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Non-Stop Entertainment featuring Holiday Jazz! The Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show, Redd Christmas, Dionne Farris, Joe Clair, A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2, and VMA’s Big Band Christmas

Virginia Music Adventures, Redd Christmas, Dionne Farris, Landau Murphy Jr, Joe Clair, Big NY & the Smooth Jazz All Starts at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Monday (12/12) Kick off your week with Virginia Music Adventures‘ award-winning all-star youth ensembles as they present A Big Band Christmas! Ring in the holiday season with tomorrow’s stars. Now in its 13th year, the Virginia Music Adventures Annual Holiday Show has become a tradition in the DC Metro area. Four youth ensembles plus new a cappella vocal jazz ensemble will perform holiday favorites and some fresh musical choices including movements from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Bing Crosby’s rendition of “Jingle Bells” with the Andrews Sisters, and Ella Fitzgerald’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” among other classic hits.” Virginia Music Adventures (VMA) provides comprehensive jazz music instruction combined with performance and travel opportunities to school age musicians. Through local, national, and international community service and travel, VMA encourages its students to develop empathy and respect toward other cultures. This holiday performance begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (12/14) There may be a lot to be said for a white Christmas, but internationally-known drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd brings us his own take on the season with Redd Christmas! Chuck began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs, and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008 and is a featured soloist annually at The Oregon Festival of American Music, The W.C. Handy Music Festival, The Newport Beach Jazz Party, The West Texas Jazz Party, The North Carolina Jazz Festival, and The Roswell Jazz Festival. Jazz Times has praised Redd’s playing describing his vibes work as “Exquisite!” and The Washington Post admired his “melodic sparkle.” The Redd Christmas show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (12/15) Come out to this fantastic night of music with a soulful sensation! Have you heard this may be the last time you see this artist billed as “Dionne Farris?” Officially speaking, it’s “Dionne.” The Grammy nominated singer you know and love has dropped her last name as an artist. “I’m taking it back to the root,” she says, “to a time before the formalities of “Dionne Farris” when I was simply, Dionne. That’s who created everything the fans love.” Dionne began singing in elementary school and in the early 1990s, she performed as the vocalist on hip hop group Arrested Development’s hit single, “Tennessee.” She rose to fame with the release of her 1994 debut album, Wild Seed – Wild Flower, featuring the single, “I Know.” She was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1996. Revelation, her new 7-song album with 60-page mini book, is a reflection on, dedication to, and a celebration of the late, great music icon, Prince. Dionne was Prince’s muse for The Truth album; he penned the song “Dionne” to her. Use Discount Code DIONNEBBJ for 50% off your tickets! The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (12/16) Join us for the Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show! Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the dreadlocked classic crooner and runaway season six winner of NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent, has toured across the country to sold-out audiences while maintaining his home and roots in his beloved West Virginia. His debut CD, That’s Life, on Columbia Records hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell. Murphy’s follow-up, Christmas Made for Two, was a benefit fundraising vehicle for The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, one of many Mountain State charities Landau has supported generously with his time and talent. His book, From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star, became an Amazon #1 best-seller and Reader’s Favorite Award winner. His Landau Live in Washington DC was actually recorded right here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz! Joining the show will be special guest Maiya Sykes of NBC’s The Voice and music sensation Postmodern Jukebox. The Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (12/17) Don’t miss Joe Clair & Friends! Joe Clair is back with two big shows featuring comedians Jon Laster, Wil Sylvince, and The Fat Doctor. The house band, Sound of the City, will add the musical touch. Host, comedian, radio personality, and on-air veteran Joe Clair is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. This native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show, taking the morning airwaves by storm and making the drive to work much more enjoyable for listeners across the DMV. He is proud graduate of Morgan State University where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and graduated as a psychology major but found his passion for comedy, music, and communications. Clair got his start on HBO’s famed Def Comedy Jam before gaining national notoriety as host of BET’s famed show, Rap City, where he introduced the world to hip-hop and rap superstars. So get ready to laugh, Bethesda! The shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (12/18) Back by popular demand… Big NY and the Smooth Jazz All-Stars will take to the stage to give us A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2! A larger-than-life showman, Christian “Big New York” de Mesones is the creator of “Big New York & the Smooth Jazz All-Stars”, a uniquely collaborative effort highlighting both the hottest smooth jazz musicians in the DMV as well as Billboard-charting guest artists. Ronald Jackson from smoothjazzride.com wrote, “Witnessing the extraordinary talents of Big New York was as astounding and moving as an earthquake!!!” Guests can always expect a very entertaining performance as Christian combines smooth, sophisticated grooves with flavors of old school R&B and Latin Jazz. This musical combination will be evident in the Smooth & Funky Christmas set lists, which will include new arrangements of holiday favorites, interspersed with hits from the All- Stars, and crowd-pleasing covers. The All-Stars for this event are Willie Bradley on trumpet, David Bach on piano, Drew Davidsen on guitar, Elliot Levine on Hammond organ and synthesizer, the triple-sax attack of Rob Maletick, Eddie Baccus, Jr., and  Danny Kusz; Swiss Chris on drums, and Curtis McCain and Jesus Gonzalez  on percussion. Making her debut at BBJ is guest vocalist Lindsey Webster. This special Christmas performance begins at 7:30pm.

It’s so exciting to be in the midst of the holiday season with so many great events. We’ve got even more coming up including Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, the 3rd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Show with Secret Society, Soul Crackers Holiday Party, Auld TWANG Syne with Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys, New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Visit our Music Calendar for more info and tickets to all our upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you soon for dinner and a holiday show!

 

Rick Brown

International Music by Polish Saxophonist Maciej Obara, the Legendary Peter Asher and Albert Lee – Stateside Sounds by Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart, Judith Hill, plus A Tribute to the Music of Mary J, Fantasia and Erykah Badu

Obara International Quartet, Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart, Judith Hill, A Tribute to Mary J, Fantasia, and Erykah Badu, Peter Asher and Albert Lee at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/20) Saxophonist and composer Maciej Obara burst onto the international jazz scene after winning the Bielska Zadymka Jazz Contest in 2006 for his album, Message from Oyaho. His International Quartet features Polish countryman Dominik Wania on piano alongside two of Norway’s most in–demand jazz players, bassist Ole Morten Vagan and drummer Gard Nilssen. Reviewing a London performance by the group for The Guardian, John Fordham wrote, “Obara displayed an inventiveness and stamina that re­minded me of the veteran improv master Lee Konitz… Obara’s is by inclination a free–jazz group, but it’s one with discipline and a sense of narrative shape.” This event is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York. Additional support provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC and Culture.pl. The concert begins at 8pm.

Tuesday (6/21) Nineties music fans and fans of great pop-singer/songwriter performance, join us for Lisa Loeb, live and in person! Loeb emerged from the New York coffeehouse and club circuits with her trademark Grammy-nominated hit “Stay (I Missed You).” She was, and still is the only artist to ever have a number one Billboard pop single while not signed to a recording contract. Since then, she has been busy with projects including performing children’s music and creating her own line of eyewear. The multi-talented singer/songwriter, inspired to work with co-producer Chad Gilbert, guitarist and founding member of rockers New Found Glory, stirs up a glorious pop/punk rock sound over the course of 12 tracks that are both coolly contemporary yet rough around the edges on her latest musical declaration, No Fairy Tale. Her show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (6/23) If you were to give country music an address, you might say it’s at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from the blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. And for a deeper metaphor on the emotional and spiritual level, you might say it resides where Saturday night meets Sunday morning. No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For over forty years Stuart, a Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, and historian, has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in twenty-three tracks. Come out and let Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives entertain you with a mix of Stuart originals, classic covers, and traditional hymns – trading off sawdust and sermon along the way. The show begins at 8pm.

Friday (6/24) Please welcome Los Angeles native Judith Hill! Judith Hill has been a background singer for such legends as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr, and the late Michael Jackson, serving as the latter’s duet partner on the classic ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” which became a highlight of Jackson’s posthumously released film, This Is It. She appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom, a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of several acclaimed background singers, and she also appeared on The Voice, where she began to cement her identity as a knockout solo artist. After hearing her original songs and watching Hill sing live, the legendary Prince knew he was in the presence of a genuine talent, just as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and other starts realized before him. He went on to play on and produce Hill’s debut solo album, Back in Time. Offered as a free download for two days in March on LiveNation.com, the album quickly attracted 200,000 downloads. Come experience the brilliance for yourself! The Judith Hill concert will start at 8pm.

Saturday (6/25) Brencore Entertainment Presents “A Tribute to the Music of Mary J, Fantasia and Erykah Badu! Performing the songs of these three incredible performers will be R&B Recording Artist Halima Peru and the Faycez U Know Music Group. The Miami-born Halima Peru’s high-energy performance is second to none – Close your eyes and you will feel the presence of Mary J Blige, Fantasia, and Erykah as Halima channels her talents to deliver on-point performances honoring these artists. Faycez U Know is an American soul and funk band straight from the DMV. This hometown group has the drive of the DC Go-Go swing that will get you groovin’. They have a relentless showmanship that has been compared to the likes of the Rolling Stones, and the versatility of a P-Funk party! This phenomenal tribute gets started at 8pm.

Sunday (6/26) Two music legends from England are about to take over – Peter Asher and Albert Lee! Whether you’re a connoisseur of rock, folk, music of the 60s and 70s, or simply a fan of the well-crafted song, you won’t want to miss this excellent show. As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher’s voice soared through Carnegie Hall while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by none other than the great Eric Clapton. We first came to know Peter Asher via Peter & Gordon’s “A World Without Love,” which topped the charts in the US, UK, and over 30 other countries.  His days as A&R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of others. Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties, and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. Lee also had had a 25-year run as Music Director of The Everly Brothers. Asher & Lee will perform “I Go To Pieces,” “The Highwayman,” “Handyman,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Bye Bye Love,” and many other beloved tunes. Their WAMMY Award-winning special guests, The Kennedys, are an acoustic pop act with deep roots in the DC area with influences ranging from the British Invasion to California Country-Rock. They’ll kick off the show at 8pm.

Upcoming Shows: Dave Damiani & No Vacancy Orchestra Present the one-and-only Bobby Rydell, the all-female “sensual crank” DC Go-Go band, Be’la Dona, Newmyer Flyer Presents A Southern Soul Tribute, and much more! Check out our Music Calendar for all the latest info.

As always, thanks for your support and for sharing the love of great music! We’ll look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

 

Great Jazz, Sweet R&B, and Saturday Night Laughter at Bethesda Blues!

DJ Rico & Michel Wright, PJ Morgan's Geeek Squad, Teedra Moses, Joe Clair, and Phyllis Hyman Tribute at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/04) It’s the Majic 102.3 Wednesday Bash! Come get your R&B party on with DJ Rico, hosted by Michel Wright. DJ Rico started spinning at some of the Metropolitan area’s hottest nightclubs while he was still at Howard University. He took his career to the next level when he became a part-time DJ/Mixer, learning from radio greats. He’s hit full stride at Majic 102.3 and the experience he creates for packed dance floors has caused his followers to deem him “The Noisemaker.” Ms. Michel Wright is top-rate – one of the most popular and familiar voices in the country. There’ll be great music, killer cocktails, and ½ price off select bottles of wine. Don’t miss this party! 7-9pm

Thursday (11/5) Are you ready for the Geeek Squad? PJ Morgan is known as “The Organist’s Organist,” but anyone who really loves music will feel this groove. Exposed to the Hammond organ in the small Pentecostal church where his family served, his big break came when he was asked to fill in for a keyboardist who couldn’t make it to a Ben Tankard concert. He became Tankard’s Music Director in Nashville, and he’s been blazing his own trail ever since in the Gospel and secular genres, earning well deserved accolades as a performer, producer, and teacher. Filling out the Geeek Squad trio is Berklee College of Music alum and teacher Amber Baker on drums and Dywane Thomas, Jr., also known as MonoNeon, on bass. Lately, MonoNeon has been at Paisley Park Studios working with Prince. That’s right…  Prince! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (11/6) Please welcome R&B songstress Teedra Moses! Born and raised in New Orleans to gospel singing mother, Shirley Moses, Teedra worked with her best friend Nonja McKenzie as an assistant wardrobe stylist for artists such as Will Smith, Kelis, R. Kelly, and No Doubt before becoming a recording artist. After the epiphany that led her to make music, she teamed up with producer Paul Poli and signed with the then Number 1 Indie Record Label, TVT Records to release her debut album, Complex Simplicity, in August 2004. Known for “Be Your Girl,” “Backstroke,” and “Take Me,” Teedra Moses has also written songs for artists including Christina Milian, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, and a host of others. Her songs have been showcased in the Logo series Noah’s Arc, in the HBO hit show Entourage, in movies such as Never Die Alone, Beauty Shop, Be Cool, and The Skinny. Come out and experience her phenomenal talent! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (11/7) Saturday night… and The Funny Don’t Stop!  #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5 JOE CLAIR MORNING SHOW) gives an audience what they love…a night of LMFAO! This time back at BBJ, Joe Clair & Friends present Jokers Gone Wild! Get ready, Bethesda, to eat, drink, and laugh – and hurry for tickets… These shows always sell out. Two Big Shows: 7pm (seating begins at 5pm) and 10pm (seating at about 9:30pm).

Sunday (11/8) join us for a tribute to the music of Phyllis Hyman, featuring International Recording Artist Shang and the BRENCORE ALLSTARS BAND. Don’t miss the sensational SHANG as she pays respect to one of the greatest singers of all time. Close your eyes and you will hear the spirit and voice of the late great Phyllis Hyman as Shang performs her great hits such as “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “Old Friend,” “Meet Me on the Moon,” “You Know How to Love Me,” and more. Make sure you make reservations early before the concert sells out. Remember, there is free parking on Sundays in the Cheltenham Garage. The show starts at 7pm.

Upcoming shows include The Texas Chainsaw Horns & the Hot Mess Burlesque (Friday 11/13), Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra featuring Maiya Sykes from The Voice with A Special Appearance by Landau Murphy Jr. (Wednesday, 11/18), Michal Urbaniak on Sunday, 11/22, and so many more.

 

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here very soon.

Rick Brown