Vice President & Band Liason
Casey Den Hollander
Newsletter & Hospitality
Website & Equipment
Most esteemed members of the Rio Grande Jazz Society:
I hope this issue of our newsletter finds you all enjoying the weather as we head into what promises to be a hot summer. We sadly didn't get any April showers this year; but in New Mexico, our desert home, May flowers bloom regardless. Those of us on your Board are not slowing down; we have lots of plans for the coming months.
Did you know that two of our members are recently published authors? David Wilson, one of our favorite trombone players and a wide-ranging intellectual, told the gripping true tale of "murder, Hollywood, and California's first insanity plea" in his book "Not Just Evil;" I bought a copy of this highly enjoyable book on Amazon, and I recommend it. And Larry Kemp, a jazz scholar who mans our sign-in board for musicians and runs the "House That Jazz Built" radio show on KUNM on Sunday nights, recently completed the first volume of his series on jazz trumpet players, a fine accounting entitled "Early Jazz Trumpet Legends," with an introduction by our own local legend, Bobby Shew. It should be available soon; we'll keep you posted.
We hope to see you all on Sunday, May 20th, when we'll be welcoming the High Desert Jazz Band, a superbly danceable big band that plays classics from the swing era with verve and gusto. Come on down and move your feet to those great sounds you know and love! In June, we'll be joined by the Dukes of Albuquerque; and we've decided to celebrate Father's Day by having a picnic potluck - so bring your favorite picnic food to share, and we'll all enjoy the familiar flavors of the cookout.
Your loyal President,
RIO GRANDE JAZZ SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
The May RGJS Newsletter edition is the last time we will be using the 2017 mailing list. The June edition will go to 2018 members ONLY. If you want to keep receiving the RGJS News, please renew your membership NOW. Our numbers have lower and we will no longer be able to use nonprofit bulk mail, so our price per newsletter will rise from $.32 to $.68. The board would like to begin sending as many newsletters as possible via email to save money. So, if Anne Brady has your valid email, you’ll receive a PDF version of the newsletter with color photos in June! If you have trouble finding or losing emails, you can continue to receive the print version of the newsletter or both the print and email version.
Please contact Anne at 281-3524 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to continue receiving the printed newsletter after this edition.
May SILENT AUCTION
We had a good response to the Silent Auction in April, so we’re doing it again in May. Do you have fun, cute or pretty items to donate for a Silent Auction in May? Please call Joan Artiaga at 410-7585 to let her know how many items you’ll be bringing, so we’ll have enough auction forms.
MUSICIANS – We’re starting with a jam at 2:00 PM; so please be at the GAC a little before 2:00 to sign up for the 1 st jam
Musicians, we couldn’t have RGJS without you. Free admission, drink coupons and a free dinner once a year are all RGJS has to give our musicians. Can you please give back to RGJS by joining?
A Musician Membership for only costs $15 per year. A musician and a non-musician spouse can join for $50.
High Desert Jazz Band Silent Auction
Dukes Dance Band FATHER’S DAY PICNIC
DPS Dance Band
Nobles of Note
West Side Sound
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The Rio Grande Jazz Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and promulgation of traditional jazz, Dixieland, and swing. It came into being in the late 1980s, moving through several meeting venues before settling in at the Edelweiss German-American Club, where it meets on the third Sunday of most months.
At the monthly meetings, there's usually a featured band at 2:00, followed by four or five jam sessions. The jam sessions are unrehearsed, and can be quite interesting. Much depends on how many musicians show up on a given Sunday, what instruments they bring, and what tunes they can all agree upon.
Lots of folks who aren't musicians come to the monthly meetings because they just like to listen, dance, and have a sociable libation with friends.
The RGJS also sponsors informal jams every second and fourth Monday, 5-7 PM at the GAC. Musicians bring their fake books, and we have a lot of fun playing familiar tunes and developing new material to play at the monthly meetings. These sessions are open to all aspiring jammers. For more information, please contact Casey Denhollander or Jeff Johnston.
To encourage the continuation of jazz, the Society has given awards to aspiring young musicians.