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Classic Soul, Blues, Rock, and R&B! Valerie Simpson, Clarence Carter, Dream Discs: Layla, DC Street Corner Harmony, and Comedy with Joe Clair & Friends

Valerie Simpson, Clarence Carter, Dream Discs: Layla, Joe Clair Comedy Show, DC Street Corner Harmony-The Clovers, The Spaniels and The Jewels at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Wednesday (3/22) Come out on Wednesday and catch a legend… Valerie Simpson! She is half of the legendary songwriting/performing/duo known as Ashford & Simpson. Their award-winning collaborations began over four decades ago when she along with her late husband Nick Ashford penned classic hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “Solid,” “Your Precious Love,” “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and more. Valerie recently completed a 24-city tour with Dave Koz and four Ashford & Simpson songs are now featured in the Hit Broadway Musical “Motown-The Musical’ which is touring the country. We are pleased to have her here at BBJ! The concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/23) We’ve got the master of “cheatin’ n’ sneakin’” songs – Clarence Carter. “Show me a man who’s got a good woman,” soul man Joe Tex once sang, but if Tex had any sense he’d keep his good woman as far away from the man known as Dr. CC. as possible! Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1936 and blind since birth, Clarence Carter was playing guitar by the time he was 11, his own style influenced by the blues records of John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. After attending college and earning a degree in music, Clarence hooked up with another blind musician, keyboard player Calvin Scott, in 1963 and recorded as Clarence & Calvin. As a solo artist, Carter signed with Atlantic in 1968 and hits “Looking for A Fox” and “Slip Away” followed. The man known for inserting an earthy chuckle into some of his records like “Back Door Santa,” kept his chart momentum going with hits like “Too Weak To Fight,” “Snatching It Back,” “The Feeling Is Right,” “Doin’ Our Thing,” and “I Can’t Leave Your Love Alone.” Sharing the stage with Clarence Carter will be Charlie Owen & Pocket Change. The show gets rockin’ at 8pm.

Friday (3/24) Newmyer Flyer Presents – Dream Discs: Layla & Other Assorted Eric Clapton! Layla was the only studio album released by the Eric Clapton led band Derek & The Dominos, but it is widely regarded as his best record. The double disc was released in 1970 and shows Clapton at the peak of his powers. In addition to the smash hit title song, the album contains numerous gems including “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Anyday” “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad,” and others, showing off Clapton’s emerging skills as a first rate songsmith. The Dominos were rounded out by Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon and featured slide virtuoso Duane Allman guesting on 11 of the 14 tracks. The album places high on many Best Rock Album lists and was rated the 3rd best album of the 1970’s by noted critic Robert Christgau. Come out and hear this classic album performed along with an assortment of other Clapton favorites by Tom Principato, Patty Reese, Bobby Thompson, Holly Montgomery, Lisa Lim, Liz Springer, Ty Braddock, Bill Starks, Eddie Jones, Greg Hardin, and others. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Saturday (3/25) Get ready, Bethesda, for Joe Clair & Friends! Joe and his crew will be back at it for two big shows featuring comedians Charles Walden, Timmy Hall, and Marshall Brandon. 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 and was most notably known as the last person to interview hip-hop icon Notorious B.I.G. The shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (3/26) Join us for DC Street Corner Harmony with The Clovers, The Spaniels, and The Jewels. During the 1950s and 60s, Washington, DC was a hot bed for R&B and Doo-Wop music. Today, many groups that performed during that era continue to perform today taking audiences back to the “good old days” with their popular hit tunes. The Clovers hits include “Love Potion #9,” “Blue Velvet,” and “Devil or Angel.” They have built a reputation as one of the most entertaining groups still around. The Spaniels are best known for the hit, “Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight.” The original Spaniels debuted in 1952 in Gary, Indiana as Pookie Hudson and the Hudsonaires. A powerhouse female group, The Jewels have been recording and performing for over 50 years. The grouped formed while attending Roosevelt High School in Washington, DC in 1958, and in 1963, they released their first national hit, “Opportunity.” This show begins at 7:30pm.

Coming up at BBJ: Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, a tribute to Phyllis Hyman, The Rat Pack Together Again, Gino Vannelli, Edwin Ortiz y La Mafia Del Guaguanco, Jesse Colin Young, and much more! Keep up to date by visiting our Music Calendar.

Thanks for your interest in keeping great music and entertainment alive and well! We can’t wait to see you here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for dinner and a show.

 

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