the Trouble Funk Express… We’re headed for Hump Day with Trouble Funk! Trouble Funk was born on the streets of Washington, DC, and is synonymous with the emergence of the non-stop, percussion driven, best seen live, experience the party, audience participatory, grassroots, homegrown music called Go-Go. As the worldwide ambassadors of Go-Go, an older cousin of Hip-Hop, Trouble Funk has taken their sound from the gritty streets of DC to the clubs of the nation and the festivals around the world for the past 30 plus years. Their anthems include “Drop the Bomb,” “Pump Me Up,”  “Let’s Get Small,” “Trouble Funk Express,” “So Early in the Morning,” “Saturday Night Live From Washington, DC, Parts 1 & 2,” “Say What?” and two R&B/ Hip-Hop Billboard charting tracks, “Still Smokin'” and “Good to Go.” The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/15) Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers, headlining hundreds of shows and energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues, and soulful, seductive vocals. Over the years, the charismatic, inspirationally fashionable (courtesy of designer Stacy Adams) Chicago based guitarist’s album titles have kept everyone in the loop as to where his musical heart is. He has mastered the art of Keepin´ It Cool (2006), pushed musical boundaries to a place where there are No Limits (2008), urged us to Feel The Heat (2011) and later explored some of his deepest Influences (2014). Nick has received numerous accolades throughout his multi-faceted career, including the 2007 International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Performer of the Year for Jazz Trax Jazz Festivals in 2010 and 2011. The Nick Colionne concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (9/16) This is going to be a fun night! The Beat Hotel is a 10-piece band with a 3-piece horn section playing New Orleans Swamp Funk music. The band captures the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, soul, and blues with a wonderful groove sensibility that is creative and fresh. The band was formed after musical director and lead guitarist Bruce Blaylock returned to his hometown of Bethesda after having moved to New Orleans for college and law school at Tulane University. With the roots of its music deep in the Bayou (The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Meters, Alan Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Jon Cleary, Henry Butler, etc.), The Beat Hotel has well-crafted melodies, a kicking horn section, rich vocal harmonies, and deep grooves that consistently energize music festivals and clubs wherever they play. Sharing the stage with The Beat Hotel will be original roots rock band The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (9/18) Enter the magical world of illusion with A Drag Salute to the Divas! Your favorite divas will dazzle right before your eyes! Tina Turner, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, Liza Minelli, Jill Scott, Marvin Gaye, Fantasia, and Whitney Houston will be replicated by DC’s top illusionists so well you will swear they are the real thing. Hosted by Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club & VanHook Productions, LLC, this show takes on a Las Vegas/Atlantic City feel and marks a milestone in history as the first female impersonation show at our venue. Creator, director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Ugly Betty, reality shows DCTV’s Drag City: DC and TV One’s R&B Divas. The glitz, glamour, and spectacularly duplicated performances will leave you amazed, intrigued, and completely blown away. The Divas take the stage at 8pm.

This week’s Nick Colionne show kicks off a string of very special evenings – The Bethesda Wine & Jazz Series. This eclectic mix of jazz artists also includes Steve Oliver, 13-year-old Joey Alexander, Mike Phillips, Cécile McLorant Salvant, and Kevin Whalum. Select wines such as True Myth Chard, Montefresco Pinot Grigio, Alamos Malbec, and Bogle Merlot will be featured at 50% off. Find out more about our Wine & Jazz Series, and don’t forget about the band that needs no introduction… The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra on Tuesday, 9/27. Keep up with all our upcoming events on our Music Calendar.

Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to seeing you and bringing great music and entertainment your way this fall!

Rick Brown

 

Soul Man Rahsaan Patterson, Rocker Mike Peters of The Alarm (A 50% Off Event!), A Tribute to Amy Winehouse with Elise Testone, Coco Montoya, Joe Clair Comedy, and The Jam with Gary Grainger

The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Amy Winehouse Tribute by American Idol Finalist Elise Testone, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Rahsaan Patterson, Joe Clair and Friends, Coco Montoya + Cathy Ponton King at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Tuesday (9/6) It’s time once again for the 1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! This monthly event gives YOU the chance to jam and sing with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. It’s always a great time whether you join in with the band or just come out, have some food and drinks, and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (9/7) Join us as American Idol Finalist Elise Testone brings an all-star line-up to BBJ for Thankful For Amy: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse. The performance features songs from the Grammy Award-winning and multi-million selling Back To Black album, and Testone will also be performing her originals. Elise Testone is a powerhouse vocalist with incredible stage presence and vocal maturity, the perfect combination of soul, rock, attitude and restraint. Equally as impressive and at ease belting James Brown style vocals over a relentless funk groove as she is resting her voice gently over a ballad, Testone’s range of influences and vocal capacity know few limits. The band will include Natalie Cressman (trombone, Trey Anastasio Band), Jay Rodriguez (saxophone, Groove Collective), Clynt Yerkes (trumpet, Charles Bradley), Adam Fallen (guitar, Skylar Grey), Trey Cooper (keyboard), Jed Lingat (bass, Timothy Bloom), Sydney Driver (drums, Rhythm & Stealth), and Sami Stevens (vocals). Thankful for Amy starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/8) Formed by Mike Peters in 1981, The Alarm featured a daring mix of amped up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash.” The sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide. For this solo performance, Mike brings his Spirit of 86 Tour to Bethesda with Alarm hits including “The Stand,” “Sixty Eight Guns,” “Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke,” as well as songs from his solo career. See the show for 50% OFF when you use Discount Code MPBBJ! The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/9) Longtime fans have watched Rahsaan Patterson grow from the skinny, wide-eyed boy with the big eyes and bigger voice on the classic children’s show, Kids Incorporated, to one of the most influential yet underrated soul men on the planet. He’s sported blonde-streaked hair and cutting edge fashions while strolling through European-set music videos, and sung in clubs and concert halls around the globe. He’s worked with Brandy, Van Hunt, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, and others, and icons including Chaka Khan have ushered him into the hall of the greats. He’ll perform two great shows, at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (9/10) Our #1 Comedian, Host, and DC’s Finest will be back for more! Come out for a hilarious night – The Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show will make sure you ROFL! This time, Joe’s featured comedians are Brooklyn Mike, Queen Aishah, & A. G. White. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, he keeps a busy schedule. He first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. So get ready, Bethesda! The laughs will be nonstop starting at 7pm and again at 10pm.

Sunday (9/11) Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.” The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya’s music is “hot, blistering soul.” From his early days as a drummer with Albert Collins to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work. When British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session, he was blown away and recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers. Montoya spent the next 10 years in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence. The rest is history! His special guest for the evening will be the great Cathy Ponton King. The show starts at 8pm.

Of course, there’s so much more coming right up! Grab your tickets now for Nick Colionne, The Beat Hotel, A Drag Salute to the Divas, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Midge Ure, Morris Day & The Time, The Texas Chainsaw Horns present Hot Mess Burlesque, and more! Check our Music Calendar anytime for up-to-date info.

Thanks so much for coming out for great music and comedy in Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you here soon!

Rick Brown