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A Solid Week of Soul, Blues, Jazz & Reggae: Junior Marvin’s Wailers’ Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Syleena Johnson, Billy Price Band & The Nighthawks,
Jeff Bradshaw, Denise Williams & Shirley Jones, and The Spinners

Junior Marvin's Wailers, Deniece Williams and Shirley Jones, Billy Price and The Nighthawks, Syleena Johnson, Jeff Bradshaw, and The Spinners at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, February 2017Tuesday (2/7) Born in Jamaica, Junior Marvin moved to London as a child, where his love of both acting and music was nurtured. He appeared in the Beatles’ film, Help, which was followed by a number of other television appearances. In America, he performed with the likes of blues legend T-Bone Walker and Ike & Tina Turner. Back in England he played with bands such as Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers, Blue Ace Unit, and White Rabbit. Exodus was Marvin’s first album with Bob Marley and The Wailers and it was voted Best Album of the 20th Century by Time Magazine. Since Marley’s passing in 1981, Junior Marvin has put out four CDs with The Wailers: ID, Majestic Warriors, Jah Message, and My Friends, continuing on with the message and music as Marley asked him to do. Come to the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, music courtesy of Junior Marvin’s Wailers! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (2/9) We’ve got an amazing double bill with The Sisters of Soul – Deniece Williams and Shirley Jones! Deniece Williams is an American funk and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer who is known for her hits including “Free,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” and “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” as well as for her many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis. In 1984, she released the album, Let’s Hear It for the Boy. The title track reached Billboard’s #1 and was featured on the soundtrack to Footloose. The song would prove to be the biggest pop hit of her career – and the last. In 1986, she would release her first full-length gospel album, So Glad I Know, for which she won two GRAMMY Awards. In 1979, The Jones Girls’ “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” highlighted the magic touch of famed Philadelphia producers Gamble and Huff. Shirley Jones and her sisters had a string of hits including “I Just Love the Man,” “Dance Turned into a Romance,” and their GRAMMY-nominated classic, “Nights Over Egypt.” As a solo artist, Shirley Jones topped the charts with “Do You Get Enough Love” in 1986, which stayed #1 on the Billboard R&B chart for three weeks. Her latest album is My Time To Shine. This performance begins at 8pm.

Friday (2/10) Billy Price has been entertaining audiences since first performing in Pittsburgh, PA with the Rhythm Kings in the early 1970s. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend. His latest recording, This Time For Real, with recently deceased Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee in the category of Best Soul Blues Album. Price formed The Billy Price Band in 1990. The Nighthawks are America’s seminal roots music band! The Washington, DC-based quartet of Mark Wenner (harmonica/vocals), Paul Bell (guitar/vocals), Johnny Castle (bass/vocals) and Mark Stutso (drums/vocals) touch all bases with excursions into blues, soul, rock ‘n’  roll, roadhouse country and rhythm and blues. This Blues Music Award-winning band can always deliver the goods! This show gets rockin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (2/11) GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and writer Syleena Johnson is one of the greatest singers and performers of her generation. She has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West, R. Kelly, and Musiq Soulchild. Syleena’s last album, Couples Therapy, deals with love and relationships. The album opens with the upbeat and lyrically honest song “All This Way for Love.” Leela James accompanies Syleena on the soulful 60’s throwback “Fool’s Gold,” and the incomparable Dave Hollister joins her on the moving and triumphant “Harmony.”  Syleena Johnson is also a popular television personality as one of the original cast members on R&B Divas Atlanta for 3 seasons, among other notable appearances. Her performance begins at 8pm.

Sunday (2/12) As a boy in Philadelphia, Jeff Bradshaw performed with brass bands on Broad Street, just a stone’s throw from the spot where Philadelphia’s most prestigious performing arts center, The Kimmel Center, stands today. He dreamed: Why not bring the crème-de-la-crème of singers and players to The Kimmel for a genre-crossing one-night-only musical event that would replicate the excitement of the classic R&B revues for this generation of fans? Since Bradshaw’s trombone has propelled horn-sections for everyone from Jill Scott to Jay Z and Erykah Badu to Kirk Franklin, this was an easy sell. Bradshaw’s Kimmel Center dream came to fruition on May 28, 2014 and the result was a sold-out success in front of a rapturous, wildly appreciative audience. He has been creating Jeff Bradshaw & Friends happenings since then, and returns again this year for another Valentine’s celebration. The concert begins at 8pm.

Monday & Tuesday (2/13 & 2/14) Most often thought of as a Motown recording act, the classic group sound of legendary R&B recording artists The Spinners has never lost its universal appeal. Throughout the years they have sold millions of records and topped both the Pop and R&B charts. Today, original member Henry Fambrough is joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss, and bass singer Jessie Peck. A soul-infused 5-piece band, led by Keith Ferguson, backs them up. Just a few of the group’s many hits and fan favorites are “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and  “Could It Be.” The Spinners have six GRAMMY nominations, have also been awarded the Rythym and Blues Foundation Award, and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. What better way to spend a Valentines dinner date than with the passionate and memorable music of The Spinners! The group performs at 8pm each night.

Other great upcoming shows include the Bethesda Blues and Jazz 4th Anniversary Celebration with Dionne Warwick, Daryl Davis Presents: The Wonder Women Blues Festival, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Mother’s Day with After 7, Father’s Day with Lenny Williams, and The Chi-Lites. Check for details on our Music Calendar, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

A Week of Sweet Jazz & Rockin’ Blues with Jeff Bradshaw, Popa Chubby, M3, Marianna Previti + a Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute!

Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert, Daryl Davis Presents Marianna Previti, M3- Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, & Marcus Anderson, Popa Chubby, The Jeff Bradshaw and Friends Birthday Celebration w/ Frank McComb and Maysa at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Aug-Sept 2016Monday (8/29) Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson! The King of Pop would have been 58 years old on this day. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and as varied. Join Bethesda Blues & Jazz as we celebrate this music with a handful of the DMV’s finest musicians cutting through the hits of Michael Jackson and demonstrating just how beloved the music of this amazing performer was and always will be. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Tuesday (8/30) Daryl Davis Presents An Evening with Marianna Previti! There are plenty of singers who are jacks of all genres and an abundance of great singers specializing in certain genres.  But every once in a blue moon, there comes a vocalist versatile enough to be a master of all. Marianna Previti is such a rarity. Trained as a classical instrumentalist on the trumpet, she has successfully conveyed that talent to her voice and is recognized as one of the finest singers in the Washington, DC area. This award-winning vocalist is equally comfortable in jazz, blues, rock, and country. She is critically acclaimed for her musical dynamics and phrasing. Show host and piano player Daryl Davis, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, 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. This concert begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (8/31) M3 is Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, & Marcus Anderson. Marcus Mitchell is not only an established saxophone artist in jazz, he is also CEO and President of 24th Music, a division of MHM Entertainment Group – a multi-faceted entertainment company based out of Maryland. Marcus Young delivers pure soulful melodic and inspirational songs infused with jazz rhythms, or “Groove Jazz,” as he calls it. Dynamic, multi-talented and dripping with soul, Marcus Anderson is an award-winning musician with an abundance of career-defining accolades all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo album, Style Meets Substance, the critically-acclaimed Pop/R&B and jazz musician’s career is one to watch. Use Discount Code M3BBJ for half off the ticket price and enjoy the show by these great musicians who go by the name of Marcus! M3 starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/2) For over 25 years, Popa Chubby (born Ted Horowitz) has been rockin’ the blues. Since 1994, he has been heralded as a force to be reckoned with on guitar. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee, and a style he calls “The Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is one of the genre’s most popular figures. Steeped in a mix of punk rock and deeply authentic blues, Chubby says, “Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream, and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too.” Use Discount Code PCBBJ for 50% off your ticket to the show! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday (9/3 – 9/4) Soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso Jeff Bradshaw was born in North Philadelphia. His father was a minister so his formative musical experiences were in church, where brass bands were a staple. In 1994, Bradshaw began to meet musicians, singers and producers on the Philly scene who went on to become the architect of the neo-soul revolution: Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter of the Roots, James Poyser, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, DJ Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, Ivan Barrios, Carvin Higgons, and many others. These friendships led to Bradshaw recording his trombone sounds with the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Floetry, Darius Ricker, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Roots, Musiq Soulchild, and more. In 2002, he had the opportunity to record his first album as a leader, Bone Deep. That acclaimed first album led to busy years of touring, more recordings, and session work with a wide array of hip-hop, R & B and jazz artists. Come out and help Jeff celebrate his birthday along with very special guests Frank McComb and Maysa. The Saturday night and Sunday night concerts both begin at 8pm.

We have many more great shows for you coming up this fall! Check our Music Calendar for info on upcoming performances by Rahsaan Patterson, Mike Peters of The Alarm, an Amy Winehouse tribute by American Idol finalist Elise Testone, Tab Benoit, Anissa Hargrove w/ a special guest appearance by Gloria Gaynor, Trouble Funk, Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials + Guy Davis, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, and more.

Thanks as always, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

Jeff Bradshaw & Eric Roberson Take Over Valentine’s Weekend,
The Jam Honors Maurice White

Daryl Davis Presents Shirleta Settles, Remembering Maurice White at The Jam w/ Gary Grainger, Tim Reynolds/TR3, Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2016Monday (2/8) Daryl Davis presents consummate musician and entertainer, Shirleta Settles. Equally at home with Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Soul and R&B, she sells out venues not only for her powerful vocal stylings, but also because she keeps her audience and active part of the part of the show. It’s a party wherever she goes! Come out for the great performance, stay for the dancing and drinks – ½ off select bottles of wine. Our host will be master piano player Daryl Davis, who 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 others. Admission is FREE with only a $10 minimum for food and beverages per guest. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (2/9) We have a very special edition of our weekly event, The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends. As always, we invite musicians and singers to get up and jam with the band, but this time in light of his recent passing, we will feature the music of Maurice White and Earth, Wind, & Fire. Bring your voice and your musical instruments, and share the stage with some of the nation’s most talented performers.  Brandon Combs and friends host the show. Doors open at 6pm and The Jam gets going at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/10) Rock out with Tim Reynolds, Mick Vaughn, and Dan Martier – otherwise known as TR3! Tim Reynolds’ music is technically brilliant and emotionally honest. He founded the breakthrough electric power trio in the mid-1980s in Charlottesville, VA. As they became known for their fusion of funk, rock, and jazz, Reynolds befriended Dave Matthews and an ongoing musical collaboration began. Still Reynolds hit the road as a solo guitar wizard, proving himself as one of the most talented and thoughtful musicians on the circuit today. In 2009, TR3’s first studio CD, Radiance, was nominated for Home Grown Music Network’s Album of the Year, and their first double live CD, From SPACE and Beyond, emerged in June 2011. Their show is a mix of updated Reynolds’ classics, new material, and wild covers of artists including James Brown, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and Focus. Reynolds is currently lead guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band and performs as one-half of the acoustic Dave Matthews-Tim Reynolds duo. The show starts at 8pm.

Friday (2/12), Saturday (2/13), and Sunday (2/14) You’ve got three chances to celebrate love this Valentine’s Weekend with Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson! They will be presenting Return of the Gentlemen – A Lover’s Weekend, and each performance will be a magical night to remember. Soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso Jeff Bradshaw has toured the world playing alongside some of the industry’s biggest talents, including Robert Glasper, Black Thought, Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Bilal, Tweet, and Will Downing. Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson received his degree in Music Theater from Howard University. His first single, “The Moon,” charted on Billboards Top 100 R&B/Hip Hop Chart, and he’s worked with notable artists including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Osulande, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas, Vivian Green, 112, and Will Smith.

To sweeten the deal, we have Romantic Valentine’s Packages: The Hotel Gift Package and several selections among roses, strawberries, chocolate, and fine wines. Find out more about the Lover’s Weekend Valentine’s Packages and don’t miss your chance to get your tickets. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8pm, and on Sunday, Valentine’s Day, the show starts at 7:30pm.

Coming up on Sunday, February 28th, we have a very special event: We will celebrate the third anniversary of Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club… with two big shows by The Duke Ellington Orchestra and stellar vocalist Sharón Clark! Visit our Music Calendar for tickets and info for this great occasion and for the latest on all our upcoming shows.

We appreciate your love of great music and entertainment; thanks for coming out to downtown Bethesda and keeping our vibrant scene alive! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

A Blues & Jazz Start to 2016: Joe Louis Walker, 76 Degrees West, & So Much More!

Daryl Davis Presents: Cassandra Allen, Gary Grainger, Jasmine Williams, PJ Morton, Joe Louis Walker, 76 Degrees West, Chris Grasso Trio w/ Alison Crockett & Thad Wilson at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2016Happy New Year!

Monday (1/4) We say hello to the first full week of 2016 with our Customer Appreciation Night! Please come out and enjoy the unique vocal talent of Cassandra Allen. Tonight this gifted singer-songwriter and arranger will grace our stage with some ballads and Swing. Allen’s own wonderful style is readily apparent, yet you will hear her legendary influences: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and a touch of Afro-Latin Mediterranean Folk-Fusion. Hosting the evening will be Daryl Davis, master of piano who has worked with the likes of Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, and many others. Admission is FREE and we have HALF OFF select bottles of wine. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (1/5) Bring your singing voice and your musical instruments and come on out to The Grainger Jam! Gary Grainger & Friends, some of the nation’s most talented musicians, are ready to share the stage with YOU! We honor FREE admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.) This your chance to show us whatcha got! The Grainger Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/6) Come out for a midweek treat and hear a fresh voice from the DMV! Jasmine Williams, a native of Northern Virginia, has been singing since the age of 3. She had the great honor of performing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the signing of The Health Care Bill, and even sang at one of his inauguration balls. She is currently a lead vocalist with Round Midnight, ETX and is a vocalist with the soulful legendary singer Juanita Williams. She performs weekly on The Odyssey as a featured vocalist with The Conclusion Band.  She is currently producing her own project, Jasmine Williams and Company. 8pm start time.

Thursday (1/7) Influenced by acts ranging from the Beatles and James Taylor to Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, New Orleans native PJ Morton is the son of gospel singer Paul S. Morton. His formal foray into the industry was as a member of the band Freestyle Nation which debuted in the early 2000s, but it is as a songwriter/producer that Morton left his first indelible impression. He won a Grammy Award for his songwriting/production of India.Arie’s “Interested” from her 2002 album Voyage to India. Other collaborations followed with artists including Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J, Monica, Musiq Soulchild,  and Trinitee 5:7. Morton is well-known as a performer with Maroon 5, and he is currently stepping out with his own Morton Records. The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (1/8) Don’t miss four-time Blues Music Award-winner and Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Louis Walker! His new album, Everybody Wants A Piece, cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues. Looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues… I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.’” With his latest recording, Walker is celebrating a career that now exceeds a half a century. Solid blues-rockers Mary Shaver & The Smokin’ Polecats will also take the stage.  Come join the party! It starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/9) The great jazz-funk ensemble – 76 Degrees West – is in the house! This band has been lighting up stages since 2001, and is definitely on the rise. 76 Degrees West has played behind numerous national acts such as Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, and Angela Johnson. The band has performed at festivals and clubs around the country with artists including 2-time Grammy nominee Ledisi, Marcus Johnson, Rahsaan Patterson, Rick Braun, and Ollie Woodson (of The Temptations). Crowd favorites are their remakes of the Average White Band’s “School Boy Crush” and EWF’s “Shining Star.” The smooth & funky sounds begin at 8pm.

Sunday (1/10) The Chris Grasso Trio is back for another great Sunday evening with a wonderful pairing of talented featured artists. Alison Crockett is perhaps the quintessential nu jazz/progressive soul singer of her generation; you’ve no doubt heard her voice on seminal recordings by King Britt, Blue Six, Us3, Landslide, John Wicks, Mathematics and a host of others. Alison has taken the baton from divas such as Lizz Wright, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and Sarah Vaughan. Trumpeter Thad Wilson’s worldwide appearances include Barcelona and Bilboa, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Paris, France and the D.C. Jazz Festival. He has toured with the musical production, Ella, and when he’s not on the road he teaches Jazz Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This is a musical combo not to be missed! They begin at 7:30pm.

We’ve always got great performances to look forward to at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Upcoming events include Jeff Bradshaw & Eric Roberson – A Lover’s Weekend – Return of the Gentlemen on Valentine’s Day Weekend, Kenny Lattimore on March 10th and 11th, and four Lalah Hathaway performances on March 24th and 25th. Visit our Music Calendar and get your tickets early!

Keeping music alive here in downtown Bethesda… See you here  for dinner and a show soon.

 

Rick Brown