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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 US West 

Sacha Boutros - pianist, singer. songwriter
A native of San Diego, California, Sacha is trained in classical music and Bel Canto opera, and has a four octave range. She sings pop, jazz, and Latin jazz and speaks and sings fluently in several languages. Her bio says, Sacha's "passion for music resides in her writing and singing of Jazz". Notably, Sacha was introduced by Frankie Laine (at his 90th birthday party)

Sacha Boutros
Sacha: NY After Dark (2013)
 
as his "Ingénue". "She’s also opened for and performed with Patti Austin, James Moody, Red Holloway, Karrin Allyson, Julio Iglesias, Marvin Hamlisch, Chubby Checker,Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Page, Kay Starr, and so many others." Sacha was introduced on Red Holloway's "Something Old Something New" album recorded  in  2008 and released in 2009.   She released her first CD, "Simply Sasha"  in 2008 on CD Baby.  The album was "— a mix of standards and originals touching on jazz, Latin jazz, bossa nova, swing, and pop, and sung in five languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French) —"  The CD featured original songs and several classic and contemporary jazz standards.  It "was nominated for two Los Angeles Music Awards as" Best Latin Vocal" for her original song, "Amor Imposible," and "Best Vocal," and hit number seven on the Japan music charts."  "Sacha Live in Hawaii" was released in 2011.  It  was recorded during a visit to Hawaii at the Waikiki Hawaii Public Radio Atherton Studio.  In 2013, she released "Sacha: NY After Dark," which features "Terell Stafford on trumpet and flugelhorn, a rhythm section of Peter Washington (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums), guitarist Peter Sprague, and pianist John Di Marino, along with percussionist Tommy Aros." Sacha records, writes and performs jazz in local and national venues.   Links: Website, Reverbnation, Facebook, Sonicbids YouTube and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: ONECD

Marquis Hill
Marquis Hill - The Way We Play (2016) "Marquis Hill, not yet 30 and based in both his hometown of Chicago and in New York, is one of the most promising jazz musicians to gain a national reputation in recent memory. He’s a remarkably gifted trumpeter, with a technical command that can evoke heroes like Donald Byrd and Freddie Hubbard without getting too close to the source, and a composer-bandleader whose music and working group, the Blacktet, boast a comprehensive vision. Hill received first place at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, and this Concord Jazz debut is the result of a generous prize package. And although it follows a few fine if modestly distributed recordings, it comes off like a definitive introduction."   ~ Evan Haga - JazzTimes.com, Website and Facebook.

MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: DOUBLECD

Sade
Sade - Lovers Rock (2000) "In the past eight years, many talented female artists have topped the music charts. Some, although young, have overwhelmed us with extraordinary vocal ability, while others have shocked us with daring lyrics and punchy dance rhythms. Regardless of style or ability, today’s female artist faces the challenge of not only selling CDs, but also establishing herself as a viable commodity worthy of future investment. Unfortunately, when taking time away from the public to create and/or recuperate, many lose touch with their audience and are no longer sought after. Such is not the case for Sade Adu. Ever since Sade’s last hit in 1993, she continued to hold a dust-free space in many of her listener’s music collections. Finally such a vacancy can be filled with her latest project, Lovers Rock." ~ popmatters.comFacebook, YouTube and Website.


Sade - Bring Me Home - Live 2011 (Blu-ray) (2012) "After nearly three decades of making music, Sade Adu still has a hard time letting fans in, preferring to limit her press ops and take decade-long stretches between new album releases. But the British-Nigerian singer and her band are inching back towards the spotlight with the May 22nd DVD/CD and Blu-ray release of Bring Me Home - Live 2011, which chronicles their mega-successful Sade Live tour. The 54-date trek touched down in Europe, America, Australia and Asia and celebrated Sade's platinum-certified 2010 LP, Soldier of Love."   ~ Steven J. Horowitz - Rollingstone.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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