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Potomac River Jazz Club is a nonprofit society whose purpose is to preserve, encourage and promote the playing and appreciation of traditional jazz.
On our Web site you’ll find information about trad jazz happenings
in the Washington-Baltimore area, about our organization, about our affiliated jazz bands, about
jazz history, and about many other items of interest to jazz fans. And be sure to check out what
PRJC is doing to encourage young musicians to play traditional jazz with
the Capital Focus Youth Jazz Band.
Please look around the site, and if you want to make a comment or a suggestion, ask a question
or just say “Hi,” please send us an e-mail.
Upcoming Jazz Events
Mark Your Calendar:
It's Baaack! The PRJC Jazz Picnic, coming this September! Check out our
upcoming events page at: “Upcoming Jazz Events” for more information on what is to come. And as always, remember to see what other events are playing around town on our “All That Jazz” page.
For more trad jazz, check the schedule for the monthly jazz jam with the The Conservatory Classic Jazz
at Normandie Farm Restaurant in MD.
For PRJC event information and advanced tickets purchases, please visit: “Upcoming Jazz Events”.
something else? PRJCs “All That Jazz” page and our new
PRJC events calendar have a comprehensive listing of
live traditional jazz and ragtime music happenings in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area.
PRJC Member News
The PRJC Board is deeply saddened to announce the passing of the popular DC Zoo Bar owner, Steve McKinney. Steve passes on August 4, 2015 surrounded by loved ones. As the wner of the Zoo Bar Cafe in Woodloey Park, Steve was a devoted member of the local blues music community in Washington. Our "Fat Daddy" "Baby Brother" "Stevie Weavie Bird Dog" and "Bossman" will be sadly missed. Steve's contribution to the local music scene was his sponsorship of bands four nights a week including a steady Sunday night appearance of Mike Flaherty's Dixieland Direct. People who knew him said supporting local blues and jazz music was important to him. Steve was one-of-a-kind. Our sincerest sympathies go out to his family and friends.
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The PRJC Band of the Month
The PRJC band of the month features the Buck Creek Jazz Band at the very recent 2014 Summit Jazz festival in September in Aurora, Colorado.
Buck Creek is playing “When I Leave this World Behind”.
Band members are Jim Ritter, co-leader/cornet/vocal; Frank Mesich, co-leader/trombone; John Skillman, clarinet; Chuck Stewart, tuba; Dave McAllister, piano; Mike Evans, banjo; and Pam Pameijer, drums. The video includes a quick view of two PRJC dancers, Dave and Suzanne.
Video from PRJC member Bill Schneider. (Music starts after 1st minute).
Have a video clip of your band playing a hot jazz tune on YouTube?
Send PRJC an email and your video could be highlighted here!
Priority is given, but not limited, to PRJC-affiliated bands. PRJC
e-mail - please include the embed code or link to video.
Dixieland Direct Enters its Third Year at the Zoo Bar in Washington DC
7:30 to 10:00 PM, 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. (202-232-4225)
The Dixieland Direct Jazz Band enters its third year playing great jazz at this long time neighborhood bar/restaurant with commendable food at reasonable prices.
The Zoo Bar located immediately across from the Zoo on Connecticut Ave. offers a selection of beer and other beverages. The Zoo Bar was voted 1st Runner-Up, Washington City Paper’s Best Jazz or Blues Venue 2009, right behind Blues Alley.
PRJC members highly recommend the weekly Sunday night event to anyone who would like to hear great jazz with no cover charge in a relaxed neighborhood type atmosphere! Sit-ins are occasionally welcome during the third set as time permits.
The Dixieland Direct Jazz Band is very well known in the Washington area. The band played formerly at the Colonel Brooks Tavern, the Market Inn Restaurant, at recent PRJC events and many other venues along the East Coast. Visit their web site to see them perform on YouTube and to hear their audio clips www.dixielanddirect.com
Drummer/Bandleader, Mike Flaherty, played in the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, located at Fort Myer;
Henning Hoehne, formerly with the Naval Academy Band, plays clarinet and soprano sax;
Bob Boguslaw plays piano in the “Presidents Own” Marine Corps Band at the White House; and
Dallas Smith, on bass, hails from the Army Blues. Members of the band have also played at many other out of town venues nationally and internationally.
Several members of the band will participate again in the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans in April 2013.
As visitor and jazz lover Rachel Erickson says… “Great family-friendly place, cozy with a large menu selection and reasonable prices. The music is the best. All of the musicians were wonderful, in fact, what a great way to fight off the Sunday evening get-to-return-to-the-work-week blues."
Directions: Located across the street from the entrance to the National Zoo, the Zoo Bar is metro accessible (Woodley Park-Zoo and Cleveland Park stations on the red line), and parking is available on Connecticut Ave. For more information for directions, please go to: http://www.zoobardc.com/directions.html
Back to the Fut...er, uh...BLOB'S PARK!
From the October 2009 Tailgate Ramblings
Read up on the occasion of the annual picnic's return to Blob's Park and the bands that helped make it a celebration to remember! Read the article.
Blobs Park, the German beer garden in Jessup, MD, and site of the PRJC Jazz Picnics re-opened
in September 2009. Blobs Parks Website, http://blobspark.net lists upcoming events.
Chattanooga Traditional Jazz Festival 2010 Video
The 2010 Chattanooga Traditional Jazz Festival was especially good, according to PRJC member Bill S. who wrote to Hot Jazz Flashes,
since Jim Ritter, Frank Mesich, and John Skillman of the Buck Creek Jazz Band
were there and played a set together. PRJC members can see the band, as well a few local PRJC
members in Bill's YouTube video below. (Video is about 6.5 minutes, and PRJC members are spotted around the 5-min mark.) Thanks for sharing, Bill!
E-Mail Service With Jazz News of Interest
The Potomac River Jazz Club offers an e-mail information service.
The Club will e-mail periodic
“Hot Jazz Flashes containing information of immediate interest
to members. We send Flashes before our current month's event, and occaisionally do so if there are changes to the information. We do not share our email lists outside of the PRJC and try to keep our email notices to a minimum.
If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, send an e-mail to
put “PRJC Hot Jazz Flashes in the subject line and the word “subscribe in the text.
Advertise in the Tailgate Ramblings
You can place
a jazz-related advertisement in the PRJC’s 12-page newsletter and pay for it online using your credit
card and the PayPal system. “Tailgate Ramblings is read by more than 700 PRJC members in the
Washington-Baltimore area when it is delivered to their homes every month.