| 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.
BARBONE STREET JAZZ BAND
Features six world class musicians who in the 1940s and 50s played
with many of the giants of jazz, including Lester Young, Billie
Holiday, Gene Schroeder, Wild Bill Davison, Yank Lawson, et. al.
Playing more than 160 gigs a year within a 100 mile radius of
Philadelphia they are the Delaware Valley's most popular jazz band.
Steve Barbone -
610-998-0431 (Oxford, PA)
Barrelhouse Brawl presents hot blues, hokum, and primitive New Orleans
style jazz. From a platform of washboard and tuba, a barrelhouse piano and a blues
harmonica support the classic jazz trinity of trumpet, clarinet, and trombone.
Richard "Bags" Howard -
410-956-6872 or 301-261-4005
BAYSIDE BIG BAND
This 17-piece band keeps the big-band sound alive by playing the music of the great swing
bands of the 1930s, such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Count Basie, up to the present day.
The band performs regularly throughout the Washington-Baltimore area.
Steve Young, 301-755-1757, or
Monica Gillam (410) 458-8907
BEN MAUGER'S VINTAGE JAZZ BAND
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
BIG BERTHA'S RHYTHM KINGS
We play a high intensity mix of swing and dixieland. Suitable for all
- 3917 Canterbury Road, Baltimore, MD, 410-662-9516
BLUE CRESCENT SYNCOPATORS
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!
BLUE SKY 5
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.
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.
Tegler - 115 Halifax Place S.E., Leesburg, VA 22150, 703-777-7173
CANAL STREET HOT 6
Founded recently by trumpet stylist Ben Mauger, this dixieland jazz group is already playing a busy schedule of gigs in central Pennsylvania. The band has already recorded its first CD.
- 2137 Brockton Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. 717-581-0153 or (cell) 717-475-7168.
CAPITAL FOCUS JAZZ BAND
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.
CHOUCHOU and THE
IMPERIAL PALMS ORCHESTRA
Chou Chou's whole ensemble offers a memorable evening of musical
entertainment, from the 1920's speakeasy numbers through the
romantic, elegant 1930's of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George
Gershwin, and the swing era of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, etc.
He has played hundreds of the biggest events throughout the U.S.
- 2020 Pennsylvania AV N.W., Suite 118, Washington,
DC 20006, 202-244-4237
CONSERVATORY CLASSIC JAZZ ENSEMBLE
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.
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
DIXIE POWER TRIO
New Orleans music -- jazz, Mardi Gras, Zydeco, Street Parade, Cajun. We
play concerts, dances, private and corporate events.
- 24 Cherry Laurel Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22405. 540-374-9219.
ALL NEW GENETICALLY-ALTERED JUG BAND
Featuring novelty songs of the 20th Century, the band performs both obscure oldies and lively original tunes.
You can email the ANGAJB at: ANGAJB@yahoogroups.com
GREG HARRISON JAZZ BAND
The Greg Harrison Jazz Band performs the standard jazz tunes in a swing jazz format based on the small bands of the 30s, 40s, and 50s.
Greg Harrison - 16209 Kimberly Rd., Gaithersburg,
MD 20878, 301-948-7354
HALS BAYOU JAZZ BAND
A seven piece ensemble playing traditional jazz, the music of King Oliver, Jelly Roll, Satchmo, and Bix. We have a passion for this music and thats why we play it with such care. If you like this music, youll like us. If youre not familiar with it, youll like us anyway. Available for dances, parties, weddings, funerals, et al. You want you spirits lifted, give us a call.
HOT CLUB of BALTIMORE
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.
HOT CLUB of DC
An acoustic Sextet playing swing jazz, in the tradition of Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt and French violinist Stephane Grapelli.
Our growing repertoire includes a wide variety of 1930's - 1940's French tunes (Reinhardt, Piaf, Trenet...), but also some American Classics and New-Orleans tunes (Sidney Bechet). We play swing tunes, waltzes, musette, ballads, boleros and bossas as gypsy jazz musicians play it.
HOTEL PARIDISE ROOF GARDEN ORCHESTRA
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.
JEFFERSON STREET STRUTTERS
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.
JIM RITTER and the CREOLE GUMBO JAZZ BAND
The Creole Gumbo Jazz Band, led by cornetist Jim Ritter, is a New Orleans style traditional jazz band.
Anchored by tubist Tom Holtz (http://www.tommytuba.com/Holtz/Tom_Holtz.html) and harmony provided by banjoist/guitarist
Rick Rowe, this band provides authentic music from the early 20th century.
They perform the third Saturday of each month at the Westlawn Inn in lovely North Beach, MD. and at special occasions.
Contact: Jim Ritter
LAISSEZ FOURE JAZZ BAND
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.
MOUNT VERNON SWING BAND
A traditional 17-piece big band which has been performing in the
Northern Virginia and Metro since the mid-'80s. Popular in the retired
community and for charity fund raisers, anniversaries, weddings and group parties. For smaller
venues the lead musicians step out to form the Mount Vernon Dixieland Jazz Band.
Nancy Scimone and the RED BIRD JAZZ
Nancy Scimone is one of the region’s most versatile and seasoned vocalists, performing everything from jazz to big band songs, to opera and pop, in numerous languages.
Nancy and Red Jazz Bird
Washington DC area. Phone contact: 571-232-1873
NEW COLUMBIA SWING ORCHESTRA
Exciting, sophisticated entertainment. Goodman, Miller, Sinatra,
Porter, Gershwin, Ellington ... all the greats. Classic performances
from the Golden Age of American popular music.
Dance teachers, too, if you wish.
- 2957 Strathmeade St. Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-641-0719
NEW TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND
A six-piece group that plays an eclectic mix of classic jazz tunes and pop numbers from the 1920s and 30s. Its instrumentation is somewhat unusual--cornet, two reed players, banjo, tuba, and piano but no trombone or drums--but its six members play a total of 13 instruments, and the result is wonderfully varied and exciting dixieland.
Moser/Chris Harris - Deer Isle, ME, 207-374-5037
NOT-SO-MODERN JAZZ QUARTET PLUS (A FEW)
Plays New York (Eddie Condon) style jazz and swing. Consists of clarinet,
bass sax, guitar (and/or piano) and drums.
William D. Rowe -
8401 D St. Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. Phone: 703-929-8542
OLNEY BIG BAND
The Olney Big Band represents the future of big band music.Specializing in the performance of Big Band Era classics as well as
jazz favorites played by all the greats, its mission is to bring this music back into the mainstream for current and future generations
to enjoy. Now in its 15th year, the 17 piece Olney Big Band is available for galas, weddings, and dances as well as concerts and
school programs with the goal of engaging, entertaining, and educating audiences with the historical significant and sophisticated form of
music America ever created.
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 or
Marvin and Kathy Reitz
Phone: 301-670-6716, 240-731-9596 (Marv’s cell), 240-463-0044 (Kathy’s cell)
PEABODY RAGTIME ENSEMBLE
Dixieland, ragtime, big band and swing.
Ed Goldstein -
3226 Midfield Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, 410-484-5200
RADIO KING ORCHESTRA
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 -
RED LION JAZZ BAND
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 -
REDWINE JAZZ BAND
Eclectic jazz band with styles ranging from Django to Artie Shaw. The band consists of Naval
Academy Band clarinetist and leader, Ben Redwine and ranges in numbers from two to seven Musicians.
Ben Redwine - 1642 Cliff Drive, Edgewater, MD 21037,
RIVERSIDE CARNIVAL BAND
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.
SHEIKS OF DIXIE
The Sheiks of Dixie play 20s pop tunes and hot jazz in two-beat style.
- 6809 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20012, 202-723-9527
THE SINGCO RHYTHM ORCHESTRA
The SingCo Rhythm Orchestra has a mission of preserving and
presenting Americas 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.
- P.O. Box 29, Hyattsville, MD 20781-0029. (301)927-0133
SWING TIME BIG BAND
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.
- 301-869-6705 or Cell 240-750-0457
TONGUE IN CHEEK JAZZ BAND
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.
VILLAGE JAZZ BAND
Now in its 30th year, the Village Jazz Band plays New Orleans style Dixieland music with a traditional five-plus-two band and vocalist, led by cornetist Norm Berk.
Norm Berk -
19929 Spur Hill Dr., Montgomery Village, MD 20886, 301-869-9067
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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