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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