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December 2017

Marcus Johnson’s “Holiday Jam” (Keys/Smooth Funk)

December 7 @ 8:00 pm - December 10 @ 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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An independent Billboard-ranked musician and NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz keyboardist and pianist, Marcus Johnson is also the CEO and Founder of FLO Brands, LLC and more recently FLO Wine, LLC. He has combined an eminently successful musical career with his love of wine by marrying the two in a unique endeavor. Over the last decade, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums. On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month, and…

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Daniel Weatherspoon “Celebrates Christmas” (Contemporary Jazz)

December 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Daniel's approach and new album is swiftly branding a new perspective on Modern Day Fusion Jazz - filled with the sound of high energy to the calmness of soul soothing music. Grammy Award wining producer Daniel Weatherspoon's new album "The Langley Park Project" debuts at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album Chart. Amassing several RIAA certified Gold and Platinum records, Daniel's client roster includes award-winning recording artists such as Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Carl Thomas, Paula Abdul, BeBe Winans, Cece Winans,…

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Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra (Big Band) “Duke Ellington Nutcracker

December 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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"In one of our favorite local December traditions, local trombonist Eric Felten leads his big band through Duke Ellington's festive reinterpretation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite at Blues Alley, as well as a selection of swingin' holiday jazz standards." ~ The Washington Post “Is Eric Felten a trombonist who sings or a singer who plays trombone?” asks JazzTimes. Eric, according to All About Jazz, "is a crooner who also plays a mean trombone, and does both equally well." He's "a formidable…

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Chaise Lounge “Swinging thru the Holidays” (Swing/Lounge)

December 13 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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At first, it sounds like the jazz soundtrack to either your favorite noir film or a Doris Day film from 1962. Then you realize that it isn't quite jazz at all but the orchestrated sound of six accomplished jazz musicians playing an eclectic mix of original songs and re-arranged iconic pop tunes that go back to the 50's that all sound unmistakably Chaise Lounge. Chaise Lounge performs a blend of music that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol Recording…

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Freddy Cole (Piano/Vocals)

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - December 17 @ 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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"Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing…he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive," The New York Times. Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder…

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Dave Detwiler & The White House Band (Trumpet) “Tis the Season”

December 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Since coming to the Northern Virginia area in 1973, Dave Detwiler has been one of the most sought after active trumpet teachers of his time. From beginner to professional and all the students in between, Dave has found time in his very busy professional playing career to teach a large studio on a weekly basis. Detwiler was in the US Army Band from 1973-2000 and directed musical events at The White House . Was the featured soloist on more than…

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Tim Reynolds (Solo Guitar)

December 19 @ 8:00 pm - December 20 @ 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist and sonic innovator Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his acoustic or electric guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic. Reynolds discography…

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Shemekia Copeland at Blues Alley (Early)

December 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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http://www.bluesalleylive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=F42FC054-B0E1-92FC-15DA69B10285B9C1 Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers "gale force singing…

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Shemekia Copeland (Award Winning Blues Vocalist)

December 21 @ 8:00 pm - December 23 @ 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical "Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago and…

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Shemekia Copeland at Blues Alley (Late)

December 21 @ 10:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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http://www.bluesalleylive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=F42FC0F2-9DA7-E514-493EE7E0B4786FA6 Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers "gale force singing…

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Shemekia Copeland at Blues Alley (Early)

December 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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http://www.bluesalleylive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=F42FC183-F9C8-02B1-B85642E423172F56 Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers "gale force singing…

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Shemekia Copeland at Blues Alley (Late)

December 22 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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http://www.bluesalleylive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=F42FC215-0864-6633-DD1A7CE8998BC49A Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers "gale force singing…

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Shemekia Copeland at Blues Alley (Early)

December 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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http://www.bluesalleylive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=F42FC2AA-D0E3-5C93-163AC85F99FFCE73 Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers "gale force singing…

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Shemekia Copeland at Blues Alley (Late)

December 23 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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http://www.bluesalleylive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=F42FC33B-E298-2C6D-E93BF4208500778B Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers "gale force singing…

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Joe Herrera & Rodney Richardson’s “Holiday Party” (Trumpet/Guita

December 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Rodney Richardson is a jazz guitarist and educator from the Washington, DC area who recently relocated to the great jazz city of Chicago, Illinois. Rodney has played in a number of ensembles including DC’s only resident big band the 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and the afro-beat, vintage inspired Funk Ark, as well as leading his own group The Rodney Richardson Trio. And Rodney has recently secured the guitar spot in the Chicago-based Great Postmodern Nightmare big band. Seeing a…

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Closed – MERRY Christmas!

December 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Cyrus Chestnut Trio (Piano)

December 26 @ 8:00 pm - December 30 @ 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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"I like to construct melodies that tell stories, based on what I've seen, what I feel and what I hear," Chestnut explains. "If I can connect to what I'm playing, then I'll be able to share it. That's why you may think that some of what I do seems simple, but when you get into it, it's not as simple as you think." — Cyrus Chestnut Pianist Cyrus Chestnut appeals to both aficionados and fans alike. Adept enough to perform…

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New Years Eve with Cyrus Chestnut (Dinner/Show Packages) Integri

December 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Pianist Cyrus Chestnut appeals to both aficionados and fans alike. Adept enough to perform with Wynton Marsalis, yet hip enough to make the “Peanuts” album swing. Chestnut worked with a number of top-notch musicians including Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison, before recording his first solo CD at the age of 30. Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any one niche, though his gospel sound is apparent on a number of his recordings. Entertainment:…

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New Years Eve with Cyrus Chestnut (Dinner/Show Packages) I

December 31 @ 10:00 pm - @ 12:00 am
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Pianist Cyrus Chestnut appeals to both aficionados and fans alike. Adept enough to perform with Wynton Marsalis, yet hip enough to make the “Peanuts” album swing. Chestnut worked with a number of top-notch musicians including Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison, before recording his first solo CD at the age of 30. Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any one niche, though his gospel sound is apparent on a number of his recordings. Entertainment:…

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January 2018

Chris Thomas King (Blues/Guitar/Vocals)

@ 8:00 pm - @ 11:30 pm
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Chris Thomas King is a New Orleans Grammy Award-winning musician and actor who is initially known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop. King reached a whole new audience with his film debut in the Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, not only appearing on the award-winning soundtrack, but establishing himself as a serious dramatic actor as well. Initially known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop, Chris Thomas King reached a whole new audience with…

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