Mercy, Mercy Me                    - The Isley Brothers and Santana

​Loveshine                                  - Confunkshun

Forget Me Nots                       - Patrice Rushen

​OR (long solo side)                - Prince

Step Into Tomorrow             - Donald Byrd

​Beautiful 7                                 - Osibasa

​Jamaica                                       - Bobby Caldwell

No Laughing Matter           _ Jean Carne

Do You Like It                    _ BT Express

​Mandrill                             _ Mandrill

I Should Have Loved You    _ Narada Michael Walden

Sanctified Lady                   _ Marvin Gaye

I'm Gonna Love You Just     _ Barry White

 A Little Bit More 
 

WOW! What A Session - We had a mixture of new regular listeners come through. We heard music from Prince, Sam Cooke, Commodores, Minnie Riperton, Grover Washington, Isdris Muhammed, Patrice Rushen and other musicians.

That was one of the quotes mentioned on our Facebook page from an attendant of the Vinyl LLC session at the Record Exchange on Record Store Day, April 21, at the Record Exchange store in Silver Spring, MD.

​​Join  Us  on  Record Store  Day at Joe's Record  Paradise
April  13,  2019  in  Silver Spring,  MD.

But the highlight of the afternoon was the last portion dedication to the Queen Aretha Franklin. The Problem was there was too much Re Re and not enough time.

Another beautiful warm day to be in the DC neighborhoods listening to some good music.

Our End of Summer Vinyl Listening Party was successful with a great group of new and regular vinyl listeners.  We kept the Summer going with great songs by some great artist.

Just Some of the HOT/HIT tunes played were:
Freak Show on the Dance Floor – Bar Kays
Treat ‘Em Right    -    Chubb Rock
That Girl        -       Stevie Wonder
Bohannon Beat Pt1  -   Bohannon
Somebody Else’s Guy  -  Joycelyn Brown
Summertime (Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, Chuck a-chuck-chuck …)  -  Billy Stewart 
Reunited      -       Peaches and Herb
Funkin for Jamaica  -  Tom Brown
777-9311     -     The Time
I Just Wanna Be With You    -     Maze
Here We Go Again      -      The Isley Brothers
Buckjump      -         Trombone  Shorty
Street  Life      -     The Crusaders
And then, Time Ran Out. Too Much Good Music, Not Enough Time.

The most heard question of the day as a favorite hit began to play, someone would ask:   Who Brought That Song?

Much thanks goes out to couple Judy and Maurice for expressing their love of music by showing their hand dancing skills.  (see attached video)

One of our regular listeners, Wendy Johnson, was bestowed the honor of becoming an official Vinyl LLC member.Type your paragraph here.

Here is just a list of the few her songs that were played:
1.I Wanna Make It up To You - (with Levi Stubbs)
2. I Knew You Were Waiting For Me
3. Sweet Bitter Love
4. Oh Me, Oh My
5. (I'm A fool for You Baby)
6. Don't Play It No More
7. Chain Of Fools
8 A'int Nothing Like The Real Thing
9. Don't Play That Song For Me

Some of the Vinyl Listening Lounge Club players

The Event​ - 10/10/2018

A few of the folks at the Nov. 2018 session

" That  Was  A  Lot  Of  Fun "

Not a Bad Event for a Holiday Weekend

We had a small crowd but the music was big.  Vanella C. dominated the event by breaking one of the basic rules of the club. Selections should be limited to around seven minutes to allow for more selections to be played. However, since the crowd was small, we allowed it. And WOW, she came with it by brining two phenomenal artist and selections;

​    ….     John Coltrane

Vinyl Listening Lounge Club - (Vinyl LLC) 

We got the ball rolling on Record Store Day with some great selections by some great artists from our club session attendants.

​Some of the selections and artist played were:

Our Event - February 2, 2019

Our  first  Vinyl  LLC  JAZZ  Only  Vinyl  Listening  Lounge  Club Session  event  was  Sat.  July 27, 2019  

at  Smith  Public  Trust,   ​3514  12th NE, Washington, DC

The End of Summer Vinyl Listening Party    

Our   JAZZ  ONLY

  Vinyl Listening session on

Sat. Sept.  7 

at  SOTTO  DC 

from 3:00 to  6:00 PM

We continued the session with host of varied Artists.

The highlight theme of this session was Famous Female solo Artists. Some of the Female Artists presented were;
Nina Simone  Roberta Flack  Gladys Knight
Anita Baker  Chaka Khan  Stephanie Mills  Janet Jackson

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WOW! This Was A Great Event”

Those were the words of a guest of our last and first Jazz Only Vinyl Listening Lounge session event. It was a great success until near the end when we got drowned out by a kid’s gathering. The playlist of artist represented the Who’s Who in the Jazz world.


  • We started out the session with the selection “Chameleon” by great Herbie Hancock. Other artist included:
  • Coleman Hawkins             Alberta Hunter Hunter       
  • Dollar Brand                   Ron Carter
  • Lee Morgan                    Stan Getz
  • Ahmad Jamal              De De Bridgewater                     Frank Sinatra                  Gato Barberi
  • Jerry Mulligan             Andrew Hill


The discussions of various artists, musical selections, and related information was stimulating. The conversations were knowledgeable, topics varied, and fact checked. What impressed me most was the coming together of strangers who have a common interest of jazz music on vinyl and then leaving as an acquaintance to someone not known before the session.

The kid invasion was unexpected. One of the goals of the Vinyl LLC is listen to music on vinyl in an intimate setting. Your presence and participation give me incentive to continue with these type of sessions. However, I need your help in finding location settings that would be suitable for our type of event. It’s not essential, but I would prefer a place where food and/or drink. We are called a Lounge Club because I would prefer guests to feel that they are in a place that has a relaxing environment. Please send me your suggestions.

As of today, I do not have a planned date and location for the next Jazz Only Vinyl session. I would like to do this again as soon as possible.

​​The first session of the Vinyl Listening Lounge Club was held on Sat. March 19 in Silver Spring, MD. The following selections were played:

Selection                               Artist                                   Played By

What I Say                              RayCharles                           Vanella
Memory Lane                         Minnie Riperton                    Darrilyn
Stand By Me                           Maurice White                       Jerry

That's The Way of the World   Earth Wind and Fire              Rhonda

And the Beat Goes On            Buddy Rich                           Randy
The Two of Us                       Nancy Wilson & Daryl Coley,  April-Mark

                                             Ramsey Lewis            
Never Can Say Goodbye         Issac Hayes                           Minnedore

Thinkin' About It Too             Al Jarreau                             Richardeen Rise                                       Herb Alpert                           Earl

Pusherman                            Curtis Mayfield                      Sean
Save The Last Dance For Me   The Drifters                          Sylvia

Who Can I Turn To                 Ahmad Jamal                        Darrilyn
Theme from the Planets         Dexter Wansel                      Jerry

Jam Tonight                           Freddie Jackson                    Mark

What A Day!


It was a beautiful day to be outside in DC today.   It was also a good day to be inside as part of the first Jazz Only vinyl listening session at Sotto DC. A great spot for lounging, great conversations, food and of course listening to outstanding music by remarkable musicians.


We started off the session randomly from two different listeners with selections from Miles Davis. And we chatted and chilled on the vibes to the end.


Quote of the Day


Near the end of the session, a first-time listener who enjoyed the experience asked if I was doing this anyplace else other than the DMV (DC, MD,  VA)? I said no, but the plan is to go anywhere there is an appeal. The person said to me, “You should look at New Orleans”.  


Not a bad idea. I will put that in my Things to Do list. Who knows? Just maybe. It’s a music town. It’s possible.  Ironically, later and after the event, I was talking over the phone to a longtime friend. Without knowledge of my previous conversation, my friend just happened to mention about going to New Orleans next year. Twice in one day out of the blue about going to NOLA conversations. Stay tuned.


Here are some of the selections that were played.

Nefertiti    -  Miles Davis  

AH-LEU-CHA  -  Miles Davis
Sun Goddess  -  Ramsey  Lewis

Every time I See You  -  Roy  Ayers
Laura   -   Dexter  Gordon

Free  -  Ornette  Coleman
The  In  Crowd  -  Ramsey  Lewis 

You  and  I   -  Stanley  Turrentine  
The Pursuit of the Woman in the Feathered Hat  - Weather Report
Turiya  &  Ramakrishna  -  Alice  Coltrane

Nutty  -  Thelonius  Monk
Ponciana   -  Gato  Barberi 

Ninterro   -  Noel  Pointer
Teach  Me  Tonight  -  Phoebe  Snow   

Look- A- Like   -  Bob James

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WOW!  If You Were Not There, You Missed It.
On the cold, icy first Saturday of Black History month, the Vinyl LLC started out with tributes to our recently departed brother with the golden voice, James Ingram


Our first three vinyl listeners presented some of James's most memorable songs.

 *  "How Do You Keep The Music Playing" with Patti Austin - 1983 song which         reached #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Billboard Adult       

     Contemporary chart. It was one of three songs thatwas nominated for the         Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 55th Academy Awards


 *  "Yah Mo B There"  - Won a Grammy with Michael McDonald for Best R&B 
     Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal


 *  "Just Once" - from Quincy Jones, reached #17 on the Billboard chart in 1981

Later during the session, another player presented "Baby Come to Me", another 

      phenomenal hit collaboration with Patti Austin..