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Down-Home Country, Rhythm & Dazzle: An Eclectic Week with Kim Jordan’s Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, Jazz & Soul, Maggie Rose, and A Drag Salute to Motown

Kim Jordan's Gil Scott-Heron tribute, Jazz and Soul, Maggie Rose, and A Drag Salute to Motown Twisted at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November - December 2016Wednesday (11/30) The revolution may not be televised, but it will hit the stage live with Kim Jordan’s multimedia concert, A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron! Kim Jordan, an extraordinarily gifted artist, keyboardist, producer, composer, arranger, vocal coach, and promoter received her BA in music from Howard University. Upon graduation, she was immediately hired by and became musical director for jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, touring the world with him for over 30 years until his untimely death in 2011. She received international acclaim for her live performances from such publications as The London Guardian, The San Francisco Examiner, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Vibe, and Billboard.  With over 35 years of experience in the music industry, Kim has been a trailblazer for the musical genre “Gospel Jazz.” Her Gil Scott-Heron tribute features video footage, audio clips, and some of Gil’s most prolific songs as told from Kim’s unique perspective as longtime musical director and friend. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/1) Join us for a fantastic evening of Jazz & Soul with four powerful performers! Quickly becoming a recognized name in contemporary jazz, David P Stevens is multi-talented guitarist, writer, producer, and performer who has shared the stage with Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Najee, Frank McComb, and others. Lin Rountree aka The Soul-Trumpeter has had twelve Top 20 Billboard singles and numerous collaborations with top R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists. 6’7″ lead bass player from Kansas City, Julian Vaughn laid down a strong statement with his self-released debut, The Purpose Project, in 2010. Debórah Bond credits Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, and Sade as the roots which shaped her sound, an eclectic mix of R&B, funk and British soul. The Jazz & Soul concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (12/2) Come see the homecoming show of an amazing country artist! Maggie Rose is cool and confident, yet warm and approachable with a laugh that’s as melodic as the songs she sings. Maybe she was born under a special star; how else can you explain her journey from Potomac, Maryland – hardly a mecca for country music – to Nashville by way of storied record executive Tommy Mottola who has worked with the likes of Celine Dion and Mariah Carey? Through the disappointments that face any new artist – promises broken, faith rattled – Maggie has persevered, and her experiences hold the promise of longevity. Her first album title, Cut to Impress, was chosen from lyrics. She says, “‘Cut to impress’ … jumped out to me because it represents so much about this album… But it’s also that I’ve finally cut out a place for myself as an artist that is unique and real.” Her latest triumph, The Variety Show, Vol 1, is out now. Maggie Rose will be sharing the stage with The Morrison Brothers, who dutifully farm the fertile soil between mainstream country music and southern rock. Don’t miss this special evening dedicated to a winning combo! The show starts at 8pm.

Sunday (12/4) Behold, the DC drag queen — there’s nothing quite as fierce or as likely to make you want to get up and dance yourself! A Drag Salute to Motown Twisted is a two-hour show featuring performers as they sing, dance, and impersonate popular female & male artists, and get the audience in on the act. Enter the magical world of illusion as your favorite divas and divos dazzle right before your eyes: Diana Ross, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Rick James, Teena Marie, and Martha and the Vandellas replicated by DC’s top illusionists. Performing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz is a dream come true for the show’s creator, director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee, who has been seen on America’s Got Talent, Ugly Betty, Drag City: DC, and R&B Divas. There will be two fabulous performances at 3pm and 8pm.

As always, our Music Calendar has the latest info on our upcoming shows. Check there for info and tickets to Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration, the Golden Era Sahara Dance Salon: A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch, Landay Murphy Jr. Holiday Show, Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, and much more!

Welcome to the holiday season, everyone. We look forward to sharing it with you at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club!

 

Rick Brown

Soul, Funk, Smooth Jazz, & Country – The Sounds of Christmas at BBJ!

Larry Carlton, Sons of Serendip, Glenfiddich Scotch Tasting, Maggie Rose, Brunch With Santa, The Soul Crackers, Indigo Love, and A Smooth & Funky Christmas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2015Monday (12/14) we welcome renowned guitarist Larry Carlton to the BBJ stage! Carlton recorded his first LP, With A Little Help from My Friends, in 1968 for the Uni label. He performed on 13 albums during his tenure with The Crusaders (through 1976), and the demand for his brilliant session playing reached its height as he was featured constantly with stars from every genre including Sammy Davis, Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Paul Anka, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, and Dolly Parton. Before the height of his fame, he had already garnered a place for himself among The Going Thing jingle singers and served as Musical Director for Emmy-Nominated children’s show, Mrs. Alphabet. His playing is remarkable. Come out to the 7:30pm show.

Tuesday (12/15) Sons of Serendip will share the spirit of the season with their Christmas Beyond the Lights concert. SoS performs with a unique fusion of R&B, gospel, and neo-soul. Their classical expertise also shines through to create a uniquely sumptuous and emotionally stirring sound. This special holiday presentation combines orchestral and acoustic interpretations of modern and traditional holiday classics arranged with vocals, cello, harp and piano. You’ll hear favorites like “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Come Emmanuel,” “Let it Snow,” and “The Christmas Song,” plus the group’s first original composition “Miss You Most,” a heartfelt ballad of long distance love during the Christmas season. The performance will feature The Howard University Chapel Choir, Ned Lewis (Director), and Cassandra Allen. The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (12/17) We invite you to a very special Glenfiddich single malt scotch tasting. Join Struan Grant Ralph, the William Grant and Sons Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, as he presents and talks about the award-winning 12, 15, 18 and 21 year old Glenfiddich marques. A welcome cocktail, light food, the tasting, and discussion are included in the price of admission. The event starts at 5:30pm.

After the scotch tasting, join us for the first of two great Christmas shows by local music hero Maggie Rose with The Morrison Brothers. Maggie’s journey began in her hometown of Potomac, Maryland—hardly a mecca for country music—and has led her to Nashville by way of storied record executive Tommy Mottola (Celine Dion, Mariah Carey). With her album, Cut to Impress, and memorable songs including “I Ain’t Your Mama,” “Better,” “Looking Back Now,” and “Broken,” Maggie Rose truly holds the promise of bona fide stardom and record industry longevity. The Morrison Brothers, founded in 2007 by brothers Truman and Willie Morrison, play a unique brand of country rock that stems from the group’s mixed musical roots in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.

True to the holiday spirit, this and Friday night’s shows are stepping it up for Toys for Tots – Bring a toy and receive a raffle ticket! So come join the excitement and revel in country music straight out of the DMV! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (12/18) It’s the second big night for Maggie Rose with The Morrison Brothers! This fantastic, homespun country rock show with the Nashville shine gets started at 8pm.

Saturday (12/19) It’s Brunch with Santa time! Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate, dine from our delicious, family-friendly a la carte brunch menu, and then take in the wonder of a “surprise” visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick. The magic will begin with a violin concerto by young musicians presented by local violin instructor, Kenneth Giles. Then eat, drink, and be merry! Don’t forget your Christmas list – Guests will have the chance to talk to and take pictures with Santa Claus! Doors open at 10:30, and the event starts at 11am.

Saturday night, we’ve got a party goin’ on – The Soul Crackers with Tommy Lepson! Take some of the greatest party music ever made, make sure it’s sung & played by a band that has made a career out of belting out those sweet soul sounds – and you’ve got yourself a real good time. The band is all about Memphis & Motown soul, featuring timeless songs by artists including Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, and Wilson Pickett. Lead vocalist Tommy Lepson has won “Best Vocalist” multiple times at the Wammy Awards from the Washington Area Music Association.  With his stunning and powerful blue-eyed soul voice, Tommy conveys all the joy and passion that makes this music come alive. Supported by a stellar six-piece band including a kicking horn section, The Soul Crackers will pack the dance floor.  They start at 8pm.

Sunday (12/20) Indigo Love will put on an unforgettable show that is a walk down memory lane for those who love and remember Sarah Vaughan. It will be every bit as beautiful and an enlightening experience for those just getting to know her! The performance opens with a narrator bringing Indigo (Sarah) to the stage …the lights go down and the music comes up… A slide show of Sarah plays and the audience is taken on a wonderful musical journey of her life through narration, photos, and favorite songs like “Body and Soul” and “Send in the Clowns.” Indigo Love is a naturally gifted performer with a four octave vocal range and flawless delivery. She was a semi-finalist in both the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and in Baltimore’s 14th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition. She has performed as an opening act for artists such as Peabo Bryson, Miki Howard, Joyce Cooling, Paul Taylor, and Roy Ayers. This brunch event begins at 1:30pm.

Sunday night, we’ve got the best holiday party in town… A Smooth and Funky Christmas! Christian “Big New York” de Mesones is a larger than life showman and bassist, best known for fronting Groove Skool Band. He now sells out shows as a headliner with “Big New York & the Smooth Jazz All-Stars,” a collaborative effort highlighting the hottest smooth jazz artists in the DMV. The All-Stars for this event are Willie Bradley on trumpet, Drew Davidsen on guitar, Elliot Levine on keyboards, Jay Jones on drums, Curtis McCain on percussion, and the triple-sax attack of Rob Maletick, Eddie Baccus, Jr., and Keith Anderson. This unique Christmas musical experience will get started at 7:30pm.

We’ve still got more great holiday events coming your way! Don’t forget to check our Music Calendar and mark your calendars for Daryl Davis Presents: A Rock’N’Boogie Holiday Party with The Sapphire Stars, The Second Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party, A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas, and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra on New Year’s Eve.

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… See you at Bethesda Blues & Jazz soon!

 

Rick Brown