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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

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