Soulful R&B Singer Ada Dyer & the A Band at B.B. King Blues Club
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The last date listed for Ada Dyer & the A Band was Sunday January 12, 2014 / 9:30pm (Doors Open at 9:00pm).
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Some of the best blues in America today isn't coming out of Chicago or the Deep South -- it's coming from New York City's Times Square where the B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars featuring the Harlem Blues Project jam weekly at Lucille's with special guests. Several soulful and dynamic veteran vocalist-musicians make up the Harlem Blues Project: Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack and Barry Harrison. Singer and bassist Jerry Dugger is a member of the New York Blues Hall of Fame, who's shared the stage with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Copeland, James Cotton and more. Guitarist Junior Mack has played with greats like the Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Dickey Betts and Honeyboy Edwards and drummer Barry Harrison, a long-time band member for Johnny Copeland and Shemekia Copeland, rounds out one of the hottest blues outfits ever assembled. They're joined by a rotating cast of the finest musicians in New York City and beyond. Learn More
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Great singer sang alot of good hits from Arethea , Chaka, Marvin Gaye and others . Did a beautiful version of Image by the Beetles ............Really enjoyed the show . Friendly crowd danced the evening way . The venue is also very nice. Is clean and the service was good.
Ada Dyer (given name Adaritha) made her recorded debut on eminent jazz drummer Norman Connors’ album Invitation (1979) after her drummer discovered her talents singing the title track. In addition to “Invitation,” she was also featured on “Handle Me Gently.” Connors invited the vocalist back for his next album, 1980’s Take It to the Limit, on which the two scored a Top 30 R&B hit with the title cut. After returning home from a tour with Connors, Dyer auditioned and was promptly hired as the understudy to the lead in a production of The Wiz. In 1981, she relocated from Chicago to New York City, where she continued her work in both jingles and recording. Notably, she became part of the lineup of electro-dance trio Warp 9, best remembered for their trend-setting club hits “Nunk,” “Light Years Away” and “No Man Is an Island.”
In 1983, Dyer took a break from recording to do yet another production of The Wiz. Soon after, she began a prolific career as a background vocalist, both on tours and recording sessions. Her first prominent road gig with Chaka Khan led to interest from James Anthony Carmichael, noted for his work with Lionel Ritchie, the Commodores and Atlantic Starr. Carmichael had an ongoing relationship with Motown Records, which promptly signed Dyer. By 1987, the two commenced work on what would become Dyer’s debut solo album, Meant to Be.
Released in spring of 1988, Meant to Be quickly picked up steam, driven by the single release of “I Bet Ya I’ll Let Ya,” which reached No. 33 on Billboard’s R&B singles chart. A second single, “I Don’t Feel Like Crying,” penned by Babyface and L.A. Reid, served as the follow-up. Dyer was soon given a chance to record a second album under Motown’s new presidency. Unlike Meant to Be, on which she had been given no creative input, she selected all of the songs and co-wrote several for her eponymous 1990 release. This album effectively showcased Dyer’s abilities as an across-the-board singer, equally at home with powerful soul and pop ballads, jazzy R&B tunes and funk jams.
Since that incredible start to her career, Dyer has gone on to work with such artists as Sting, Roberta Flack, Lenny Kravitz, Cher, the J. Geils Band, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton and Luther Vandross, just to name a few.