MUSIC BANDS - FEATURED
Darryl Anders ~ AgapeSoul is a "Modern Soul band" based in the San Francisco Bay Area." Led by bassist/producer Darryl Anders, the band delivers a musical experience that is all about Love, Soul …and undeniably funky grooves, destined to stand the test of time." Before becoming a bandleader, Darryl earned his reputation by performing as a bass "sideman," and over the years, has performed with Tower of Power, Narada Michael Walden, Zigaboo Modeliste, Booker T. Jones, Joyce Cooling, Bonnie Hayes, Ledisi and many others. AgapeSoul is Darryl Anders (bass/vocals), Indra Jones (vocals), Zoe Ellis (vocals), Aaron Green (drums), Lynette Williams (keys), Cam Perridge (guitar), Vince Lars (sax), and special guest Martin Luther (vocals). "Believe in Love," is AgapeSoul’s debut album, with seven original songs and two covers. Darryl Anders ~ AgapeSoul, can be seen and heard performing in venues in and around the San Francisco Bay area. Links: Website, Facebook, Facebook Bandpage, ReverbNation, Jazz Network, YouTube Channel and DC Bebop BANDS EAST -
Nasar Abadey and Supernova
"Drummer and Composer Nasar Abadey is the founder, leader and driving force of SUPERNOVA®. They perform music from the threshold of Jazz to beyond space and time, while having an artistic license to express their compositions through traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro Brazilian, and free form. The quartet's musical inspirations include John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Duke Ellington among others." - Smalls Live - Greenwich Village. Nasar Abadey (drums) has been a bandleader for many years and has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups from his home base in Washington, DC; and he has performed and/or recorded with many artists throughout his career. He is Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Joe Ford (saxophones) composer and arranger, is a passionate musician who began playing in 1958 while in elementary school in Buffalo, New York. His melodious, humorous, insightful style reflects the broad spectrum of the American experience, and ranges from spirituals and rural blues to contemporary music and avant-garde jazz. James King (bass) and composer, was born in Houston, Texas. James studied at Texas Southern University, Hampton University, and the University of the District of Colombia. He is a well-known bassist in the mid-Atlantic region, and performs in concerts and festival throughout the world. Allyn Johnson (piano) composer, and arranger, born in Washington, and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies and the UDC Jazz Band, for his alma mater, the University of the District of Columbia. He has worked with Andrew White, Frank Morgan, Sonny Fortune, David "Fat Head" Newman, Bennie Golson, and Stanley Turrentine among others. Links: Website, Reverbnation, Facebook, and YouTube
Proverbs Reggae Band A rootz reggae band known for performing music with "strong lyrical content and musical expressions to uplift Rasta livity." The band specializes in performing socially conscious roots music and the band "endeavors to promote Ancient Wisdom through the art of music, thereby spreading the spiritual message of JAH RASTAFARI through word power and sound." When the band performs, their "MUSICAL POETRY, ROOTZ RASTA STYLE", it compels the audience to get up and dance. The band is diverse musically. Collectively, the band's members bring their own unique musical gifts to transform Proverbs into an "eclectic, spiritually, and socially conscious reggae band with a profound cultural base and deep rooted sound." Proverbs performs an extensive range of genres, which include "SKA, ROOTZ REGGAE, GOSPEL, JAZZ, R&B, COMPAZ, ZOOK, SOUL, and a splash of CALYPSO." Proverbs has shared stages with a host of international artists over the years. They include Half Pint, Freddie McGregor, Chuck Brown, Collie Bud, Wyclef and Luciano, to name a few. Proverbs has performed in the D.C. area since 2000 and have won several Reggae awards. Links: Facebook, Reverbnation, YouTube, and DC Bebop page.
The Lovejoy Group is a versatile ensemble serving up energetic jazz, funky blues and smooth Latin rhythms. Karen Lovejoy, vocalist and bandleader, fronts the group. She migrated from the Midwest where she began singing contemporary ballads, rhythm and blues, and top 40 songs, but when she discovered jazz, "she found a home". The Lovejoygroup has won a number of awards including, the 2006 Jazz Jammie Award. Each member of the group brings a wealth of experience to the ensemble. Jazz Historian Herb Smith with saxophone and woodwinds. Drummer, Lawrence “Bubbles” Dean, brings fire to the group's musical body and texture with his multi-genre style of play. "The Maestro", Jerry Allen, is pianist and musical director for The LovejoyGroup. Guitarist, Tony Harrod moves seamlessly from genre to genre, mastering nuances of sound without missing a beat. Bassist Bill Branch contributes his solid bass lines with a hard-hitting, foot stomping groove and traditional down home blues. Collectively, they are the Lovejoygroup. Link to Lovejoy Group Website, Reverbnation, Facebook and Bandcamp.
Walter Tates Jr. and the One Nite Stand Band - this four piece ensemble, featuring D.C.’s own Walter Tates Jr. mastering both tenor and soprano saxophones, keyboards and vocals, veteran guitarist Tony Harrod manning lead guitar and vocals, B.T. Richardson rocking the bass and vocals and Rick Payton Jr. keeping the pulse flowing on drums, this four piece ensemble turn Madam's Organ night club in Adam's Morgan in downtown DC into a bonafide house party when they perform. Links to One Nite Stand on Reverbnation, Facebook and in DC Bebop Gallery. Bands at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan (DC)
Bassist/Composer/Lyricist/Vocalist BT Richardson and his band the Black Coffee Experience has been playing Music full time since 1995. He has also performed with Jazz vocalisy/Percussionist VINX, El DeBarge, (Blind Pig recording artist) Deborah Coleman and the Thrill Seekers. With the legendary Bo Diddley, the James Solberg Band, the late great Son Seals and A.C. Reed!! "Nocturnal Rage, Daddy-O (Stetsasonic), Marva Wright "the Blues Queen of New Orleans." His Recordings include: "Don't Sing No Blues For Me" by Bt Richardson, Funkin A, by Tyrone Shuz, Nocturnal rage and Way Out Your Mind by Nocturnal Rage. All available on dbaby.com and itunes as well as other digital e-music services.
Links: Reverbnation, Facebook, Englishman Reggae and BandMix
JAZZ BAND MASTERCLASS groups are for musicians who have studied privately or have some improvising experience. Each group is assembled with the aptitude and experience of its members in mind, from beginner/intermediate up to semi-pro. A Core Value: "Communication and Interaction is at the heart and soul of jazz and improvisation. We bring together like minds, those who have something to give and share. We create a forum for adult musicians, and give them the tools to achieve real musical communication. We love facilitating interaction, in music and in life." Links -
Website, All About Jazz and Jazz Teacher Training
The Shango Band is a D.C. area reggae group that sings about real life and current world issues. The Band has been performing since the late 1980's. In 2001 they won the award for "Best Reggae Band" in the D.C. Annual Reggae Music Awards. Englishman, the band's bass-player, lead singer, songwriter and producer, has performed with reggae bands for more than 30 years. He has received many awards for his music over the years, and he has been a Master Artist in the D.C. Folks Arts Program for the Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Other award winning artist in the band are Eric (Spiduki) McDermott (drummer/singer) and Jackson (Professor) Briscoe, a graduate of Howard University and MIT. The Shango Band performs in venues all over the world. Links - Reverbnation, Facebook, Englishman Reggae and BandMix
BANDS WEST - Back to top Adrian Xavier Band, with Adrian Xavier on Lead Vocals, Guitar & Percussion. Born in Seattle, he grew up surrounded by the music played by his father, a radio DJ, in the 80's. Adrian's musical background gave rise to an environment which allowed him to create songs that appeal to a broad cultural range of people. Adrian has been a performing artist for more than 20 years and has shared the stage with many well known musicians. While a member of the "Pure Water Band", they opened for "The Wailers (of Bob Marley fame) and also for the famous Jamaican ska and reggae musician Jimmy Cliff. Adrian formed the "Adrian Xavier Band" in 2000, and has been performing in and around Seattle, various cities in the state of Washington and touring the world. He has three CD's on CD Baby: "R-Nature" (2004), "Adrian Xavier Band Live" (2006) and "Miracle" (2008). Links: Reverbnation, Facebook, Website, and DC Bebop Page.
Darryl Anders ~ AgapeSoul is a "Modern Soul band" based in the San Francisco Bay Area." Led by bassist/producer Darryl Anders, the band delivers a musical experience that is all about Love, Soul …and undeniably funky grooves, destined to stand the test of time." Before becoming a bandleader, Darryl earned his reputation by performing as a bass "sideman," and over the years, has performed with Tower of Power, Narada Michael Walden, Zigaboo Modeliste, Booker T. Jones, Joyce Cooling, Bonnie Hayes, Ledisi and many others. AgapeSoul is Darryl Anders (bass/vocals), Indra Jones (vocals), Zoe Ellis (vocals), Aaron Green (drums), Lynette Williams (keys), Cam Perridge (guitar), Vince Lars (sax), and special guest Martin Luther (vocals). "Believe in Love," is AgapeSoul’s debut album, with seven original songs and two covers. Darryl Anders ~ AgapeSoul, can be seen and heard performing in venues in and around the San Francisco Bay area. Links: Website, Facebook, Facebook Bandpage, ReverbNation, Jazz Network, YouTube Channel and DC Bebop
Ancient Future is a large musical family of world fusion music ensembles led by scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort. The group is dedicated to music termed by Matthew Montfort as "world fusion music". To date, Ancient Future is the world's first and longest running band dedicated to the creation of world fusion music, which blends musical ideas from many different cultures. The music is described as being "contemporary sounds of jazz and rock with the irresistible rhythms of African, Balinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and South American percussion, the rich harmonies of Europe, and the beautiful melodies of Asia". Their music is "an exhilarating fusion of exciting rhythms and exotic soundsfrom around the globe". It is worth noting that all of the members of Ancient Future have studied with or performed professionally with "master musicians of many world music traditions, from Balinese gamelan director Made Gerindem to North Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan". Ancient Future is credited with having created "a musical world without borders". Link: Website, Facebook, Reverbnation and DC Bebop page.
With its heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of the ensemble. Guitarist / composer, Ray Obiedo, formed this group in 2007 to further explore his love of Latinmusic. His compositions for the group are drawn from many musical influences, including contemporary Jazz and Funk, Caribbean as well as other music genres. - Links: Website and Facebook.
Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble
"Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music. Intriguing melodies that draw musical inspiration from the tempos of Brazil, Cuba, India and Spain make for an uplifting serene yet passionate musical journey into an ideal world." - LATIN BEAT MAGAZINE" A gifted composer and a visionary band leader, Mariah has gathered together a remarkable ensemble including Paul McCandless (Grammy award-winning woodwind virtuoso with the group Oregon), Matthew Montfort (pioneering guitarist with Ancient Future), Ian Dogole (global percussion), Brian Rice (Latin percussion), and Kash Killion (bass, cello). Mariah will be releasing a new recording January, 2017, “Indo Latin Jazz: Live in Concert," a recording project taken from concerts at Yoshi’s, Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theatre, and TRI Studios over a seven year period. Of this upcoming release, Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal says “Like all the best jazz bands, this group is as disciplined as it is innovative, stopping on a dime when the composition calls for it and soaring into gorgeous landscapes of free association the next moment that are as pleasing as they are adventurous. This is sophisticated stuff, an album of global fusion performed by a group with character, charisma and the confidence that comes across when world-class musicians at the top of their games come together and create magic in the here and now of a live performance." -
MILCK is Connie Lim's latest passion project. She officially launched it with a single ("devil devil") in 2016, which also aired on E! Network’s show The Royals. Connie is "a songwriter, producer, vocalist, pianist, performer, and recording artist." In an interview, she was asked, "how would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it?" To which she replied, "As a performing/recording artist, I go by the name of MILCK. That music is cinematic soul pop. It’s dramatic, powerful, and yearning for a sense of freedom, healing, and hope. As a songwriter/producer/vocalist I am a super eclectic musician. For example I just released a deep house single with producer Fontaine Ivory. Previous to that I released a singer/songwriter track that I cowrote with Hayden Bursk, “Run Home to You”. This song got placed on LifeTime TV’s Movie Trigger Point. I produce and write for other artists, ranging from artists like soulful crooner Will Jay, to dark pop singer Mia Rashap, to indietronica project Lion-S." Interview. Links: Website, Facebook, Connie Lim (DC bebop)
Drummer Joel Litwin, bassist Steve Jones, guitarist Brian Cunningham and trumpeter Kevin Woods are Zoo Patrol, "a 'chamber groove quartet,' plays an infectious amalgam of instrumental blues, jazz, funk, soul, New Orleans and other styles, incorporating a menagerie of space, interplay and improvisation. Zoo Patrol deconstructs and reconstructs, interacts and reacts, whispers and flourishes, with the beat as its guiding principle." Kevin Woods - Trumpet, "emerging as one of the most melodic and emotive voices in improvised music in the Northwest. His passion for both performance and education have made him in demand as a leader and a sideman as well as a composer, arranger and clinician." Brian Cunningham - Guitar, "draws on a variety of influences ranging from jazz and folk to latin performed solo, and/or in a duo or group setting. His original compositions prominently feature the acoustic steel string guitar throughout,as well as various electric guitars. " Steve Jones - Bass, performs with Zoo Patrol, Bilongo Quintet, Arete Quartet and Sabrina y los Reyes, he is an all around musician who is comfortable as bassist or percussionist over a wide range of musical genres, covering jazz, Latin, funk and world music. Joel Litwin - Drums, Known for his creative and innovative style, Joel Litwin is a favorite drummer/percussionist among acoustic artists and regional bands in and around Seattle WA and the West Coast.. Links: Website, Reverbnation, Facebook, and YouTube
Bilongo - ethnic jazz ensemble.
Performing original music and arrangements inspired by Latin America, France, and Africa. Bilongo Quintet is John Meloy (saxophone, clarinet), Adrian Clark (guitar), Steve Jones (percussion, tres), John Butorac (percussion), Roger Yamashita (bass) Links: Website and Facebook
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