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It’s Iconic Music Week with Spyro Gyra, The Blackbyrds, Chad & Jeremy, Newmyer Flyer Presents Van Morrison’s “Moondance” & Bruce Springsteen’s “E Street Shuffle,” Mike Phillips, and Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band


Chad and Jeremy, Mike Phillips, The Blackbyrds, Dream Discs Presents Van's "Moondance" & Bruce's "E Street Shuffle" in full, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Spyro Gyra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016
Monday (10/17) Of the many British Invasion acts that stormed the charts in the wake of the Beatles, Chad & Jeremy possessed a subtlety and sophistication unmatched among their contemporaries, essentially creating the template for the kind of lush, sensitive folk-pop that was to follow. From humble beginnings in coffee houses and folk clubs in London, they were “discovered” by famed movie composer John Barry and they recorded a string of hits: “Yesterday’s Gone,” “Summer Song,” “Willow Weep For Me,” “If I Loved You,” “Before and After,” “Distant Shores.” Over the years, the two men remained in touch, and a reunion opportunity presented itself in the summer of 2003 with a PBS TV music special. Since then they have performed all over the United States, Hawaii, and the Philippines, entrancing audiences with their unique blend of songs old and new, romantic and satirical, plus their humorous stories and anecdotes. The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (10/19) The enormously talented Mike Phillips is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the legendary “Big Three” of American soul music: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Prince. The New York native has exploded on the world music scene, becoming his own jazz man with a hip-hop flavor, known for blowing away audiences on stage, on television, and with chart-topping recordings. He’s had standing ovations at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, and the inaugural balls for Presidents Clinton and Obama. His recordings, You Have Reached Mike Phillips, Uncommon Denominator, and MP3 scored in the top ten of the Billboard jazz music rankings. This great show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (10/20) This concert by The Blackbyrds is dedicated to their fellow alumni of Howard University in celebration of Howard Homecoming! One the most accomplished bands ever from the Washington, DC area, The Blackbyrds came together more than 40 years ago under the tutelage of their music professor, the late great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who became their manager and producer. They created a unique jazz funk sound combined with soulful harmonies that made a big impact on the music charts in the 1970s, with 10 top 40 R&B hits and several that made the pop charts. The Blackbyrds’ biggest hit recordings were “Walking In Rhythm,” their Grammy nominated, million-selling smash hit that received widespread airplay on several radio formats, peaking at #4 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart, “Happy Music,” an uplifting party anthem that was their biggest R&B hit at #3 and also #19 on the pop chart, and “Rock Creek Park,” their most beloved recording known by generations of music fans. Come out and enjoy the “Happy Music” of these hometown favorites! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Friday (10/21) Newmyer Flyer Productions Presents an evening of bona fide rock classics: Van Morrison’s Moondance and Bruce Springsteen’s The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle performed in their entirety. This is a rare chance to experience two of the finest albums ever made played by some of the DC area’s finest musicians. Performers include Brian Simms, Owen Danoff, Billy Coulter, Kirk Philips, Tony Denikos, Greg Hardin, Margot MacDonald, Deeme Katson, Peter Nissen, with Chuck Underwood, Dan Hovey, Bill Starks, John Hurd, Helen Hausmann, Scott Giambusso, Ronnie Smith, John Zidar, Trevor Specht, Wayne Sulc, and Zack Smith. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (10/22) Saturday night will rock at BBJ! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s: Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Police, and lots more. With Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnette on bass, Mike Moore on lead guitar and vocals, Bruce Buchanan on vocals and keys, and Ralph Dweck on drums, the good times are gonna roll. Come out and join the party! Remember to take advantage of the free weekend parking at Cheltenham Garage. The band starts at 9:30pm.

Sunday (10/23) The great Spyro Gyra are contemporary jazz icons who observed their fortieth year as a band in 2014. They’ve been going strong since the popularity of their familiar tune, “Morning Dance,” from 1979. They released their most recent album of new material (their 30th), The Rhinebeck Sessions, in 2013, which Jazztimes called “inspired.” Travis Rogers of the Jazz Journalists Association picked it for Jazz Album Of The Year. Something Else Reviews called it “Their finest album since their early 80s heyday” and made it a Top Twenty pick for the year. Audience reaction has been so positive to their post-2000 material that bandleader Jay Beckenstein decided to give their albums from that time a little more focus. In order to spotlight this innovative period, Spyro Gyra released The Best Of The Heads Up Years. Come out and hear what’s happening with this iconic band! The concert starts at 7:30pm.

What else is coming up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz? On deck we’ve got Anissa Hargrve with a Special Guest Appearance by Gloria Gaynor, a tribute to the music of Tina Turner, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Freaks Come Out at Night Halloween Party with Clones of Funk, An Evening with Kevin Whalum, Incognito featuring Maysa, Larry Carlton, Davy Knowles, and A Gospel According to Jazz with Kirk Whalum… to name a few! Check our Music Calendar for the latest information and to get your tickets.

Thanks for supporting great music in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

A Whole Lotta Soul this Week with The Blackbyrds, Cory Henry, DC Fusion, & More

Daryl Davis Presents: Patty Reese, The Jam with Gary Grainger, Keith Busey, Cory Henry, The Blackbyrds, DC Fusion at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club February – March, 2016Monday (2/29) Daryl Davis presents another great Monday night show with Patty Reese! Her attitude, soulful expression, and powerhouse pipes prove a match for the likes of Janis Joplin, and she’s been influenced by and compared to Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Reese is the winner of eleven WAMMIES including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Roots Rock Vocalist. With the voice and musicianship on her latest release, Strong Medicine, it couldn’t be clearer that the medicine is working. 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. Come out for the music and enjoy half price on select bottles of wine. Admission is FREE with a $10/guest minimum. This bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (3/1) Calling all musicians and singers! It’s that Tuesday night time again… Come out and Jam! Bring your voices and musical instruments, and some of the nation’s most talented musicians will be ready, willing, and able to back you up on our stage.  The Grainger Jam is your chance to get on the mic or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.) The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (3/2) Come out and see Keith Busey and the Unit Band! Keith Busey’s musical career includes Musical Director for acts including The Stylistics, Heat Wave, The Intruders, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jeane Carne, The Emotions, and The 70’s Soul Jam Concerts Series. The featured vocalists for the evening will be Miss Sonja Chi Chi, one of the premiere Female Soul Singers in the DMV and Mr. Robert Thompson( Robert T) who will be performing material from the Eddie Kendricks Song Book. The groove gets going at 8pm.

Thursday (3/3) The phenomenally talented multi-instrumentalist Cory Henry will take to the BBJ stage. This member of Snarky Puppy’s primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, and many others, and has been seen on Sunday’s Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Cory Henry’s awes-inspiring performance begins at 8pm.

Saturday (3/5) We’ve got DC’s own… The Blackbyrds! You know them for their Grammy-nominated, million-selling smash hit “Walking In Rhythm,” uplifting party jam “Happy Music,” and the sexy, jazz funk groove of “Rock Creek Park.” The Blackbyrds came together more than 40 years ago as Howard University students under the tutelage of their music professor, the late great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who became their manager and producer. The original core members were all from and still live in the DC area including bandleader Keith Killgo on drums, Joe Hall on bass, and Orville Saunders on guitar. The band also features original member Allan Barnes on flute and saxophone, Dave Robbins on keyboards, and Julia Nixon as lead female vocalist. The DANCE FLOOR will be OPEN for this jazz funk party! It starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/6) Wrap up the weekend with one of the region’s most in-demand dance bands, DC Fusion! This band can do it all. Members of DC Fusion have performed with artists such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Chuck Brown, and many more. DC Fusion is Uzorije Carter and Tiffany Simone on vocals, Marcus Turner on vocals and drums, Benjie Porecki on keys, Randy Morser on guitar, and Phillip “Doc” Martin on the saxophone. They’ll get it started at 7:30pm.

Coming up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz: Kenny Lattimore, Friendship Train – A Tribute to Gladys Knight and the Pips, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Lalah Hathaway, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cameo, Davy Knowles, Snarky Puppy, and 2016 Grammy Award-Winning bluegrass band, The SteelDrivers! Check our Music Calendar for the latest on all our upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown