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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

Stellar Jazz and Classic Rock: Dave Mason, A Tribute to David Bowie,
Bruce in the USA, Pat McGee, Kevin Howard, & The Jam

Daryl Davis Presents Chris Watling canceled, The Jam with Gary Grainger, Kevin Howard, David Bowie Tribute, Bruce in the USA, Pat McGee, Dave Mason at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2016Monday (2/15) Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Chris Watling has been cancelled due to winter weather conditions. Keep warm, stay safe, and we will see you soon.

Tuesday (2/16) It’s time once again for The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! Musicians and singers: Come on out and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Jam is a great time whether you join the band onstage or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (2/17) Come hear the smooth, dynamic sound of Kevin Howard and his band of world class musicians. Pittsburgh-born Howard is a keyboardist, writer, composer, and producer. He has recently toured with and was the musical director for jazz saxophone legend Ronnie Laws, and he’s recorded and performed with saxophonist Marion Meadows, Jonathan Butler, Norman Connors, Lonnie Liston Smith, Najee, and George Benson. He’s also shared the stage with Roy Ayers, Pieces of a Dream, Joe McBride, and John Legend. His accolades include three “Best Jazz Performer Awards” from urban radio station WAMO, the WQED Harry Schwab Excellence in the Arts Award, and over two years serving as Pittsburgh’s WJJJ Smooth Jazz Band, performing at events sponsored by the radio station. The concert begins at 8pm.

Thursday (2/18) Please join us for Let’s Dance: A Tribute to the Music of David Bowie. Few artists have made a mark in popular music and culture as indelible as David Robert Jones, known worldwide as the one and only David Bowie. From the early days of Space Oddity into the dramatic, performance art era of Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust, through to the brilliant Blackstar, released just two days before his passing, Bowie remained timeless and transcended pop music. Some of the DMV’s finest musicians have come together to cut through the hits of The Starman himself, demonstrating just how versatile his compositions were and always will be. Our celebration of the life and work of this legendary artist begins at 8pm.

Friday (2/19) If you’re a fan of “The Boss,” don’t miss this – the #1 tribute! Bruce in the USA is a high-energy musical experience. It is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band show. Matt Ryan has performed the “Springsteen” character as a cast member of the “World Famous” Legends In Concert since the year 2000. After years of perfecting his craft in thousands of shows, Matt has evolved the “Springsteen” character into the national touring show it has become today. The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned, professional musicians, from such acts as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash, and many more. This pure rock show kicks off at 8pm.

Saturday (2/20) We are pleased to present An Evening with Pat McGee. McGee started his professional music career in 1995 as leader of Pat McGee Band, touring relentlessly for over ten years all over the United States. The band, dubbed PMB by legions of adoring fans, sold out venues all over the US and shared stages with The Who, Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Rat Dog, Levon Helm & more. Pat McGee Band even performed for President Clinton. A big supporter of the US military and all that they do, McGee performed for the USO in Greenland as well as in The Middle East and Africa with Navy Entertainment. A career highlight came with the opportunity to land on The USS Eisenhower to play for 5000 brave men and women serving on the Arabian Sea. His most recent album, the self-titled Pat McGee, features a dream team of musical legends: Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jeff Pevar (“The Section”), Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, and Punchbrother’s Gabe Witcher. Pat McGee will perform at 8pm.

Sunday (2/21) We’ll have a rock legend in the house! Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason’s sight and sound experience, Traffic Jam. Join Dave Mason, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist. He penned dozens of hits, and his guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. The show begins at 8pm.

Other events coming right up include Beatlemania Now, Rahsaan Patterson, and comedy with Joe Clair & Friends. Don’t forget to come out to the big Bethesda Blues and Jazz 3rd Anniversary on Sunday, February 28thThe Duke Ellington Orchestra and Sharón Clark will take the stage to help us celebrate, with shows at 12:30pm and 5pm!  Get the latest on this and all upcoming events on our Music Calendar.

Thanks for coming out to the shows and all you do to help keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. 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

 

Celebrate the Holidays with Great Music at Bethesda Blues & Jazz!

Daryl Davis presents Chick Hall, The Jam w/ Gary Grainger & Friends, Shayna Steele, Tamara Wellons, Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, Joe Clair, VMA Holiday Music Show, Chris Grasso Trio w/ Sharon Clark & Paul Carr perform at Bethesda Blues & JazzMonday (11/30) The legendary Chick Hall has shared the stage with many stars of country music, and he will bring his special brand of country-style pickin’ & grinnin’ to the stage this evening! Chick, with his father, the late Chick Hall, Sr., owned and ran the Surf Club in Bladensburg, MD, which launched the careers of many world-famous country musicians from the Washington/Baltimore/Virginia area. The host of the show will be boogie-woogie master Daryl Davis, who was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. Aside from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and others. Come for the music, stay for the ½ off select bottles of wine special! There is no cover charge and the show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (12/1) This Tuesday and every Tuesday… it’s THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! This is an amazing opportunity for YOU to come out and perform live with a collection of the best area musicians – a full backup ensemble! This is the most popular and fun jam session in the DMV, and we’d love to see you take the stage. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/3) Her impressive credits speak for themselves – singer and songwriter Shayna Steele is a vocal force to be reckoned with. Venues she calls home include The Blue Note and Joe’s Pub in New Your City, as well as Hotel Café in Los Angeles. She’s played The Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco and has toured through Italy, Switzerland, and France. Shayna’s critically acclaimed performance of her single ”Gone Under” for Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner, Volume 1, was a game changer. She continues to record and perform with the band, and has expanded into projects that have landed appearances on the Billboard Dance Charts, Conan O’Brien, and the Carson Daly show. Rise is her latest recording. Also on the bill performing her own brand of “feel good folk music” will be singer Tamara Wellons, granddaughter of the legendary gospel group, The Pritchett Sisters. Showtime is at 8pm.

Friday (12/4) we’re got Leonard, Coleman & Blunt! Come out and enjoy the evening as the former lead singers of The Temptations, The Platters, and The Drifters ring in the holidays. Performers from these three legendary million-selling groups will celebrate the season with classic R&B sounds. Come out to the show and hear LCB perform your favorite Christmas classics along with over two dozen of the greatest hits of all time (“The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, “Under the Boardwalk,” and many more). This will be an unforgettable concert event – a great chance to sing along with every tune while dancing the night away! The concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (12/5) Our #1 comedian is back! When Joe Clair is in the house, “The Funny Don’t Stop!” You know him from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show, and maybe you’ve caught his act at one of his many sold out shows here at Bethesda Blues & Jazz. One thing is certain – Joe Clair will give the packed house what they want… a night of LMFAO! Get your tickets early and get ready to eat, drink, and laugh out loud. Doors open at 5pm and about 9:30pm for the two big shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (12/6) we have a wonderful holiday show for the whole family. Virginia Music Adventures‘ Annandale Jazz Ambassadors, Wakefield Jazz Workshop, and Chapel Square Combo present A Big Band Christmas. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the holidays with tomorrow’s stars. They’ll play an array of classic big band hits that are just perfect for the season. This year’s show features the music of Glenn Miller, Johnny Marks, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Julie Styne, and more. Now in its 12th year, the Virginia Music Adventures Annual Holiday Show has become a well-loved area tradition. This special event begins at 1:30pm.

Sunday evening, we welcome The Chris Grasso Trio back to our stage. Chris Grasso is a Washington, D.C.-based jazz pianist who specializes in working with stellar vocalists. This time around, Chris will feature Sharón Clark and Paul Carr. Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has garnered raves from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She has won numerous awards including taking first place in The Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, which offers a featured appearance with the Baltimore Symphony. Her most recent release, Do it Again — My Tribute to Shirley Horn, is on its third printing. Paul Carr, a 1985 Howard University graduate, has dedicated his professional career to mastering the saxophone and the art of jazz. He grew up in inner-city Houston, Texas and was a member of the Kashmere High School Stage Band, whose director, the late Conrad Johnson, is the subject of a documentary, Thunder Soul, produced by actor, Jamie Foxx.  He carries on the Texas tenor tradition espoused by fellow Houstonians Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson. Chris Grasso has performed live on WPFW with jazz greats Keter Betts and Buck Hill. He also has appeared with the Ken Peplowski/Chuck Redd Quartet, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, Matt Wilson, and with New Orleans’ historic jazz family, the Jordans. The show begins at 7:30pm.

Check our Music Calendar for more great upcoming events including the Luther Re-Lives Holiday Concert with “Smooth” Wardlaw, Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday Celebration featuring Landau Murphy Jr., Sons of Serendip: Christmas Beyond the Lights, the 2nd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party, the Maggie Rose Christmas Show with The Morrison Brothers, and Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra on New Year’s Eve.

Keeping great music alive and well in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here over the holiday season.

Rick Brown

Coming Up at BBJ: Straight-Ahead Jazz, Rockin’ Blues, and then we Make it Funky!

Larry Brown Quintet w/ Sharon Clark, Tom Principato Band, Fred Wesley & the New JB's, and The Jam w/ Gary Grainger, Bethesda Blues & Jazz, October 2015Friday (10/9) This weekend kicks off with The Larry Brown Quintet, who JazzReview.com call “Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well-chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section.” With multiple Wammie Awards for Best Jazz Group, the band members are: Larry Brown on piano, Kent Miller on bass, Greg Holloway on drums, Thad Wilson on trumpet, and Peter Fraize on tenor sax. Special guest vocalist Sharón Clark is a world-touring DC artist whose stellar voice evokes Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. The show starts at 8pm.

Sunday (10/11) come check out the Tom Principato Band! As one of the most unique guitarists around, Tom Principato combines his rich blues background with high-energy rock. The former leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, Tom and his band give their blues-rock a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery that is not to be missed. The Tom Principato Band features the passionate virtuosity of Matt Everhart on bass, Joe Wells on drums, and Josh Howell on congas, percussion, vocals, and harmonica. They tour clubs and festivals extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, so be sure to catch these travelin’ rockers while they’re right here in Bethesda! Parking is free at Cheltenham Garage. Showtime 7:30.

Monday (10/12) We’ve got Fred Wesley & the New JB’s! In the 60’s and 70’s, Wesley’s slippery riffs and pungent, precise solos complemented saxophonist Maceo Parker to give James Brown’s R&B, soul, and funk tunes their instrumental punch. He played on hit recordings – “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,” and “Mother Popcorn” to name just a couple, and he stepped up to co-write tunes including “Hot Pants.” Later, he spent several years playing with George Clinton’s various Parliament-Funkadelic projects and joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1978. It would take pages to list all the credits to Fred Wesley’s name – Come out and feel the groove live! The band hits the stage at 8pm.

Tuesday (10/13) Once again we have The JAM featuring Gary Grainger and Friends! Gary Grainger and his brother Greg Grainger lead this popular Tuesday night jam session. Come out, bring a musical instrument, your singing voice, and your love of music…Show ‘em what you got! Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.). The music starts at 8pm.

Coming soon to the BBJ stage: Paula Atherton & David Bach, Bobby Caldwell, The Michael Live Project (Michael Jackson Tribute), Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Teedra Moses, The Texas Chainsaw Horns, and many more great acts.

Thanks for coming out and helping us keep great music alive and well in Bethesda! Hope to see you here soon.

Rick Brown