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MUSIC US West 

Destani Wolf - singer. songwriter
Destani has been singing since the age of two, when she sang along to songs her parents played on their stereo. Her love of music and performing shaped her journey through life and has taking her to many countries to share her talents.

Destani Wolf
Peek Away EP (2014)
 
She is an awarding winning singer / songwriter. Some of her songs have been featured in several films. Destani's solo and group performance career continues to grow. "Destani Wolf offers impeccable vocal prowess as a conduit for spiritual awakening on her latest EP ‘PEEK AWAY’. Drawing on nuances of Blues explored as part of her musical foundation, this collection of six (6) brand new songs finds the Berkeley raised songstress arriving at an evolved take on her signature soul-step. Take one listen to her emotionally powerful and melodic vocals, through songs laden with orchestral-strings such as on "Nothing but the Best" or "Peek Away", there’s no mistaking the SOUL in her DNA. On ‘PEEK AWAY’, soaring soundscapes underlay the interwoven retro-futurism of nu soul and 70s funk on "Why Should I Stay" and "Uprising (Do-it!)", making her 6-pack solid. Including a true dedication of love "Your Love for me" which won The 2015 Independent Music (Pop Vox) Award in the love category. ‘PEEK AWAY’ EP gives the listener a chance at hope, an outlet to cope and a positive window into beginning to be healed."   Links: Website, Reverbnation, Facebook, Sonicbids, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, LastFM, Jango and DC Bebop page.

MUSIC BANDS

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. 

Adrian Xavier
- Live (2008)
 
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.

MUSIC DC Scene

Earl Carter - Guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer
When Earl was 11 years old he bought a couple of books and began teaching himself to play the guitar. At 15 years old he began learning to play saxophone and performing in the school band, marching band and jazz ensemble.

Earl Carter - Simplicity (2014)
 
His bio says he practiced both "diligently" but eventually chose the guitar to be his main focus. He was a member of the "14 Karat" band and later played with "EU", recording music on the soundtrack of Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" movie soundtrack. In "1999 he laid several guitar tracks for many artists at Diddy's New York City recording facility, 'Daddy's House'." Earl has performed with many groups and played many styles of music from dance/go-go to jazz. He has been a studio musician, co-produced dialogue recordings for motivational speakers and sports stars, and he has performed with a host of local and world-renowned artists. To name a few, he has performed with Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Jaared, Alyson Williams, Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Michael Lington, Angela Bofill, Regina belle, Gerald Veasley and opened for Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Bona Fide and many others. He released "My Paradise"(2007), "X Project" 2009. Two EP's in 2011 "Yeah Mon" and "Summertime", and his "Welcome Back Carter" album in 2013, all of which can be purchased on CD Baby.  Links: Website, Private Music Lessons, Reverbnation, CD Baby.com and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

Bass player, composer-songwriter, Raymond d'Huy
Raymond is a self-taught bass player born in Guadeloupe (French West Indies). He began playing guitar at the age of seven after his brother Philippe introduced him to the instrument. Since this first exposure, he has discovered the beauty of music and art as an expression of a free human being. Raymond is Co-founder

Raymond d'Huy
Bikabass (2012)
 
of the Caraibe Jazz Ensemble, he has been performing on the Guadeloupe scene since 1978. In 2007 Rayond released his lastest album entitled "MesTissages", which is also a word game meaning "interbreeding".   The album is a mix of "different rhythms such as Biguine, Mazurka, Gwo Ka sounds, Latin-Jazz and much more". Recorded with long-time friends, " MesTissages" is a subtle "musical rainbow, a texture of different influences blend together in one great mix". In 2009, Raymond and his band opened for SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten) at Abymes. The band then formed the trio, "Alchimik's", and released a self-titled album. Their musicwas well received in the Caribbean and also on Martinique. In 2012, Raymond released, " Bikabass". The bass centric CD, which features a compilation of music performed during Raymond's career, from the Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, through his performances with groups and trios. Raymond can be heard performing at venues on Guadalope.  Links: Bandcamp, Facebook and DC Bebop.


MUSIC US East 

Guitarist, Ronny Smith
Guitarist Ronny Smith, Originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Ronny is a self-taught musician who began learning to play the guitar, by ear, while strumming along to songs he heard performed by musicians such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and George Benson, at age 12. These musicians represented his greatest influence while growing up and their presence can be heard in Ronny's smooth style. Through out his time in

Ronny Smith (2013)
Can't Stop Now
 
college, he played in school jazz bands. In his senior year he enlisted in the Army and became a member of the U.S. Army Band, touring extensively in the United States and Europe. During his musical career, Ronny has performed on stage with the famed Motown singing group, the Marvelettes and also with drummer and Philadelphia jazz icon Bobby Durham. He had the opportunity to share the stage with R&B singer and actress, Melba Moore who performed with the U.S. Army band. "He has recorded with some of the top session musicians of the Nashville and California scene, including John Hammond (Player A), Gary Lunn (Peter Cetera), Pat Coil (Michael McDonald), Craig Nelson (Ben Tankard), and Dan Needham (Euge Groove), Scott Martin (Quincy Jones) Andy Martin (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat band), Stan Martin (Quincy Jones)." Ronny has recorded six CD's. His first, "Long Time Comin" (2001), "Laid Back" (2002), "Got Groove" (2006), "Simply Stated" (2007), "Just Groovin" (2009) Links: Website, FacebookReverbnation and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: ONECD

Ashleigh Smith
Ashleigh Smith - Sunkissed (2016) "The 27-year-old Dallas-based singer/songwriter effortlessly blends soul, jazz and pop on her debut album. Smith's "Best Friends" is radio-friendly and serves as an nice introduction to what she brings to the party. There's a breezy bossa nova groove to the tune as Smith references her fondness for Stevie Wonder courtesy of Kevin Wyatt's nifty harmonica work. Smith's skill set includes songwriting as she co-wrote five of the album's 10 compositions. The other half includes covers of The Beatles "Blackbird' and Hall & Oates' 1975 hit, "Sara Smile" and they work best as showpieces for Smith's comfort with lighter fare without really moving the needle as game-changing interpretations. " ~ Jeff Wimbush - AllAboutJazz.com, Facebook and Website

MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: DOUBLECD

Dave Stryker
Dave Stryker - Strykin Ahead (2017) "Hot on the heels of his 2016 release, the soul and rock infused Eight Track II comes Dave Stryker's punningly titled Strykin' Ahead with a mix of standards and Stryker originals. Following the lively opener, "Shadowboxing," a Stryker original, comes a rather more sedate version of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" followed by Stryker's "New You" in which both Steve Nelson and Jared Gold provide imaginative, swinging solos backed by McClenty Hunter's solid drumming. A dreamy interpretation of Billy Strayhorns "Passion Flower" is given a subtle bossa nova beat by Hunter. "Strykin' Ahead" is a helter skelter affair where Stryker shows his mettle with a flurry of fast and fluid notes breaking out immediately after the head. To some extent Stryker sounds not unlike the late Johnny Smith in his considered and articulate style, which is no bad thing, but Stryker has his own unique voice too." ~ Roger Farbey - AllAboutJazz.comWebsite, Wikipedia and YouTube.


Dave Stryker - Messin’ With Mister T (2015) "The Mister T in question is sax-player the late Stanley Turrentine. US guitarist Dave Stryker played in his band for 10 years from the mid 80s. This album features Stryker’s organ trio on 10 tracks, each with a different tenor-player, each keen to add to this tribute to the much-admired Turrentine... Mr T himself would surely have enjoyed this heartfelt tribute: each sax player has his own distinctive sound and the trio has a soulful sense of swing. This is a very fine album that definitely gets my vote." ~ Alison Bentley - LondonJazzNews.com


MUSIC CD ARCHIVES:
DOUBLECD  - SINGLES  - ONECD


*The most recent featured musicians and play lists from the five Music listings on DC Bebop.   A musician listed on a DC Bebop page with an intro, is featured for 10 days with one of their songs.  Included in the play list are songs by nine other musicians in a table on DC Bebop. The songs are linked to a page (MySpace, Reverbnation, YouTube or where ever the song can be heard). The play list is not a top 10 list. It features songs I liked and think perhaps others might appreciate the music as well.

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