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The Stars are Out! Bobby Rydell, A Southern Soul Tribute, Sunday Spotlight Jazz Brunch Tribute to Blossom Dearie, The Young Senators and More This Week at BBJ

Daryl Davis Presents Josh Christina, The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Band of Roses and Jazzy Blu, Dave Damiani Presents Bobby Rydell, Be’la Dona, A Southern Soul Tribute, Chris Grasso Jazz Brunch, The Young Senators at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper ClubMonday (6/27) Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! “The Killer” personified in the form and talent of Josh Christina will be pounding the keys tonight! Barely in his 20s, Josh Christina is a phenomenon that you do not want to miss. Born decades after the creation of rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries the tradition into the future and does so with more authenticity than many who grew up in that era. He is not an imitator; he’s the real deal, influenced by all the greats but with a style of his own. There will be a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on… guaranteed! Show host and boogie woogie piano master Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He 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 many others. NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage per guest). Special guests Full Power Blues. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (6/28) It’s that time again… Come out and show ‘em what you got! Turn out and turn it up at The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! Musicians and singers: 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 (6/29) We’ve got two great bands that go great together! Band of Roses delivers a unique style that transcends the norm. Originally assembled in 2012 for a one-time performance, by overwhelming demand and revamped in 2015, Band of Roses quickly established itself as one of the DMV’s most sought-after all-female jazz, soul, funk and R&B bands. The group and its members have performed locally and toured nationally and internationally with legendary, highly acclaimed musical talent including: Patti LaBelle, Musiq Soulchild, Parliament Funkadelic’s  Original “Sir Nose,” and Carolyn Malachi. Jazzy Blu is a smooth, neo jazz band with a hint of R&B from Washington, DC. The band opened for Grammy Award-winners Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight at Bayfest 2007 and for Multi Grammy Award-winner Mary J. Blige. They played to a sold out crowd at the legendary Blues Alley and after great success, Jazzy Blu was invited back to Bayfest 2008 where they shared the stage with the Ohio Players, SOS Band, The Whispers and the O’Jays! Showtime is 8pm.

Thursday (6/30) South Philadelphia’s Bobby Rydell showed his musical ability at an early age, playing drums professionally at the age of 9 and went on to sell more than 25 million records during his career. Rydell was just 17 in 1959 when he recorded “Kissin’ Time,” which became a hit across the country thanks to the airplay given to the song by Dick Clark on TV’s American Bandstand. His biggest hit, “Wild One,” was released early in 1960. Hits “Swingin’ School” and “Volare” soon followed. See Rydell perform with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, and he’ll also be on hand to sign copies of his book, Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol on the Rocks. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra are making Thursdays swing this summer at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, and Bobby Rydell is the first of their special guests. They are in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. They have done music for POLO – Ralph Lauren, CBS – Vegas, SINATRA 100, Marriott Corporation, FOX, ABC’s Sonoran Living, and much more.  The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (7/1) The women of Bel’a Dona are strong, talented, ambitious, and beautiful. They have branded their style “Sensual Crank,” and their unique sound draws from rock, R&B, Gospel, pop, jazz, and their hometown sound, DC Go-Go. As Be’la Dona continues to perform in the DC area and abroad, their acclaim and demand is growing as new ears hear their unique style. They have been featured in interviews and pictorials in print, internet, and published media such as Tom Tom Magazine, The Gazette, The Washington Post and even books such as Total Eclipse of the Heart by Zane. Their WAMMY Awards for Best Upcoming Band and Best Urban Contemporary Group speak volumes, but come see Be’la Dona live for the full effect of the party they put on! They’ll get the party started at 8pm.

Saturday (7/2) A spectacular collection of 25 soulful performers from the DMV pay tribute to music legends Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd , Sam & Dave, The Staples Singers, Carla Thomas, and more when A Southern Soul Tribute takes to the stage! After three wildly successful concerts in the last year, A Southern Soul Tribute returns with a joyful show that celebrates this beloved music and honors it in grand DC style, offering a look at area soul legends still in their prime. Performers include The Hardway Connection, Eddie Jones, Little Margie Clark, Patty Reese, Daryl Davis, Patti Hatchett, and the legendary Nighthawks rhythm section featuring Pete Ragusa and Jan Zukowski. There will be much more to see and hear – Come out and celebrate the music with us on July 2nd! The show begins at 8pm.

Sunday (7/3) The Chris Grasso Trio continues its Sunday Spotlight series, this time welcoming two special guest artists. Nicki Parrott is among a handful of jazz bassists worldwide who sing as well as they play. Chuck Redd is also a double threat, on vibes and drums, though he’ll be featured on vibes for this performance, along with Lenny Robinson on drums. The band will celebrate the music of legendary jazz singer and pianist Blossom Dearie. The Washington Times calls vocalist and bassist Nicki Parrott “the most astonishing new jazz musician we have seen in years.” In 2000, she began performing every week at the Iridium Jazz Club with legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. She has appeared the world over at major festivals and concert halls. Chuck Redd began performing and recording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. Among his many credits, Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. He tours the U.S. and the world as a sideman and bandleader. Doors open for brunch at 11am and the Sunday Spotlight concert begins at 1pm.

The Young Senators were one of the most popular and influential bands from the Washington, DC area during the late 60s and 70s when funk reigned. They were the early originators of a new sound that came out of the DC area, later known as Go-Go. This talented ensemble achieved national success as the band for the late, great Eddie Kendricks who became a solo star after leaving The Temptations in the early 70s. They released several hit singles and albums while touring with Kendricks around the world for years. The Young Senators eventually settled back to their roots in DC, and the band members pursued individual careers while performing occasionally together. Today, led by original lead singer, percussionist, and bandleader Jimi Dougans, The Young Senators are reloading with a brand new line up featuring original drummer James “Drummer” Johnson, several of the best area musicians, and special guest vocalist Wendy Hicks. This will be The Young Senators’ first official concert in 30 years!  They start at 8pm.

Coming right up we’ve got The Spinners, Meli’sa Morgan, The Yardbirds, Suttle, Chopteeth, Comedian Joe Clair, and The Dovells! Keep up with the latest show additions and buy your tickets through our Music Calendar.

Happy Summer! We’ll look forward to seeing you here, and thanks always for supporting great music and performances here in downtown Bethesda.

 

Rick Brown

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Father’s Day Weekend with Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Fest and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jazzy R&B Queen Miki Howard, Jazz-Pop-Indie Group
The Becca Stevens Band

Sandra Dean w/ Dart Club and US, The Jam w/ Gary Grainger and Friends, The Becca Stevens Band, Miki Howard, Joe Clair and Friends: Poppa Don’t Take No Mess Comedy Fest, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/13) One of the DC area’s finest female rock vocalists, Sandra Dean, returns by popular demand burn the stage down once again with her powerful, sultry, and soulful voice. There is simply no cooling her – Whether it’s an uptempo rocker or a soft and slow ballad, the intensity and emotion put into her vocals generates enough heat to blow the thermostat! Show host and boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He 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 many others. NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage per guest). Special guests Dart Club and US.  The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (6/14) It’s time to show ‘em what you got! Turn out and turn it up at 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 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 (6/15) North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Come out and see for yourself! Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions. She’s fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, with pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals. Stevens has toured the world with her band and has collaborated with the likes of: Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Not to be missed! The Becca Stevens Band plays at 8pm.

Friday (6/17) Grammy-nominated Miki Howard has a stunning catalog of wide-ranging music to her credit – from the breezy “Come Share My Love” and the steamy funk of “Ain’t Nobody Like You” to her soul-stirring signature song, “Love Under New Management,” the jazzy “Imagination,” and the inferno that is “That’s What Love Is,” a duet with the late, great Gerald Levert. She’s got a lot happening right now – a new live and studio-recorded 5-song EP, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues, and a brand new movie about her life and career just out on TV One: Love Under New Management – The Miki Howard Story. Come out on and enjoy a Friday night concert by jazzy, R&B Queen Miki Howard! The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (6/18) Poppa Don’t Take No Mess! Come out for a night of LMFAO with our #1 Comedian/Host Joe Clair! This time around he’s got two big shows especially for Father’s Day Weekend, and the featured comedians are Ray Grady, Ashley Mayo, Kyle Grooms! #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Sunday (6/19) Happy Father’s Day! Take a trip back in the day and celebrate Father’s Day with one of the great, soulful vocal groups, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were formed by Melvin in Philadelphia in 1954. In 1960 under the Valley Vue label, they went onto record their first hit to reach the R&B charts with the single, “My Hero.” In 1970, it was the apparently unassuming addition of Teddy Pendergrass as their drummer that set off a series of pivotal events that led to the group’s jump into national prominence. They collaborated with producers/songwriters Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble and signed with their Philadelphia International label. With Pendergrass in his new role and Gamble & Huff s influence, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes reeled off a series of hits including “If You Don t Know Me By Now” and “The Love I Lost” which reached No. 3 and No. 7 on the Billboard pop charts, respectively. Come enjoy the Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes of today – still going strong with all the hits and more. Doors open for Father’s Day Brunch at 10:30am for the 12:30 show. Doors open at 5:30pm for the 7:30pm show.

Other upcoming shows include the Obara International Quartet, Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives, Judith Hill, Peter Asher & Albert Lee, A Southern Soul Tribute, The Spinners, and The Yardbirds! Keep up with us on our Music Calendar.

Thanks so much for all you do to help keep great music alive and well. We look forward to seeing you at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club soon!

 

Rick Brown

Classic Sounds by The S.O.S. Band, Eddie Holman, & “The Doo-Wop Cops,” Cool Jazz by Blake Aaron & Phillip “Doc” Martin, and the Genre-Defying MarchFourth

Keith Grimes, The Grainger Jam, MarchFourth + The Harry Bells, The SOS Band, Philip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Eddie Holman and DC’s Finest at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/9) Come out and enjoy DC’s own legendary guitarist extraordinaire, Keith Grimes. In various configurations, he has played with bandleader Daryl Davis for over 25 years bringing out the best rock ’n’ roll, blues, swing, and R&B as a sideman.  Tonight, Daryl Davis proudly presents this great musician front and center. Be prepared to dance! Daryl Davis 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 many others. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (5/10) Get ready for another Tuesday night jam… The Grainger Jam! Bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their friends, excellent musicians all, are ready to rock the house with you. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (5/11) MarchFourth simply must be seen to be believed. The group is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of live entertainment– a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians and dancers who tour the country year-round, stealing the festival wherever they go, taking audiences on a joy-inducing, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. Combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy Brass, and Big Band with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats and Vaudeville-style performers, MarchFourth whips the crowd into a celebratory frenzy with high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and infectious jubilation. Joining them will be special guests from DC, The Harry Bells! The Harry Bells are horn-and-percussion tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. This show will be fun, fun, fun and full of surprises. The show gets started at 8pm.

Thursday (5/12) We’re gonna take you back with The S.O.S. Band! The Sound of Success (S.O.S.) Band formed in the late 1970’s and exploded onto the scene in 1980 with their first mega hit platinum single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” which was certified platinum and sold over 2 million copies. In 1983, the group joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, which included “Just Be Good to Me,” “High Hopes,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “The Finest.” The S.O.S. Band has shared the stage with artists such as James Brown, The Gap Band, The Time, The Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, India.Arie, Dru Hill, Destiny’s Child, Outkast, and others. “Do it right” and grab tickets for this show now! The band will start at 7pm.

Friday (5/13) Nationally-renowned guitarist, producer, and jazz radio host Blake Aaron will make his first East Coast appearance in years when he joins saxophonist and DMV native Phillip “Doc” Martin onstage at BBJ. Together, Phillip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron are “Sax & Strings!” Often referred to as a “genius on guitar,” Blake Aaron heads full-throttle into his second decade as a recording artist, and his seventh year as host of the popular syndicated radio show, Blake Aaron Live with Tina Anderson. The multi-faceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality recently released his highly anticipated 4th CD, Soul Stories. Saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin fully embraces the inspirational factor of being a top-notch practitioner in two very different professions. Beyond his ever-expanding musical fan base, hundreds of patients in the Washington, DC area know him as “Dr. Martin,” a board certified dentist. His latest Innervision Records release, Pocket Love, further establishes his powerful dynamic flow and tight, funky, old school driven alto vibe. This show by two of Cool Jazz’s hottest stars begins at 8pm.

Saturday (5/14) 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 6pm.

Sunday (5/15) The unforgettable falsetto voice of Eddie Holman and the tune that he popularized is perhaps the most recognizable urban love song in much of the English-speaking world.  “Hey There Lonely Girl” is a beautiful tune that seems to touch every soul as it emanates from airwaves or churns from the turntables of fans. Other classics by Eddie Holman include “This Can’t Be True,” “All In The Game,” and “You Make My Life Complete.” DC’s Finest (aka “The Doo-Wop Cops”), are former Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Officers who have gone from walking the beats to keeping the beat. This acapella group has entertained Presidents and has performed side-by-side with stars including Chuck Berry, The Dells, and The Drifters. Their repertoire includes classics such as “Come and Go With Me,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Island of Love.” This Sunday evening show starts at 7:30pm.

As always, we appreciate your support! Thanks for being a part of the movement to keep great music alive and well right here in Bethesda. Check our Music Calendar to keep up with our ever-growing roster of excellent artists coming our way.

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

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

 

R&B, Inspirational Jazz, Tributes to Buddy Holly & Great Musicians We Lost in 2015

Jenny Black Betty Langer, The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Brian Christopher, Lorree Kay Slye, Daryl Davis Presents: Thanks for the Memories, Buddy Holly Tribute, Dick Smith, Marshall Keys, and The Chris Grasso Trio at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2016Monday (2/1) Blues Hall of Fame inductee, recording and performing artist Jenny “Black Betty” Langer has performed on stages around the world including Cuba and China. Lucky for us, tonight she lands right here in Bethesda! This pinup “Black Betty” has breathed new life into pinup Bettie Page of yesteryear and have given her a singing voice that can’t be beat. Hosting the show will be master piano player and vocalist 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 many others. There’s FREE admission and ½ off select bottles of wine. Come out and hit the dance floor! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (2/2) Are you a musician and/or singer? Bring your voice and your musical instruments out to The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! Some of the nation’s most talented musicians are ready to back you up on the Bethesda Blues and Jazz stage! Brandon Combs hosts the show. AFM Union Member Card Holders enjoy FREE admission (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). So come out and play, or relax and enjoy the tunes. The Jam gets going at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/3) We are pleased to present Washington, DC’s own, R&B singer Brian Christopher! In 2010, he released his debut album with the lead single “I Wonder” and won top prize in the Radio One New Music competition. Since then, he’s had a UK Top 30 hit with “In the Groove,” and he’s traveled through the US and internationally, including a three month tour in Japan. Christopher re-released his debut project, now called All of Me (Revisted), with all new arrangements and production in 2015. Check out Brian Christopher at 8pm.

Thursday (2/4) Join us for an evening of inspirational music by Lorree Kay Slye. She has been compared to Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Phyllis Hyman and Nancy Wilson. As a “jazz inspirationalist” with an uplifting message, she sings for a higher calling. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, as teenager she joined forces with artist Tommy Bryant and his popular group, The Giants of Sound. She’s continued through the decades and in 2008, Slye joined the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts as an Associate Professor of Voice. Her singles include “This Little Light of Mine,” and “You Saved Me,” which was released on the Unified by Grace compilation, a project is to raise funds to create hospitals for sick Children in Uganda.

Friday (2/5) For our First Annual Daryl Davis Presents: Thanks for the Memories, the best musicians in the DC/MD/VA area will join together to pay homage to the great musicians we lost in 2015. Broadway, Blues, Country, Hip-Hop, Folk, Jazz, Rock and Rap… artists of all genres will be recognized. You will hear songs by B.B. King, Lesley Gore, Natalie Cole, Billy Joe Royal, Lynn Anderson, Allen Toussaint, Little Jimmy Dickens, Percy Sledge, Ben E. King, Three Dog Night, Stone Temple Pilots, Motorhead, our own great John Jennings, and others. The evening’s performers include Daryl Davis, Tom Principato, Tommy Lepson, Patsy Stephens, David Kitchen, Deletta Gillespie, Diana Quinn, Prodigal Son, The Sapphire Stars, Jeff Jones, Keith Grimes, Wes Crawford, Dan Quinn, Russ Rodgers, Seth Kibel, Michelle Murray, Patty Reese, Arlene Jaye, Hayley Fahey, and Dangerous Curves. The event begins at 8pm.

Saturday (2/6) We’ve got another tribute to a timeless artist. Come out for the 15th annual all-star tribute to Buddy Holly! It will be a great time, and a fitting time to celebrate the music and remember the 57th anniversary of the fateful place crash during the Winter Dance Party Tour that featured rock n’ roll legend Buddy Holly and fellow tour stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Performers include The David Kitchen Band, Flea Bops, Rock-A-Sonics, Billy Coulter, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Jelly Roll Mortals, Cal Everett, Four Star Combo, The Crayfish Sisters and Jason Hicks, emceed by British radio host and music writer, Colin Davies. The music lives on at 8pm. Weekend parking is free at Cheltenham Garage behind the club.

Sunday (2/7) It’s a Pre-Super Bowl Sunday Jazz Brunch with Dick Smith, Marshall Keys, and The Chris Grasso Trio! You won’t want to miss this rare appearance by the remarkable Dick Smith. The vocalist and former football player is a legend both as a performer and as organizer of Jazz Night in Southwest, the long-running concert series that draws hundreds of music fans every Friday night.  It’s no wonder Washingtonian Magazine named him one of the “wizards” who makes the DC music scene what it is today. Saxophonist Marshall Keys’ versatility and strong melodic sense have made him an icon in his native Washington, DC. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and was commissioned by the Smithsonian to perform the works of Wayne Shorter. He has toured Central and South America twice for the State Department as a Jazz Ambassador. The Chris Grasso Trio will feature Tommy Cecil on bass and drummer Lee Pearson II. Doors open at 11:30am, and the show begins at 1:30pm.

We have so many great shows coming your way! We’ve got three nights for Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson – A Lover’s Weekend – Return of the Gentlemen (February 12th – 14th), A Tribute to David Bowie (February 18th), Kenny Lattimore (March 10th and 11th), Cameo (April 22nd), and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar to keep up to date!

Thanks for all you do to help keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. See you soon!

 

Rick Brown