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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

Eric Benét R&B, a 70s Soirée with Clones of Funk & DJ Julian, and Community Jazz

Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble, B-CC HS Jazz Ensemble + Paul Carr's Jazz Academy of Music, Chris Grasso: The Vocal Workshop, Eric Benet, Foxtrappe 70s Summer Soiree feat. Clones of Funk & DJ Julian at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/23) Join the award-winning Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble for an evening of music that is sure get your soul swingin’. They’ll be performing works you’ll love by Jazz greats including Clark Terry, Sammy Nestico, Dave Brubeck, Stevie Wonder, Gordon Goodwin, and Pat Metheny. Under the direction of Terry S. Alvey, the Whitman Jazz Ensemble has performed at NIH, the French Embassy, and Carnegie Hall. Between 1998 and 2011 the Whitman Jazz Ensemble captured first place titles at the prestigious Chantilly Jazz Festival eight times and was a finalist three times. Also two-time winners of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, this ensemble performs with maturity beyond the students’ years. The concert begins at 7pm.

Tuesday (5/24) Come out and hear more great up-and-coming talent! The BCC Jazz Ensemble is part of the Grammy-award winning signature school music program of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. The jazz band participates in local and national competitions and most recently performed in Boston and at the mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville.  The BBC Jazz Ensemble performs of variety of styles including swing, Latin, rock, and ballads. The Ensemble will be joined by Paul Carr’s Jazz Academy of Music Orchestra. Over the past 12 years JAM has provided music education opportunities to over 2,000 kids. The Orchestra has performed at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland with Javon Jackson, the National Jazz Education Network Conference in Atlanta with Brian Lynch, and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival with Delfeayo Marsalis. They are 3-time winners of the Silver Spring Jazz Festival High School Competition. The show begins at 7pm.

Wed (5/25) Don’t miss the next performance of Chris Grasso’s Vocal Workshop Showcase! The singers will be performing some great music at this special event, and the featured vocalists are Joan Yonkler, Jack Feder, Olga Naidenko, Krista Cowan, Don Dillingham and Nell Rumbaugh. They will be accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Romeir Mendez on bass, and David McDonald on drums. Your admission fee is good for either or both sets, so you are welcome to come early, enjoy dinner, and stay for both performances at 7pm and 9pm with no additional cover charge.

Friday (5/27) We’ve got an incredible evening in store… two performances by R&B singer/songwriter Eric Benét. The soulful crooner is the artist behind “You’re The Only One,” which spent 4 weeks straight at #1 on Urban AC radio and was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Performance, “Sometimes I Cry,” which reached # 1 on the Hot Adult R&B Songs Chart, plus fan favorites like “Chocolate Legs.” After the success in the US with his sixth album, The One, the four-time Grammy-nominated artist released his latest offering, entitled The Other One, exclusively for his international fan base. The Other One is an alternative approach to the 2012 album The One – a remixed version with Drum’n’Bass influences, ambient atmospherics, and sublime vocals. His latest single is “Sunshine.” Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30pm for the 10pm show.

Sunday (5/29) It’s a Foxtrappe 70s Summer Soiree with Clones of Funk & DJ Julian! The historic nightclub Foxtrappe presents a very special evening of music from the 1970s to kick off the summer season! This party will take you back in the day with a live performance of classic tunes by Clones of Funk and classic dance music from the 70s by DJ Julian. The dance floor will be open for dancing all night. Dressing up is optional, but you might want to be ready for the Best 70s Attire Contest! Clones of Funk is a multi-talented ensemble of charismatic lead singers, a tight rhythm section, and dynamic horns playing funk anthems by Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown, and Sly & the Family Stone. DJ Julian has been a premier DJ in the region for years at high profile events such as the Congressional Black Caucus and CIAA Tournament. He is also the featured DJ for the “Grown Folks Dance Party” on Magic 95.9 in Baltimore every Friday night. Get on up and get down Sunday night starting at 8pm!

Don’t forget about our Father’s Day performances by Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes! Also coming up: Ronnie Laws, Beatlemania Now, our own Prince Birthday Celebration of Life, and much more. Please visit our Music Calendar to find out more about our exciting and diverse upcoming events. Thanks as always for helping us keep great music alive in Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Legendary Rocker Terry Reid, Classic R&B Funk with Cameo, former Back Door Slam Frontman Davy Knowles, Not-To-Miss Jazz, & A Li’l Bit O’ Country

Patsy Stephens, The Grainger Jam, Dwayne Adell, Cameo, Davy Knowles plus Goin’ Goin’ Gone, Vuyo Sotashe and Lyle Link with The Chris Grasso Trio, Terry Reid & Cosmic American Derelicts at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April 2016Monday (4/18) Country Music Queen Patsy Stephens is back by popular demand! She returns to our stage singing great classic Country songs the way they were meant to be. Put on your boots, fringe, rhinestones, and Stetsons, and two-step on down here! Piano master Daryl Davis will host the show. Davis tours both nationally and internationally and 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. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/19) Come join us for our popular Tuesday night event… The Grainger Jam! If you’re a singer or musician, this is a great opportunity to jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (4/20) DC jazz piano favorite Dwayne Adell will perform! Adell is a recognized figure in the District jazz underground, having played on Quincy Jones’ album, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, and with Lauryn Hill in Chicago. Adell has performed at Blues Alley as well as at iconic Washington club, Bohemian Caverns. Musicians, journalists and fans have been astounded by this artist’s talent for years. Music critic Jerome Wilson wrote of his play during the 2014 Capitol Bop DC Jazz Loft Series, “Adell plays with astonishing speed and dexterity in a style that combines stride bass, classical ornamentation and gravity coming off like some mad cross between Art Tatum and McCoy Tyner…The man’s playing was scary.” The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (4/22) Celebrating 40 years & more than eighteen million albums, Larry Blackmon and Cameo are still larger-than-life in the music industry! Blackmon has blazed trails since his first album release in 1977. He is a music stylist legend, an innovator whose influence on R&B and Urban Music is indisputable. As founder and front man of the R&B funk band, Cameo, Blackmon has lead his group on this journey with a long line of hit recordings including “Word Up,” “Single Life,” and “Candy.” Cameo’s unique signature sound has been copied, imitated, sampled, covered, reproduced, and replayed. Cameo songs today are routinely placed in films, TV, video games, and commercials. Best of all, though, is the live experience! Cameo will perform two great shows for us at BBJ at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (4/23) 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.

Sunday (4/24) The Chris Grasso Trio continues its Sunday Spotlight series, welcoming two special guest artists: vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and saxophonist and flautist Lyle Link. Young South African jazz vocalist Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe is making his mark across the globe, most recently capturing Third Place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, where he was the first male vocalist ever to reach the final round. Vuyo moved to New York City in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Masters of Music at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone on to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014 and performed on the festival’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland. Lyle Link is DC-area native who now calls San Francisco home. A versatile musician and sought after sideman, he performs in many musical styles from jazz, blues and R&B to Latin and world beat. He has played with artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy and Ralph Peterson, to name a few. He has also performed with pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and has jammed with Prince. He has shared his musical gifts in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and throughout North America. Rounding out the Chris Grasso Trio will be Zack Pride on bass and Ele Rubenstein on drums. This afternoon performance begins at 1pm.

Sunday evening, legendary rocker Terry Reid will grace the stage, with Cosmic American Derelicts. Terry Reid, aka “Superlungs,” is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices to ever come along. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any fan of the greats of British music. The legend is of turning down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, and a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple. Aretha Franklin stated that The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Terry Reid were the best England had to offer in 1968. The legend continues with two world tours opening for The Rolling Stones, US tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970, and playing at Mick Jagger’s wedding. Then there were the soured record deals and leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago. Despite career setbacks and hiatus, Reid is performing at full force – He returned to Glastonbury in 2009. In 2012, Reid returned to the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971 and toured the UK in 2013 and 2014. With the recent re-mastering and re-release of the albums The River, Rogue Waves, and Seed of Memory, a new generation of fans, and collaborations with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), it’s clear that there is an undeniable resurgence in recognition for this outstanding vocalist and songwriter. 2016 looks set to be another successful year! The concert will begin at 8pm.

Check our Music Calendar for more upcoming concerts, comedy, and special events. We look forward to seeing you at the club very soon.

 

Rick Brown