Soulful R&B Singer Ada Dyer & the A Band at B.B. King Blues Club
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Singer-keyboardist Brian Mitchell has recorded and performed with everyone from Bob Dylan and B.B. King to Levon Helm, Allen Toussaint, Dolly Parton, Al Green and even former President Bill Clinton. The native New Yorker has also released two albums of his own material, creating a unique sound that mixes gutbucket blues, funky New Orleans-style R&B, quirky Latin rhythms and a bit of the avant-garde. Whether on keyboard, organ, accordion, piano or vocals, Mitchell's an extraordinary performer who has played all over late-night TV, at prestigious music festivals and at top venues across the country and around the world. 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.