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   We are affiliated with numerous local area jazz bands and assist them in publicizing their performances, help them find gigs, and often hire them for our club-sponsored events. Links to the bands’ web sites are also listed. Just click on the underlined band name.

   If you are a bandleader who would like to have his/her band affiliated with PRJC, check instructions the bottom of this page.
Accidental Red is a five-member group featuring female vocalist, piano, upright bass, drums, sax, flute, and accordion. Our jazz covers are popular songs from the 20's to today. Genre's include Great American Songbook, 20's, 30's, 40's swing, with some traditional pop, oldies, blues, and Christmas tunes all with a light jazz feel. Kathy Farmer - Vocalist, ​Karin Slawinski - Alto Sax and Flute , Zenon Slawinski - Piano and Accordion, Mike Matthews - Upright Bass, Ron Mangas - Drums.
     Websites: Facebook: Accidental Red
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Full 7 piece -Traditional Jazz Band that plays the early HOT JAZZ of the 1920's-30's era, and the Dixieland Jazz revival style of the 1950's-60's. The band is lead by Ben Mauger - cornet & trumpet player. Ben was a long time member of the Canal St. Jazz Band and a regular player/member of Alex Watkins' Bayou band before forming his own group in 2007. The band has quickly become a fan favorite at the Jazz Societies and festivals on the East Coast. For more information please contact Ben at
This group is the most recent incarnation of a collaboration among noted PRJC musicians and Blue Sky 5 bandleader Craig Gildner (see below). Having visited New Orleans several times in the 90's and 2000s, Craig wanted to find an outlet to play traditional 20's and early 30's hot jazz for dancers, and dust off some long dormant horn chops. In 2005, he met some members of the Washington Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, who were amenable to the idea of taking the music into the dance halls of DC. In 2010 for Bastille Day at the French Embassy, the group paired down to a quartet, with Brian Alpert on drums, Pete Ostle bass, Gary Gregg on clarinet, and Craig on guitar/piano/cornet. Craig and Gary soon realized this was a compact powerhouse lineup with lots of spice,excitement,and potential. Thus the Syncopators were born. Give a listen!
    Craig Gildner
A swing band whose repertoire consists of songs made popular by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw and Nat King Cole, along with tunes by other swing era artists. The band also performs original compositions written by leader Craig Gildner and inspired by the Big Band era. Instrumentation: trumpet, sax, guitar/piano, bass, drums, vocals.
    Craig Gildner
BROOKS TEGLER'S QUINTET/SEXTET (etc. up to big band size)
Long-time professional group playing swing era jazz a la Benny Goodman's band and combos, Gene Krupa's band and small groups, Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five, Duke Ellington's groups, John Kirby Sextet, etc.
    Brooks Tegler - 115 Halifax Place S.E., Leesburg, VA 22150, 703-777-7173
The Buffalo Nickel Band is a 5 piece combo consisting of guitar, bass, violin, mandolin/accordion and reeds. We play a wide variety of small group swing tunes from the 1930s-‘40s and tunes from the Western Swing repertoire as well as American popular songs.
    Marvin Reitz - 17833 Bowie Mill Rd., Derwood, MD 20855, 301-670-6716
This band is the Youth Learning Program of the Potomac River Jazz Club. Since 1988, this nationally acclaimed program has provided promising young musicians with a grounding in the fundamentals of jazz, as well as specialized training in the traditional New Orleans styles. The band has played at the White House and other venues in the nation's capital as well as in New Orleans and at U.S. and international jazz festivals.
    Dave Robinson , 703-802-1632
A new band supported by the WCM and PRJC and featuring some of the area's most prominent traditional jazz players, some on the faculty of the WCM. While available to play regular gigs, public and private, part of its mission will to bring the joy of jazz to school children in the Washington metro area. Includes the Tommy Grecco Jazz Trio, the Arlington Allstarts Jazz, and Youth Combo & Big Band.
    Dave Robinson , 703-802-1632
Exciting, swinging big band sound with a focus on Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and other greats. The District of Swin is co-led by Halley Schoenberg and Tommy Greco
    Tommy Greco - Arlington, VA, 703-593 5873
DIXIELAND DIRECT JAZZ BAND is an exciting and energetic Washington, DC, based band that specializes in traditional New Orleans Dixieland music but its versatility encompasses other styles as well, these range from the music of the swing era, to society music to the Blues.
    Mike Flaherty - 1310 S. Pollard St., Arlington, VA 22204
The Hot Club of Baltimore performs inspired arrangements of the Django Reinhardt repertoire, French waltzes, and Trad Jazz. The ensemble boasts a variety of configurations including an instrumental trio of two guitars and upright bass, a classic quintet with violin, a late 40's instrumentation adding piano, drums, and horns, and a Django Big Band, which emulates the sound of the early 50's when Reinhardt performed with Duke Ellington.
    Michael Joseph Harris, 443-844-2123.
An old-time 12-piece big band specializing in early jazz, swing, and sweet dance tunes from 1920 to 1935 (well before the WW II Glenn Miller Era). Lead by Lynn Summerall, the band recreates the sweet & low-down jazz of the classic salon orchestras of the 1920's and early 30s.
    Lynn Summerall
The J Train jazz band is a quartet - tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums - that performs danceable, jazzy versions of The Great American Songbook along with some jazz oriented, more current pop tunes. The band features its Sinatra-style singer Dave Boleyn and is available for restaurants, clubs, parties, weddings, and a wide range of private events. The J Train Jazz band is a regular fixture at Alfio’s in Maryland where listeners can enjoy great food, listen and dance to the music of J Train.
    Lee Arbetman, 301 602-5097
The Strutters play a wide variety of traditional jazz and American popular songs from the 1900's through the 1940's. They do not try to emulate any particular band, performer, or style of jazz. Instead, the approach is captured by their motto, "We Play Happy Music." The goal is to leave audiences with their hands clapping, toes tapping, and smiles on their faces.
    Joel Albert - 301-762-3323
An acoustic jazz quartet knee-deep in the music of the 1930s-40s with a tinge of New Orleans. You’ll hear Louis Armstrong to early Sinatra ballads as well as those famous hot tunes from Count Basie and Benny Goodman. The washboard even makes an occasional guest appearance. The quartet consists of acoustic bass, swing rhythm guitar, saxophone/clarinet and cornet. Mama don't allow no drumming around here - which makes the quartet very portable and can fit into any footprint. Influences include Jack Teagarden, Eddie Condon, Ellington and Sidney Bechet.
    Ken Matthews ph: 571.232.5677
Exciting, sophisticated entertainment. Goodman, Miller, Sinatra, Porter, Gershwin, Ellington ... all the greats. Classic performances from the Golden Age of American popular music.
    Tommy Greco - Arlington, VA, 703 593-5873
The Orleans Express (formerlly the Dixieland Express) brings the exciting sounds of New Orleans style Dixieland music to the Washington DC area. Founded in 1999, Dixieland Express is available for a variety of events and audiences. The instrumentation for the group includes the traditional cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo and keyboard.
    John Stewart, 240 516-8292

Paramount is a 10-piece jazz orchestra consisting of reed and brass sections (3 saxes, 2 cornets, trombone) and a vintage rhythm section (piano, drums, tuba and banjo). We play (mostly) 2-beat syncopated traditional "hot" jazz of the 1920s and 30s prohibition era, a sound that preceded Big Band Swing. Since the 1980s, Paramount has been providing entertainment with dance-able vintage arrangements as done by McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Duke Ellington, Bix Biederbecke, Fletcher Henderson, Ray Noble, Glen Gray, Cab Calloway, Isham Jones, and others.
    Marv Reitz, 240 731-9596, and
    Barry Davis, 301 518-6586

A rollicking big band composed of top flight musicians, Radio King plays at numerous night spots and private parties in the DC and Baltimore areas.
    Rick Gordon - 301-330-8622
Ralf Böcker, a reedman from Hamburg Germany, was a very successful leader of several bands playing major festivals for decades in Europe. Ralf recently settled in the DC area and has rapidly become active in the local jazz scene. He is a devotee of Sidney Bechet a legendary figure in classic jazz. Join Böcker for an concert of soul-touching music written and played by Bechet while dancing on the dance floor. Backing Ralf is a band of Washington area all-stars professional musicians known for their devotion to jazz, some of who teach at area colleges and universities.
    Ralf Böcker, 240 852-9767
Famed jazz historian and performer Tex Wyndham's group has been playing in the Wilmington-Philadelphia corridor and throughout the Delaware Valley for some 35 years. His book contains traditional jazz standards as well as many pop tunes, some familiar, many not.
    Tex Wyndham, 610 388-6330
Traditional jazz band playing the happy and energetic music of a New Orleans carnival. Leader Richard “Bags” Howard plays trumpet and is joined by his son, “Kid” Howard on trombone, Dave Littlefield on banjo, Seth Kibel on reeds, Ron Goad on washboard, and Tom Cox on upright bass.
    Richard “Bags” Howard - 301 261-4005 or 410 956-6872
The SingCo Rhythm Orchestra has a mission of preserving and presenting America’s great big band music from the hot dance era of the 20s to the 50s. It is a 12-piece ensemble with occasional guest artists on accordion, xylophone, vibraphone and the like. In addition to playing events and parties, it is also a “show band.” The book includes original stock charts as well as arrangements and transcriptions by orchestra members.
    Doug Bowles - P.O. Box 29, Hyattsville, MD 20781-0029. Ph: 301 927-0133
SK Jazz is a quartet playing straight ahead jazz and tunes form the great American Songbook. Trumpet/flugelhorn, piano, bass and drums.
    Steve Kaufman - Bethesda, MD, 202 276-0053
Swing Time consists of 16 to 18 pieces with vocalist playing the Big Band sounds of the '30s and '40s era, and also music of the '50s and '60s.
    Don Hayden - 301-869-6705 or Cell 240-750-0457
Baltimore's premier hot jazz band that honors both tradition and innovation in this classic music. From Rag Time to Big Band Swing to the Hot Jazz of 30's Paris, Tongue in Cheek is paving the way for Neo-Traditional American Jazz Music.
    Zach Serleth
The Village Jazz Band has been entertaining in the Washington DC metro region since 1982, performing New Orleans style Dixieland music of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Wallerm Sidney Bichet, as well as original arrangements by our members. The traditional frontline has cornet, calrinet and trombone (with occasional tenor sax) backed by tuba, piano, banjo and drums. Available for public and private groups.
    Barry Davis - Montgomery Village, MD 20886, 301 250-6840 or 301 518-6586
Zachary Smith & The Mardi Gras Kings
New Orleans music -- jazz, Mardi Gras, Zydeco, Street Parade, Cajun. We play concerts, dances, private and corporate events.
    Zack Smith - 24 Cherry Laurel Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22405. 540-374-9219.

To become affiliated with the Potomac River Jazz Club, a band must play traditional jazz which we define as original New Orleans or Chicago style dixieland, dance orchestra music or small band swing in the style of the ’30s and ’40s, or big band music. It must be an organized band with regular members, not a pickup band. At least one member of the band (preferably the leader) must be a member of PRJC.

   Band leaders applying for affiliation should contact PRJC via this Web site or write to PRJC Membership Secretary, 8935 Orchard Dr., Chestertown, MD 21620. Feel free to include a band CD or information where the band can be heard.

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