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MUSIC DC Scene

Vocalist Lena Seikaly
Lena is a native of Falls Church, Virginia. She is the regular singer for several traditional jazz, swing dance, straight-ahead, Latin jazz and fusion groups in the D.C. area, and has appeared at numerous national and international festivals and venues. Her sound is immediately reminiscent of

Lena Seikaly
Looking Back (2013)
 
the great jazz vocalists mixed with the interpretive ingenuity of bebop and modern jazz, while peppering influence from her Arabic heritage. She has had the pleasure of working and studying with some of the world’s top names in jazz, as well as classical voice (she is a classically trained mezzo-soprano) and Arabic music. Lena released her first solo album, "Written in the Stars", a collection of standards and original compositions in 2009, "Lovely Changes" in 2011 and "Looking Back" in 2013. Lena can be found entertaining in numerous venues and music festivals in the DC area. Links:  Website, Reverbnation, Facebook and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

Kytami is a violinistextremist.
"Kytami is arguably, Canada's most diverse and engaging fiddle player, she is an unbelievably energetic performer." Kytami's range and styles span from classical, punk, metal, hip-hop, Reggae, Celtic and any "fiddle styles" in between. Her skill and energy have moved audiences to stand up and embrace her music. From Canada to Europe, to the Near

Kytami
Renegade (2017)
 
to the Far East, crowds groove to her sometimes melodious, sometimes strident, always energizing and engaging musical styles. She has recorded with established artists in diverse musical genres. From reggae, hip hop, drum and bass, to punk and metal. She has performed with Third Eye Tribe, Blackie LeBlanc, the Kytami Revolution, the indie pirate-rock group, Lownote and delhi2dublin. Kytami is featured on a number of Delhi2Dublin CDs. More recently, can be seen and heard on tour with PHONIK OPS in Canada and the U.S.    Links: Website, Reverbnation, YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC US East 

Guitarist, Joe Washington III
Joe was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He was a Chicago Police officer for 11yrs. Started playing guitar under the direction of a local teacher by the name of Jack Cecchini, who he believes is still teaching on the north side of Chicago. He studied with a classical with a classical guitarist by the name of Paul Herman at the Chicago

Joe Washington III
Working Class (2016)
 
Music Conservatory, and the Chicago Musical College. Says he has done some minor studio work, notably "with a great jazz guy by the name of Bobby Irving". Joe sat in on an album by a singer named Susan Osborn (produced by Bobby Irving), and he has played with a number of small groups and bands over the years locally. Joe says "the one thing that has drawn me to jazz and the guitar would most assuredly be my dad, who unfortunately passed away last year, however he's the one who purchased my first guitar and my first jazz guitar album, "Movin' Wes" by the late great Wes Montgomery, and that album and albums by George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Ronny Jordan, Earl Klugh and many, many more has made me crazy for jazz. At this stage of my life, I guess more than anything I want to play, but I want to play with guys (and gal's) who want to play, and truly appreciate the only true American music heritage, Jazz and all that goes along with that statement".   Links: MySpace Music, Fandalism, YouTube and DC Bebop page.

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 CD ARCHIVE: ONECD

Maysa
Maysa - Sweet Classic Soul (2005) "In the last year, the world of music has rediscovered 70s soul in a big way, with classic soul cover albums of varying quality by Freddie Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle and Jeffrey Osborne, among others. So, I was a little leery of hearing yet another one - Maysa's new release, Sweet Classic Soul. However, happily, it is the best of the bunch, an album that avoids being overly nostalgic and instead moves classic material into Maysa's adult soul/smooth jazz world, taking a batch of 10 great songs in a fresh, different direction. ""   ~ Smooth Jazz Therapy, Website, Facebook and YouTube.

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Joe Farrell
Joe Farrell - Joe Farrell Quartet (1970) "Joe Farrell, known in the '60s as a solid hard bop tenor saxophonist, branched out in the '70s. On this near-classic album, Farrell switches between tenor, soprano, flute, and even oboe while being joined by a rather notable backup crew: keyboardist Chick Corea, guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. In addition to a famous version of McLaughlin's "Follow Your Heart," the material includes originals by Farrell and Corea, and the leader makes a strong impression on each of his horns. "   ~ Scott Yanow- Allmusic.com, Wikipedia



Joe Farrell - Outback (1970) "Outback is the second and finest of Joe Farrell's dates for Creed Taylor's CTI label. Recorded in a quartet setting in 1970, with Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, and Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira, Farrell pushes the envelope not only of his own previous jazz conceptualism, but CTI's envelope, as well. Outback is not a commercially oriented funk or fusion date, but an adventurous, spacy, tightrope-walking exercise between open-ended composition and improvisation. That said, there is plenty of soul in the playing. Four compositions, all arranged by Farrell, make up the album. The mysterious title track by John Scott opens the set. Staged in a series of minor-key signatures, Farrell primarily uses winds -- flutes and piccolos -- to weave a spellbinding series of ascending melodies over the extended, contrasting chord voicings by Corea. Jones skitters on his cymbals while playing the snare and tom-toms far more softly than his signature style usually attests. Airto rubs and shimmers on hand drums, going through the beat, climbing on top of it, and playing accents in tandem with Farrell in the solo sections."  ~ Thom Jurek - AllMusic.com


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*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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