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Classic Rock & Soul! See The VI-Kings and Carla Cooke’s Birthday Tribute to Her Father, Sam Cooke – Plus New Jazz Vocalists in The Vocal Workshop Showcase

Vocal Workshop Showcase, The Vi-Kings, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, and a Tribute to Sam Cooke with Carla Cooke at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2017Wednesday (1/18) 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 Lenny Robinson 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. At 7pm, the featured vocalists will be Joanne Wertz, Marsha Meekins, Molly Pruett, Linda Stone, Art Medici, and Kelly Jerosch. At 9pm, we’ll hear Crista Cueto, Karuna Shinsho, Nomonde Nolutshungu, Jack Feder, Mona Verrico, and Ghada Rihani. Your $10 admission fee is good for either or both sets.

Friday (1/20) The music of The VI-Kings is the soundtrack of your life: Beatles Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. This music endures, and is as fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released. In these turbulent times, they have made The Youngbloods’ plea, “C’mon people now, smile on your brother…” the theme for this show. The VI-Kings are Joe Dolan (Beatnik Flies), Stock Wilson (The Loggers), Matthew Maury (Friends of the Family, Center Stage), Bill Craig, and the legendary Bob Berberich. Bob Berberich was the original drummer in The Hangmen, who had a #1 hit with “What a Girl Can’t Do” in 1966. He then went on to be a founding member of Grin with Nils Lofgren. Singer-songwriter Annie Sidley will share the stage. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/21) It’s time to rock! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s by Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, The Police, Wilson Pickett, Bad Company, and others. Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band is Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnettee on bass, guitarist Mike Moore, keyboardist Bruce Buchanan, and Ralph Dweck on drums. The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/22) The legendary Sam Cooke was about music, religion, romance, and history. January 22nd would have been his 86th birthday! Join us as Carla Cooke, the youngest daughter of Sam Cooke, pays tribute. Carla has performed in concert with the Legendary Four Tops, Freda Payne, Sheila Raye Charles, Claudette King, Jeff Pitchell, Rhonda Ross, and Tasha Taylor. She has appeared at festivals and venues throughout the United States. Her personal style is diverse in gospel, Christian, R&B, soul, pop, as well as today’s contemporary sound, and her stage presence commands the environment wherever she performs. Recently Carla signed with Soul South Entertainment and we are pleased that she has made Bethesda Blues a stop on her current East Coast tour. The concert begins at 7:30pm

We’re all looking forward to our big 4th Anniversary event featuring the amazing Dionne Warwick on Wednesday, March 1st! Other great upcoming shows include Gino Vannelli, guiltypleasures, The Chuck Brown Band, Joey Vega, Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux, and Denny Laine will be here at BBJ celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour! Those are just a few of the shows we’ve got planned, so make sure you check out the latest on our Music Calendar. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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

Classic Sounds by The S.O.S. Band, Eddie Holman, & “The Doo-Wop Cops,” Cool Jazz by Blake Aaron & Phillip “Doc” Martin, and the Genre-Defying MarchFourth

Keith Grimes, The Grainger Jam, MarchFourth + The Harry Bells, The SOS Band, Philip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Eddie Holman and DC’s Finest at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/9) Come out and enjoy DC’s own legendary guitarist extraordinaire, Keith Grimes. In various configurations, he has played with bandleader Daryl Davis for over 25 years bringing out the best rock ’n’ roll, blues, swing, and R&B as a sideman.  Tonight, Daryl Davis proudly presents this great musician front and center. Be prepared to dance! Daryl Davis 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. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (5/10) Get ready for another Tuesday night jam… The Grainger Jam! Bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their friends, excellent musicians all, are ready to rock the house with you. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (5/11) MarchFourth simply must be seen to be believed. The group is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of live entertainment– a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians and dancers who tour the country year-round, stealing the festival wherever they go, taking audiences on a joy-inducing, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. Combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy Brass, and Big Band with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats and Vaudeville-style performers, MarchFourth whips the crowd into a celebratory frenzy with high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and infectious jubilation. Joining them will be special guests from DC, The Harry Bells! The Harry Bells are horn-and-percussion tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. This show will be fun, fun, fun and full of surprises. The show gets started at 8pm.

Thursday (5/12) We’re gonna take you back with The S.O.S. Band! The Sound of Success (S.O.S.) Band formed in the late 1970’s and exploded onto the scene in 1980 with their first mega hit platinum single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” which was certified platinum and sold over 2 million copies. In 1983, the group joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, which included “Just Be Good to Me,” “High Hopes,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “The Finest.” The S.O.S. Band has shared the stage with artists such as James Brown, The Gap Band, The Time, The Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, India.Arie, Dru Hill, Destiny’s Child, Outkast, and others. “Do it right” and grab tickets for this show now! The band will start at 7pm.

Friday (5/13) Nationally-renowned guitarist, producer, and jazz radio host Blake Aaron will make his first East Coast appearance in years when he joins saxophonist and DMV native Phillip “Doc” Martin onstage at BBJ. Together, Phillip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron are “Sax & Strings!” Often referred to as a “genius on guitar,” Blake Aaron heads full-throttle into his second decade as a recording artist, and his seventh year as host of the popular syndicated radio show, Blake Aaron Live with Tina Anderson. The multi-faceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality recently released his highly anticipated 4th CD, Soul Stories. Saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin fully embraces the inspirational factor of being a top-notch practitioner in two very different professions. Beyond his ever-expanding musical fan base, hundreds of patients in the Washington, DC area know him as “Dr. Martin,” a board certified dentist. His latest Innervision Records release, Pocket Love, further establishes his powerful dynamic flow and tight, funky, old school driven alto vibe. This show by two of Cool Jazz’s hottest stars begins at 8pm.

Saturday (5/14) 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 6pm.

Sunday (5/15) The unforgettable falsetto voice of Eddie Holman and the tune that he popularized is perhaps the most recognizable urban love song in much of the English-speaking world.  “Hey There Lonely Girl” is a beautiful tune that seems to touch every soul as it emanates from airwaves or churns from the turntables of fans. Other classics by Eddie Holman include “This Can’t Be True,” “All In The Game,” and “You Make My Life Complete.” DC’s Finest (aka “The Doo-Wop Cops”), are former Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Officers who have gone from walking the beats to keeping the beat. This acapella group has entertained Presidents and has performed side-by-side with stars including Chuck Berry, The Dells, and The Drifters. Their repertoire includes classics such as “Come and Go With Me,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Island of Love.” This Sunday evening show starts at 7:30pm.

As always, we appreciate your support! Thanks for being a part of the movement to keep great music alive and well right here in Bethesda. Check our Music Calendar to keep up with our ever-growing roster of excellent artists coming our way.

We look forward to seeing 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

Smooth & Soulful Shows… and a Chance to Dance Like a Legend!

Paula Atherton & David Bach, The Funk Ark, Bobby Caldwell, The Michael Live Project, Carl's Rare Roast Beef Band, and Donnie at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, October 2015So much is happening at Bethesda Blues & Jazz this week – smooth jazz (Paula Atherton & David Bach), smooth soul (Bobbie Caldwell, Donnie), globe-trotting funk (The Funk Ark), and even a chance to learn to dance like Michael Jackson (The Michael Live Project)! Read on to find out more and get in on the fun!

Wednesday (10/14) Please welcome singer and saxophonist Paula Atherton and keyboardist David Bach! Paula Atherton has her smooth jazz and funky sounds out on a new label (Maurice White’s Kalimba Music), and there are some incredible contributors: one of the coolest guitarists around, Nick Colionne, trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and the wonderfully talented keyboardist Gail Jhonson. Jazz Journalist Jonathan Widran says, “You only have to watch a minute of David Bach’s slamming performance at the 2014 Silver Spring Festival on YouTube to realize he’s an explosive, funky player whose band… is on par with that of any top act on the contemporary jazz scene… I think Maryland’s best kept secret is out.” Don’t miss these talents – The show starts tonight at 8pm!

Thursday (10/15) get on The Funk Ark! DC native Will Rast (Antibalas) has been performing professionally since age 14, and it was his love of vintage funk and soul plus a range of instrumental jazz styles that sparked the group’s formation in 2007. It was Rast’s growing interest in the Afro Beat music of artists like Fela Anikulapo Kuti of Nigeria and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia, plus some legendary Salsa that shifted the Ark’s course toward polyrhythmic funk. Man is a Monster is their latest collection of songs. The genre-fusing groove starts at 8pm.

Friday (10/16) it’s Bobby Caldwell! From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B, and standards, Caldwell’s live performances are always electrifying. He has been featured on The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, The CBS Second Cup Café, BET Jazz Central, and he starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo theatrical production, The Rat Pack Is Back, in Las Vegas. Well known for his hit song, “What You Won’t Do For Love,” Bobby Caldwell is a longstanding favorite of critics as well as his many loyal fans. 8pm showtime.

Saturday (10/17) The #1 Michael Jackson tribute show in the world is returning to BBJ! This time, it’s even more exciting – It’s The Michael Live Project Master Dance Class, and you will have the opportunity to learn the legendary dance moves and choreography made famous by The King of Pop himself. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the mesmerizing talent of New Jersey native Michael Clark. He is not an impersonator, but an interpreter of the great Michael Jackson. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for your chance to compete to perform with Michael Clark and the band during his Thriller Thursday concert on October 29. Get up and come out early as a dancer or spectator this Saturday! Dance class starts at 11am.

Saturday night, come party to the sounds of Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band. It’ll be classic rock to the max – your favorite 70’s & 80’s hits by the likes of Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, CSN&Y, Jackson Browne, The Police, Wilson Pickett,  Bad Company and many more. The party kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (10/18) you will love the smooth style of modern day soul singer Donnie. Think India.Arie, Jill Scott, D’angelo, and Maxwell, and you’ve got the right musical universe in mind. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Atlanta, Donnie began directing the church choir at an early age. He soon expanded his musical horizons, beyond The Winans and Mahalia Jackson to soul/R&B masters such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin. The singer’s anticipated full-length debut, The Colored Section, was released in November 2002 and picked up by Motown. Donnie’s latest project, The American Mythology, was released in Spring 2015. 8pm.

Upcoming shows – Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Deletta Gillespie, The Jam with Gary Grainger & Friends, Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Maria Muldaur, Teedra Moses, and so many more.

Keeping great music alive here in Bethesda… Hope to see you here very soon.

Rick Brown