Potomac River Jazz Club - Celebrating 50 Years!
The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band
and the PRJC Jam
November 19, and December 17, from 2:30-5pm.
Location: Alfio's La Trattoria, 4515 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.
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: PRJC members ($10), Non-members ($15), Youth & Jammers (Free).
The PRJC Educational Discussion
Congo Square's Influence on Early Jazz
presented by Freddi Evans
December 4, 2023, 7-8:15pm
ONLINE via Zoom
Freddi Williams Evans is an author and founder of www.congosquareconnection.org, an online collection that promotes the study of historic Congo Square. Her book, Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, the first comprehensive study of the historic location, received the Louisiana Humanities Book of the Year Award and is published in French. Her research and advocacy influenced the New Orleans City Council Ordinance that changed the official name of the location from Beauregard Square, named after Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard in 1893, to the popular name Congo Square in 2011. Along with published essays, her presentations include those in France and Senegal sponsored by American Embassies in those locations. Other international engagements include the Bordeaux Congo Square Festival in Bordeaux, France and the 100 Years of Beat Festival in Berlin, Germany.
Congo Square is one of the New World's most sacred sites of African American memory and community. Beginning in the eighteenth century, enslaved Africans and free people of color gathered in Congo Square on Sunday afternoons discontinuously for well over one hundred years sharing music, songs, dances, and religion and more. This community space of sharing has roots in traditions from many other countries, as does the music and dance they shared, and these traditions influenced the music and culture of the time.|
The history of Congo Square is essential to understanding the early history of New Orleans and through it, the jazz music we love so much. The Potomac River Jazz Club is excited to have Freddi Evans bring this special Jazz Talk to our Zoom series.
Evans is also the award-winning author of books for young readers including Come Sunday, A Young Reader’s History of Congo Square, for middle graders, which received the Bronze Medal Independent Publisher Book Award and was a finalist for Next Generation Indie Book Award.
Working in the community, she co-chaired the New Orleans Committee to Erect Historic Markers on the Slave Trade to Louisiana, helped to erect the UNESCO Site of Memory Middle Passage Marker, and serves on the New Orleans Legacy Project Committee. Ashé Cultural Arts Center honored her as the Grand Griot of the Maafa Commemoration in 2019, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities recognized her as “Humanities Hero” in 2017. Other honors include the New Orleans Arts Council Community Arts Award, the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Award, and the Julia Purnell Humanitarian Award (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, South Central Region).
Join the PRJC in a talk with Freddi Evans on December 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Admission:The event is FREE!
But registration by 5pm on the day of the event is required:
You can support the PRJC Jazz Educational Talks using the Paypal link www.paypal.me/PotomacRiverJazzClub
PRJC Holiday Bash with Capital Focus Jazz Band
December 10, 2023, from 1:30pm-4:30pm
Rosensteel Knights of Columbus of Silver Spring, 9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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.
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 www.paypal.me/PotomacRiverJazzClub
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