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Upcoming Artists | January 2, 2023

Jazz Fusion with Chris Blackwell this Saturday, January 7th

Chris Blackwell

Get ready for an electrifying evening of jazz fusion at the Velvet Note jazz club, as Chris Blackwell takes the stage on Saturday, January 7th.

Blackwell is a guitarist whose skill and passion for music are second to none. With a career spanning over two decades, he has developed a unique style that blends together jazz, rock, and blues in a way that is both innovative and deeply rooted in tradition.

Born in London and raised on a steady diet of jazz and blues, Blackwell began playing guitar at a young age and quickly developed a reputation as a prodigy. He honed his craft on the local music scene before eventually making his way to the United States, where he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting new voices in jazz fusion.

Since then, Blackwell has released several albums and toured the world, performing at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals. His live shows are known for their energy and passion, and he has a way of connecting with his audience that is truly special.

If you’re a fan of jazz fusion, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Chris Blackwell in action. The Velvet Note is the perfect venue to experience his music, and this is sure to be an unforgettable evening. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

Upcoming Artists | January 1, 2023

Joyce Licorish on Friday, January 6th

Joyce Licorish

The Velvet Note jazz club is proud to present an evening with the talented Joyce Licorish on Friday, January 6th.

Licorish is a singer with a voice that is both powerful and soulful, capable of commanding a room with her commanding stage presence. With a career spanning over two decades, she has built a devoted fan base and earned a reputation as one of the premier voices in the world of jazz and R&B.

Born and raised in New York City, Licorish began singing at an early age and quickly found success on the local music scene. She gained wider recognition with the release of her debut album, “The Joyce Licorish Project,” which earned critical acclaim and established her as a force to be reckoned with in the world of jazz and R&B.

Since then, Licorish has released several more albums, each one showcasing her incredible range and versatility as a singer. She has toured the world, performing at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals, and has collaborated with a who’s who of the music industry.

If you’re a fan of jazz and R&B, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Joyce Licorish in action. The Velvet Note is one of the premier jazz clubs in the country, and this is sure to be an unforgettable evening of music. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

News | November 20, 2022

Thursday, November 24th: Thanksgiving Open Mic Jam Hosted by Club Owner Tamara Fuller

Yep, we’re open on Thanksgiving night and you’re welcomed. After the turkey, the fixings and the football, we here for an epic jam session. Bring your talent, bring your family, bring your instrument, bring your clapping hands, and join the fun. Hosted by club owner Tamara Fuller. And entry is only $5.00 per person– our holiday gift to you!

News | November 5, 2022

Sunday, November 6th: An Encore Performance of The Curtis Lundy Trio Featuring Cyrus Chestnut

SHOWTIMES: 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

That’s right–they’re so stupendously tight that we’re bringing them back for one…more…night! This is your last chance this weekend to catch Curtis Lundy, Cyrus Chestnut and Victor Jones again, even if you’ve already had your first delicious taste.

The cost? That’s completely up to you. Your donation is required and greatly appreciated. Proceeds go to the Howard University Alumni Association.

Just call us at 855.5.VELVET and tell us your name, your show time, and how many seats you are reserving. BE SURE to call us with your information so that we can reserve your seats!

Join us THIS Sunday for lotsa love and great music!

Upcoming Artists | August 17, 2022

Roman Street Brings Latin Jazz Back to the Velvet Note

the Roman Street quartet

Fan favorites Roman Street are returning to the Velvet Note in August!

Roman Street is an acclaimed instrumental band, consisting of brothers Noah and Josh Thompson, sometimes accompanied by drums and bass. Their music is usually described as jazz fusion, although it ranges from classical to Latin and Nuevo Flamenco.

They play venues around the world, having opened for acts such as Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5 and George Benson. You can check out their last appearance here at the Velvet Note in 2020 in the video below:

To book a romantic night of great live music, visit our Shows and Ticketing page. You can learn more about Roman Street at their website: http://www.romanstreet.com

News | March 23, 2022

We Made It To Southern Living!


ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA! Here’s the write-up: https://www.southernliving.com/travel/georgia/alpharetta-ga

News | October 19, 2021

The Best Thing I Heard Last Week: Sharon Clark

You could hear a pin drop. World-traveling singer Sharon Clark returned to The Velvet Note with–among other treats–a suite of Burt Bacharach arrangements.

Here’s my FAVORITE!

News | September 30, 2020

THE BIG INTERVIEW with Trevor Exter


News | February 29, 2020


By Tamara Fuller

When we opened The Velvet Note in 2012, I often asked myself the question, “Whose job is it to promote our shows?”  I sincerely hoped the answer would be, “Not yours, Tamara.” After all, hadn’t I come up with the concept, invested my own money, built the club from scratch, designed the decor and interiors, and taken the risk of location and size?  Didn’t I spend countless hours doing accounting, finance, taxes, contracts, and website management? Didn’t I book the artists, choose the menu, create the recipes, buy the food and booze, obtain the endless licenses necessary to operate, recruit, hire and manage the staff, and open and close the doors each night?  Please oh please oh please, let the job of show promotion be anyone’s responsibility other than mine!

Unfortunately, this was not the answer.  There was no answer. Artists and venue owners throughout the industry seemed divided or unsettled on the issue.  Poignant contemplation on the subject matter had been published in national articles, with no commonly-held conclusion reached.  After years of frustration and anger, I finally decided that whose job it was was completely irrelevant, and that if I wanted the privilege of sitting down with a $10 glass of wine (or a $3.99 slice of pizza) and watching 100-plus years of accomplished musical experience perform in front of my eyes, it might not be my job, but I had better make sure that the promotional job got done.

And then, I had to face an inconvenient truth:  I didn’t know how to do it.

Yep.  I had to admit to myself that the reason I kept asking whose job it was was that I didn’t know how to effectively promote a show.  If I had, I would have been doing it instead of trying to find someone else to do it. And when I say “effectively promote”, I also mean “cost-effectively”.  Anyone can spend $1000 and throw up a Hail Mary that will probably pay off. But having a budget of..say…$20, crossing my fingers and hoping customers would come simply wasn’t enough.  Ms. Know-It-All-or-Figure-it-Out had forgotten to take a digital marketing class, or even learn the basics of Facebook advertising. Was paying for a $7500 billboard more effective than calling 6 friends with large email lists?   I didn’t understand Twitter or Instagram, and I couldn’t conceive of the logic behind SnapChat. And most of all, I doubted that any of it would work, even if I figured it out. As a representative of my target market, I do not sit in front of social media all day, waiting for someone to tell me where  to go for entertainment. Why should I expect anyone else to do so?

Fortunately for our club, The Velvet Note has featured many, many artists who are very good at promoting themselves and who fill all of the seats when they perform.  Artists such as singer Karla Harris, saxophonist Dwan Bosman, singer/actress Toni Byrd, guitarist George Price, saxophonist Kenyon Carter (list goes on and on) were essential–from day one–in helping us to grow a club that can make money and have great talent on stage too.  At some point, I stopped getting so frustrated with the artists and started paying attention to what they were doing. I watched them, asked questions, picked their brains, counted their seats, followed their pages, and years later, they–and a slew of other artists–have taught me a great deal about what any artist must do to successfully fill seats.  For each and every show, we know that we must pick up where they leave off and carry the ball over the goal line. It has taken a while, but I think we’ve finally figured some of it out.  Artists and venues whose shows consistently sell out share a definitive set of qualities, behaviors and actions in common. It’s not easy, but it is achievable and repeatable. Whether you are a venue, a musician, a promoter, or a fan-bassador, show promotion might not be your job, but it is certainly in the rational self-interest of anyone who wants to enjoy a world in which live music flourishes.

News | February 10, 2020


Woo. I received the following text message this weekend:

[Names changed to protect the adorable]   “Hi Tamara…I asked Mary on a date, and the only place she wanted to go was The Velvet Note.  Coming to the 9:30 show.  Please make me look good (I know you will).  See you soon! “ 

Now John and Mary have been married for over 20 years, so asking her on a date and being genuinely anxious about the outcome is…well…unusual.  And beautiful.  You see, John (fierce, hot shot lawyer by day) is wooing his wife, as if she’s not a sure thing. He’s not taking her for granted.  And Mary is flirty and giggly and feels like she is in love, which she is.  And it’s all happening in everyday life.  Go ahead and try it.  Ask her if you can bring her lunch today…right in the middle of her speech preparation.  Tell her you’d enjoy doing that for her.  You can start wooing right now.  Who?  You. 


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