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PRJC Educational Discussion: The Piano Music & Professors of Storyville
Presented by New Orleans based pianist Kris Tokarski
     Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 7-8:15pm
ONLINE via Zoom

Kris Tokarski    New Orleans based pianist, Kris Tokarski, will present a talk on the piano music of New Orleans' infamous red light district, Storyville, and the "piano professors" that created it. In addition to the famous Jelly Roll Morton Library of Congress interviews, many hours of interviews of Manuel Manetta and lesser known pianists are archived at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Based on these first hand accounts, Tokarski has compiled a set of material showcasing the diverse musical styles that were present in "The District" during its heyday. Anything from Spanish and Caribbean dance music to ragtime, and light opera to the lowest of blues was de rigueur. This colorful part of the jazz piano history will make for an interesting and entertaining performance and presentation.
Kris Tokarski is quickly developing a reputation as a leading exponent of classic jazz traditions. From performances in intimate clubs, such as Snug Harbor and Preservation Hall to international jazz festivals, including Umbria Winter Jazz Festival and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he artfully blends elements of the Harlem stride tradition, swing, bebop, and traditional New Orleans jazz.

Tokarski's recorded output features an impressive cast of musicians both from New Orleans and across the country. It showcases him in a variety of trio settings, which relies heavily on the demanding piano styles pioneered by greats including Jelly-Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Teddy Wilson. As renowned jazz journalist Michael Steinman notes on his debut album, "The disc is full of affection for the music and what it can give to us. It’s not about egotistic display; it’s about affection.”

Besides a busy performance schedule, Tokarski has a passion for teaching piano and improvisation (all instruments) to music students of all ages who share a love for jazz. He teaches one on one privately, in group clinics/masterclasses, and has served on faculty at the University of New Orleans.

The PRJC is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

 Admission: The event is FREE! Donations accepted.
This presentation will be held via Zoom and a link will be sent by e-mail the day of the presentation.
Registration required by 5pm on the day of the event:
Zoom Registration

You can support the PRJC's Educational Talks and Concerts using the Paypal link below or at

FOUR JAZZ SOCIETIES' special collaborative concert with Banu Gibson and New Orleans jazz All-Stars, streaming "live" from the New Orleans Jazz Museum
     May 15, 2021, from 2:00pm-3:30pm

Bonu Gibson

Spurred by the Potomac River Jazz Club's (PRJC) 50th Anniversary celebration, the PRJC will be joined by The Tri State Jazz Society, The Queen City Jass Society (in Buffalo) and The Basin Street Regulars (in Pismo Beach, CA) together with the New Orleans Jazz Museum to present an online live streaming concert headlined by popular singer-band leader Banu Gibson and a band of New Orleans jazz All-Stars. This may be the first-ever event collaboration by multiple jazz organizations.

Gibson is a vivacious bandleader, vocalist, dancer, banjo/guitar player, director, choreographer, manages her own record label, Swing Out Records and is a budding author with an autobiography in the works. Banu has headlined at numerous jazz festivals, performing art centers, and has headlined more than 80 appearances with symphony orchestras from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. Orchestras include the Boston Pops, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Norway. In 2010, she co-founded The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for adults to preserve and promote “trad” jazz. Students flock from all over North America, South American and Europe to learn the New Orleans style.

Backing her at the May event will be Steve Pistorius on piano, Charlie Fardella on reeds, Mark Brooks on bass, and Gerald French on drums. It is probably no coincidence that all the band members are master class instructors at the Traditional Jazz Camp and veteran, versatile members of the New Orleans jazz scene.

Please support the PRJC, The Tri State Jazz Society, the Queen City Jass Society and The Basin Street Regulars by making a donation below. Proceeds will be distributed among the four jazz societies.
Thank you for supporting trad jazz in your region!

Banu QR code

The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band   
  and the Normandie Jam

   May 23, 2021, from 2:30-4:30, outside, weather permitting. Call ahead!
Normandie Farms Restaurant
, 10710 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854. Ph: 301-983-8838

Conservatory Classic JB    The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band opens and closes the music, with a Jam Session in the middle. All are welcome to sit in or just sit back and enjoy!

The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band was formed in 2003 to present the sounds of traditional jazz to Washington DC audiences. A seven-piece group, they play New Orleans style, Chicago style, small-group swing, and mainstream. CCJB members include Dave Robinson, leader/cornet/trumpet, Brian Priebe on trombone, Gary Gregg on clarinet/sax, Dan Hall on bass, Jeff Reynolds on guitar/banjo, Brian Alpert on drums.

Visit the band's website for additional information, at ccjazzband

Non-Jammers ($10), Youth & Jammers (Free).

Ben Mauger's Vintage Jazz Band
     June 27, 2021, (Time/location TBD - online or live, at 2pm.)
Join the Potomac River Jazz Club for a summer special with Ben Mauger's Vintage Jazz Band!
Ben Mauger

PRJC members ($20), General admission ($25; $22.50 in advance),
Youth & Students with valid student IDs (Free).

PRJC & Ben Mauger's Vintage Jazz Band, 6/27/2021

* We also offer the option to pay what you wish to support the PRJC concert series.

The Seth Kibel Quintet
   July 11, 2021, 2pm, location TBD - online or live

To watch, go to the PRJC Facebook page (best sound quality)

Seth Kibel
PRJC is bringing one of our local favorites in for our July concert, The Seth Kibel Quintet. The Seth Kibel Quintet will present a high-energy program ranging from trad jazz to some slightly more modern swing and blues to, yes, even a little bit of Eastern-European Jewish Klezmer. Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and more will be celebrated with music for suitable for listening or dancing! Or possibly even both! Historical commentary from Seth will educate and entertain you!

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, When You're Smiling, was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. His song "New Waltz" was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW).

Planning an event where a jazz band would add excitement?
Check our listing of PRJC-affiliated bands and contact them directly for rates and availability.

   Recorded tunes by 16 of these bands can be found on the CD ‘The Bands of the Potomac River Jazz Club.’

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