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Classic & Contemporary Jazz and R&B! The Count Basie Orchestra, Melba Moore, Steve Oliver, Sarah Dash, a Tribute to Luther Vandross, plus Joe Clair Comedy

Count Basie Orchestra, Steve Oliver, Luther Re-Lives, Sarah Dash, Joe Clair and Friends, Melba Moore at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Sept – Oct 2016Tuesday (9/27) The legendary Count Basie Orchestra really needs no introduction! This is one of the most thriving big bands in history. All the musicians have grown up with the Kansas City Swing style of Count Basie and they each add their own voice to the band. With 19 performers, 17 sidemen (plus 17 Grammys to match!), 1 vocalist, and 1 bandleader, they’ve become the premier jazz band and they put on a not-to-miss performance. Since Basie’s passing in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes, Dennis Mackrel, and now Scotty Barnhart, have led The Count Basie Orchestra and have maintained it as one of the elite performing organizations in jazz. The concert begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (9/28) You’re going to love Steve Oliver! Steve Oliver brings a fresh combination of smooth jazz and soft adult contemporary music to his performances. He is renowned throughout the contemporary jazz world for his charismatic, one-on-one relationship with the audience, soulful lead vocals, snappy guitar lines, vocal percussion, wonderworking with the synth guitar, and a few full-on pop/R&B vocal tunes on every album. His latest recording, the John Mayer, Sting, and Steely Dan-influenced Pictures and Frames features the exotic soundscaping of Steve Reid (The Rippingtons) and the allstar rhythm section of bassist Lee Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt) and legendary jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock). The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/29) They called him “The Velvet Voice.” With hits like “Power of Love/Love Power,” “Never Too Much,” “Here and Now,” and “Any Love,” the late R&B legend Luther Vandross captivated a generation. Come out to this fantastic performance and you’ll be transported on a romantic journey through Vandross’ iconic catalog. Luther Re-Lives, featuring William “Smooth” Wardlaw, pays tribute to the original with love, respect, and faithful accuracy. This is a must see performance for any Vandross fan. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/30) Vocal talent sensation Sarah Dash has recorded and performed live with some of the greatest names in the industry including The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Laura Nyro, The O’Jays, Wilson Pickett, and Bo Diddley. While still in high school, Sarah formed a group called the Del Capris. She asked another Trenton girl, Nona Hendryx, to join. Shortly thereafter, Sarah and Nona joined forces with The Ordettes, Patti Labelle and Cindy Birdsong, to become the Bluebelles and had their first hit “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman.” Shortly after that, they became Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. After years of success, Cindy Birdsong left to join the Supremes in 1967. In 1970, they morphed into Labelle, best known for the classic monster hit “Lady Marmalade.” Sarah Dash’s solo dance music classics are “Sinner Man” and “Low Down Dirty Rhythm.” Currently, she performs her autobiographical musical, Sarah, One Woman. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (10/1) Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, Joe Clair keeps a busy schedule. Don’t miss him as he returns to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for two silly shows featuring comedians Jay Phillips, Henry Welch, and Laughin’ Lenny! The house band will be Sound of the City. Joe Clair first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. He held down the spot for six consecutive years and gave the world hip-hop the way it was supposed to be. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. So get ready to ROFL, Bethesda! The evening’s two big shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (10/2) Melba Moore is a four-time Grammy nominee and the winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie, in which her performance of “I Got Love” shot her to stardom. Moore was born Beatrice Melba Hill to the popular R&B singer known as Bonnie Davis (originally named Gertrude Melba Smith) and saxophonist Teddy Hill, who managed the influential Harlem jazz club Minton’s Playhouse in its heyday. Her mother had a #1 R&B hit, “Don’t Stop Now,” in 1943, before Melba was born. Melba Moore got her big break in original cast of Hair as the character named Dionne, and after several months she replaced Diane Keaton in the role of Sheila, becoming the first African-American actress to replace a white actress in a lead role on Broadway. With a total of eleven top ten U.S. hits on the Billboard charts over the past 40 years, Moore continues into the 21st century as one of pop music’s most enduring artists. The concert starts at 8pm.

Here’s just a taste of what’s coming up this fall at BBJ: 13-year old piano genius Joey Alexander, Morris Day & The Time, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Whalum, Larry Carlton, Rare Essence, and on Veterans Day, The Shirelles Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Salute to the Troops with Leonard, Coleman & Blunt. Read all about it and get your tickets through our Music Calendar.

Thanks as always for keeping great music alive and well in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you.

 

Rick Brown

Trouble Funk, A Drag Salute to the Divas, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and The Wine & Jazz Series Begins with Nick Colionne

Trouble Funk, Nick Colionne, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and A Drag Salute to the Divas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/14) All aboard the Trouble Funk Express… We’re headed for Hump Day with Trouble Funk! Trouble Funk was born on the streets of Washington, DC, and is synonymous with the emergence of the non-stop, percussion driven, best seen live, experience the party, audience participatory, grassroots, homegrown music called Go-Go. As the worldwide ambassadors of Go-Go, an older cousin of Hip-Hop, Trouble Funk has taken their sound from the gritty streets of DC to the clubs of the nation and the festivals around the world for the past 30 plus years. Their anthems include “Drop the Bomb,” “Pump Me Up,”  “Let’s Get Small,” “Trouble Funk Express,” “So Early in the Morning,” “Saturday Night Live From Washington, DC, Parts 1 & 2,” “Say What?” and two R&B/ Hip-Hop Billboard charting tracks, “Still Smokin'” and “Good to Go.” The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/15) Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers, headlining hundreds of shows and energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues, and soulful, seductive vocals. Over the years, the charismatic, inspirationally fashionable (courtesy of designer Stacy Adams) Chicago based guitarist’s album titles have kept everyone in the loop as to where his musical heart is. He has mastered the art of Keepin´ It Cool (2006), pushed musical boundaries to a place where there are No Limits (2008), urged us to Feel The Heat (2011) and later explored some of his deepest Influences (2014). Nick has received numerous accolades throughout his multi-faceted career, including the 2007 International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Performer of the Year for Jazz Trax Jazz Festivals in 2010 and 2011. The Nick Colionne concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (9/16) This is going to be a fun night! The Beat Hotel is a 10-piece band with a 3-piece horn section playing New Orleans Swamp Funk music. The band captures the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, soul, and blues with a wonderful groove sensibility that is creative and fresh. The band was formed after musical director and lead guitarist Bruce Blaylock returned to his hometown of Bethesda after having moved to New Orleans for college and law school at Tulane University. With the roots of its music deep in the Bayou (The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Meters, Alan Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Jon Cleary, Henry Butler, etc.), The Beat Hotel has well-crafted melodies, a kicking horn section, rich vocal harmonies, and deep grooves that consistently energize music festivals and clubs wherever they play. Sharing the stage with The Beat Hotel will be original roots rock band The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (9/18) Enter the magical world of illusion with A Drag Salute to the Divas! Your favorite divas will dazzle right before your eyes! Tina Turner, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, Liza Minelli, Jill Scott, Marvin Gaye, Fantasia, and Whitney Houston will be replicated by DC’s top illusionists so well you will swear they are the real thing. Hosted by Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club & VanHook Productions, LLC, this show takes on a Las Vegas/Atlantic City feel and marks a milestone in history as the first female impersonation show at our venue. Creator, director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Ugly Betty, reality shows DCTV’s Drag City: DC and TV One’s R&B Divas. The glitz, glamour, and spectacularly duplicated performances will leave you amazed, intrigued, and completely blown away. The Divas take the stage at 8pm.

This week’s Nick Colionne show kicks off a string of very special evenings – The Bethesda Wine & Jazz Series. This eclectic mix of jazz artists also includes Steve Oliver, 13-year-old Joey Alexander, Mike Phillips, Cécile McLorant Salvant, and Kevin Whalum. Select wines such as True Myth Chard, Montefresco Pinot Grigio, Alamos Malbec, and Bogle Merlot will be featured at 50% off. Find out more about our Wine & Jazz Series, and don’t forget about the band that needs no introduction… The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra on Tuesday, 9/27. Keep up with all our upcoming events on our Music Calendar.

Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to seeing you and bringing great music and entertainment your way this fall!

Rick Brown