A Whole Lotta Soul this Week with The Blackbyrds, Cory Henry, DC Fusion, & More

Daryl Davis Presents: Patty Reese, The Jam with Gary Grainger, Keith Busey, Cory Henry, The Blackbyrds, DC Fusion at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club February – March, 2016Monday (2/29) Daryl Davis presents another great Monday night show with Patty Reese! Her attitude, soulful expression, and powerhouse pipes prove a match for the likes of Janis Joplin, and she’s been influenced by and compared to Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Reese is the winner of eleven WAMMIES including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Roots Rock Vocalist. With the voice and musicianship on her latest release, Strong Medicine, it couldn’t be clearer that the medicine is working. Daryl Davis is a Howard University graduate who, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked as a master piano player 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. Come out for the music and enjoy half price on select bottles of wine. Admission is FREE with a $10/guest minimum. This bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (3/1) Calling all musicians and singers! It’s that Tuesday night time again… Come out and Jam! Bring your voices and musical instruments, and some of the nation’s most talented musicians will be ready, willing, and able to back you up on our stage.  The Grainger Jam is your chance to get on the mic or just come out and enjoy some incredible 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 (3/2) Come out and see Keith Busey and the Unit Band! Keith Busey’s musical career includes Musical Director for acts including The Stylistics, Heat Wave, The Intruders, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jeane Carne, The Emotions, and The 70’s Soul Jam Concerts Series. The featured vocalists for the evening will be Miss Sonja Chi Chi, one of the premiere Female Soul Singers in the DMV and Mr. Robert Thompson( Robert T) who will be performing material from the Eddie Kendricks Song Book. The groove gets going at 8pm.

Thursday (3/3) The phenomenally talented multi-instrumentalist Cory Henry will take to the BBJ stage. This member of Snarky Puppy’s primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, and many others, and has been seen on Sunday’s Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Cory Henry’s awes-inspiring performance begins at 8pm.

Saturday (3/5) We’ve got DC’s own… The Blackbyrds! You know them for their Grammy-nominated, million-selling smash hit “Walking In Rhythm,” uplifting party jam “Happy Music,” and the sexy, jazz funk groove of “Rock Creek Park.” The Blackbyrds came together more than 40 years ago as Howard University students under the tutelage of their music professor, the late great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who became their manager and producer. The original core members were all from and still live in the DC area including bandleader Keith Killgo on drums, Joe Hall on bass, and Orville Saunders on guitar. The band also features original member Allan Barnes on flute and saxophone, Dave Robbins on keyboards, and Julia Nixon as lead female vocalist. The DANCE FLOOR will be OPEN for this jazz funk party! It starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/6) Wrap up the weekend with one of the region’s most in-demand dance bands, DC Fusion! This band can do it all. Members of DC Fusion have performed with artists such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Chuck Brown, and many more. DC Fusion is Uzorije Carter and Tiffany Simone on vocals, Marcus Turner on vocals and drums, Benjie Porecki on keys, Randy Morser on guitar, and Phillip “Doc” Martin on the saxophone. They’ll get it started at 7:30pm.

Coming up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz: Kenny Lattimore, Friendship Train – A Tribute to Gladys Knight and the Pips, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Lalah Hathaway, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cameo, Davy Knowles, Snarky Puppy, and 2016 Grammy Award-Winning bluegrass band, The SteelDrivers! Check our Music Calendar for the latest on all our upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

Celebrating Our 3rd Anniversary with The Duke Ellington Orchestra
and Sharón Clark, plus a Week Full of Great Music and Comedy!

BB&J 3rd Anniversary with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Sharon Clark, Daryl Davis Presents Deletta Gillespie, The Jam with Gary Grainger, Red Eyed Sinatra, Rahsaan Patterson, Vocal Workshop Showcase, and Joe Clair and Friends at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Feb 2016Monday (2/22) Deletta Gillespie brought the house down last November, and she’s back by popular demand! One of the finest blues, jazz and R&B vocalists you’ll find anywhere, the singer/actress has performed for Michael Jackson, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau and others. She also serves as a university Performing Arts coach, teaching countless other artists how to work a stage. Come see Deletta Gillespie strut her own stuff and show us how it’s done! Host Daryl Davis is a Howard University graduate who, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked as a master piano player 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. We’ve got half price on select bottles of wine and admission is FREE. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (2/23) Calling all musicians and singers! Bring your voices and musical instruments out to The Jam! Gary Grainger & Friends, some of the nation’s most talented musicians, are ready to back you up on our stage. Get on the mic or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. The Jam gets going at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/24) Don’t miss NYC-based Red Eyed Sinatra! This instrumental power trio weaves through funk, rock, electronica, ambient, and improve and draws upon influences spanning Wayne Krantz, D’Angelo, Bill Frisell, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Miles Davis, and Radiohead. You already know the band members from other popular endeavors. The band is guitarist Bob Lanzetti (seen with the Grammy-winning band Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, and Lalah Hathaway), bassist Steve Jenkins (seen with Vernon Reid, Screaming Headless Torsos, Cindy Blackman, and others) and drummer Devin Collins (seen with Elliot Moss, Felix Pastorius, and others). It would be easy to call the band a “supergroup” but it’s fueled by its own unique chemistry first and foremost. Also performing will be Beast from the East. The show begins at 8pm.

Friday (2/26) We’ve got two exciting performances by Rahsaan Patterson! Longtime fans have watched Rah grow from the skinny, wide-eyed boy with the big eyes and bigger voice on the classic children’s program, Kids Incorporated, to one of the most influential, yet underrated soul men on the planet. His performances in clubs and concert halls around the globe are powerful affairs where the artist and the songs bleeds out joy, pain, longing, despair, and ecstasy. There’s a veritable who’s who of talented folks Patterson has written and produced for and with (from pop diva Brandy to fellow under-sung MVP Van Hunt), and collaborated with (Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway).  Icons including Chaka Khan have sung his praises and ushered him into the hall of the greats. Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm concert, and at 9:30pm for the show beginning at 10pm.

Saturday (2/27) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass; and David McDonald on drums. 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. For the $10 fee, you are welcome to stay for either or both sets, which begin at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Next up on Saturday night… our #1 Comedian/Host and one of DC’s finest, Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5, Joe Clair Morning Show)! Joe Clair and Friends will bring us the Oh So Cold Comedy Show – Expect a night of LMFAO!  The featured comedians will be Timmy Hall, Alex Scott, & Big Mac. You know what times it is! Get ready to eat, drink, and laugh because in Be’thesda… #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm for our two big shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (2/28) It’s the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club 3rd Anniversary! You are invited to celebrate this auspicious day with us as we are entertained by, perhaps, the greatest of all jazz bands – The Duke Ellington Orchestra! Joining the orchestra will be the incredible vocalist, Sharón Clark. Duke Ellington, a native Washingtonian, gave American music its own sound for the first time, and is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed including “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Mood Indigo,” “Solitude,” “In a Mellotone,” and “Satin Doll.” Known as the originator of big band jazz, Ellington received 13 Grammy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His legacy will endure, and his music comes all the more alive through the performances of The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Sharón Clark, another Washington, DC native, is an interpreter of song who has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent album, Do It Again, is a fantastic set of songbook standards.

Come out and share this occasion with us! There are two shows: Doors open at 11:30am for the 12:30 performance, and at 4pm for the 5pm show.

Visit our Music Calendar for an up-to-date lineup of performances. Just a few of our upcoming shows include Cory Henry, DC Fusion, Kenny Lattimore, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Lalah Hathaway, Snarky Puppy, and Mother’s Day Brunch with The Rat Pack featuring Frank, Dino & Sammy!

Thanks for being with us for these first three years of keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda. Here’s to many more!

Rick Brown

Stellar Jazz and Classic Rock: Dave Mason, A Tribute to David Bowie,
Bruce in the USA, Pat McGee, Kevin Howard, & The Jam

Daryl Davis Presents Chris Watling canceled, The Jam with Gary Grainger, Kevin Howard, David Bowie Tribute, Bruce in the USA, Pat McGee, Dave Mason at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2016Monday (2/15) Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Chris Watling has been cancelled due to winter weather conditions. Keep warm, stay safe, and we will see you soon.

Tuesday (2/16) It’s time once again for The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! Musicians and singers: Come on out and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Jam is a great time whether you join the band onstage or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (2/17) Come hear the smooth, dynamic sound of Kevin Howard and his band of world class musicians. Pittsburgh-born Howard is a keyboardist, writer, composer, and producer. He has recently toured with and was the musical director for jazz saxophone legend Ronnie Laws, and he’s recorded and performed with saxophonist Marion Meadows, Jonathan Butler, Norman Connors, Lonnie Liston Smith, Najee, and George Benson. He’s also shared the stage with Roy Ayers, Pieces of a Dream, Joe McBride, and John Legend. His accolades include three “Best Jazz Performer Awards” from urban radio station WAMO, the WQED Harry Schwab Excellence in the Arts Award, and over two years serving as Pittsburgh’s WJJJ Smooth Jazz Band, performing at events sponsored by the radio station. The concert begins at 8pm.

Thursday (2/18) Please join us for Let’s Dance: A Tribute to the Music of David Bowie. Few artists have made a mark in popular music and culture as indelible as David Robert Jones, known worldwide as the one and only David Bowie. From the early days of Space Oddity into the dramatic, performance art era of Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust, through to the brilliant Blackstar, released just two days before his passing, Bowie remained timeless and transcended pop music. Some of the DMV’s finest musicians have come together to cut through the hits of The Starman himself, demonstrating just how versatile his compositions were and always will be. Our celebration of the life and work of this legendary artist begins at 8pm.

Friday (2/19) If you’re a fan of “The Boss,” don’t miss this – the #1 tribute! Bruce in the USA is a high-energy musical experience. It is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band show. Matt Ryan has performed the “Springsteen” character as a cast member of the “World Famous” Legends In Concert since the year 2000. After years of perfecting his craft in thousands of shows, Matt has evolved the “Springsteen” character into the national touring show it has become today. The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned, professional musicians, from such acts as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash, and many more. This pure rock show kicks off at 8pm.

Saturday (2/20) We are pleased to present An Evening with Pat McGee. McGee started his professional music career in 1995 as leader of Pat McGee Band, touring relentlessly for over ten years all over the United States. The band, dubbed PMB by legions of adoring fans, sold out venues all over the US and shared stages with The Who, Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Rat Dog, Levon Helm & more. Pat McGee Band even performed for President Clinton. A big supporter of the US military and all that they do, McGee performed for the USO in Greenland as well as in The Middle East and Africa with Navy Entertainment. A career highlight came with the opportunity to land on The USS Eisenhower to play for 5000 brave men and women serving on the Arabian Sea. His most recent album, the self-titled Pat McGee, features a dream team of musical legends: Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jeff Pevar (“The Section”), Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, and Punchbrother’s Gabe Witcher. Pat McGee will perform at 8pm.

Sunday (2/21) We’ll have a rock legend in the house! Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason’s sight and sound experience, Traffic Jam. Join Dave Mason, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist. He penned dozens of hits, and his guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. The show begins at 8pm.

Other events coming right up include Beatlemania Now, Rahsaan Patterson, and comedy with Joe Clair & Friends. Don’t forget to come out to the big Bethesda Blues and Jazz 3rd Anniversary on Sunday, February 28thThe Duke Ellington Orchestra and Sharón Clark will take the stage to help us celebrate, with shows at 12:30pm and 5pm!  Get the latest on this and all upcoming events on our Music Calendar.

Thanks for coming out to the shows and all you do to help keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

Jeff Bradshaw & Eric Roberson Take Over Valentine’s Weekend,
The Jam Honors Maurice White

Daryl Davis Presents Shirleta Settles, Remembering Maurice White at The Jam w/ Gary Grainger, Tim Reynolds/TR3, Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2016Monday (2/8) Daryl Davis presents consummate musician and entertainer, Shirleta Settles. Equally at home with Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Soul and R&B, she sells out venues not only for her powerful vocal stylings, but also because she keeps her audience and active part of the part of the show. It’s a party wherever she goes! Come out for the great performance, stay for the dancing and drinks – ½ off select bottles of wine. Our host will be master piano player Daryl Davis, who 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 others. Admission is FREE with only a $10 minimum for food and beverages per guest. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (2/9) We have a very special edition of our weekly event, The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends. As always, we invite musicians and singers to get up and jam with the band, but this time in light of his recent passing, we will feature the music of Maurice White and Earth, Wind, & Fire. Bring your voice and your musical instruments, and share the stage with some of the nation’s most talented performers.  Brandon Combs and friends host the show. Doors open at 6pm and The Jam gets going at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/10) Rock out with Tim Reynolds, Mick Vaughn, and Dan Martier – otherwise known as TR3! Tim Reynolds’ music is technically brilliant and emotionally honest. He founded the breakthrough electric power trio in the mid-1980s in Charlottesville, VA. As they became known for their fusion of funk, rock, and jazz, Reynolds befriended Dave Matthews and an ongoing musical collaboration began. Still Reynolds hit the road as a solo guitar wizard, proving himself as one of the most talented and thoughtful musicians on the circuit today. In 2009, TR3’s first studio CD, Radiance, was nominated for Home Grown Music Network’s Album of the Year, and their first double live CD, From SPACE and Beyond, emerged in June 2011. Their show is a mix of updated Reynolds’ classics, new material, and wild covers of artists including James Brown, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and Focus. Reynolds is currently lead guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band and performs as one-half of the acoustic Dave Matthews-Tim Reynolds duo. The show starts at 8pm.

Friday (2/12), Saturday (2/13), and Sunday (2/14) You’ve got three chances to celebrate love this Valentine’s Weekend with Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson! They will be presenting Return of the Gentlemen – A Lover’s Weekend, and each performance will be a magical night to remember. Soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso Jeff Bradshaw has toured the world playing alongside some of the industry’s biggest talents, including Robert Glasper, Black Thought, Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Bilal, Tweet, and Will Downing. Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson received his degree in Music Theater from Howard University. His first single, “The Moon,” charted on Billboards Top 100 R&B/Hip Hop Chart, and he’s worked with notable artists including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Osulande, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas, Vivian Green, 112, and Will Smith.

To sweeten the deal, we have Romantic Valentine’s Packages: The Hotel Gift Package and several selections among roses, strawberries, chocolate, and fine wines. Find out more about the Lover’s Weekend Valentine’s Packages and don’t miss your chance to get your tickets. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8pm, and on Sunday, Valentine’s Day, the show starts at 7:30pm.

Coming up on Sunday, February 28th, we have a very special event: We will celebrate the third anniversary of Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club… with two big shows by The Duke Ellington Orchestra and stellar vocalist Sharón Clark! Visit our Music Calendar for tickets and info for this great occasion and for the latest on all our upcoming shows.

We appreciate your love of great music and entertainment; thanks for coming out to downtown Bethesda and keeping our vibrant scene alive! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

R&B, Inspirational Jazz, Tributes to Buddy Holly & Great Musicians We Lost in 2015

Jenny Black Betty Langer, The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Brian Christopher, Lorree Kay Slye, Daryl Davis Presents: Thanks for the Memories, Buddy Holly Tribute, Dick Smith, Marshall Keys, and The Chris Grasso Trio at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2016Monday (2/1) Blues Hall of Fame inductee, recording and performing artist Jenny “Black Betty” Langer has performed on stages around the world including Cuba and China. Lucky for us, tonight she lands right here in Bethesda! This pinup “Black Betty” has breathed new life into pinup Bettie Page of yesteryear and have given her a singing voice that can’t be beat. Hosting the show will be master piano player and vocalist Daryl Davis, who 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. There’s FREE admission and ½ off select bottles of wine. Come out and hit the dance floor! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (2/2) Are you a musician and/or singer? Bring your voice and your musical instruments out to The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! Some of the nation’s most talented musicians are ready to back you up on the Bethesda Blues and Jazz stage! Brandon Combs hosts the show. AFM Union Member Card Holders enjoy FREE admission (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). So come out and play, or relax and enjoy the tunes. The Jam gets going at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/3) We are pleased to present Washington, DC’s own, R&B singer Brian Christopher! In 2010, he released his debut album with the lead single “I Wonder” and won top prize in the Radio One New Music competition. Since then, he’s had a UK Top 30 hit with “In the Groove,” and he’s traveled through the US and internationally, including a three month tour in Japan. Christopher re-released his debut project, now called All of Me (Revisted), with all new arrangements and production in 2015. Check out Brian Christopher at 8pm.

Thursday (2/4) Join us for an evening of inspirational music by Lorree Kay Slye. She has been compared to Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Phyllis Hyman and Nancy Wilson. As a “jazz inspirationalist” with an uplifting message, she sings for a higher calling. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, as teenager she joined forces with artist Tommy Bryant and his popular group, The Giants of Sound. She’s continued through the decades and in 2008, Slye joined the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts as an Associate Professor of Voice. Her singles include “This Little Light of Mine,” and “You Saved Me,” which was released on the Unified by Grace compilation, a project is to raise funds to create hospitals for sick Children in Uganda.

Friday (2/5) For our First Annual Daryl Davis Presents: Thanks for the Memories, the best musicians in the DC/MD/VA area will join together to pay homage to the great musicians we lost in 2015. Broadway, Blues, Country, Hip-Hop, Folk, Jazz, Rock and Rap… artists of all genres will be recognized. You will hear songs by B.B. King, Lesley Gore, Natalie Cole, Billy Joe Royal, Lynn Anderson, Allen Toussaint, Little Jimmy Dickens, Percy Sledge, Ben E. King, Three Dog Night, Stone Temple Pilots, Motorhead, our own great John Jennings, and others. The evening’s performers include Daryl Davis, Tom Principato, Tommy Lepson, Patsy Stephens, David Kitchen, Deletta Gillespie, Diana Quinn, Prodigal Son, The Sapphire Stars, Jeff Jones, Keith Grimes, Wes Crawford, Dan Quinn, Russ Rodgers, Seth Kibel, Michelle Murray, Patty Reese, Arlene Jaye, Hayley Fahey, and Dangerous Curves. The event begins at 8pm.

Saturday (2/6) We’ve got another tribute to a timeless artist. Come out for the 15th annual all-star tribute to Buddy Holly! It will be a great time, and a fitting time to celebrate the music and remember the 57th anniversary of the fateful place crash during the Winter Dance Party Tour that featured rock n’ roll legend Buddy Holly and fellow tour stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Performers include The David Kitchen Band, Flea Bops, Rock-A-Sonics, Billy Coulter, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Jelly Roll Mortals, Cal Everett, Four Star Combo, The Crayfish Sisters and Jason Hicks, emceed by British radio host and music writer, Colin Davies. The music lives on at 8pm. Weekend parking is free at Cheltenham Garage behind the club.

Sunday (2/7) It’s a Pre-Super Bowl Sunday Jazz Brunch with Dick Smith, Marshall Keys, and The Chris Grasso Trio! You won’t want to miss this rare appearance by the remarkable Dick Smith. The vocalist and former football player is a legend both as a performer and as organizer of Jazz Night in Southwest, the long-running concert series that draws hundreds of music fans every Friday night.  It’s no wonder Washingtonian Magazine named him one of the “wizards” who makes the DC music scene what it is today. Saxophonist Marshall Keys’ versatility and strong melodic sense have made him an icon in his native Washington, DC. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and was commissioned by the Smithsonian to perform the works of Wayne Shorter. He has toured Central and South America twice for the State Department as a Jazz Ambassador. The Chris Grasso Trio will feature Tommy Cecil on bass and drummer Lee Pearson II. Doors open at 11:30am, and the show begins at 1:30pm.

We have so many great shows coming your way! We’ve got three nights for Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson – A Lover’s Weekend – Return of the Gentlemen (February 12th – 14th), A Tribute to David Bowie (February 18th), Kenny Lattimore (March 10th and 11th), Cameo (April 22nd), and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar to keep up to date!

Thanks for all you do to help keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. See you soon!

 

Rick Brown

A Week of New and Legendary Talent: The Chuck Brown Band,
DC Soul Legends, Bilal, and Celebrating the Music of David Bowie

The Vocal Workshop Showcase (CANCELLED), The Grainger Jam, Voices of Hope, David Bowie Tribute, The Chuck Brown Band, Bilal, Sir Joe Quarterman + Hardway Connection at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club January 2016Monday (1/25) Due to continuing weather conditions, tonight’s Vocal Workshop Showcase performances with The Chris Grasso Trio have been cancelled.

Tuesday (1/26) It’s time once again for The Grainger Jam! If you’re a musician or a singer, come out on Tuesday nights and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. Hosted by Brandon Combs and friends, it’s a great time whether you take the stage or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (1/27) The Voices of Hope – Music Ministry that CRANKS! Come out and help them celebrate the release of their new recording, Hymns of Hope. The group got together as a praise team for the Inauguration Service for Community of Hope AME on Easter Sunday 2006. The Voices of Hope have sung for President Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, the Celebration of Life for the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, and they performed at the DC opening of The Color Purple. You’ll enjoy their fresh outlook on traditional hymns of old with innovative rap lyrics and Go-Go style instrumentation. The CD release party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (1/28) Please join us for Let’s Dance: A Tribute to the Music of David Bowie. Few artists have made a mark in popular music and culture as indelible as David Robert Jones, known worldwide as the one and only David Bowie. From the early days of “Space Oddity” into the dramatic, performance art era of Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust, through to the brilliant Blackstar, released just two days before his passing, Bowie remained timeless and transcended pop music. Some of the DMV’s finest musicians have come together to cut through the hits of The Starman himself, demonstrating just how versatile his compositions were and always will be. Our celebration of the life and work of this legendary artist begins at 8pm.

Friday (1/29) The Chuck Brown Band toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go, and the group is keeping the legacy alive! Come out and hear all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, plus their new music – including songs from the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life. New and old fans know that this band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: Go-Go. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty.  Sho Yo’ Right! The party gets crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (1/30) Bilal is one of a kind, and we are proud to bring him to our stage! If there was one R&B artist for whom the neo-soul categorization seemed limiting, it was Philadelphia native Bilal. Classically trained and capable of singing opera in seven languages, his recordings are wholly modern and creative. Grenique’s Black Butterfly, a 1999 release on Motown, was the first major album to feature Bilal’s vocals. The following year, he established a deep connection to hip-hop by appearing on Common’s Like Water for Chocolate and Guru’s Jazzmatazz album. His debut solo album, 1st Born Second, reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s R&B albums chart. His latest, In Another Life, is a collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge. Bilal’s concert begins at 8pm.

Sunday (1/31) We’ve got some DC Soul Legends in the house: Sir Joe Quarterman + The Hardway Connection! Joe Quarterman was nicknamed “Sir Joe” as lead singer of a teenage vocal group The Knights. In the 1960s, he performed on trumpet and vocals for The El Corols, who backed legendary performers touring DC such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and many more. His own band, Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul released “(I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind” in 1972, which became his signature hit song. The Hardway Connection, inspired by influential and legendary rhythm and blues artists, evoke feelings of nostalgia and an undeniable compulsion to dance! They have opened for artists including Johnny Taylor, Harvey Scales, Toni Terry, Chuck Brown, and Little Sonny Warner. They placed first in the 11th Annual National Blues Talent Competition and performed on the 16th Annual W. C. Handy Blues Awards Show, both in Memphis. They are currently working on a new album. The DC Soul Legends show starts at 7:30.

It may be winter, but we’ve always got warmth, great food and drink, and fantastic entertainment at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Check our Music Calendar for more upcoming shows.

Thanks for keeping great music alive, and we’ll see you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

World-Touring Performers and DMV Favorites: Sylver Logan Sharp (Chic),
Davy Knowles (Back Door Slam), DC Fusion, and more this week at BBJ!

The Grainger Jam, The Brian Cunningham Project, Sylver Logan Sharp, Davy Knowles + Goin’ Goin’ Gone, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, DC Fusion at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2016Tuesday (1/19) It’s time for The Grainger Jam! If you’re a musician or a singer, come out on Tuesday nights and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. Join them on stage or just come out and enjoy some incredible music, which gets started at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/20) We’ve got a great night of smooth jazz, gospel and R&B with The Brian Cunningham Project. The group is made up of local musicians from institutions across the DC metropolitan area, and they span two generations. We love the way they bridge the gap between New School and Old School, and you will, too! The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (1/21) The fabulous Sylver Logan Sharp will grace the BBJ stage! As the former lead singer of CHIC, she toured with the legendary group for 20 years across the US, Europe, Japan, and the UK. Sharp is poised to top the charts again with her latest, The Groovement, recorded live in Stockholm, Sweden. The re-release of the first single and video, “Little Things,” debuted live at MIDEM 2015 in Cannes, France. R&B, pop, jazz, gospel, and blues, and a capella magic all come together to create the Sylver Logan Sharp sound. Come hear her sing her #1 Billboard dance hit, “All This Time,” and so much more! The groove gets going at 8pm.

Friday (1/22) Former Back Door Slam frontman Davy Knowles is on tour in support of his latest studio album, The Outsider, and we’re thrilled he’s making a stop for us right here in Bethesda! Also on the bill are roots rockers Goin’ Goin’ Gone. Knowles’ musical journey began as he grew up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green, and Mayall in his father’s record collection. At age 19, he arrived in the US with his band Back Door Slam to the sound of rave reviews. In 2014, he served as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture.” Come out and hear some of his new and familiar tunes. The music starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/23) Saturday night’s gonna 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 sure to roll. Grab your free weekend parking at Cheltenham Garage, and join the party! The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/24) The DMV vibe will be in the house with DC Fusion! It’s easy to see why DC Fusion is one of the region’s most in-demand dance bands. Members of the group have performed with artists including Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Chuck Brown, and many more. DC Fusion is: Uzorije Carter and Tiffany Simone on vocals, Marcus Turner on vocals and drums, Benjie Porecki on keys, Randy Morser on guitar, and Phillip “Doc” Martin on sax. Come get your Sunday night party on! They start at 7:30pm.

We’ve got so many big shows coming your way at Bethesda Blues and Jazz.  Check the Music Calendar and get your tickets for our Buddy Holly Tribute, Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson on Valentine’s Day weekend, more comedy with Joe Clair & Friends, Kenny Lattimore, Lalah Hathaway, and much more.

Thanks for coming out for great entertainment in Bethesda! We’ll see you at the club soon.

 

Rick Brown

An Eclectic Week of Soul, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Joe Clair Comedy,
& a sonic trip to New Orleans with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band!

Bill Starks, Gary Grainger, The Foundation Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Redmond, Langosch and Cooley, Doo-Wop Motown the Sounds of Philadelphia at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2016Monday (1/11) A great night is in store as Daryl Davis Presents pianist/keyboardist Bill Starks. One of host Davis’ all-time favorite piano players, Bill Starks does it all: honky-tonk, swing, boogie-woogie, rock, soul, & blues! Come on in tonight, enjoy some classic dance tunes, well-crafted originals, his vocal delivery, and the sheer talent on the keyboard. Daryl Davis is a Wammy Award-winning performer in the Roots and Blues categories. Admission is FREE and we have half off select bottles of wine. Enjoy! The music begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (1/12) Are you a musician and/or singer? Bring your voice and your musical instruments out to The Grainger Jam on Tuesday nights! Gary Grainger & Friends, some of the nation’s most talented musicians, are ready to back YOU up on the Bethesda Blues and Jazz stage! We honor FREE admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.) All are welcome, so do come out and enjoy the music. The Grainger Jam kicks off at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/13) You are going to love The Foundation Band! This new outfit, founded just last year, brings together some of the DMV’s top vocalists and musicians. Pop, jazz, and rhythm & blues are a big blend in this band, and on any given night, you might hear the best tunes from their repertoire by artists like Adele, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, or Michael Jackson. Here’s the lineup: Rick Flanagan on keyboards, Mike “QueMonk” Tucker on bass, and David Queen (drums) and Brian “Smitty” Smith (percussion) keep the beat. Powerhouse vocals are handled by Anyana “The Songbird” Martin and KaBa Soulsinger. Take a midweek break and check them out! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (1/14) The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is on the road celebrating 35 years of great music, and they’re stopping at BBJ along the way! Trumpet player Gregory Davis likens the making of the legendary New Orleans band’s musical creations to stirring up a pot of gumbo, and on their latest, Twenty Dozen, you can hear the blend he’s talking about. It’s an upbeat effort that combines R&B, jazz, funk, Afro-Latino grooves, some Caribbean flavor, and even a Rihanna cover. Get into the mix and check them out! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (1/15) Billboard Magazine said Mary Ann Redmond is “an exciting vocal talent… wowing club audiences as a completely formed stylist.” Recently, she got together with Paul Langosch (bassist with Tony Bennett for 20 years) and Jay Cooley to create the new jazz recording, Compared to What. The resulting combo is a powerful new force. Jazz Notes said, “When listeners discover it, they will fall in love with its scope, the talent aboard, and Mary Ann Redmond’s exquisite voice.” Hear them live right here at BBJ! Redmond, Langosch and Cooley begin at 8pm.

Saturday (1/16) Get ready, Bethesda! Comedian Joe Clair is back for two Big Shows! Joe Clair & Friends Present: Let Laughter Ring Comedy Bash, and that means we are all in for a night of LMFAO! You may know Joe as the one-time host of BET’s Rap City, or in his current gig as host of the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. Either way, on Saturday night, you’ll know for sure that The Funny Don’t Stop! Hurry up for these tickets; they are going fast! Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm show, and at 9:30pm for the 10pm show.

Sunday (1/17) Bask with us in a classic revue of Doo-Wop, Motown, and The Sounds of Philadelphia! On the bill are The Winstons of “Color Him Father” fame, re-formed by trademark owner “Jumpin” Joe Phillips, former back up musician with Barry White, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, and others. Also performing will be former Spinners lead singer Frank Washington. The Intruders will perform hits including “Cowboys To Girls” and “I’ll Always Love My Momma.” Top 40 singer and Baltimore native Kim Glaudé will light up the stage with energy and vibrant light sure to captivate the audience. The show begins at 8pm.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our fantastic Valentine’s Day Weekend with Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson – A Lover’s Weekend – Return of the Gentlemen. There will be two great shows on February 13th and February 14th. Check our Music Calendar for this and many other upcoming events.

Thanks for doing your part to keep music alive in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you.

 

Rick Brown

A Blues & Jazz Start to 2016: Joe Louis Walker, 76 Degrees West, & So Much More!

Daryl Davis Presents: Cassandra Allen, Gary Grainger, Jasmine Williams, PJ Morton, Joe Louis Walker, 76 Degrees West, Chris Grasso Trio w/ Alison Crockett & Thad Wilson at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2016Happy New Year!

Monday (1/4) We say hello to the first full week of 2016 with our Customer Appreciation Night! Please come out and enjoy the unique vocal talent of Cassandra Allen. Tonight this gifted singer-songwriter and arranger will grace our stage with some ballads and Swing. Allen’s own wonderful style is readily apparent, yet you will hear her legendary influences: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and a touch of Afro-Latin Mediterranean Folk-Fusion. Hosting the evening will be Daryl Davis, master of piano who has worked with the likes of Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, and many others. Admission is FREE and we have HALF OFF select bottles of wine. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (1/5) Bring your singing voice and your musical instruments and come on out to The Grainger Jam! Gary Grainger & Friends, some of the nation’s most talented musicians, are ready to share the stage with YOU! We honor FREE admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.) This your chance to show us whatcha got! The Grainger Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/6) Come out for a midweek treat and hear a fresh voice from the DMV! Jasmine Williams, a native of Northern Virginia, has been singing since the age of 3. She had the great honor of performing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the signing of The Health Care Bill, and even sang at one of his inauguration balls. She is currently a lead vocalist with Round Midnight, ETX and is a vocalist with the soulful legendary singer Juanita Williams. She performs weekly on The Odyssey as a featured vocalist with The Conclusion Band.  She is currently producing her own project, Jasmine Williams and Company. 8pm start time.

Thursday (1/7) Influenced by acts ranging from the Beatles and James Taylor to Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, New Orleans native PJ Morton is the son of gospel singer Paul S. Morton. His formal foray into the industry was as a member of the band Freestyle Nation which debuted in the early 2000s, but it is as a songwriter/producer that Morton left his first indelible impression. He won a Grammy Award for his songwriting/production of India.Arie’s “Interested” from her 2002 album Voyage to India. Other collaborations followed with artists including Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J, Monica, Musiq Soulchild,  and Trinitee 5:7. Morton is well-known as a performer with Maroon 5, and he is currently stepping out with his own Morton Records. The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (1/8) Don’t miss four-time Blues Music Award-winner and Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Louis Walker! His new album, Everybody Wants A Piece, cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues. Looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues… I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.’” With his latest recording, Walker is celebrating a career that now exceeds a half a century. Solid blues-rockers Mary Shaver & The Smokin’ Polecats will also take the stage.  Come join the party! It starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/9) The great jazz-funk ensemble – 76 Degrees West – is in the house! This band has been lighting up stages since 2001, and is definitely on the rise. 76 Degrees West has played behind numerous national acts such as Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, and Angela Johnson. The band has performed at festivals and clubs around the country with artists including 2-time Grammy nominee Ledisi, Marcus Johnson, Rahsaan Patterson, Rick Braun, and Ollie Woodson (of The Temptations). Crowd favorites are their remakes of the Average White Band’s “School Boy Crush” and EWF’s “Shining Star.” The smooth & funky sounds begin at 8pm.

Sunday (1/10) The Chris Grasso Trio is back for another great Sunday evening with a wonderful pairing of talented featured artists. Alison Crockett is perhaps the quintessential nu jazz/progressive soul singer of her generation; you’ve no doubt heard her voice on seminal recordings by King Britt, Blue Six, Us3, Landslide, John Wicks, Mathematics and a host of others. Alison has taken the baton from divas such as Lizz Wright, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and Sarah Vaughan. Trumpeter Thad Wilson’s worldwide appearances include Barcelona and Bilboa, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Paris, France and the D.C. Jazz Festival. He has toured with the musical production, Ella, and when he’s not on the road he teaches Jazz Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This is a musical combo not to be missed! They begin at 7:30pm.

We’ve always got great performances to look forward to at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Upcoming events include Jeff Bradshaw & Eric Roberson – A Lover’s Weekend – Return of the Gentlemen on Valentine’s Day Weekend, Kenny Lattimore on March 10th and 11th, and four Lalah Hathaway performances on March 24th and 25th. Visit our Music Calendar and get your tickets early!

Keeping music alive here in downtown Bethesda… See you here  for dinner and a show soon.

 

Rick Brown

Ring in 2016! Rockin’ Blues, Motown, & Doc Scantlin’s Big Band on New Year’s Eve

Sandra Dean, Gary Grainger, Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra, The Nighthawks, Jamison and Double O Soul, Shadows of the 60’s, Pink PaLish, Big Something, Dale & the ZDubs perform at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Dec 2015-Jan 2016Monday (12/28) Sandra Dean is one of the DC area’s premier female rock vocalists, and she will hit the BBJ stage tonight! Her high-energy set list ranges from “A Hard Day’s Night” to “Pride and Joy” to “Sweet Home Chicago” and all the rock ‘n’ roll in between. There’s no telling what she’ll cook up with the host of the show, boogie-woogie piano master, Daryl Davis. Sandra and Daryl will keep us all energized as we prepare to celebrate 2016. There’s no cover tonight and we’ll take half off select bottles of wine! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (12/29) Once again, it’s time for THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! Bring your singing voice, your musical instruments, and your enthusiasm to share the stage with some of the nation’s most talented musicians. Led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki, THE JAM is your chance to show us whatcha got! The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/31) Join us for the incomparable Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra! Hurry for tickets for an unforgettable ushering in of 2016: a delicious four–course dinner, hats, horns, noisemakers, streamers, a champagne toast at midnight, all to the sounds of a legendary band. Named “The Best Big Band in America” by Forbes Magazine, Doc and his elegant 18-piece ensemble transport audiences to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Great Gatsby. The band swings with abandon through the early Great American Songbook. You don’t want to be anywhere else for New Year’s Eve! Door open at 7pm and the music begins at 9pm.

Friday (1/1) Happy New Year! Come out and spend the first night of the year in a bluesy mood with The Nighthawks and Jamison & Double O Soul. With origins back in 1972, The Nighthawks played with nearly all the living blues legends as well as a new generation of bands sometimes called “The Blue Wave.” They have released several important albums including the best-selling Jacks and Kings with Pinetop Perkins, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, Calvin Jones, and Bob Margolin. Formed in 2008, Jamison & Double O Soul combines a Hendrix-style power trio energy of electric guitar, drums, and bass with the soulful vocals of George Jamison. Showtime is 8pm.

Saturday (1/2) Recapture the magic of Motown with Shadows of the 60’s! A tribute to amazing In this highly interactive Motown Super Group, The Four Tops, Shadows of the 60’s play the hits like “Bernadette,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Love,” and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” … one powerhouse performance after another! Check out the choreography, costumes, and group members, each person chosen because they embody the spirit, style, and excitement of the original group’s live act. Sharing the evening will be Pink PaLish. A dynamic soul trio – Pam Ward, Alisha Glover & Shang – they will perform favorites by the likes of Phyllis Hyman, Whitney Houston, and Patti Labelle as well as Motown classics. The night will get cooking at 8pm!

Sunday (1/3) It’s Big Something along with Dale & the ZDubs! Big Something will take you through a serious journey of musical styles from rock, pop, and funk to off-the-chart improvisational jams. This 6-piece powerhouse has gotten accolades from Galactic, Robert Randolph, and moe., and they’ve been the support act for the one and only B-52’s. Truth Serum is the group’s third and most recent studio album. Dale & the ZDubs is all about the rock-reggae groove. The Montgomery County natives count artists like Sublime, 311, Rage Against the Machine, Slightly Stoopid, Bob Marley, Thievery Corporation, and The Clash among their influences. Come chill out on a Sunday night; the bands start at 8pm.

Thanks to all of you for doing your part throughout 2015 to keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you soon. All the best in the new year!

 

Rick Brown