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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

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