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Great Talent Featured All Week Long with The Shirelles Salute to the Troops,
Larry Carlton, the Joan Osborne Soul Revue, a Lori Williams CD Release Party,
and Comedy with Joe Clair & Friends

Larry Carlton, Lori Williams CD Release Party, The Shirelles + Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, Joe Clair and Friends, Joan Osborne Soul Revue at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2016Monday (11/7) Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with The Crusaders and then with the multi-platinum jazz super group, Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades. Sting has described Carlton with this praise: “It must have taken more than one lifetime of music to produce Larry Carlton, he is the sum and son of a long lineage, beyond time, and beyond rational explanations of dedication or practice, the work of his hands speaks grace and passion and timeless knowledge. Listen, learn and be profoundly moved.” The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Thursday (11/10) Lori Williams, called a “dynamic presence” by JazzTimes and “the sought-after combination of soul and technical prowess that is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald” by Muzikreviews.com, has a superb, melodic voice certain to “bring a tear of joy (or more) to your eye for sure” (Improvijazzation Nation). She believes in her motto: Words are powerful. Speak wisely. With that in mind, she has found her voice in the music she passionately shares. Lori’s third CD, Behind the Smiles, is a romantic collection, embodying a seamless mix of jazz, inspirational, and soul music. Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Terri Lynne Carrington says, “Lori… can seamlessly move from Jazz to R&B where the listener can feel at home with her in either genre.” Join us for this CD release concert as we celebrate Behind the Smiles. The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (11/11) Join us on Veterans Day for a special Salute to the Troops with The Shirelles! The Shirelles were the first all-girl group of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era to score a number one record. These Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame members have sustained a high-visibility presence in the pop culture consciousness for over 40 years, and they continue to thrill audiences worldwide with a high-energy show of their many hits interspersed with a wide range of selections from pop, rock, soul, standards, dancing, and comedy. Come out and hear the hits including “Soldier Boy,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and “Baby, It’s You.” We also welcome to the stage three former lead singers from three of the world’s most renowned vocal groups, The Temptations, The Platters, and The Drifters… Together, they are Leonard, Coleman & Blunt! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (11/12) Don’t miss Joe Clair & Friends as Joe returns once again for two silly shows. This time, the featured comedians are Nick Lewis, B Phlat, and Marcus Brown. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, this guy keeps a busy schedule. He first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. He held down the spot for six consecutive years and gave the world hip-hop the way it was supposed to be. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. You can call him Joe Cleezy, J.C., or you can even call him Mr. Clair. Whatever you call him, our #1 Comedian Joe Clair is 100%. You’ll love the house band, too — Sound of the City! The shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (11/13) Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation – both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Having hit the world stage in 1995 with the hit, “One of Us,” this soulful vocalist and multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer. She has performed alongside many notable artists including Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples to name a few. Osborne is widely known for her live performances in the Grammy Award-winning documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and she has co-produced her last two critically-acclaimed solo records, Love And Hate and Bring It On Home. Join us as she takes us on a journey with the Joan Osborne Soul Revue. It begins at 8pm.

We’ve got so much more coming up in November and beyond. This month alone we’ve got Dwele, Jeanette Harris, Hot Mess Burlesque with The Texas Chainsaw Horns, Butch Trucks and The Freight Train, Rare Essence, A Gospel According to Jazz, a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, plus other great events. Stay up-to-date with our Music Calendar for all our holiday shows in December, and get your tickets early for New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra.

Thanks for your support of great music in Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Classic & Contemporary Jazz and R&B! The Count Basie Orchestra, Melba Moore, Steve Oliver, Sarah Dash, a Tribute to Luther Vandross, plus Joe Clair Comedy

Count Basie Orchestra, Steve Oliver, Luther Re-Lives, Sarah Dash, Joe Clair and Friends, Melba Moore at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Sept – Oct 2016Tuesday (9/27) The legendary Count Basie Orchestra really needs no introduction! This is one of the most thriving big bands in history. All the musicians have grown up with the Kansas City Swing style of Count Basie and they each add their own voice to the band. With 19 performers, 17 sidemen (plus 17 Grammys to match!), 1 vocalist, and 1 bandleader, they’ve become the premier jazz band and they put on a not-to-miss performance. Since Basie’s passing in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes, Dennis Mackrel, and now Scotty Barnhart, have led The Count Basie Orchestra and have maintained it as one of the elite performing organizations in jazz. The concert begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (9/28) You’re going to love Steve Oliver! Steve Oliver brings a fresh combination of smooth jazz and soft adult contemporary music to his performances. He is renowned throughout the contemporary jazz world for his charismatic, one-on-one relationship with the audience, soulful lead vocals, snappy guitar lines, vocal percussion, wonderworking with the synth guitar, and a few full-on pop/R&B vocal tunes on every album. His latest recording, the John Mayer, Sting, and Steely Dan-influenced Pictures and Frames features the exotic soundscaping of Steve Reid (The Rippingtons) and the allstar rhythm section of bassist Lee Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt) and legendary jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock). The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/29) They called him “The Velvet Voice.” With hits like “Power of Love/Love Power,” “Never Too Much,” “Here and Now,” and “Any Love,” the late R&B legend Luther Vandross captivated a generation. Come out to this fantastic performance and you’ll be transported on a romantic journey through Vandross’ iconic catalog. Luther Re-Lives, featuring William “Smooth” Wardlaw, pays tribute to the original with love, respect, and faithful accuracy. This is a must see performance for any Vandross fan. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/30) Vocal talent sensation Sarah Dash has recorded and performed live with some of the greatest names in the industry including The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Laura Nyro, The O’Jays, Wilson Pickett, and Bo Diddley. While still in high school, Sarah formed a group called the Del Capris. She asked another Trenton girl, Nona Hendryx, to join. Shortly thereafter, Sarah and Nona joined forces with The Ordettes, Patti Labelle and Cindy Birdsong, to become the Bluebelles and had their first hit “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman.” Shortly after that, they became Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. After years of success, Cindy Birdsong left to join the Supremes in 1967. In 1970, they morphed into Labelle, best known for the classic monster hit “Lady Marmalade.” Sarah Dash’s solo dance music classics are “Sinner Man” and “Low Down Dirty Rhythm.” Currently, she performs her autobiographical musical, Sarah, One Woman. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (10/1) Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, Joe Clair keeps a busy schedule. Don’t miss him as he returns to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for two silly shows featuring comedians Jay Phillips, Henry Welch, and Laughin’ Lenny! The house band will be Sound of the City. Joe Clair first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. He held down the spot for six consecutive years and gave the world hip-hop the way it was supposed to be. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. So get ready to ROFL, Bethesda! The evening’s two big shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (10/2) Melba Moore is a four-time Grammy nominee and the winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie, in which her performance of “I Got Love” shot her to stardom. Moore was born Beatrice Melba Hill to the popular R&B singer known as Bonnie Davis (originally named Gertrude Melba Smith) and saxophonist Teddy Hill, who managed the influential Harlem jazz club Minton’s Playhouse in its heyday. Her mother had a #1 R&B hit, “Don’t Stop Now,” in 1943, before Melba was born. Melba Moore got her big break in original cast of Hair as the character named Dionne, and after several months she replaced Diane Keaton in the role of Sheila, becoming the first African-American actress to replace a white actress in a lead role on Broadway. With a total of eleven top ten U.S. hits on the Billboard charts over the past 40 years, Moore continues into the 21st century as one of pop music’s most enduring artists. The concert starts at 8pm.

Here’s just a taste of what’s coming up this fall at BBJ: 13-year old piano genius Joey Alexander, Morris Day & The Time, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Whalum, Larry Carlton, Rare Essence, and on Veterans Day, The Shirelles Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Salute to the Troops with Leonard, Coleman & Blunt. Read all about it and get your tickets through our Music Calendar.

Thanks as always for keeping great music alive and well in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you.

 

Rick Brown

Feel the Beat! Virtuoso Drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, R&B Star Jon B,
plus Kandace Springs, Zo!, DC Fusion, & Comedy with Joe Clair

Kandace Springs w/ Lee Mo, Jon B, Zo! + Carmen Rodgers, Cindy Blackman Santana, Joe Clair & Friends, DC Fusion at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/9) Kandace Springs and special guest Lee Mo will grace the BBJ stage! Kandace Springs is a Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist who counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes. As evidenced by her sparkling full-length Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. The strength of her 2014 self-titled debut EP, led to TV performances on The Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Lee Mo is one of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, known for her killer vocals, soulful feel, and impressive music sensibilities. Born and raised in Baltimore, she is the musical product of many influences including gospel, jazz, and soul. This not-to-miss concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/10) Songwriter, producer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Jon B. brought a distinctive focus on smooth melodies to contemporary R&B. We are so excited to bring him to you live! Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and raised in Pasadena, California, Jon B. (short for Jonathan Buck) is the son of a professor of music and a concert pianist. Influenced by music found in his grandparents’ record store, he began combining the spirit of ’70s soul with hip-hop-inspired productions on his 1995 debut album, Bonafide. It peaked on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart at number 24, led by the Top Ten R&B single “Someone to Love,” a duet with prime influence Babyface, and went gold.  His second album, 1997’s Cool Relax, continued the emphasis on hip-hop soul and featured two of his biggest singles, “They Don’t Know” and the 2Pac-assisted “Are U Still Down.” Come out and enjoy dinner and a show – The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/11) Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer Zo! is Detroit-area born and raised, Silver Spring, MD based Lorenzo Ferguson. Zo! utilizes multiple layers of thick instrumentation to shape his compositions, as demonstrated on his albums, ManMade and SunStorm. While touring his own material regularly, Zo! can also be seen on stage as the keyboardist and Musical Director for GRAMMY-nominated duo, The Foreign Exchange. In 2014, he completed music work for the Adult Swim animated series, Black Dynamite. Zo! is currently on tour in support of his newest offering, SkyBreak (2016). Special guest Carmen Rodgers writes and produces music with a sound all its own: deep soul, striking arrangements, and blunt but beautiful lyrics that places the challenging, mellow, somber, and exciting highs of life inside melody. Check out the show at 8pm.

Friday (8/12) Cindy Blackman Santana has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through her critically-acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010) and recently released an album and subsequent world tour with Spectrum Road, featuring Jack Bruce (Cream), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood) & Vernon Reid (Living Color). She is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. She is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change, as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. Cindy has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, and Angela Bofill.  From 1993 to 2007, she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band. While substituting for Dennis Chambers at a Santana show, Cindy and Carlos sparked a relationship, on and off the stage. They married in 2010. The Cindy Blackman Santana show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (8/13) Our #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest is back! This time around, Joe Clair and Friends Present The Crazy Sexy Fool Comedy Show! Featured comedians will be Marvin Dixon, Dawn Boatman, and Eddie Bryant. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, this guy keeps a busy schedule. He first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. Whether you call him Joe Cleezy, J.C., or Mr. Clair, you know Joe Clair is 100%! We’ve got two big shows in store at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and again at 9:30pm.

Sunday (8/14) DC Fusion has quickly become one of the area’s most in-demand high-energy dance bands, and it’s easy to see why. The band is led by keyboard wizard Benjie Porecki and features dynamic vocalists Tiffany Simone and Uzorije Carter, vocalist/percussionist Marcus Turner, guitarist Randy Morser and saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin. End your weekend right with this live performance! The show kicks off at 7:30pm.

Coming up next week at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club: Peter Asher and Albert Lee plus Naked Blue, Soulcial Hour & Darrell Hill, The Nighthawks, Bruce in the USA, and Unit 3 Deep. Keep an eye out on our Music Calendar for our latest show additions and updates!

We look forward to seeing you soon at BBJ!

Rick Brown