Casey Den Hollander
Website & Equipment
A message from the president:
As I write, Christmas has yet to arrive and I just watched Patrick Stewart (Capt. Pickard) in A Christmas Carol. I am still basking in the flavor of the season and of our recent Sunday jam. Bob Gusch and the Bobcats rendered great dance numbers to a light audience. I was too timid to try out my new hip. I guess I'm not 'hip' to dancing. Actually during the last tune of the day I was talking to our new treasurer, Wendy, but we ended up stepping to the music. Oh, promises of a dancing 2017! Thank you, Wendy.
Scott Hooker is bringing a group to our January Jam. I do not know the particulars, but I hope it includes Janna Nelson. We missed Scot in December due to the latest bug going around. I hope by now you are on top again, Scott.
Your new Board of Directors will meet on Monday following the January Jam. (6:15 PM). We will decide if this is the best time to meet for the rest of the year.
For now I anticipate the long wait until I see you all again and wish you are beginning the best year of your life. As Capt. Pickard would say, "Make it so."
SWING WOODSHED - 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS - 2-4 PM at the GAC. $2 for performers. Bring your Real Book or Swing tunes. Contact Casey Den Hollander at 266-3148 for more information.
DIXIELAND WOODSHED meets 2nd & 4th Mondays from 5-7 PM at the GAC. This group plays from Dixieland Fakebook. Experienced players and beginning jammers welcome. Cost for players may go up to $5. Dixie Woodshed has been meeting for 7 years! Contact Casey at 266-3148 for more information.
Jan. 15 Scott Hooker, Janna Nelson & friends
Feb.19 MARDI GRAS
March 19 4 th Sun.
July 16 2 nd Sun.
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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 Chris Williams by email or Facebook.
To encourage the continuation of jazz, the Society has given awards to aspiring young musicians.