Friday, May 23, 2008


MERCY! The Soul-Jazz Happy Hour at MARVIN Every Friday 6pm-10pm

JAZZ CORNER OF THE WORLD every Wednesday Night at Cafe Saint-Ex 7pm-10pm!

DJs Birdman and DC Digga also hold down the third Saturday of every month at Cafe Saint-Ex for the long-running dance party THE JUMP-OFF! 10pm-close - Next one is JUNE 21!

Watch this space for more announcements!

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Jes Grew DJs bring their enthusiasm for all things soulful to one of the newest and most talked-about clubs in DC, MARVIN. Friday nights from 6pm-10pm will take on a distinct jazz flavor as DJs Birdman and DCDigga spin the best music you have ever heard in this inviting and sophisticated(but never stuffy) upstairs lounge. MERCY! is the new weekly jazz happy hour that will start your weekend off on the good foot.

Inspired by the genius and incredible work of DC native, Marvin Gaye, MARVIN boasts 3 full bars(including a year-round outdoor patio bar), a Soul Food & Belgian menu, and a clientele who know how to party to great soul and jazz from every era. Jes Grew Productions is proud to be part of a new era of entertainment in the historic U Street Corridor in NW DC. Come down and help make MERCY! a staple of the U Street scene!

MARVIN is located at 2007 14th Street NW, DC, and reservations for the restaurant can be made at 202-797-7171.

And don't forget, Birdman and DCDigga are still cranking out Wednesday Night Happy Hour at Cafe Saint-Ex, every week from 7-10pm! After 4 years, The Jazz Corner remains one of the freshest nights out in DC. Get your jazz fix every wenesday at Saint-Ex, 1847 14th Street, NW DC.

"The secret to life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that you've got it made."
-Groucho Marx

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


First 25 guests tonight will recieve the new Jes Grew Productions mix CD! Don't be late!

The longest running Jazz Happy Hour in DC cannot be stopped! Now entering our fourth summer on the scene, with no end in sight. Stay tuned for a special all night Jazz party celebrating our anniversary!

Friday, December 15, 2006


Come down to Cafe Saint-Ex's Gate 54 Lounge this Wednesday to celebrate the season with a helping of DJ Birdman's patented, homemade Christmas Jazz gravy! Chase it with a bottle of wine from the bar (always 25% off already low prices Wednesdays during the Jazz Corner), or choose from some of the best beer available in DC!

The Jazz Corner Wednesday Night Happy Hour is rapidly approaching it's 3rd year in the mix, and we want to thank everyone at Saint-Ex and all the supporters and friends of the event! This time of year is a great time to reflect on the milestones and achievements of the past year, and 2006 was indeed a great time for the Jes Grew Productions team and we couldn't have done it alone!

So we will see you down at Gate 54 this Wednesday, come prepared to deck some halls, roast some chestnuts, and jingle all the way, baby!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

25% off bottled wines downstairs at Gate 54 until 10pm every Wednesday
Ahhhh.....yes, after a looooooooong hiatus Mumbo Jumbo has returned! The realities of a full schedule and the demands of the non-cyber world caught up with me and I slipped on the regular blogging routine. I will try and keep up to the best of my ability (assuming anyone is out there reading!).

Anyway, one thing that has not changed is the Wednesday residency of the Jazz Corner at DC's one and only Cafe Saint-Ex. Going strong after 2 years, this weekly event continues to entertain regulars and new clientel alike with a skillful blend of soulful jazz from the distant past to the present. While some people want to narrow the scope of 'Jazz', the Jazz Corner DJs aim to expand and explode the notion, spinning sides by artists from all over the world and from nearly every major style that Jazz has embraced since it's birth. From hard bop to funky fusion, the Jazz Corner has something for every taste. And to quote Bill Cosby, "You might even learn somthin' before it's done. Hey, Hey, Hey!"

And now even more motivation: All available bottled wines are 25% off during the Jazz Corner, from 7pm til 10pm, only downstairs in Gate 54! So all you wine afficianados (and just plain winos, too) will get even more than you bargained for when swinging thru and hanging out with the Jes Grew crew. DC Digga and DJ Birdman are always available to help finish off any vino that you can't quite handle!

So plot out your schedules and make sure you clear off all the have a standing date with the Jazz Corner!

This week your DJ is the magic man himself, Mr DCDigga. He continually scours the metro area (and well beyond) in search of the finest in funky, soulful jazz. Don't miss it!
"When in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns."
-Raymond Chandler

Sunday, April 30, 2006

JAZZ CORNER of the WORLD w/DJ Birdman
This Wednesday Night, 4/3/06 Saint-Ex
Looking forward to returning to the gig after an extended break from the Jazz Corner! While I was relaxing and recharging my batteries, thankfully I had my partner in crime, the incredible Mr DC Digga, covering the waterfront AND my nights with his superb mixing skills and even better taste in funky jazz. His incredible enthusiasm for this weekly event have made it a pleasure to keep going! And in case any of you out there are keeping score, we are beginning our THIRD summer season since DJ Fatback and I founded this thing back in the Spring of 2004!

So come out this (and every) Wednesday for your weekly dose of great Jazz and related sounds! DC Digga and I go out and get our hands dirty nearly every day scouring the area for all types of great jazz, and once we do we can't wait to share it with you at the Jazz Corner.

We are also working on a mix to provide for our patrons as well, something a little summery to help you get through from one Wednesday to the next! So when you see us, keep hounding us about it so we get things up and running. It's great to be back!

"Hollywood is like being nowhere and talking to nobody about nothing. "
-Michelangelo Antonioni

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Come on out to a free Grand Opening event this weekend
Hey everyone...I know I have been missing in action this past month! But here's what I am up to this weekend!

From the Community Forklift press release:

Dancing, Deconstruction, and Dollhouses –
Nonprofit aims to reduce waste and make home repair affordable
Contact: Ruthie Mundell, Outreach Director
office: 301-985-5180 or cell: 301-904-7579

Home improvement stores use a variety of strategies to attract customers, from how-to clinics to gardening newsletters.

Now, a new store in the DC area is trying some unconventional methods, including singles mixers, a potluck dinner, and information on environmentally-friendly building.

Their grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 27-29, 2006. In addition to the potluck, they are planning a “Blessing of the Green Builders” ceremony, a reggae and R&B dance, a “Dollhouses for Little Treehuggers” workshop, and a trade fair showcasing restoration experts and green tradespeople.

But Community Forklift is not your typical home improvement business. Operated by a nonprofit, the store sells surplus, salvaged, and green building materials at very low prices. Almost everything in the store was once destined for the landfill, from the items for sale to the display racks and checkout desk.

President Jim Schulman explains, "Unfortunately, we get a lot of calls from people who want to buy forklifts! But our name explains our mission: we hope to lift up communities by making repairs more affordable for homeowners, small businesses, and community groups. By collecting donations of new and used items, we can reduce waste and provide building materials very inexpensively to folks who need them.

Construction debris makes up over half of America’s solid waste stream. Contractors and manufacturers need to clear out leftovers and excess inventory, and have to throw away items that are still in the original packaging. During renovations, homeowners often toss out perfectly good appliances, cabinets, wood flooring, or bathroom fixtures.

Community Forklift offers an alternative, making it possible to choose to reuse.

Schulman adds, “The re-use of building materials is a winning situation for everyone involved. Half of our inventory comes from deconstruction, in which a building is taken apart carefully by skilled laborers instead of demolished with heavy machinery. This creates jobs, uses less fossil fuel, and costs the same or less than traditional demolition. Instead of paying dumping fees, businesses and property owners earn tax deductions. The unemployed find careers through job training in the deconstruction industry. The materials can be sold cheaply, so homeowners and small businesses can afford repairs - making neighborhoods cleaner and safer. Nonprofits, artists, and theatre groups can find materials at low prices. Renovators can find antique trim and hardware to preserve historic buildings. And everyone benefits because less virgin material is taken from the ground or the forest.”

Outreach Director Ruthie Mundell says, “Our customers and volunteers are a fun group – they come here to poke around the store, but I think they also like meeting other packrats, treehuggers, and bargain-hunters. The singles volunteer mixers are great – they do a lot of work for us while they’re socializing. Right now, I need to find more volunteers to help with the party at the grand opening, and more businesses to participate in the trade fair. It’s free!”

For more information about the grand opening, donation guidelines, or materials in stock, contact Community Forklift at 301-985-5180. Their website is, and the store is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20681. It is five minutes from the DC line, and easily accessible from the DC Beltway, I-295, Kenilworth Avenue, Route One, or Rhode Island Avenue.