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A Free Concert by Nolatet, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, and a Week of Incredible Jazz

Nolatet, Marcus Anderson and Earl Carter, O’Malley’s March, Eric Felten, Avon Lucas, Vocal Workshop Showcase, Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2016Monday (3/14) We’ve got a FREE Customer Appreciation Concert by Nolatet! A true jazz supergroup, you may already know the members of Nolatet from acts such as Astral Project, The Stanton Moore Trio, and The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Johnny Vidacovich (drums) and James Singleton (upright bass) have been New Orleans’ best rhythm section since 1977. Mike Dillon (vibes and percussion) and Brian Haas (piano) have been sharing co-bills and sitting in with each other’s bands on the same touring circuit for over 20 years. They span four decades in age—Vidacovich is in his 70s, Singleton in his 60s, Dillon in his 50s and Haas in his 40s. All four musicians are fiercely independent iconoclasts and bandleaders who compose, play and navigate their musical lives in their own unique way. Come out and take in this unique musical experience! The concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (3/16) Join us for Marcus Anderson and Earl Carter in concert. Marcus Anderson‘s family recognized his talent as a musical prodigy when he was introduced to the saxophone at age twelve. He later became a member of the All-State High School Jazz Ensemble for South Carolina. After excelling in high school, he studied with Branford Marsalis and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years, achieving many accolades along the way. He has performed for Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson. Following the success of his third album, NOW, Prince called for Anderson to join him. Anderson is currently recording and performing as a featured saxophonist and personality for Prince’s New Power Generation. His latest solo release is Style Meets Substance, on which he continues to challenge the status quo of smooth jazz with his smoldering horn. Earl Carter is a Washington, DC based guitarist, bassist, and saxophonist, whose multi-faceted talent, professionalism, and star-quality has officially sent him into the stratosphere. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Earl secured his spot as a member of the platinum selling Go-Go band, EU, where he recorded music on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s movie, Do The Right Thing, and so much more. His smooth jazz CD, Simplicity, was released in March 2015 with hit singles “Sitting in the Park,”  and “Green Light,” and his first Gospel/Christian CD, My Life in Your Hands, was released in January 2016. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/17) Celebrate the “High Holy Day” – St. Patrick’s Day – with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley! Come out for the party as he leads the region’s favorite Celtic rockers, O’Malley’s March, for a rollicking evening of traditional and original songs, high octane fiddle, box, and pipe tunes, anchored by the ancient sound of the Celtic harp. Growing up outside of Washington, DC, O’Malley has played Irish music all of his life. He was raised on the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, educated by the Jesuits and Wolfe Tones, emboldened by Shane MacGowan, and seasoned by Christy Moore. In 1985, Martin O’Malley started appearing solo, until 1988 when O’Malley’s March was formed. Since then, O’Malley’s March has grown to the current group of seven members. Doors open at 5:30pm and the Celtic fusion show kicks off at 7:30pm.

Friday (3/18) Eric Felten meets the Dek-tette! Felten began studying trombone at age nine with his grandfather, a veteran of east-coast bands from the Swing Era. At 24, Eric was named best new jazz trombonist by the International Trombone Association. In 1993 he released his first album for the respected European jazz label Soul Note, T-Bop, which earned four stars in Down Beat magazine. The prestigious Penguin Guide to Jazz declared that Eric “has the music in his genes…a more than promising talent, he’s a man we’re going to hear a lot more about.”  Eric’s second album as a leader, Gratitude, was a modern take on the classic recordings of Duke Ellington’s small groups in the 1930s. The Washington Post called Gratitude “One of the year’s genuine jazz treats.” The Eric Felten meets the Dek-tette project salutes the many memorable recordings made by Mel Tormé with the band when it was led by Marty Paich. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (3/19) The Avon Lucas Project will take the stage. This jazz-oriented experience features world-class bassist Avon Lucas; most R&B listeners are already familiar with some of Avon’s hit studio recordings and live performance credits with artists like Peaches & Herb, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, and Atlantic Starr’s hit recording, “Touch a Four Leaf Clover.” Avon plays both electric and upright Basses, satisfying even the most demanding Jazz purist. His cutting edge 9 string bass playing is truly entertaining as most listeners have never seen a 9 string bass nor experienced anyone who performs on these unique instruments. Whether it’s jazz, swing, R&B, fusion, pop, smooth jazz or world beat, there is never a boring musical moment for listeners when Avon Lucas is at the helm! Join us for this phenomenal show at 8pm.

Sunday (3/20) 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.

Sunday evening, we’ve got Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks! The group was formed in 1955, under the direction of Earl Simpson and turned over to Eddie Jones in 1970, formerly of the Legendary Orioles. The band members have played with groups including Harold Melvin and the Blues Notes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Legendary Orioles, Black Heat, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and a host of other top notch groups. The voices of Earl and Eddie Jones take you back to the days of Sam Cook and Marvin Gaye. The Young Bucks have the reputation for being a top Oldie-but-Goodie, Doo-Wop, and R&B group in the area, having played on the South Lawn of the White House, for several Caucus, Senatorial, and Congressional affairs, and even for a few Inaugurations. Their new CD, For Lovers Only, has top sales in the DC Area. Come out and enjoy the classic sounds! The show begins at 8pm.

Upcoming artists include Lalah Hathaway, Be’la Dona, King Soul and the Texas Chainsaw Horns, Ghost Note, Davy Knowles, Chanté Moore, Steve Tyrell, Snarky Puppy, and much more. Check our Music Calendar for more info.

Here’s to great music and a great spring season for all. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Rick Brown

“Modern Soul Man” Kenny Lattimore, a Gladys Knight & The Pips Tribute,
and Rock And Roll for Children

Daryl Davis Presents Chris Watling, The Grainger Jam, The MTLC Project, Kenny Lattimore, Rock And Roll For Children, Gladys Knight and The Pips tribute at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2016Monday (3/7) Join us as Daryl Davis presents saxophonist Chris Watling, a founding member of the highly acclaimed roots rock band, The Grandsons.  He has blown his horn from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival all the way to the White House and everywhere in between, and his sound has supported performers including The Spinners, Ronnie Spector, Dr. John, Mary Wilson, and many others.  Tonight, you’ll hear why he’s the man these stars call when they come to town! Host Daryl Davis tours both nationally and internationally and his CD, American Roots and Alternate Routes, received rave reviews from leading blues magazines, and won several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Awards. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (3/8) It’s time once again for The Grainger Jam! Musicians and singers: Come on out and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is a great time whether you join the band onstage or just come out and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (3/9) Come check out The MTLC Project – a power combo of some of the most called-on musicians in the DMV! The group is composed of Milton Smith (drummer, lead vocals), Mark Russell (bass), Chris Featherstone, (keyboards, vocals) Chris Fischer (keyboards), Tony Cothran (guitar) and Lenny Harris (sax and vocals). These artists have performed with Najee, Cindy Bradley, Ronnie Laws, Wilton Felder, Chanté Moore, Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Review, Chuck Brown, and EU, to name a few. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday – Friday (3/10 and 3/11) Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore will join us for two evenings of sweet music. Hailed by the New York Times as a “modern soul man,” he’s back to climbing the charts with his 7th solo album, Anatomy of a Love Song and single “Love Me Back.” Growing up in Washington, DC, Lattimore was raised on gospel music and such R&B/pop icons as Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder. His new recording features the tender vocals and penetrating, honest lyrics fans have grown to love, and weaves a balance between classic and contemporary R&B. The Thursday and Friday night concerts begin at 8pm.

Saturday (3/12) We will host Rock And Roll For Children, where rock legends will team up to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH. John Popper of award-winning band Blues Traveler will headline the fundraiser, joined by an impressive bunch: Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett), Snuffy Walden (Chaka Khan), Christine Ohlman (Saturday Night Live Band), Eric Biondo (The Monkees), Lynn Ligamari (Lincoln Center Institute), Maria Eisen (The Woes), Kasim Sulton (Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), Chris Pati, singer-songwriter Marc Riber, and others. An all-volunteer board comes together to make the Annual Bash both a sensational evening of rock and roll and a philanthropic success. The signature concert has raised more than $500,000 for children (and parents) in need. Tickets may be purchased here. The event begins at 7pm.

Sunday (3/13) Get on the Friendship Train! Shadows of the 60’s will present Friendship Train, A Tribute to Gladys Knight & The Pips! Perhaps the most dynamic female lead singer of all time from Motown roster of stars, Gladys Knight, backed by the smooth vocals and choreography of The Pips, burst onto the music scene in 1961, recording and performing hits including “With Every Beat Of My Heart,” “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Neither One Of Us,” and more. Shadows Of The 60’s, known for their reputation of delivering the best in tribute productions, searched for three years to find such a talent gifted with the ability to do justice to the voice of Gladys. Now, join them for this tribute to true Motown magic. The show begins at 8pm.

Shows coming right up: New Orleans jazz band Nolatet, Marcus Anderson & Earl Carter, and St. Patrick’s Day with former MD governor in 7-piece Irish band, O’Malley’s March. There are still a few tickets left for Lalah Hathaway and comedian Joe Clair. Other upcoming concerts include Sunflare & The Craig Alston Syndicate, Be’la Dona, King Soul and Texas Chainsaw Horns, Syleena Johnson, Cameo, Chanté Moore, and Snarky Puppy. Check our Music Calendar for tickets and details.

Thanks as always for helping us keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown