Tuesday – 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.
A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, and The Rat Pack Together Again