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Soul, Jazz, & Soulful Jazz – Join Us for Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, Marion Meadows,
A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, and The Rat Pack Together Again

Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, A Tribute to the Music of Phyllis Hyman, Marion Meadows, The Rat Pack Together Again at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March – April 2017Tuesday – Wednesday (3/28 and 3/29) GRAMMY-nominated singer Angie Stone is an artist with the Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. We are proud to have her here at BBJ for two shows! In the 1970s, it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records as a member of the first recorded female rap group, Sequence. Their hit, “Funk You Up,” is a classic that gets folks moving to this day. Fast forward to the early 2000s when music industry A&R icon Clive Davis tapped Stone’s classic sound when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label. This in-demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she’s starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. She will perform both nights at 8pm.

Thursday (3/30) In 2005, while working his “day job” at XM Satellite Radio as Director of Information Technology, Alvin Fisher was invited by a host of his friends to strut his musical stuff and play his flute before hundreds of people on the popular Smooth Jazz All-Star Cruise. All but stealing the show from A-list headliners Norman Brown, Michael Manson, Bobby Lyle, Candy Dulfer, Nick Colionne, and Brian Culbertson, the Washington, DC born and raised musician rediscovered the early musical dreams he set aside when he launched a successful 30-year career as an IT manager. Focused full time on his musical career since leaving XM in 2010, Fisher has been touring with an exciting new band of top DC musicians. His sound fuses styles from smooth and straight-ahead jazz to pop, R&B and funk, and Fisher’s set list features numerous originals as well as soul classics like “Lovely Day,” “People Make The World Go Round,” “Alfie,” “Summertime,” and “Harlem River Drive” by jazz/funk flutist Bobbi Humphrey. This concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (3/31) Come on out and join us as BRENCORE Entertainment Presents A Tribute to the Music of Phyllis Hyman featuring International Recording Artist SHANG and The BRENCORE ALLSTARS Band. Don’t miss the sensational SHANG as she pays respect to one of the greatest singers of all time. Singer-songwriter and actress Phyllis Hyman was best known for her singles from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, “You Know How to Love Me,” “Living All Alone,” and “Don’t Wanna Change the World.”  She also performed on Broadway in the 1981 musical based on the music of Duke Ellington, Sophisticated Ladies. The musical earned her a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Close your eyes at this tribute performance and you will hear the spirit and voice of the late great Phyllis Hyman as SHANG performs her great hits including “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “Old Friend,” “Meet Me on the Moon,” and more. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (4/1) The career of smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows started out as that of a well-known sideman, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing, Bob Baldwin, Chuck Loeb, John Lee, among many others. In the late ‘80s, Meadows stretched his boundaries by becoming a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. In 1990, Meadows was signed to RCA records where he released For Lover’s Only, which was a huge success, It was followed by his groundbreaking Keep it Right There album. He became a staple of the contemporary jazz format with his subsequent recordings, which include Body Rhythm (1994) and Forbidden Fruit (1996), Passion (1997), Another Side Of Midnight (1999), Next To You (2000), In Deep (2002), Players Club (2004), Dressed To Chill (2006), Secrets (2009) Whisper (2013) and his current release, Soul Traveler. Marion Meadows will perform live at 8pm.

Sunday (4/2) How would you like to see The Rat Pack Together Again? Now you can through this Tony Sands Production! It will be a thrilling night of great music and song. Experience Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. performed with a wonderful mix of song, comedy, sketches, and brilliant musical arrangement accompanied by their eight piece live Big Band sound. This is a sensory experience you don’t want to miss, and the music that inspired and thrilled an entire generation. The Rat Pack Together Again brings these characters to life and makes them truly vibrant. The Times Herald says, “One of those shows that you simply must see while you’re in town.” They’ll perform two great shows at 1pm and 7:30pm.

Keep up with Bethesda Blues and Jazz on our Music Calendar! Upcoming shows include a Merle Haggard Tribute, Gino Vannelli, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, Motown & More, The Chuck Brown Band, Laurel Canyon – Golden Songs of Los Angeles 1966-1972, After 7 on Mother’s Day, and Lenny Williams on Father’s Day.

You play a big part in keeping great music and entertainment alive and well in downtown Bethesda. Thanks for being part of the scene. 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

Snarky Puppy Side Project Ghost Note, April Fools Comedy with Joe Clair, a Tribute to Three Soulful Favorites, and More Great Shows All Week

Daryl Davis Presents Tommy Lepson, The Grainger Jam, LA Young and the Unusual Suspects, Ghost Note, Golden State Lone Star Revue, Joe Clair and Friends, A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass and Stevie Wonder at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April 2016Monday (4/11) DC’s own Blue-Eyed Soul singer and musician extraordinaire, the legendary Tommy Lepson will be live on stage! He has shared the stage with The Kinks, The Righteous Brothers, The Spinners and many others, and his impassioned vocals have wowed audiences all over the United States and Europe.  Daryl Davis tours both nationally and internationally and his CD, American Roots and Alternate Routes, received rave reviews from leading blues magazines, and won several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Awards. He has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. We’ve got half off on select bottles of wine, too! The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/12) Join us for The Grainger Jam! If you’re a singer or musician, come out and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is a fantastic time whether you join the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (4/13) L A Young has performed professionally since the 1990s, and her vocals include blues, R&B, Motown, jazz, hip-hop, classic rock, alternative and Country. Dubbed Maryland’s Queen of Soul, she has appeared at the Maryland State Fair, numerous music festivals, the Hard Rock Café, performed for the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore. L A loves a good story in song and some say she has never met a ballad she didn’t love. Her voice has been described as Chaka Kahn meets Phyllis Hyman. As the new millennium approached, L A formed her own band–The Unusual Suspects. They’re celebrating their 15th anniversary, and you’re invited to the party! The band gets going at 8pm.

Thursday (4/14) If the Grammy Award winning band, Snarky Puppy, was a heart, drummer Robert “Sput” Searight and percussionist Nate Werth serve as its explosive pulse. World-renowned for their artistic communication through rhythm, this dynamic duo debuts their own project – Ghost Note! Come out and hear them expand their percussive voice into a night of melody through innovative grooves and captivating artistry. Robert “Sput” Searight is one of the most influential drummers and producers in modern music. Nate Werth, the undeniable secret weapon of Snarky Puppy, is both rooted in tradition and constantly innovating in the percussion world. Check out Ghost Note beginning at 8pm.

Friday (4/15) It’s time for the Golden State Lone Star Revue! Bandleader and Blues Award winner Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 and has gone on to become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. He has been featured on over thirty recordings since 1985, including the Grammy nominated 2013 release Blind Pig recording, Remembering Little Walter. Other band members include Anson Funderburgh (Boz Scaggs, Jimmy Buffet), and guitar genius Little Charlie Baty. Don’t miss the opening act, former DC resident and local favorite funny man Rev. Billy C. Wirtz! Combining boogie woogie piano with tunes like “Big Bad Boy with Red Dress On,” “Mama Was a Deadhead,” and “Mennonite Surf Party,” he is one-of-a-kind. Showtime is 8pm.

Saturday (4/16) Get ready to eat, drink and laugh, Bethesda… Our #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show) is bringing in the spring with what we love…a night of LMFAO! This time, Joe Clair & Friends Present the April Fools Comedy Fest! Featured comedians are Howie Bell, Ms. Meme, & Damon Razier. There will be two big shows at 7pm and 10pm! Doors open at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (4/17) Brencore Entertainment presents A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Stevie Wonder! The Brencore Allstars Band will play the tunes of three favorites from the world of Motown, R&B, and soul! Come out and enjoy the sweet sounds. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for our special Mother’s Day events: Brunch and an evening show – The Rat Pack Together Again featuring Frank, Dino & Sammy! Other upcoming events include Cameo, Davy Knowles, Terry Reid & Cosmic American Derelicts, Chanté Moore, Snarky Puppy, NRBQ and Los Straitjackets, Estelle, Denny Laine of Wings performing all of Band On the Run, and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar to keep up with the latest!

We love the support we get from you in keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Rick Brown