John Lee

Upcoming Dates

Sotto
Sotto Residencies
1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
USA
202-545-3459
Price: Free! Reservations Recommended

You can catch me at Sotto every Tuesday for a jazz jam session from 8-11pm. Jam Session starts at 9pm. Ele Rubenstein on Drums and Nicole Saphos and TJ Turqman alternate on Bass.

Electric Trio with Charles Ostle on Drums and Marc Blackwood on Bass, Play most Wednesdays (Check Below) from 8pm-11pm. We play a mix of electronica, funk, blues, reggae, world music, and much much more. Electric Trio Dates (Thursday) March 2nd Wednesdays March 8th/22nd  April 5th/19th

Nicole Saphos Dates Duo/Trio You can catch me with the amazing Jazz Vocalist many Saturdays at Sotto                                 Saturday March 4th 9-Midnight Saturdays 6-8:30pm March 11th/25th April 1st/15th/29th May 13th

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society
John Lee Organ Trio - 6pm-9pm
2813 12th St NE DC
Washington, DC 20017
USA
Price: $5

Really Excited about this Show. The Debut of John Lee Guitar Mark Meadows Hammond B3 Tyler Leak Drums

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Bethesda Blues and Jazz
Tony Martucci Quintet with Ingrid Jenson - TBA
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
USA
Price: TBA

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

The Phillips Collection
John Lee Trio - 4pm
1600 21st St NW
DC, DC
USA
Price: Free!

For DC JAZZ FEST PREVIEW. Jazz and Family Fun Days. John Lee Guitar, Nicole Saphos Bass, Ele Rubenstein Drums

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Kris Funn and CornerStore - 6pm
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
(800)444-1324
Price: Free!

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Tony Martucci Quintet - 9 and 11pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $15

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Tony Martucci Quintet - 9pm and 11pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $15

Past Dates

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Beyu Caffe
Mark G Meadows and the Movement - 7pm and 9pm
341 Wesr Main St
Durham, NC 27701
USA
Price: $16.50

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Sofarsounds
Nicole Saphos Trio - 7:30pm
Price: See Link Below

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Sotto
Nicole Saphos Duo - 5:30pm-8pm
1610 14th St NW
washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

5x5 - 3:30pm
4201 Albemarle St NW
washington, District Of Columbia 20016
United States
Price: http://sylvana5by5.brownpapertickets.com/

5 dances by 5 artists with special guest artists, including live music.
GET TICKETS: http://sylvana5by5.brownpapertickets.com/

Learn about the inspiration for 5 by 5 from the choreographers. Ask questions about how the work was crafted and discover more about the process of making a dance. Featuring work by: 

Grace Cannon, “Getting to Know You”

Sylvana Christopher & Maggie Elle, “Then She Fell”

Heather Doyle, “The Last Time I Saw You; devotion chorus”

Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group, “Deux”

Taariq Muhammad, “Creating Darkness”

Samantha Sobash, “Implicit Affection”

Admission: $20 online and $25 at the door. For more info and to
GET TICKETS: http://sylvana5by5.brownpapertickets.com/

Friday, November 18th, 2016

brentwood arts exchange
Nicole Saphos Trio - 8pm
3901 Rhode Island ave
Brentwood, Md 20722

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Sotto
Nicole Saphos Trio - 5:30pm-8pm
1610 14th St NW
washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Sotto
The Electric Trio - 8pm to 11pm
1610 14th St NW
washington, District Of Columbia 20009
United States
Price: Free!

Finding a new home at Sotto The monday night trio that played at Tryst for many years returns to a new venue and new vibes.

Charles Ostle on Drums and Marc Blackwood on Bass. 

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Sotto
Nicole Saphos Duo - 5:30pm-8pm
1610 14th St NW
washington, District Of Columbia 20009
Price: Free!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Sotto
The Electric Trio - 8pm to 11pm
1610 14th St NW
washington, District Of Columbia 20009
United States
Price: Free!

Finding a new home at Sotto The monday night trio that played at Tryst for many years returns to a new venue and new vibes.

Charles Ostle on Drums and Marc Blackwood on Bass. 

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Banquet of the spirits - 8 and 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $15

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Brian Marsellas imaginarium - 8 and 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $15

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Funk Ark - 8pm
10 East Cross Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410)625-2001
Price: See Website

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Funk Ark - 8:30pm
21 East Ave
Thomas, WV 26292
304-463-4040
Price: $15

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Mark G Meadows and the Movement - 6pm-7pm
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
(800)444-1324
Price: Free!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Blue House Productions
Nicole Saphos Trio - 8:30pm-9:30pm
4213 Howard Ave.
Kensington, MD
Price: $8

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nicole-saphos-trio-live-in-studio-performance-tickets-27220827227

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

H St. Festival
Nicole Saphos Trio - 1pm-1:45pm
14th St and H St NE DC
DC, DC http://hstreet.org/events/festival/
Price: Free!

http://hstreet.org/events/festival/

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Maryland Youth Ballet
Arshak Sirunyan’s Nuance - 7pm
926 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Price: $35

Born and raised in the city of Yerevan, Armenia, by the age of seven, Arshak Sirunyan’s natural musical talent had already come to the attention of Sergey Kechek, Director of the A. Spendiarov School of Music; one of the leading musical academies in Armenia. Studying under unparalleled teacher and a music mentor Arkuhi Harutyunyan, Arshak continued his study of classical piano styles for the next 10 years, performing solo concerts and going so far as to receive the third place award at the 1994 Armenian National J. S. Bach Concerto Competition. Later, he attended and graduated from Komitas State Conservatory, where he concentrated on Composition and Piano Performance under the tutelage of Stephan Rostomyan and Georgy Kasabyan. In the fallowing years Arshak has composed classical and contemporary compositions for vocal, piano, clarinet, string quartet and symphonic orchestra. In 2002, the Armenian Komitas String Quartet performed a work composed by Arshak Sirunyan that was dedicated to the victims of the earthquake that struck Armenia fourteen years earlier.

In the year of 2002, after releasing his first album “Armenian Folk Melodies” with his friend Artur Yeghiazaryan, Arshak was granted the great opportunity to come to the United States of America. In 2008 Arshak found and produced a band by name Double Sharp with his two childhood friends Levon Mikaelian and Nune Vartanyan, which also includes two veterans of American jazz scene Tony Bunn and Wes Crawford. This gave a birth to the album With a Song in My Heart. The same year he began working on his trio album Journal [Released in 2010] and Tony’s project Small World [Released in 2009] with Dennis Chambers on drums. In May 2010, Twitching Eye from the album Journal” receives “Honorable Mention” from the 2010 International Songwriting Competition.

In late 2012 Arshak began working on his Hoodman’s Blind project collaborating with multi Grammy Award winning & nominated musicians from all over the world. Featuring Mike Stern, Omar Hakim, Eric Marienthal, Chieli Minucci, Bob Franceschini, Raul Pineda, Cheikh NDoye, John Lamkin III, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Artyom Manukyan, Artur Yeghiazaryan, Vardanyan String Quartet & more.. The new album, released on March 2nd, 2014 was quoted on All About Jazz “..to be one of the most unique and compelling releases of the year!” winning 1st place simultaneously in TWO categories of 2014 International Songwriting Competition: track “Hoodman’s Blind” in Jazz and track “Valor & Triumph” in Instrumental. Track “Messenger” was awarded “Honorable Mention”MeanwhileArshak and the project were nominated in 3 categories in the 14th Independent Music Awards: ‘Jazz Instrumental Album’, ‘Jazz Instrumental Song’ (“Hoodman’s Blind”) and ‘Music Producer’ (with Cheikh NDoye / associate producer) of the year

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Nicole Saphos Trio - 7pm-9pm
1658 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-232-5483
Price: Free!

Jazz Vocalist and Bassist, Nicole Saphos honed her skills at Temple University prior to emerging onto the DC jazz scene in 2012. The bold bass playing songstress has since established herself as a compelling performer, entertaining in regular gigs throughout the area as well as renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and the The Kimmel Center. Drawing upon her unique collection of influences, ranging from Charles Mingus to Fiona Apple, Saphos couples a strong sense of musicality with her achingly nostalgic sound and inventively hypnotic and rhythmically driven arrangements.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Fatoumata Diawara Summer Dates

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The National Arboretum
Mark G Meadows and the Movement - 6:30-8:30pm
3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
USA
Price: Free!

About Mark

Recently named both “Artist of the Year” and “Composer of the Year” by Washington DC’s City Paper, Mark G. Meadows continues to make an impression on the DC jazz scene as an accomplished jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and jazz educator. 
 
From August 2 - September 11, 2016, Mark will make his acting debut as Jelly Roll Morton in the DC premiere of Jelly's Last Jam at Signature Theatre. Mark's piano and vocal chops are a natural fit for the role of one of the most legendary and notorious jazz figures. 
 
In 2014, Mark released his second album, Somethin’ Good, which received worldwide acclaim. Mark’s performances reflect his versatile musical background, encompassing jazz, R&B, gospel, and rock, to interconnect every walk of life. Mark’s newest project, To the People, reflects his passion for social justice. Through lyrics, harmony, and improvisation, Mark's message is simple: to bring love, peace, and understanding to the people.
 
Mark has appeared alongside world-renowned musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Kendrick Lamar, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, and Warren Wolf. He has headlined premier clubs in the northeast region including Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Small’s Jazz Club, The Strathmore, Bohemian Caverns, Bethesda Jazz & Blues Supper Club, Twins Jazz, The Metropolitan Club, An Die Musik, and more. Mark has recently begun to perform internationally in areas including Qatar, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada and The Caribbean.
 
Mark also teaches as an adjunct instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. He directs and arranges for “The Mellow Tones”, a jazz vocal ensemble who is featured on his latest album and recently opened up for Kendrick Lamar and the NSO at the Kennedy Center. 
 
See for yourself how Mark uses his gifts, experiences, and passion to create a unifying sound that breaks through social barriers.

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Cyro Baptista Viro Loucas and Banquet of the Spirits - 7:30 and 9:30pm
10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019

Cyro Baptista at Dizzy's Cub
Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC
July 22nd-24th, 2016
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Two shows per night
For reservations call 212-258-9595
or click the links below

Cyro and Vira Loucos- Music of Villa Lobos- 7:30pm
 Cyro and Banquet of The Spirits
- 9:30pm


If you are not in the New York City Area
Watch the live stream on Saturday July 23rd at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Click here for live show

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Sotto
Jam Session with Mark Meadows - 8pm-11pm
1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
USA
Price: Free!

Friday, May 13th, 2016

LEAF community Arts
Fatoumata Diawara - 7pm
377 Lake Eden Road,
Black Mountain, NC

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Fatoumata Diawara - 7pm
1439 Henderson Tanyard Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919)542-8142

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
416 Cedar Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612)338-2674
Price: $30

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Carelton College Concert Hall
Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
Northfield, MN

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture
Fatoumata Diawara - 7pm
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037
(212) 491-2200
Price: Free!

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Fatoumata Diawara - 7pm
229 Main St.
Keene, NH 03431
603 358 2654

Friday, April 29th, 2016

The Sanctuary for Independent Media
8pm - 8pm
Troy, NY
Price: $25

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
College Park, MD 20742
Price: $25

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Bossa Lounge
levon mikaelian and United Shades of Artistry - 9:30pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Creative Cauldron
Cissa Paz and Friends - 7:30pm
410 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA
Price: http://cissa.bpt.me/

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Song Byrd
Forgetter - 8:30pm
2475 18th St NW
Washington, dc 20009
usa
Price: $12

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Sotto
Nicole Sappos Duo - 8pm-11pm
1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
USA
Price: Free!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Brian Marsella's Imaginarium - 8pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $15

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Kris Funn and CornerStore - 8:30pm and 10:30pm
2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-299-0800
Price: TBA

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Cusbah
Lee Blackwood and Graham - 10:30pm
1128 H St NE
Washington, dc 20002
USA
(202) 506-1504
Price: Free!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

49 WEST
Jeff Antoniuk Group - 8pm
49 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21403
410-626-9796
Price: $10

Jeff Antoniuk Sax, Frank Russo Drums, Mike Pope Bass, John Lee Guitar

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Sotto
Nicole Sappos Trio - 8pm
1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

Nicole Sappos Bass and Vocals, Ele Rubenstein Drums, John Lee Guitar

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Union Market
Mark Meadows " Something Good " - 6pm
1309 5th St NE,
Washington, DC 20002
Price: Free!

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Lee Blackwood and Graham - 9:30pm
201 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
USA
(202) 838-9929
Price: Free!

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Bossa Lounge
Cissa Paz and Friends - 10pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: unknown

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Hassan Hakmoun - 7:30pm
N8-131 Manabi
Quito
Ecuador
Price: $15-$40

Festival - Ecuador Jazz 2016

Festival - Ecuador Jazz 2016

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Tony Martucci Quintet - 9pm and 11pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $15

Tony Martucci has cultivated an original and interpretive drum style that is both supportive and interactive, reflecting his deep understanding of the jazz tradition and his vast stylistic influence. He is a creatively skilled accompanist and a soloist of unusual melodic depth.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tony’s professional career began over 25 years ago. During that time he has performed in clubs, concerts, festivals, on television and recorded with some of the greatest names in music both in this country and abroad. A partial list of his credits include work with the following musicians: Mose Allison, Gary Burton, Charlie Byrd, Eddie Daniels, George Garzone, Joe Henderson, Fred Hersch, Steve Kessler, The Jose Limon Dance Company, Joe Lovano, James Moody, Don Patterson, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Sonny Stitt, Dave Valentin, Kenny Werner and Glenn Wilson.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Tony Martucci Quintet - 9pm and 11pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $15

TONY MARTUCCI – 9PM & 11PM

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Christylez Bacon Washington Sound Museum - 8pm
1333 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
USA
202.399.7993
Price: See Venue Website

Christylez Bacon @ Atlas - Washington, DC

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

levon mikaelian and United Shades of Artistry - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $10

United Shades Of Artistry, the self-titled debut recording of a quartet founded in 2014 by pianist and composer Levon Mikaelian, mines the riches found in both milieu. A native of Yerevan, Aremenia, whose family emigrated to the U.S. after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mikaelian’s band features guitarist John Lee, bassist Blake Meisterand Nigerian drummer Tosin Aribisala. Each member contributes a unique and personal instrumental vision and voice and together they deliver an eloquent musical statement that fuses elements of modern jazz, rock, Eastern European, Latin and African music and rhythms. 

- All About Jazz

 

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

The Transmitters - 8:30pm
1101 Kenyon St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202.232.5263
Price: ?

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Roofers Union
Nicole Sappos Trio - 10pm
2446 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
USA
Price: Free!

Jazz Vocalist and Bassist, Nicole Saphos honed her skills at Temple University prior to emerging onto the DC jazz scene in 2012. The bold bass playing songstress has since established herself as a compelling performer, entertaining in regular gigs throughout the area as well as renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and the The Kimmel Center. Drawing upon her unique collection of influences, ranging from Charles Mingus to Fiona Apple, Saphos couples a strong sense of musicality with her achingly nostalgic sound and inventively hypnotic and rhythmically driven arrangements.



Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Cusbah
Lee Blackwood and Graham - 10:30pm
1128 H st NE
DC, DC 20002
USa
(202) 506-1504
Price: Free!

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Boundary Stone DC
Lee Blackwood and Graham - 10pm
116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC
Price: Free!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

John Lee Quartet - 6pm
2813 12th St NE,
Washington, DC 20017
USA
(202) 526-1615
Price: $5-$10

John Lee Quartet plays Standards
 with Kelton Norris on Drums, Nathan Kwaller on Bass, and Freddie Dunn Jr on Trumpet.

 

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Ted Baker Group - 8pm and 10pm
2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-299-0800
Price: TBA

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits - 8pm
1333 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
USA
202.399.7993
Price: $20-28

A joyous, carnival-like treat.”—All About Jazz

Born in São Paulo, but a leading world citizen of New York’s vibrant Downtown scene for many years, master percussionist Cyro Baptista has collaborated with a wide variety of top talent—from John Zorn, David Byrne, and Laurie Anderson to Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Herbie Hancock. While he’s been lauded for lending his quintessentially Brazilian flavor to diverse musical settings, Baptista has also gained deserved attention for the bands he leads himself—notably his four-piece Banquet of the Spirits.

In Baptista’s dynamic quartet, drummer-percussionist Tim Keiper, bassist-oudist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, and keyboardist-accordionist Brian Marsella buoy their leader’s sonic blend. Exemplars of today’s avant-world scene, Banquet of the Spirits are deeply inspired by the Brazilian philosophy of anthropofagia, or cultural cannibalism. This notion arguably informs all forms of art-making in Brazil today as it expresses the country’s eagerness to devour a wide variety of sources, digest them, and come up with a uniquely Brazilian synthesis that in turn reflects the country’s long history of colonization and diverse, multicultural population. The quartet feasts on Afro-Brazilian sounds, samba, and freewheeling jazz, as well as Indian, Arabic, Celtic, and Aboriginal music, among other inspirations.

Joining the sonic BANQUET will be Washington's DC own amazing guitarist and new father JOHN LEE !

EXPECT: “a diversity of sounds and colors that can't be found anywhere else. This is global exotica of a kind so wonderfully weird and cool that it's a must-listen.” (All About Jazz)

UNIQUE, FUN, FORWARD THINKING and TOTALLY ACCESSIBLE !

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Hyattsville Art Festival
Cizza Paz - 4pm
Price: Free!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Mark Meadows " Something Good " - 8pm and 10pm
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-4141
Price: $25

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Recently named both “Artist of the Year” and “Composer of the Year” of 2014 by Washington DC’s City Paper, Mark G Meadows is a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and jazz educator. He performs throughout the Washington-Baltimore region and across the US. Mark recently released his second album, “Somethin’ Good”, which has received worldwide acclaim. He also was recently awarded the title of Strathmore’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014-2015 season. Mark is appearing alongside world-renowned musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Warren Wolf, Cyrus Chestnut, Dontae Winslow, Kris Funn, Todd Marcus, Eric Kennedy, Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Elijah Balbed, Quincy Phillips, Gary Thomas, Paul Bollenback, & Dr. Alex Norris.

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

John Lee Band - 4pm
2126 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810
302 475 3126
Price: Free!

Arden Fair 2015 Music Lineup

 

Arden Fair 2015 Music Lineup

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Diamond State Concert Band

11:15 AM to 11:45 AM Tugboat Kingdom (Molly Mausolf, local teen singer, keyboard player)

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM Whirled Peas (Delaware-based American Roots, Blues, Folk, Blue Grass Music)

1:00 PM to 1:45 PM Vanessa Collier (Sax-playing blues singer and band from Philadelphia)

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM Buffalo Chip and the Heard (Delaware-based acoustic trio, blues to jazz and beyond)

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM Luna Fugate w/Kevin McCabe (Blues-infused eclectic jam band from Wilmington)

4:00 PM to 4:45 PM John Lee Band (DC-based jam-improv guitarist, with touches of world music, jazz, bluegrass, and progressive rock)

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Badmobile (Vestiges of Mad Sweet Pangs, Delaware-based pop, experimental, jam band)

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Tony Martucci Quintet
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Tony Martucci Quintet
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Hassan Hakmoun - TBA
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 576-5111
Price: TBA

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Hassan Hakmoun - 9:30p,
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
CA
Price: Free!

Hassan Hakmoun
Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music. He has toured the world opening for Peter Gabriel, and often performs with dancers. Though schooled in the deeply traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh, since moving to the U.S. in 1987, his music has absorbed elements from a variety of popular styles, from jazz and "world music" to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop, resulting in a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work. His participation in such internationally renowned arts festivals as WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) and collaborations with respected artists, including David Sanborn, Peter Gabriel, Don Cherry and The Kronos Quartet, among countless others, have brought him further into the spotlight and inspired many artists from North Africa and around the globe to follow in his footsteps.
hassanhakmoun.com

 

Hassan Hakmoun brings dance sounds rooted in funk and reggae from the Gnawa Sufi trance music of Morocco. Hassan Hakmoun is regarded as a trailblazer for many young Gnawa musicians who have sought out connections with the world beyond their traditional heritage and milieu. In the age of ambient club, trance and hip hop, he revels in the world's musical melting pot.

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Allyn Johnson's Sonic Sanctuary - 8pm and 10pm
2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-299-0800
Price: $18
Allyn Johnson - piano

Carrol Dashiell III - drums
Romeir Mendez - bass
Kendall Isadore - violin
John Lee - guitar

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Hecht Warehouse
Kris Funn and Corner Store - Doors 7:30pm
1401 New York Ave. NE
Washington, DC
Price: $20
   

DC Jazz Loft SeriesTRIO OF TRIOS
at CapitalBop's DC Jazz Loft Series at the DC Jazz Festival
Spotlight on Baltimore: 
Gary Thomas Trio
Warren Wolf Trio
Kris Funn & Corner Store

Doors at 7:30 PM, music from 8:30 PM to 1:00 AM

The first night of CapitalBop's three-day, fifth annual DC Jazz Loft Series is focused on three unique trios, all led by world-touring musicians based in Baltimore. Gary Thomas—an eminent tenor saxophonist known for his work with Miles Davis, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheney, M-Base Collective, and others—will lead an explorative trio. Baltimore-based vibraphonist and Mack Avenue recording artist Warren Wolf (who tours with Christian McBride) brings a heavy-swinging trio. The night opens with Kris Funn & Corner Store, a slicing knife of funk, jazz and rock led by Kris Funn, a Baltimore-to-D.C. transplant who has toured the world with Kenny Garrett and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah.

capitalbop.com/cbshows

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

The John Lee Experience - 8:30pm
1650 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
212.582.2121
Price: $25

Don't miss this opportunity to see The John Lee Experience's New York debut. This show will be a part of the Les Paul's 100 year celebration, at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York. A week filled with guitarists from around the world. Use promo code Iridium to recieve a $5 discount with Graham Doby - drums, TJ Turqman - bass, Matt Rippetoe - sax, John Lee - guitar.  Buy Tickets Here!



 

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Kimbro's Cafe
John Lee and Southern Friends - 7pm
214 South Margin St
Franklin, TN 37064
Price: TBA

Im very excited to  reunite with my good friend Bruce Guttridge who played on my albums Somewhere Impossible to Find and The Nature Series. Bruce, and incredible drummer and human being, has relocated to Nashville TN. One night only of John Lee music in Franklin TN. We will be playing for the first time with Chris West on Saxophones and Chris Autry on Bass.

 

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Kriss Fun's CornerStore - 5pm-7pm
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, dc 20003
Price: Free!

Hot 5 @ Hill Center: Jazz on a Summer's Eve with Kris Funn - May 17

When: Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Cost: Free
Category: Arts and Performances
Partner: CapitalBop

In Corner Store, bassist and composer Kris Funn mingles blues and jazz with hip-hop and gospel, creating a rollicking sound that extends the lineage of American music into a funkier future.

Funn grew up in Baltimore before attending Howard University and settling in the D.C. area; since then he's toured and recorded with jazz stars like Christian Scott, Tunde Adjuah and Kenny Garrett. His bluesy, big-boned bass playing is Corner Store's foundation, and its lighter fluid. From there, the quartet's sound twists upward like smoke, kindled by crackling drums and snaky electric guitar.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 9:30pm
407 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 385-2638
Price: TBA

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Gypsy Sally's
LGB Trio - 9:15pm
3401 K St NW
Washington, DC
USA
Price: See Venue Website

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Sligo Creek Cafe
Oscillators Trio - 8:30pm 2 sets
923 Sligo Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Price: Free!

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
Landmark
Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-1384
Price: $42

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
Germantown, MD 20876
Price: $26

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Artisphere
Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
arlington, va
usa
Price: $24

www.artisphere.com

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 7:30pm
701 Moore Avenue
Lewisburg, PA 17837
570-577-2000
Price: $10

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
2126 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810
302 475 3126
Price: $25

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 7:30pm
105 Church St
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304-645-7917
Price: $22-$40

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 7:30pm
541 Luck Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
540-345-2550
Price: $16

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 7:30pm
101 Shenks Ln
Millersville, PA 17551
(717) 872-4600
Price: $18,$15$5

http://www.artsmu.com/

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Price: $22

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Teatro de la Ciudad
Fatoumata Diawara
Mexico City, MX
MX

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Teatro de la Ciudad
Fatoumata Diawara
Mexico City, MX
MX

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
450 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-8031
Price: $14 General, Free for students/faculty

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Jonathan Parker Group - 8pm
1101 Kenyon St NW
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 232-5263‎
Price: TBA

Friday, March 13th, 2015

LGB Trio - 10pm
16 W. Main Street
Frostburg, MD 21532
301-639-9777

Nathan Graham is a long-time friend of Dante's, having been the drummer for one of our all-time favorites Basshound! Recently he's been playing drums with a fella you might have heard of named John Kadlecik (Musician) and the John K. Band. Come show his new trio some love when they head to Frostburg!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Quarry House Tavern
LGB Trio - 8:30pm 2 sets
8401 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-587-9406
Price: Free!

Come join John Lee Guitar, Marc Blackwood Bass, and Nathan Graham Drums for a night of genre-mash up

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The Transmitters - TBA
1200 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-7622
Price: $30-$35

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The Pinch

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: TBA

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: TBA

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
407 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 385-2638
Price: TBA

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey - 8pm and 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $15

Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals)
Gil Oliveira (drums)
Brian Marsella (keyboards)
Lisette Santiago (percussion, vocals)
Nicholas Young (percussion, tap)
Hassan Hakmoun (gimbri)
John Lee (guitar)
Tim Keiper (drums)
Scott Kettner (percussion)
Max Pollak (percussion, tap))

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Cyro Baptista's The Young Lions - 8pm and 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $15

Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals)
Jason Fraticelli (bass)
John Lee (guitar)
Tim Keiper (drums)
Brian Marsella (keyboard)

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Cyro Baptista's Vira Locos - 8pm and 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $15

Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals)
Tim Keiper (drums)
Shanir Blumenkranz (bass)
John Lee (electric guitar)
Brian Marsella (keyboards)
Vitor Gonçalves(accordion)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Quarry House Tavern
Lee, Blackwood, Graham - 8pm
8401 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-587-9406
Price: Free!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Tedd Baker and Victor Provost - 8pm and 10pm
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-4141
Price: Call Venue or See Website

Tedd Baker - saxophones
Victor Provost Music - steel pan
Jeb Patton - piano/keys
John Lee - guitar
Kris Funn - bass
Billy Williams Jr. - drums



Tedd Baker:

"... a bottomless well of musical energy--he can probably cut any saxophonist in town, and hold his own with any saxophonist, period." - Michael J. West, Washington City Paper

"... a grandly talented improviser" - Allaboutjazz.com


Victor Provost:

"... a serious Jazz Improvisor on the steel pan" - Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"An extraordinary musician" - Paquito D'Rivera, NEA Jazz Master

"one of the best things about the D.C. jazz scene" - Michael J. West, Washington City Paper

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Virginia Commonwealth University
Tony Martucci Quintet - 1:30pm-9pm
Richmond, VA 23230
Price: TBA

Tony’s great quintet will be lecturing, teaching and playing an evening concert at VCU 1:30 - 9pm. Visit the web site for more details. Jeff - sax, w/ Tony Martucci - drums, Luiz Hernandez - sax, John Lee - guitar, Tom Baldwin - bass. (acoustic jazz)

http://arts.vcu.edu/music/

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Boundary Stone
Lee, Blackwood, Graham - 8pm
116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
USA
(202) 621-6635
Price: Free!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Perez Art Museum Miami
Alma Tropicalia - TBA
Price: TBA

Celebrating the opening of Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Perez Art Museum Miami
Alma Tropicalia - TBA
Price: TBA

Celebrating the opening of Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Perez Art Museum Miami
Alma Tropicalia - TBA
Price: TBA

Celebrating the opening of Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Hassan Hakmoun - TBA
416 Cedar Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612)338-2674
Price: TBA

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Hassan Hakmoun - 8pm
Chicago, IL 60605
Price: See Venue Website

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Hassan Hakmoun - 7pm
Chicago, IL 60605
Price: See Venue Website

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Williams Center for the Arts
Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey - 8pm
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042
Price: $18; LC students FREE; LC staff/faculty $5

“Percussion ensemble” hardly begins to describe Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey. Sword-dancing, martial arts, and acrobatics thrill audiences as part of the ensemble’s performances—but nothing eclipses the exuberance of the music itself. Beat the Donkey draws from jazz, samba, funk, and rock, along with Afro-Brazilian and a host of other international influences, to create music as compositionally complex as it is wild and joyous.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kush Abeday Tony Willaims Tribute - 5pm-8pm
8th and F Street NW
Washington, DC
Price: Free!

By merging jazz and rock to create a new fusion style, Tony Williams earned recognition as one of the most innovative drummers in history.  Kush Abadey on drums, Elijah Balbed on tenor saxophone, Wallace Roney Jr. on trumpet, Jack Sherman on organ and piano, John Lee on guitar, and Herman Burney on bass—all honor William’s career and legacy.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Quarry House Tavern
Lee, Blackwood, Graham - 8:30pm
8401 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-587-9406
Price: Free!

Graham, Blackwood, Lee

Nathan Graham Drums, Marc Blackwood Bass, John Lee Guitar

 

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Colonial Tavern
John Buck with John Lee and Ryan Hale - 9pm
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-1313
Price: Free!

John Lee Guitar, John Buck Bass, Ryan Hale Drums

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Comet Ping Pong
Alma Tropicalia - TBA
5037 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Price: TBA

http://www.almatropicalia.net/

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

John Buck with John Lee and Ryan Hale - 9pm
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-1313
Price: Free!

John Buck Bass, John Lee Guitar, Ryan Hale Drums

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Clearwater Music Festival
Hassan Hakmoun - 3pm
Price: $58

http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/

Monday, June 9th, 2014

John Buck with John Lee and Ryan Hale - 9pm
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-1313
Price: Free!

John Buck Bass, John Lee Guitar, Ryan Hale Drums

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Alma Tropicalia - 2pm
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5100
Price: Free!

http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets/calendar/view.asp?id=10296

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Quarry House Tavern
Lee, Blackwood, Graham - 7:30pm-10:30pm
8401 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-587-9406
Price: Free

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: TBA

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: TBA

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Brian Marsella's Imaginarium - TBA
230 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Price: TBA

CD Release for Chapter 1

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

The Stone
Tim Keiper's Eclipticalia - 8pm and 10pm
Ave C and 2nd St
New York, NY
Price: $15

Tim Keiper's Eclipticalia
John Lee (guitar) Chris Dingman (vibes) Edward Perez (bass) Cyro Baptista (percussion, voice) Tim Keiper (drums, hunters harp, voice)
New music for the equinox with sounds ranging from NYC to the outer planets.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Dukem
Kris Funn's Cornerstore - TBA
1114 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: TBA

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Alma Tropicalia - 8pm
1101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, va 22209
Price: $15

The American/Brazilian collective Nation Beat plays a 21st century mash-up inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, Appalachian music, funk and country-blues. It is also the vibrant force of their explosive live show, which is frequently known to burst into crowd-wide Carnival-style drumming and singing. Nation Beat’s audacious energy seamlessly bridges folkloric Brazilian maracatu with classic NOLA roots music attracting an ever-growing legion of fans from across a wide demographic. They’re the first American group to record in Brazil with the legendary Mestre Walter & Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante, and the first Brazilian band to perform with Willie Nelson. Borrowing, mixing and adapting musical traditions is at the very heart of Music, and it is the creative and animated pulse of Nation Beat.

Add DC’s own Alma Tropicália, a band that re-imagines the psych-samba sounds of 1960’s tropicália music from Brazil, and the vintage Brazilian vinyl collection of DJ Neville C (Som Records) to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect Carnival celebration!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The Grand Candy CD Release - 8:30
2832 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-8340
Price: $12
I'll be joining The Grand Candy for their cd release show, featuring the music of Daniel Cohn
 the Grand Candy  CD Release show

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Kris Funn's Cornerstore - 8:30pm and 10pm
2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-299-0800
Price: $20/$25

Kris Funn Bass, John Lamkin Drums, John Lee Guitar, Herb Scott Alto Sax

more info and tickets http://www.bohemiancaverns.com/calendar/

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Kris Funn's Cornerstore - 8:30pm and 10pm
2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-299-0800
Price: $20/$25

Kris Funn Bass, John Lamkin Drums, John Lee Guitar, Herb Scott Alto Sax

more info and tickets http://www.bohemiancaverns.com/calendar/

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

John Lee Experience - Doors 8pm
915 U Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20002
Price: $10

John Lee Experience featuring TJ Turqman Bass, Graham Doby Drums, and Matt Rippetoe Saxophone will be opening for The Hot at Nights (8-string guitar, drums, sax) from North Carolina.

Doors 8pm

JLe 9pm

HAN 10pm

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Brian Marsella's Imaginarium - 8pm
230 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Price: $15

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tony Martucci Quintet - 5pm-7pm
8th and F Street NW
Washington, DC
Price: Free!

Tony Martucci Quintet. A cool band fronted by TWO tenor saxes (Jeff and the great Luis Hernandez), guitar (John Lee), bass (Tom Baldwin) and drums (Tony Martucci). An expansive repertoire of originals and off-the-beaten-path standards make this a gig to hear! 8th and F NW, Washington, DC 20004. (Acoustic Jazz)

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Ron Holloway Group - 8pm
12826 Laurel-Bowie Road
Laurel, MD 20708
Price: $25

Ron Holloway group featuring the John Lee Exp. 2 sets.

Ronald Edward "Ron" Holloway (born August 24, 1953, Washington, D.C., United States) is an American tenor saxophonist.[1] He is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz where veteran jazz critic Ira Gitler described Holloway as a "bear-down-hard-bopper who can blow authentic R&B and croon a ballad with warm, blue feeling."[1] Holloway is the recipient of 42 Washington Area Music Awards, or Wammies, two of which he received as musician of the year.[2] Holloway has worked with Susan Tedeschi,[3][4] Dizzy Gillespie,[5][6] Gil Scott-Heron[7] and Root Boy Slim.[8] He is currently a member of The Warren Haynes Band.[9][10]

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

John Lee Solo/Duo - 9:30-Midnight
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-1313
Price: Free!

I will be performing solo or with some special guests.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

John Lee Experience - 4pm (see below)
12480 Mountain Valley Rd
Broadway VA, VA 22815
Price: $60

Friday Sep 27th Spaghetti Fest

John Lee Experience 4pm-5pm (side stage)

John Lee with The Transmitters 6pm-7pm (main stage)

Please visit the website link for more details near Harrisonburg VA

Friday, September 20th, 2013

John Lee Experience w/ Pakuna - 9pm
203 N Lombardy
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 353-9280
Price: $5

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: TBA

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: TBA

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Baye Kouyate - 10pm-12am
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
New York, NY 10030
(212) 690-7807

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The J.L.e - 8:30pm
21 East Ave
Thomas, WV 26292
304-463-4040
Price: TBA

Friday, July 12th, 2013

John Lee Experience - 9:30pm-12:30pm
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-1313
Price: Free!

Back in the Burg!

with TJ Turqman b, Graham Doby ds, Matt Rippetoe ts, bs

Click Here To Join On Facebook

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-4141
Price: TBA

with Luis Hernandez and Jeff Antonik on Tenor Saxophones, Tom Baldwin on Bass, Tony Martucci on Drums, and John Lee on Guitar

Friday, July 5th, 2013

John Lee Experience - 8pm to 11pm
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-5642
Price: Free!

John Lee's 34th  Birthday Bash Show!

with TJ Turqman b, Graham Doby ds, Matt Rippetoe ts, bs

Click Here To Join On Facebook

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

The Southern Cafe & Music Hall
Leathal Matter CD Release - 8pm
103 S. 1st Street (on the Downtown Mall)
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Saturday June 22 2013 A CD Release Party for: LEATHal Matter And Live Recording for: Gina Sobel and the Mighty Fine Doors at 7:00pm/Show at 8:00pm Mostly Seated Show Ticket Price: $8 in advance/$10 day of show LEATHal Matter is the most recent project from Nate Leath - a multi-instrumentalist on the forefront of today's music industry. Leath received a bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been spending most of his time on the road or producing records. Leathal Matter brings together a mix of bluegrass, funk, psychedelic rock, hip hop and cinematic soundscape

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Bossa Lounge
John Lee Experience - 9:45pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: TBA

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

John Lee Experience - Show starts 9pm
1621 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Price: See Venue

Pakuna, John Lee Experience, and Ben Shirley


Monday, May 6th, 2013

Trio - 8:30pm-10:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Beat the Donkey and Friends - 8pm and 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $10

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The Young Lions - 8pm and 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $10

THE YOUNG LIONS
Cyro Baptista (perc) Brian Marsella (keys) Jason Fraticelli (bass) John Lee (guitar)

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Trio - 8:30pm-10:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

John Lee Experience - 9:30 to 12:30pm
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-1313
Price: $5

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Hale, Buck, and Lee - 9pm to Midnight
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-1313
Price: Free!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Trio - 8:30 to 10:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

with Marc Blackwood on Bass and Charles Ostle on Drums                                                                                                           

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

John Lee Experience - 7:30pm - 10:30pm
1200 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-7622
Price: Free!

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Bossa Lounge
John Lee 4tet - 9pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: TBA

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Hale, Buck, and Lee - 9pm to Midnight
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-1313
Price: Free!

Ryan Hale - Midnight Spaghetti 

John Buck - The Transmitters, Caveman

John Lee - ?????????????????

Friday, February 1st, 2013

John Lee Experience (Trio) - 10pm-11:30pm
10673 Braddock Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 385-5717
Price: $5-$10

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Just Announced. Last Minute Show with The Trio (TJ Turqman on Bass, Graham Doby on Drums)

TJ and Grahams Band Stomp Status will be headling the show playing right after we finish.

http://www.facebook.com/events/491687730874084/

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $15

 

Tony Martucci (drums)
Jeff Antoniuk (tenor saxophones)
Luis Hernandez (tenor saxophones)
John Lee (guitar)
Tom Baldwin (bass)

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $15

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Tony Martucci (drums)
Jeff Antoniuk (tenor saxophones)
Luis Hernandez (tenor saxophones)
John Lee (guitar)
Tom Baldwin (bass)

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

John Lee Experience - 10pm
2327 18th St. NW, Washington
Adams Morgan, DC 20008
202/667-4355
Price: $10
The John Lee Experience and The U-Liners co-bill for as Thursday night of Roots Music Allie Farris opens. Doors 7pm at Club Heaven

http://www.facebook.com/events/405197122892796/?ref=22

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Friday, January 18th, 2013

John Lee Experience - 8pm to 11pm
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-5642

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

J.L.e Quartet - 7:30pm - 10:30pm
1200 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-7622
Price: Free!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

JoJo Restaurant
John Lee, Grahm Doby, TJ Turqman - 8pm to Midnight
1518 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
USA
202.319.9350
Price: Free!

Every Tuesday @ Jojos

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Monday, December 31st, 2012

Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey - 8pm
1351 Kings Highway
Sugar loaf, New York 10981
(845) 610-5335
Price: $75(Show Only)150.00 (w/party)

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

DC Jazz Loft (at Marvin Lounge)
J.L.e Quartet - 7pm (we play First)
2007 14th St NW
washington, District Of Columbia 20009
Uni
7033078606
Price: $15 Suggested Donation

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Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Bossa Lounge
John Lee Experience - 9pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $5

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

John Lee Experience - 7:30pm - 10:30pm
1200 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-7622
Price: Free!

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

The Oscillators - 8:30pm
3815 georgia ave
Washington, DC 20011

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Vip campfire Jam
Leathal Matter - 2 nights with Leathal Matter
Greenville, VA
Price: See Website

  

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Brasil Shows
Cyro Baptista shows

::: Upcoming Beat The Donkey Shows :::

Sep 13, 2012 (Thu): Sao Paulo, Brazil - SESC Pompeia Choperia
with special guest BIXIGA 70! The hottest AFRO-BEAT Band in Brasil!
Website

Sep 14, 2012 (Fri): Sao Paulo, Brazil - SESC Pompeia Choperia

Website

::: Cyro Baptista's Vira-Loucos Shows :::

Sep 06, 2012 (Thu): Cyro Baptista's Vira-Loucos
Olinda, Pernambuco - Festival Mimo

Website

Sep 10, 2012 (Mon): Cyro Baptista's Vira-Loucos
Sao Paulo, Brazil - SESC Consolacao

Website

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Ostle Brothers Trio - 8:30 to 10:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

Curtis and Charlse Ostle on Bass and Drums

John Lee on Guitar

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Quintet - 8pm and 10pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: Not Sure

Jonathan Parker Alto Sax

Elijah Balbed Tenor Sax

Curtis Ostle Bass

Charles Ostle Drums

John Lee Guitar

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Zinc Bar
Cyro Baptista and Friends - 9:30, 11, and 12:30
New York, NY 10003
Price: See Venue

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - 7pm
1500 Harbor Boulevard
Weehawken, NJ 07086
(201) 352-1750
Price: Free!

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Tim Keiper’s Eclipticalia - 8pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $10

Chris Dingman (vibraphone) Leo Genovese (piano, et cetera) John Lee (guitar, animal calls) Edward Perez (bass) Cyro Baptista (percussion) Tim Keiper (drums, hunter's harp)
Drummer for Vieux Farka Touré and Banquet of the Spirits brings his band to The Stone for a special night of new mus

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Cyro Baptista and Friends - 8pm and 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $10 per set

Multicultural, polyphonic, highly creative entertainment that takes rhythms beyond their natural frontiers and creates a brand of music too innovative and varied to be labeled.

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Leathal Matter (VIP TENT) - TBA
114 South Locust St.
Floyd, VA 24091
1-540-745-FEST
Price: See Venue Website

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The New J.L.e with John Dearth and Matt Rippetoe - 5pm
7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20565
Price: Free!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The Oscillators - 6:30-8:30pm
200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, MD 20850
rockville, md 20850
USA
Price: Free!

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Tony Martucci Quintet - 9pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $10

 

June
Fri.01 - Sat.02  9pm & 11pm

TONY MARTUCCI W/ LUIS HERNANDEZ, JEFF ANTONIUK, JOHN LEE, TOM BALDWIN - More Info

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Tony Martucci Quintet - 9pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $10

TONY MARTUCCI W/ LUIS HERNANDEZ, JEFF ANTONIUK, JOHN LEE, TOM BALDWIN

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

bistro bistro
Heidi Martin Group - 10:30pm
1727 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
USA
Price: Call Venue

Playing all original music by Heidi Martin, with Heidi Martin on Vocals, Kush Abeday on Drums, Kris Funn on Bass, and myself on Guitar

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

92nd Street Y
Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - TBA
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128
212-415-5500
Price: TBA

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

92nd Street Y
Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - TBA
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128
212-415-5500
Price: TBA

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Fat Tuesday's
The New J.L.e - 9:30pm
10673 Braddock Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 385-5717
Price: TBA

Opening for Stomp Status!

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Kris Funn Group - 8:30pm and 10:30pm
2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-299-0800
Price: $18

With Kris Fun on the Bass and John Lampkin on Drums

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Bossa Lounge
The New J.L.e - 9pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Cyro Baptista and Friends - TBA
622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 855-3388
Price: TBA

with Superhuman Happiness (members of Antibalas + TV on the Radio)and EMEFE

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Cyro Baptista and Friends - 5pm
26th and Ben Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100
Price: Free after admission to Museum

These 3 shows will be with Cyro Baptista on Percussion, Tim Keiper on Drums, Jason Fraticelli on Bass, Brian Marsella on Keys, and John Lee on Guitar

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Cyro Baptista and Friends - 7pm
1348 Route 9W
Marlboro, New York 12542
Price: Call Venue

Falcon Arts Center

Website: www.CyroBaptista.com

Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise in the public’s interest of world music, Cyro has managed to record and tour with some of music’s most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown. With his own project, the percussion and dance ensemble known as 'Beat the Donkey' Cyro gives free reign to his imagination, mixing his tremendous musical skills, his natural humor and theatrical ways with instruments from Brazil, Middle East, Indonesia, Africa and US.

Cyro's credits read like a "Who’s Who" of modern music. He toured extensively with Yo-Yo Ma's Brazil Project, Trey Anastasio's Band (of Phish), John Zorn's Electric Masada, Herbie Hancock's Grammy award winning "Gershwin’s World" , Sting and Paul Simon's "Rhythm of the Saints". The wide range of artists Cyro Baptista has performed and recorded with include: David Byrne, Kathleen Battle, Gato Barbieri, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboin, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo-Ma, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spyro Gyra, Trey Anastasio from Phish, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Santana and Sting. He has also played with many respected Brazilian artists such as Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Nana Vasconcelos.

Cyro has performed on five Grammy award winning albums: Yo-Yo-Ma’s "Obrigado Brasil", Cassandra Wilson's "Blue Light 'Til Dawn", The Chieftains' "Santiago", Ivan Lins' "A Love Affair", and Herbie Hancockæs highly-acclaimed "Gershwin's World". A documentary on Cyro's main project, Beat the Donkey, was recorded for the prestigious WGBH-TV Boston program 'La Plaza' won 3 New England EMMY Awards in 2002, and continues to air on PBS stations nationwide. Cyro collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for a Brazilian Carnaval modern jazz concert.

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Jay Starling Group - 10pm
1005 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Price: Call

Jay Starling will be back in town for this one night performance with myself, Toby Fairchild on Drums, and John Buck on Bass.

See Facebook event here for more details

http://www.facebook.com/events/375633022461729/

 

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Rock and Roll Hotel
The John Lee Experience - TBA
1353 H Street, NE
Washington, dc 20002
USA
202.388.ROCK
Price: $12

With TJ Turqman on Bass and Graham Doby on Drums opening up the night for Holy Ghost Tent and Junior League Band (who i'll be playing with as well)

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

Rock and Roll Hotel
Junior League Band - 8pm with Holy Ghost and TBA
1353 H Street, NE
Washington, dc 20002
USA
202.388.ROCK
Price: $12
The Junior League Band
Friday, February 17, 2012 - 8:00 PM
Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The Blockley
Caveman - Caveman (we headline)
38th and Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-222-1234
Price: TBA ($10 additional gets open ba

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Kimbro's Cafe
The Lee Experience - 7:30pm
214 South Margin St
Franklin, TN 37064
Price: Free!

With Bruce Guttridge on Drums and Gary Grainger on Bass. More Info TBA

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The Lee Experience - 7pm
1604 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
615.254.8006
Price: Free!

John Lee Guitar, Gary Grainger Bass, Bruce Guttridge Drums as part of an early series

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Douglas Corner Cafe
The Lee Experience - 9pm
2106 Eighth Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37204
Price: $10

John Lee Guitar, Gary Grainger Bass, Bruce Guttridge Drums as part of Tom Hurst Presents

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The John Lee Experience - 10pm
309 Williams St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-9999
Price: Free!

It's the last First Friday of the year in the Burg with Gary Grainger on Bass and Bruce Guttridge on Drums

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

CAVEMAN with Cyro Baptista - 10pm
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
(212)796-0741
Price: $20

Audio / Video

<a href="http://deathwaltz.bandcamp.com/album/caveman">Caveman by Caveman</a>

About This Event

Minimum Age:

All Ages

Doors Open:

10:00 PM

Show Time:

10:30 PM

Description:

This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 10pm to 11pm.

Artists

Wicked Knee
Billy Martin (drums)
Curtis Fowlkes (trombone)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Steven Bernstein (trumpet)

“I like to think of it as a juke joint band, if there is such a thing,” says Billy Martin about his new quartet, Wicked Knee. To which we can only respond, well, if there wasn’t one, there is now.

Martin, for the past two decades the drummer of the genre-busting trio Medeski Martin & Wood, wanted his new project to be something completely different from what his fans are accustomed to hearing from him. With a lineup consisting solely of trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, tuba player Marcus Rojas, trumpeter Steven Bernstein and Martin serving as his own rhythm section, comparisons to anything that have come before are unlikely. Martin calls Wicked Knee “ragtime funk,” and one listen to the band’s debut self-titled six-song (plus bonus track) EP confirms that his description is spot-on.

“Wicked Knee,” says Martin, “is cathartic, heart-based and primarily intended for situations that invite people to let go, throw down, get down and have fun. And we add avant-garde interludes as release and tension.”

Martin came up with Wicked Knee’s unusual configuration because, he explains, “I have always wanted to work with brass and drums but never had the time or the nerve to make it happen. I knew I had it when I asked Steven to help me get a few players together for Life on Drums (Martin’s educational, anti-instructional DVD out on Vongole Films). I wanted to have some brass with a previously recorded drumbeat. That ended up in the film as ‘Muffaletta,’ a very short last performance. After finishing that project I realized this was my new band. I have listened to a lot of field recordings from all over the African continent and there are very powerful groups that use horns or wind and drums. That’s what got me excited initially.”

Prior to forming Wicked Knee, Martin had worked on several projects with Bernstein, who is highly respected within New York’s downtown scene and beyond, with his groups Sex Mob and the Millennial Territory Orchestra, and as a sideman with a long list of diverse artists ranging from Aretha Franklin and Sting to jazzmen Sam Rivers and Roswell Rudd. Martin had only performed a few times with Rojas—whose credits include his bands Spanish Fly and Les Miserables Brass Band, as well as gigs with Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifa and many others—mostly in live performances. Fowlkes, a longtime fixture on the New York scene, who has performed with the Lounge Lizards, the Jazz Passengers, Charlie Haden, John Zorn and others, was the perfect player to round out the lineup.

Of forming an ensemble with Martin, Bernstein notes, "Billy and I have been playing music together for 20 years...we have been talking about putting together a project for about 15 of those. Wicked Knee is a magical combination of musicians...taking the idea of a brass band to brand new places. Head music for your body."

The band name, Wicked Knee, was inspired, says Martin, “from a record compilation my wife’s friend had called Shake Your Wicked Knees. I borrowed that compilation, which is a collection of piano rags, blues and stomps, and I loved the vibe and the title. I like that it is born out of an Afro- American expression but has a slight surreal meaning. I like titles that can have multiple interpretations and keep that mysterious thing going.”

Of the six tracks on the EP, half are Martin-penned originals and the other three are covers. “El Ritmo,” which was written by Lee Collins, was the initial impetus behind Martin’s brainstorm to form a band with Bernstein. “Yasisa Bambuta” is a Congolese tune by Rosalie Diop, and “Am I Blue” is the old Ike and Tina Turner classic, presented on the EP in a full-length five-and-a-halfminute version and a shortened take lasting just over three minutes.

Of the original material, “Remington 411” originated, says Martin, “when I was experimenting with a bass clarinet quartet named Edmund Welles while I was 'Artist in Residence' last year at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California. Then I further developed it at Camp MMW with a student ensemble. Finally, I worked it out during Wicked Knee’s recording session, adding DJ Olive on as an extra dimension for that ’70s detective TV theme vibe. ‘Remington 411’ came out of what I was reading at the time, Patti Smith’s Just Kids book. She had a Remington typewriter so it’s got a typewriter/gun-type affiliation.”

The under-two-minute “Cry” is another Martin composition. Martin first performed it with a bass clarinet quartet and then had Bernstein overdub trumpet; Martin also overdubbed his drums. The final original, “Congo March,” is brief at just over two minutes but packs a wallop, giving all four musicians a chance to blow furiously.

Although the sound of Wicked Knee bears little in common with Medeski Martin & Wood, Martin has no doubt that fans of the older group will be able to feel the groove. “In relation to my work with MMW, it’s really about balancing out everything I have done,” Martin says. “Wicked Knee is the antidote to MMW. I am more of a leader in this band and I want my own pure vision to come out with the help of these incredible individuals.

“Billy’s concept for the pocket brass band is open to myriad influences,” says Fowlkes. “From Congolese to avant-garde, Wicked Knee takes a fresh approach.”

“This is such a collective experience,” Martin adds. “I couldn’t do this as a solo artist. There is no electricity and no chordal instruments in this band. It’s the perfect balance to what MMW does. I would never want anything to get in the way of what I have with Medeski, Martin and Wood, but I think it is time to start something new. This is quite unique instrumentally and the four personalities really work together in a way that has never been done before, to my knowledge. When you realize you have a band where all the personalities define the whole, you need to get behind it and invest that energy fully. This is a real band.”
Mago (John Medeski / Billy Martin)
John Medeski (keys) and Billy Martin (drums) of Medeski Martin and Wood.
Caveman with Cyro Baptista
Caveman::
The stage is dark. Softly, sounds begin to emerge from the abyss. A metallic clatter, a dull thud, a whisper…the unrecognizable vibrations reflect the blackness that surrounds them. As if in imitation of music’s first days, the reverberations build faster and more intense, until at last, a pulse emerges. The evolution quickens as more layers enter, following the now driving beat. A warped organ, clanky guitar tones, a clicky drum pattern…the texture grows louder and more complex with each successive instrument, audibly straining to reach higher, to free itself from the darkness. Then, suddenly, sound and light erupt from the stage, blasting the audience with a raucous groove, rife with raw, primal energy.

Caveman doesn’t relent as the show continues. Even as organist Brian Marsella, bassist John Buck, guitarist John Lee, and drummer Tim Keiper reveal their jaw-dropping virtuosity through rowdy, up-tempo grooves, they never lose touch with the primitive simplicity at the center of their music. Though collectively these musicians have worked with Keller Williams, Cyro Baptista, Matisyahu, Marshall Allen, Pharoah’s Daughter, The Disco Biscuits, The Transmitters, and Vieux Farka Touré, it’s as if they look more to the fabled Neanderthal banging on rocks to inspire their music.

This devotion to the elemental has earned Caveman a maniacal following all over the United States. After two albums and four years of cris-crossing the country, this band has become a force to be reckoned with on the national festival and club circuit. Currently, Caveman is working on a new studio album and will be touring in its support later in 2011. Check them out this summer and get a taste of the primal!

Photo Credit: Britt Nemeth

Caveman on Myspace

Cyro Baptista :
Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise in the public’s interest of world music, Cyro has managed to record and tour with some of music’s most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown.
Photo © Eleonora Alberto 2003

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Blockley
CAVEMAN - 8pm
38th and Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-222-1234
Price: $20

Mago (MMW side project) & Wicked Knee w/ Caveman at The Blockley (11/30)

Get your tickets for Mago (John Medeski & Billy Martin of MMW), Wicked Knee at The Blockley here: http://ticketf.ly/s6sRif

Live at The Blockley
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
8:30 P.M. | 18+ | $18/$20

Mago:
http://www.facebook.com/MAGOBand

Wicked Knee:
http://www.facebook.com/wickedknee

Caveman:
http://www.myspace.com/cavemanlove
http://www.deathwaltz.com/artists/caveman

www.theblockley.com
www.deathwaltz.com

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Jay Starling's Quintet - 10pm
309 Williams St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-9999
Price: Free!

First Fridays in the Burg, with Jay Starling Keys and Lap Steel, Nate Leath on Violin, Brian Caputo on Drums, John Buck on Bass, and Myself on Guitar

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Tony Martucci Quintet - 9pm and 11pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $15

Tony Martucci (drums)
Jeff Antoniuk (tenor saxophones)
Luis Hernandez (tenor saxophones)
John Lee (guitar)
Tom Baldwin (bass)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Tony Martucci Quintet - 8pm
1333 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
USA
202.399.7993
Price: $25

Tony Martucci Quintet

Jazz at the Atlas

Tony Martucci
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale now!

Tony Martucci (drums)
Jeff Antoniuk (tenor saxophones)
Luis Hernandez (tenor saxophones)
John Lee (guitar)
Tom Baldwin (bass)

www.dcjazz.com/tonymartucci

Tony Martucci brings original drumming style to the Atlas in a performance that showcases his deep understanding of the jazz tradition. No stranger to Washington audiences, Martucci is a skilled accompanist and a having played and recorded with several well-known jazz artists including Mose Allison, Joe Henderson and Sonny Stitt. He currently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and has recorded two studio albums, one of which, Earthtones, was listed as one of the top ten favorite recordings of 1990 by the critics of Jazz Times Magazine. Music Monthly wrote that, “Martucci’s drum set magic is rich in detail and ambience…”

Get tickets to Tony Martucci Quintet

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Baye Kouyate - 10:30pm
258 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-6934

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Bangaroc Festival
Caveman with Fraticelli and Guttridge - 3pm
Sandstone Ct. and Tuckerman
Medford, NJ
Price: $100 at gate see website for ada

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=146036112132682

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Shirlington Outdoor Jazz Series
The Oscillators - 6:30pm
Shirlington
Price: Free!

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Sly Fest
Caveman - 8:30pm
4952 Quarry Rd
Warsaw, NY 14569
Price: $25-$60

Caveman with Chopping Block on Drums and Cyro Baptista on Percussion

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Junior League Band - 8pm
815 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20002
(202)393-0930
Price: $15

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Nate Leath Quintet - TBA
Huntington Farm
Boyce, VA 22620
Price: http://elysianfieldsfestival.eve

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Triumph Brewery
Caveman - TBA
Philadelphia, PA 19019
Price: TBA

Joining Caveman will be bass player extrodinaire Jason Fraticelli. These four will be Cyro's band on July 23rd show in Philly as well.

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - 8pm
3134 Eastern ave
Baltimore, MD
Price: $20

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - TBA
114 South Locust St.
Floyd, VA 24091
1-540-745-FEST
Price: $125 - $155

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Bossa Lounge
John Lee Experience - 9:30pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $5

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

40th st summer series
Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spiits - 6pm
40th and walnut sts (behind library)
Philadelphia, Pa
Price: Free!

Saturday, July 23, 6 p.m.: Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits and Joseph Bowie with Adam Rudolph. Cyro Baptista is one of the greatest Brazilian percussionists today, and his Banquet of the Spirits makes its Philadelphia debut this summer. Opening for Cyro is world music percussionist Adam Rudolph joined by multi-instrumentalist Joseph Bowie.

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011

The Bell House
Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - 8pm
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-643-6510
Price: $15

Purchase Tickets Here

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3761345

Friday, June 17th, 2011

John Lee Experience - 5 - 8:30pm
7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20565
Price: Free!

With Matt Rippetoe on Sax, Bruce Guttridge on Drums, Brandon Kalber on Bass

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

John Lee Experience - 6:10pm bohemian stage
Hollins Ave
Baltimore, MD 21218
Price: Free!

Trio with Bruce Guttridge on Drums and Brandon Kalber on Bass

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

John Lee, Marc Blackwood, Charles Ostle - 8:30 - 10:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Bossa Lounge
John Lee Experience - 9pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $5

Trio with Bruce Guttridge on drums and Brandon Kalber on Bass

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Buster Brown and the Get Down - 9:30pm
2854 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-9693
Price: Free!

With Perry Lemon Jr.  Drums, Dustin Conely Vocals, Mike Pryor Jr. Keys, and Mike Tony Echols Bass

Monday, May 16th, 2011

John Lee, Marc Blackwood, Charles Ostle - 8:30 - 10:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Osyrusfest
John Lee Experience - 8 - 9:30pm
Coatesville, PA 19320
Price: $100

More info at http://www.osyrusfest.com

Monday, May 9th, 2011

John Lee, Marc Blackwood, Charles Ostle - 8:30 - 10:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

John Lee, Marc Blackwood, Charles Ostle - 8:30 - 10:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Caveman with Jason Fraticelli - TBA
407 East Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 783-7888
Price: $10/$13 See Below

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Friday, January 14th, 2011

Caveman - doors 8pm
2639 Poplar Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-684-0808
Price: $10

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Caveman opening for Grimace Federation featuring the original line up of Caveman.

John Lee Guitar, John Buck Bass, Brian Marsella Keys, Tim Keiper Drums

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Utopia
Quartet - 9:30pm to 1:30am
1418 U St.
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

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John Lee Guitar, Tom Baldwin Bass, Tony Martucci Drums, Lyle Link Sax

Friday, January 7th, 2011

First Fridays Jazz at The Bistro with The Jay Starling Group - 10pm
309 Williams St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-9999
Price: Free!

Jay Starling with John Lee opening for the Disco Biscuits April 2010

It's another First Friday Jazz night in The Burg!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Buster Brown and The Get Down - 10 pm
2832 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-8340
Price: $10

John Lee with Buster Brown

Show Starts at 8pm we headline. We will be playing all original music from our upcoming album " It's more than just porn "

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

dance place
Eureka Dance Festival - 8pm on Dec 11th/ 4pm on Dec 12th
3225 8th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20017
USA
Price: $20
Sylvanna Sandoz has choreographed my song Chinese Reggae to the Glade Dance Collective in a piece about the culture of Washinton DC. I will not be performing but I will have a video exerpt of the piece on my website soon.

       http://www.dancefestival-eureka.org

 

Eureka Dance Festival
 
SEVEN WORLD PREMIERS
BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY!! We sold out last year!!

Don't miss this innovative evening of premiers by DC-area choreographers and international guests: Nathan Andary, Glade Dance Collective, Keira Hart-Mendoza/Carrie Monger, Kate Jordan, Orit Sherman, Roxie Thomas and Jose Ruiz-Subauste (Peru).http://www.dancefestival-eureka.org
 
 
 
Dance Place

Tickets:
$20 General Admission, $18 Student/Seniors, $10 Children
Order online: 
www.danceplace.org
By Phone: (202) 269-1600 

 

 

photos by Maggie Picard

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
ALSO---
IN CELEBRATION OF
OUR PREMIERS---
 
Come dance and create
with us  
 
WORKSHOPS!!

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at
4908 Wisconsin Avenue NW # 2
Washington D.C., DC 20016-4154

4:30-5:30 Children’s
Workshop (ages 5-8)

 
5:30-6:30 Children’s
Workshop (ages 9-12)

 
6:30-8:30 Adult
Workshop (ages 18-108)

 
*Visit website for
more details

 




Sylvana Sandoz

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Bossa Lounge
John Lee plays the music of John Lee - 9pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $5

Bossa - photo by Erika Horn 

First Sundays of Every Month

John Lee Guitar

Bruce Guttridge Drums

Brandon Kalber on Bass


Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Tony Martucci Group - 9pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: TBA

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With John Lee on Guitar, Greg Boyer on Trombone, Tom Baldwin on Bass, and Tony Martucci on Drums

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Tony Martucci Group - 9pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: TBA

With John Lee on Guitar, Tom Baldwin on Bass, Greg Boyer on Trombone, and Tony Martucci on Drums

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Undertones - 10pm
2832 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-8340
Price: $10

The evening starts at 9pm with the Porch Pickers Brigade, then at 10pm Joe Uehlein & The Undertones featuring Larry Ferguson on drums, John Lee and Anthony Pirog on electric guitars, Brandon Kalber on bass and Joe Uehlein on guitar and vocals. Rumor has it that Mindy McWilliams from The U-Liners may join us as well! Then we close the evening at 11pm with Big Chimney featuring Avril Smith from The U-Liners and John Seebach who has played many a U-Liner gig, and Alex Sens who has also sat in with the U-Liners.

Joe Uehlein & the Undertones

Great food, drink and tunes at the IOTA Club & Cafe this Friday Night!! The Undertones is a new side project for Joe featuring two of DC's best guitar players: John Lee and Anthony Pirog.

Larry Ferguson

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Flannagan's Harp & Fiddle
Gary Grainger and Friends - 9pm
4844 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Price: Free!

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Chopteeth with John Lee at Takoma Park Street Fest - 4pm
Main Street
Takoma Park, Maryland
Price: Free!

Takoma Park Street Fest

The Takoma Park Street Festival has something for everyone!

  • 18 musical groups playing on 3 stages
  • activities for children,
  • crafts from around the world,
  • community information booths, and
  • food to please any palate.

The Takoma Park Street Festival is a multi-cultural music and crafts festival in downtown Old Takoma. 

Join us on the first Sunday of October and enjoy our lovely Main Street area for a day filled with music, fun, arts, crafts and family events.

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Chopteeth at The Black Cat featuring John Lee - 9pm Main stage
1811 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $15

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John Lee joins the Afro-funk big band Chopteeth at The Black Cat!

http://www.chopteeth.com

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Joe Henson Quartet at The Tavern - 8pm
3988 Universtity Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Price: $5

A great evening of music at the Tavern with an exceptional ensemble of musicians! John Lee joined Henson in teaching at The National Jazz Workshop in Shenandoah this past summer.

Joe Henson - Saxophone

Regan Brough - Bass

Dave McDonald - Drums

John Lee - Guitar

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Bossa Lounge
Dave Kline Group - 8pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $5

Dave Kline at Bossa March 2010 - photo by Erika Horn

Music that will take you on a journey - this is The Dave Kline Group on another lovely Sunday night at Bossa.

Dave Kline - Violin/Guitar

Mark Foster - Bass

Bruce Guttridge - Drums

John Lee - Guitar

Friday, September 24th, 2010

2 Nights with The Flail featuring John Lee - 9pm and 11pm
1344 U. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
( 202) 234-0072
Price: $15

Twins Jazz Club

John Lee joins The Flail for 2 nights at Twins Jazz on U Street, replacing pianist extraordinaire Brian Marsella, on tour with Cyro Baptista. They have enjoyed packed shows at Blues Alley here in DC in the past, and are sure to bring an exceptional repertoire to Twins!

2nd show Saturday Sept. 25 - 2 sets at 9pm & 11pm $15

From www.theflail.com:

"The Flail is a New York City-based jazz quintet. The members met while attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and quickly became friends. From its inception in 2001, The Flail has focused on developing a group sound; as such, there has never been a 'leader' of the band - every member has an equal voice, musically and otherwise. This attitude is woven through all aspects of their music."

Dan Blankinship - Trumpet

Stephan Moutout - Saxophone

Reid Taylor - Bass

Matt Zebroski - Drums

Special guest Guitarist - John Lee

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Cyro Baptista & Friends - Dinner at 5pm Cyro at 8pm
1348 Route 9W
Marlboro, New York 12542
Price: See venue

Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey SVA Theater NYC 2010

A "mini Cirque du Cyro" featuring 3/4 of Caveman: Brian Marsella on keys, Tim Keiper on drums, and John Lee on guitar, led by the great Cyro Baptista.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

New Show added: Cyro Baptista & Friends in Woodstock - Doors 7pm Show 8pm
291 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
(845) 679-4406
Price: $15

John Lee joins Cyro Baptista, Brian Marsella and Tim Keiper for another show in Woodstock.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Tim Keiper's Moogoosada - 10pm
Corner of Avenue C & 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: $10

The Stone NYC

A very special show! Featuring the great Cyro Baptista on percussion, Keith Witty on bass, Chris Dingman on vibes, and 3 Cavemen: Tim Keiper on drums & kamel ngoni, Brian Marsella on piano and John Lee on guitar.

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

John Lee Experience on the Jazz Stage - 4:40-5:40pm
18th Street & Columbia Street corridor NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

John Lee performing at AMD 2009

The J.L.e. comes back for another Adams Morgan Day Festival!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

John Lee's Return to The Burg - 10 pm
1005 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Price: $5

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It's been a few months, and John's got some overseas stamps on his passport and a trip to L.A. under his belt, as he returns with the usual suspects for another awesome show at The Otter House! Come out and welcome him back, Burg-style!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Lissy Rosemont Acoustic Tour with Jim Avett - 10 pm
218 E. Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 376-1446
Price: See venue

John Lee joins Lissy Rosemont of the Junior League Band and Bluegrass legend Jim Avett for some acoustic shows in the lovely South, ending up here in Arlington Va.

Here are additional show dates:

Saturday August 28, 2010: Barley's Tap Room - 200 E. Jackson Ave., Knoxville TN - 10pm - details/more info at www.jimavett.com

Sunday August 29, 2010: The Pour House Music Hall - 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh NC - 6pm - Tickets $6 advance/$8 door

Monday August 30, 2010: Iota - 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA - 8pm - Tickets see Iota website

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The Mercury Lounge
Lissy Rosemont and John Lee Big Apple Duo - 7pm
217 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Price: See venue

John Lee & Lissy Rosemont performing at Music City Roots in Nashville Aug. 2010

John Lee and Lissy Rosemont of Junior League Band just added this special NYC date to their long list of shows this month. Straight off a 5 day tour in the south, playing at Music City Roots (live stream on their website) and Eddie's Attic in Atlanta GA just to name a few, they head up north to the Big Apple. To read a review of the Atlanta show, go to the "press" section right here on John Lee's website.

Photo courtesy of Music City Roots

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Bobby Lew's Saloon
Buster Brown & The Get Down in DC - 10:30pm
2006 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: See venue

John Lee & Dustin Conley at Jammin' Java 2008

John Lee and Buster Brown are back at Bobby Lew's in DC for another rockin' show - they were a BIG hit the first time around.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Buster Brown & The Get Down - 10pm
2854 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-9693
Price: See venue

John & Dustin of Buster Brown

Another fun night at Whitlow's filled with Buster Brown originals and covers. For more info on Buster Brown, visit http://www.getdownwithbrown.com

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Bossa Lounge
John Lee Returns to Bossa - 9pm
2463 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $5

John Lee returns to Bossa

 

After his Portugal tour with Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey, John is returning to Bossa - and has special surprises for everyone!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Junior League Band Southern Tour
Junior League Band Southern Tour
See below for venues and dates
TN, AL, GA
Price: TBA

Lissy Rosemont of Junior League Band at 9:30 Club 2010 - photo by Erika Horn

Wednesday Aug. 11 @ Loveless Cafe Barn - 8400 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 37221 @ 8pm

Thursday Aug. 12 @ Marty's Bar - 1813 10th Court South, Birmingham, AL 35205 @ 10pm

Friday Aug. 13 @ Eddie's Attic - 515 North McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030 @ 8pm

Saturday Aug. 14 @ The Loft - 1032 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901 @ 8pm

**Cover at all venues TBA

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Jay Starling Group at Bistro - 10:30pm
309 Williams St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-9999
Price: Free!

Jay Starling with John Lee opening for the Disco Biscuits April 2010

It's the first Friday of the month in The Burg, and you know where to be: Bistro Bethem! John Lee joins good friends Jay Starling (keys) and John Buck (bass) for another crazy music-filled night in The Burg!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Flannagan's Harp & Fiddle
Buster Brown and The Get Down at The H&F - 9pm
4844 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Price: Free!

John & Dustin of Buster Brown

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Shirlington Outdoor Jazz Series
The Oscillators - 6:30pm
Shirlington
Price: Free!

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Kinda like a reunion show. its been awhile for us. check out http://oscillatorsdc.com

featuring the music of drummer Charles Ostle, with members Matt Rippetoe on Sax and Glen Olif on Bass and John Lee on guitar

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Utopia
Jazz - 9:30
1418 U St.
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

John Lee Guitar

Tom Baldwin Bass

Tony Martucci Drums

Luis Hernandez Saxophone

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

The Young Lions - 5pm
7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20565
Price: Free!

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My Yearly show with The Young Lions featuring monster musicians Quincey Phillips on Drums, Allyn Johnson on Keys, Kris Fun on Bass, and Matvei Sigalov on Violin

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Brazilian Beat with Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey "Grand Performance" - 8pm
350 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Price: Concert is free! Dinner/fundrais

Magical and whimsical, world renowned Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista NYC - photo by Erika Horn

Join Grand Performances at 5:30pm for the Brazilian Beat Fundraiser - Brazilian-inspired cocktails and dinner followed by VIP reserved seats to the show! Help raise funds to support Grand Performances summer programming.

Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey is a traveling circus of fun. The music is propelled by the thumping heartbeat of the two large surdos (Brazilian bass drums). Sprinkle in Baptista's wizardry on percussions - which include whistles, timbales, pots and pans, long plastic tubes whirled by the entire ensemble and other unusual self-made instruments - and what explodes on stage is an energetic, mesmerizing, virtuosic and more than engaging stage show.

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Rock and Roll Hotel
Junior League Band "Jelly Roll" CD Release - 9pm
1353 H Street, NE
Washington, dc
Price: $12

Lissy Rosemont, sultry Southern frontwoman for Junior League Band - photo by Erika Horn

Miss Lissy Rosemont and the Junior League Band celebrate the release of their smokin' new album "Jelly Roll!" There's a lil' somethin' in it for everyone, and besides, who doesn't love a jelly roll?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Shenandoah University
Joe Henson Group - 1pm and 3:30pm
Winchester, VA 22601
Price: price of enrollment

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I will be giving a guitar masterclass and performance at The National Jazz Workshop. This  will be held Sunday July 11, 2010 through Friday July 16, 2010 on the campus of Shenandoah University in scenic Winchester, Virginia. Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the campus of Shenandoah University is easily accessible by automobile or air travel.

more info @ http://www.nationaljazzworkshop.org

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey
Porto, POR 351
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Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Jay Starling Group - 10pm
309 Williams St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-9999
Price: Free!

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

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Jazz Brunch - 11:30am to 1:30pm
1345 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Price: Free!

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Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Bossa
Dave Kline Group - 8pm (1 set)
2463 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: TBA

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With Dave Kline Violin, John Lee Guitar, Mark Foster Bass, and Terrance Arnette Drums. Playing the music of Dave Kline

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The Otter House
J.L.e - 10pm
1005 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Price: $5

John Lee rocks the Otter House every time!

 

With John Buck on Bass and Jay Starling Keys and LapSteel from the Transmitters

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Elikeh Afropop - 6pm
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
(800)444-1324
Price: Free!

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Elikeh, a collective of like-minded roots musicians performing their own brand of African roots music, combines traditional rhythms from Togo and 1970's Afro-funk.

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey Plays For Kids - Doors at Noon
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Price: $12

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Beat The Donkey is more than just a band. It is a multicultural, polyphonic, highly creative and entertaining group that takes rhythms beyond their natural frontiers and creates a brand of music too innovative and varied to be labeled.

The ensemble’s name, "Beat The Donkey", comes from the Brazilian expression "Pau Na Mula" meaning "Let’s go, let’s do it!"

There is an undeniable aura of fun and humor whenever Cyro Baptista takes the stage, and this is particularly true with Beat The Donkey. It is a wild, unstoppable and torrid world beat percussive ensemble that blends and beats a bewitching stage stew of untamed percussion, tap dance, martial arts, samba, jazz, rock and funk. They accomplish this by mixing instrumentation from all over the globe and unusual percussion inventions of Cyro’s own creation. The musicians hail from all over the world, wear wild, elaborate costumes and frequently leave their instruments to break into spontaneous dance, making the group fascinating to watch as well as listen to.

Cyro has always rejected rigid classifications in terms of instrumentation and compositional approach. With Beat The Donkey he gives free reign to his imagination, mixing instruments from Brazil, U.S., Indonesia and Africa with his own instruments. It is mysterious, spellbinding, infectious, irresistible dance music. Cyro himself roams the stage, conducting his troupe with fiendish glee, keeping the audience's attention captive for the whole show.

The amazing thing about Beat The Donkey is the unending variations; you could listen to them all night and still

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Osyrusfest
J.L.e - 8pm
Coatesville, PA 19320
Price: $80adv $100 Door

John Lee at The National opening for Disco Biscuits 2010

Here is some basic information to let you know what you can expect at Osyrusfest 2009.

The price of admission this year will be $80 which will include food from the grill, beer from the keg, camping, parking and entertainment. When we say it includes food, we mean we will have lots of basic food, like hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, chicken, bread, veggies, etc. however we encourage you to bring some of your own food like snacks or any grillables that you might want that we wont have. But if you don't bring any food you will not go hungry.

You can go ahead and buy tickets here.

This year there will be a limit of 300 people that can attend Osyrusfest, this is due to limitations of parking. We encourage you to carpool if possible or charter a train (there will be a train coming from New Orleans picking up people on the way throughout the South East email me for details) or bring your motorcycle.

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Jay Starling Group - 10:30pm
309 Williams St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-9999
Price: Free!

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Jay Starling Keys

John Lee Guitar

John Buck Bass

Bruce Guttridge Drums

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Buster Brown and the Get Down - 10pm
2316 Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-4116
Price: ?

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This will be our 2nd and last show in the outer banks.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Buster Brown and the Get Down - 10pm
2316 Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-4116
Price: ?

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Buster Brown and the Get Down will be performing 2 shows at Kelly's in the Outer Banks NC. Wednesday and Thursday night

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Utopia
Pope Lee Martucci - 9pm
1418 U St.
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

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A night of Jazz featuring myself on Guitar, Mike Pope on Bass, Tony Martucci on Drums

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

J.L.e - 2:30 - 3:15pm
Hollins Ave and Schroeder
Baltimore, MD 21218
Price: Free!

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"This year is the 25th Annual Sowebo Arts and Music Festival! Our Silver Anniversary! The 2010 Sowebo Festival will be held on Sunday, May 30th, surrounding historic Hollins Market in the bullseye of Sowebo.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Elikeh CD Release at Rock-n-Roll Hotel
Elikeh Afropop - 8:30pm
1353 H Street, NE
Washington, dc
Price: $10
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The 8 Ohms Band
Tosin

Doors | 8pm   Show | 830pm
$10
BUY TIX!

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Bossa
John Lee Returns to Bossa - 8:30pm to 11pm
2463 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $5

John Lee performs at Bossa - photo by Erika Horn

Fresh off the road opening 2 shows for the Disco Biscuits, a bonfire show at The Rez Ball, a fantastic turnout at The Otter House in Fredericksburg and many hours in the studio, John Lee and the Experience return home to Bossa for a special night of face-melting energy and newly arranged original tunes! You will find yourself in a trance....welcome back!

John Lee - Guitar

Bruce Guttridge - Drums

Steve Zerlin - Bass

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Port O'Call
Buster Brown and the Get Down - 10pm
504 S Virginia Dare Trl
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
252-441-7484
Price: ?

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B Flat and the Get Down will be returning to OBX for our first show there this summer. One of the coolest venues I've ever performed at. And it's right on the beach.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Utopia
Intrumental Utopia with Martucci, Lee & Baldwin - 9pm
1418 U St.
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

John Lee at Utopia - photo by Erika Horn

John Lee has performed for many years at Utopia with The Ed Hahn Group on Saturday nights, as well as numerous other acts. Let's welcome him back to his old "strumming" grounds tonight!

John Lee - Guitar

Tony Martucci - Drums

Tom Baldwin - Bass

Monday, April 26th, 2010

DC9
Elikeh featuring John Lee opening for Vieux Farka Toure - 8pm doors 18+
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Price: $15 adv/$18 door

VFK at Rock-n-Roll Hotel June 2009- photo by Erika Horn

Having a famous dad can be more of a curse than a blessing. For every Barry Bonds or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, both of whom overtook their fathers in the family business, there are thousands of sons who follow their dads with little success (Franz Xaver Mozart, anyone?). But Vieux Farka Touré, the son of the great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, has already stepped out from his late father’s shadow. Ali Farka Touré proved – in case anyone ever doubted it – that the soul of the blues could be found in West Africa. His son Vieux is turning heads with a more radical idea: that those western Saharan roots can be heard in everything from the jam band scene to Jamaican dub.

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

J.L.e opening for the X-Porn Stars - Doors at 8pm
103 S. 1st Street (on the Downtown Mall)
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Price: $8

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John Lee and the J.L.e open the show!

"Born out of the loose collective of late night jams that percolate around Charlottesville, the members of X-Porn Stars came together like sweet cream that rises to the top. With a lineup that includes horns, a DJ, singers, rappers, and the area's most blistering guitarist, the X-Porn Stars always bring the absolute funk. From ground-thumping uptempo grooves to rock-steady slow jams, every XPS show is an adventure in musical exploration. The band puts heart and soul into every moment on stage and the audience becomes a part of the experience."

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

John Lee at The Otter House - 10pm
1005 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Price: $5 cover

 

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John Lee and the boys of J.L.e. bring it back to The Burg for another mind-bending performance - with special guest "Burger" Jay Starling on keys & lapsteel along with the usual suspects:

Bruce Guttridge - drums

fellow "Burger" John Buck - bass

"The Ubiquitous" John Lee - guitar

and YOU - lovely dancing/screaming fans

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

JOHN LEE opening for the Disco Biscuits - Doors at 7pm
110 E. Main Street
Charlottesville, Va
Price: tickets on sale at venue site

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A second show with the Disco Biscuits!!! John has performed along with the Biscuits several times at local shows in the DC area including 9:30 Club in 2009 and the State Theater in 2008 on memorable tunes like "Killing in the Name of" and "Magellan."  Now, he looks forward to opening the show in Charlottesville with his own band, The J.L.e. Tickets are still available at the Disco Biscuits website and Jefferson Theater website.

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

J.L.e - J.L.e @ 6pm
7121 Riverdale Road
Lanham, MD 20706
Price: $15

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REZ BALL VII!!!

We'd love for you to join us at our Seventh bi-annual shindig, where you'll get to enjoy all those things that make The Rez Ball ballin'. That's a day of booty shakin bands and good times for less than price of most regular shows! It's going down at Nick and Julie's Magical Fairy Tale Land in Lanham just outside of College Park on Saturday, April 17th.

Our inexpensive admission includes:
-Good vibrations from the daytime til the nighttime
-Beer for 21+ crowd
-A campfire to keep your warm and happy
-Lots of fun loving, good-natured people to chill with

Freshly grilled food at reasonable prices will be prepared throughout the day with vegetarian options available.

Gates open at noon.

The venue:
Nick and Julie's Magical Fairy Tale Land
7121 Riverdale Road
Lanham, MD

The line-up:

John Lee Experience
The Rez & Friends
The Flying Eyes
Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children
At the Zoo
Vasudeva

 

 

John Lee Guitar

Bruce Guttridge Drums

Steve Zerlin Bass

Friday, April 16th, 2010

J.L.e (opening for The Disco Biscuits) - 8pm
708 East Broad,
Richmond, VA 23219
(757)622-9877

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John has performed along with the Biscuits several times at local shows in the DC area including 9:30 Club in 2009 and the State Theater in 2008 on memorable tunes like "Killing in the Name of" and "Magellan."  Now, he looks forward to opening the show in Richmond with his own band, The J.L.e. Tickets are still available at the Disco Biscuits website and The National website.

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

J.L.e - 10:30pm
345 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-599-0069
Price: Free!

John Lee at Otter House 2009

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Bossa
Dave Kline Group - 8:30pm
2463 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

8:30-11:30pm Sunday night. with Dave Kline on Violin, Mark Foster on Bass, Bruce Guttridge on Drums, and John Lee on Guitar

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Mona Gallery
CAVEMAN (reunion show) - Doors at 7pm (Caveman Headlines)
1536 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Price: $25 (drinks included)

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HAITI RELIEF BENEFIT - March 20 2010
As we are Humanity, the universe presents all it's glory and love for us to see. Sometimes, it shows us this in very painful situations that can be difficult for us to understand. Instead, we are called to action, to rise up, to support, to love; sometimes, in ways we never thought possible, with strength we never knew we had. It was a Tuesday that will be forever etched into the memories and the history of the people of Haiti. Almost instantaneously, love spread from around the world, to this tiny island and it's inhabitants. We are still spreading those ripples of love, and the people of Haiti are still in desperate need of the world's support. That is why we are hosting a Haiti Relief Benefit on Saturday, March 20, at the Mona Art Gallery in Philly, PA. Come out for the cause, come out for the fun, come out for the community! Live Music by Bohemian Sunrise, Caveman, and Leana Song, starts at 7p. Tickets are only $25 and additional donations will be forwarded, as well. Buy your tickets today, via paypal, at our Box Office!

 

Line up

Leana Song

Bohemian Sunrise

Caveman

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - 1pm and 4pm
530 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Price: $16

Cyro Baptista at SVA Theater 2010

There is an undeniable aura of fun and humor whenever Cyro Baptista takes the stage, and this is particularly true with Beat The Donkey, his eightperson band that takes rhythms beyond their natural frontiers to create an innovative brand of music. The group’s name comes from the Brazilian expression “Pau Na Mula,” which means “Let’s go! Let’s do it!” It is a wild, unstoppable and torrid world-beat ensemble that blends a bewitching brew of untamed percussion, tap dance, martial arts, samba, jazz, rock, and funk. The group accomplishes this by mixing instruments from all over the globe with unusual percussion inventions of Cyro’s own creation. The musicians wear wild, elaborate costumes and frequently leave their instruments to break into spontaneous dance, making the group fun to watch as well as listen to. Cyro himself roams the stage, conducting his troupe with fiendish glee and captivating the audience. As someone who has both composed music for Nickelodeon and become the “go-to” person for Yo-Yo Ma, Cassandra Wilson, Kathleen Battle, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, The Chieftains, and a host of other stars looking to add a Brazilian beat and an otherworldly mix to their projects, Cyro Baptista delivers performances that people talk about for years to come. UMS audiences have two chances to hear this amazing artist this season; Baptista is also a member of the Luciana Souza Trio.

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Jay Starling Group - 10:30pm
309 Williams St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-9999
Price: Free!

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Baye Kouyate - 8pm
82 Seneca St
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-5483
Price: $15

Baye Kouyate at Joe's Pub 2009

Click here to buy tickets now.

"I am griot," the man says in French-accented English. It is no small thing. He's part of an honored tradition, a caste of people in West Africa who throughout the ages have acted as the society's musicians, storytellers, historians and messengers.
He has a centuries-old griot (gree-oh) name to prove it: Baye Kouyaté (Bye Koo-ya-tay). He is a bandleader and world-class percussionist who specializes in the talking drum. And he is most certainly a storyteller.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

J.L.e - 5pm
1621 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Price: Free!

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with Bruce Guttridge on Drums and Gary Grainger on Bass

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Friday, February 12th, 2010

J.L.e - 10pm
1005 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Price: $5

Bruce Guttridge on Drums John Lee Guitar John Buck Bass

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Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Jack of the Wood
Junior League Band - 9pm
Asheville, NC 28801
Price: ?

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Junior League Band - 10pm
2038 Lee Rd 137
Auburn, AL 36830
(334) 821-7277
Price: ?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Speakeasy
Junior League Band - 9pm
1920 3rd Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35205
Price: ?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Junior League Band - Doors at 8pm
1578 Piedmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 875-1522
Price: $10

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Elikeh Afropop - 10pm
915 U Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20002
Price: 10$

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Bossa
J.L.e - 10pm
2463 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

John Lee Group's return to the District

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Junior League Band - rescheduled from Dec. 19th - time TBA
815 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20002
(202)393-0930
Price: Check 9:30 Club website

with Justin Jones

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Lost Dog Cafe
New Years Eve Lee Bash - 10pm
2920 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
Tix available thru PayPal at: lostdogcafe@ldullc.com
Price: $60 - All you can eat AND drink!

With

John Lee - Guitar

Mark Foster - Bass

Bruce Guttridge - Drums

Monday, December 28th, 2009

The Trio - 8:30pm
2453 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-5500
Price: Free!

Funk Trio

with Marc Blackwood on Bass, and Charles Ostle on Drums

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Buster Brown and the Get Down - 10pm
2854 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-9693
Price: not much

with Bruce Guttridge on Drums, Josh Paperick on Bass, Dustin Conley on Vocals

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Utopia
Ed Hahn Group - 11pm
1418 U St.
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free!

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The Otter House
John Lee Group - 10pm
1005 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Price: not much
John Lee Guitar, John Buck Bass, Bruce Guttridge Drums

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Jay Starling Group - 10:30pm
309 Williams St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-371-9999
Price: Free!
with Jay Starling Keys, John Buck Bass, Josh Cook Sax, Bruce Guttridge Drums, John Lee Guitar.

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The Otter House
Jay Starling Group - 10pm
1005 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Price: TBA
Jay Starling Group plays the Music of John Lee Jay Starling Keys John Buck Bass Josh Cook Sax Bruce Guttridge Drums John Lee Guitar

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Utopia
Ed Hahn Group - 11pm
1418 U St.
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Free
Ed Hahn Clarinet Andrew Cox Bass Bubbles Dean Drums John Lee Guitar

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Baye Kouyate - 7:30pm
Marquette, MI 49855
9062271000
Price: $20
African Talking Drum Master 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 Performing at the Great Lakes Rooms His performances are a journey through a world of highly complex polyrhythms fusing traditional sounds of Mali with influences such as jazz, reggae, and Latin grooves, all delivered by high spirited musicians.

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - 7:30pm
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
(212)796-0741
Price: $15
John Zorn’s Tzadik Label Mini Festival @ Le Poisson Rouge Featuring Beat The Donkey! with EDOM & WOLLESONIC Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey Record Release Party for Infinito – Out now on Tzadik Records http://lepoissonrouge.inticketing.com/events/55333

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Alma Tropicalia (Last Show) - 8pm
2001 14th St NW (Enter from U)
Washington, DC 20009
USA

After 5 years of gigging throughout DC, as well as New York, Miami, Baltimore and Richmond, Alma Tropicália will be calling it quits this summer (aside from the possible occasional reunion show). Come celebrate the music of 60's and 70's Brazil one last time, as played by some of the best musicians in the DC area, with very special guests DJ Greg Caz and Trio Momô.

Alma Tropicalia

Alma Tropicália is a rock band from Washington DC that reimagines the psych-samba sounds of 60’s tropicália music from Brazil, a mind-bending mix of tropical rhythms, soulful funk grooves and day-glo psychedelia that has quickly earned the group ecstatic reviews and packed performances across the region. The band's daring lineup combines the masterful Brazilian jazz vocalist Elin (featured on Thievery Corporation’s Brazil-inspired album “Saudade”) with the unhinged experimentation of some of the top backing musicians in today’s rock and world music scene (featuring members of Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey, Bio Ritmo, and more). Alma Tropicália has performed at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Howard Theatre, SOB's and Nublu, and has opened for top acts including Brazilian legend Jorge Ben Jor, Freshlyground, and Fitz and the Tantrums.

April 2017

Fatoumata Diawara - 8pm
450 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-8031
Price: $14 General, Free for students/faculty

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Tedd Baker and Victor Provost - 8pm and 10pm
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-4141
Price: Call Venue or See Website

Tedd Baker - saxophones
Victor Provost Music - steel pan
Jeb Patton - piano/keys
John Lee - guitar
Kris Funn - bass
Billy Williams Jr. - drums



Tedd Baker:

"... a bottomless well of musical energy--he can probably cut any saxophonist in town, and hold his own with any saxophonist, period." - Michael J. West, Washington City Paper

"... a grandly talented improviser" - Allaboutjazz.com


Victor Provost:

"... a serious Jazz Improvisor on the steel pan" - Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"An extraordinary musician" - Paquito D'Rivera, NEA Jazz Master

"one of the best things about the D.C. jazz scene" - Michael J. West, Washington City Paper