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Potomac River Jazz Club - Celebrating 50 Years!

PRJC Jazz Talk Series: Pops Remains Tops!

Presented by Ricky Riccardi  
   July 22, 2024, 7-8:15pm, ONLINE via Zoom

The PRJC is excited to feature Rickey Riccardi back for our July Jazz Talk.


Pops Remains Tops! Though he passed away 53 years ago, there's arguably more interest in Louis Armstrong now than ever before. Ricky Riccardi, GRAMMY-winning Armstrong author and Archivist, will join us to talk about some exciting new Armstrong releases, discuss the opening of the Louis Armstrong Center in New York, and preview his upcoming Armstrong biography.

Ricky has been with the Louis Armstrong House Museum since 2009. He was originally hired as Archivist and now serves as Director of Research Collections. Ricky is the author of two critically-acclaimed, award-winning biographies on the legendary jazzman.

The Museum’s 60,000+ piece Archives, that Ricky is the custodian of, are available for researchers around the world. He has been playing the piano since the age of seven and has sat in with various bands in New York and New Orleans, as well as leading his own small groups in New Jersey since 1999. He has a Master’s Degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University.

Ricky has also written the liner notes for over a dozen Armstrong releases, including co-producing multiple reissues for Universal Music and Mosaic Records. In 2022, he won a GRAMMY for “Best Album Notes” for Mosaic’s “Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966. Ricky initially encountered Louis Armstrong in 1995 when he saw him perform “Basin Street Blues” Ricky considers himself not just a historian but also an advocate for Armstrong’s values. He still feels the same sense of joy and wonder that moved him so much as a teenager.

The PRJC Jazz Talk series is held via Zoom and is always FREE, although we offer "donation" ticket options to help offset the cost of the program. We look forward to "seeing" you at this fascinating talk! * Please register by 5:00 p.m. the day of the event using the link below. Zoom info will be e-mailed out to participants at that time.

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You can support the PRJC or our Concerts and Educational Talks using the Paypal link

The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band   
  and the PRJC Jam

   July 28 (also Aug 11 and Sep 29) from 2:30-5pm.
Location: Alfio's La Trattoria, 4515 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.

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. Note: Alfio's has valet parking, street parking, and a full dinner menu available.

Visit the band's website at ccjazzband

Advanced Tickets are available from the PRJC EventBrite site: Tickets
 Admission: Jammers and students get in FREE - no charge if you play or sing. Members of the PRJC pay $10, and non-members $15. A single membership is only $25 a year - support the organization and get a discount on events!

The PRJC Jazz Educational Talk Fats Domino & His Strong Jazz Ties featuring Rick Coleman
     Sept 9, 2024, 7-8:15pm
ONLINE via Zoom

Rick Coleman
Fats Domino has strong jazz ties through his jazz-influenced recordings, his performances (he ended shows with “The Saints” and his musicians second lining), and his musicians, most of whom played jazz, trad & modern. Dave Bartholomew and Harrison Verrett (Fats’ brother-in-law who taught him music) played with Papa Celestin, etc., with Dave later playing Preservation Hall.

Our speaker, Rick Coleman, has written about New Orleans music and rock ‘n’ roll for over 40 years after his first interview with Bo Diddley. He won a national award for liner notes on the Little Richard Specialty Box Set and won the ASCAP award for best music biography for BLUE MONDAY: FATS DOMINO AND THE LOST DAWN OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. Rick co-produced the American Masters documentary on Fats Domino THE BIG BEAT, which premiered on PBS on his birthday in 2016, the year before he died. For the last decade or so he has been completing a book on the history of New Orleans music from its founding.

Rick highly recommends the viewing of Fats Domino—The Big Beat and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is on YouTube, Tubi, Amazon Prime, etc. This is the 90 minute version of the 2016 PBS American Masters. Rick's book can be found cheaply on eBay and other re-seller outlets.

The PRJC has been bring trad jazz and swing music to the DC area for 52 years in the way of concerts, jams, and talks. Our Jazz Talk series centers around early jazz topics and features top musicians and historians. As these are all hosted on Zoom, you can enjoy them wherever you area. This series is offered for FREE, but we certainly appreciate your financial support through our "Donation Ticket" option, if you are able. Don't miss this great presentation - and register no later than two hours before it begins.

 Admission:The event is FREE! Registration by 5pm on the day of the event is required.

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PRJC Oktoberfest concert with Miss Maybel and Charlie Judkins
   October 13, 2024, from 2:00pm-5:00pm
Rosensteel Knights of Columbus of Silver Spring, 9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Directions

PRJC concert with The Starvation Army Band
   November 10, 2024, from 1:30-4:30pm
Rosensteel Knights of Columbus of Silver Spring, 9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Directions

Seth Kibel and Flo Anito

PRJC Holiday Bash with Capital Focus Jazz Band
   December 8, 2024, from 1:30pm-4:30pm
Rosensteel Knights of Columbus of Silver Spring, 9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Directions


The Capital Focus Jazz Band (CFJB, formerly known as the Federal Focus Jazz Band) is the Youth Learning Program of the Potomac River Jazz Club. Founded in 1988, CFJB has performed at receptions for the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of State and many other dignitaries. CFJB has been led by Dave Robinson since its founding. Dave is an active jazz performer, historian, and educator. On trumpet, cornet, bass trumpet, valve trombone, and vocals, he has performed and toured with the top traditional and swing bands in the Washington DC area, and he currently leads the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. Current CFJB members include Andrew Grabowski (George Mason U.) on banjo and guitar, Minh Vo (Rockville HS) on piano, Vinesh Sridhar (U. of Maryland graduate) on trumpet, Ashley Hsu (U. of Maryland graduate) on clarinet, Hudson Tao (Wheaton HS) on drums, Grace Tifford (U. of Maryland) on tuba, and Quinn Sarracco (U. of Maryland graduate) on tuba.

  Admission: PRJC members ($20), General admission ($25; $22.50/advance), Youth with valid student ID (Free).

You can support the PRJC, our monthly PRJC Concerts and Jazz Educational Talks
using the Paypal link

   Rosensteel Hall Directions: From the Capital Beltway (I-495) in Maryland take Georgia Ave. (Md. Rte. 97) a short distance north to signal at Forest Glen Road (Md. Rt. 192). Turn left and go west 0.4 miles. Turn right on Rosensteel Ave. The Hall is at 9707 Rosensteel Ave. on the right, opposite a church and cemetery. Parking is in the back. * This location is metro accessible: FOREST GLEN METRO STATION is only 2-3 blocks away. Rosensteel phone is 301-588-3303.
Rosensteel Knights of Columbus of Silver Spring , 9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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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