BlueLine is an award-winning, mixed quintet that performs jazz, gospel and pop a cappella music. Started in the fall of 1999 by friends whose day jobs weren’t providing enough time on stage, the group has achieved a tight blend and performed at competitions, music festivals and private events. Washington City Paper called BlueLine “exciting” and “exhilarating.” BlueLine gets its name from the subway line and is a tribute to the great Duke Ellington’s “Take the ‘A’ Train” — the kind of bluesy jazz that the group loves to sing.
The voices-only group has accomplished much, including:
– Participating in the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2012;
– Participating in the Sing Out for Shelter benefit (organized by the Augmented Eight) in 2002 and 2004;
– Providing music for the Washington Cancer Institute’s Service of Remembrance since 2000;
– Performing joint concerts with groups such as Take Note!, Drastic Measures, the Humbuckers, the Tone Rangers, and others;
– Participating in music series at Coolfont Resort, Jammin’ Java, California Tortilla Grill, and Barnes and Noble;
– Entertaining and educating high school students at Wilson High School and Chantilly High School;
– Brightening the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries, and other special events of many families;
– Celebrating jazz standards of the 1920′s and 1930′s with nursing home residents;
– Appearing out of the blue at Dupont Circle, Charlottesville, Harpers Ferry, Old Town Alexandria and other spots around the DC area.
BlueLine’s members are Joel Schneider (bass), Brian Lewis (tenor), Katherine Reynolds Lewis (alto), Ashley Mattison (mezzo soprano) and Jocelyn Ulrich (soprano).
Our repertoire includes songs such as Wanting Memories, Comes Love, Steppin’ Out, Water is Wide and several holiday songs.