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Casey Den Hollander
Full disclosure: I am a member of The ABQ Jazz Band, last month's feature performance band. The show was tight, practiced, well arranged, entertaining, and I could go on but you get the idea. And these are just the reviews I got from the other members of the band. Just kidding but the reviews from others who were there were just as glowing. Thanks for letting us entertain. We had a lot of fun doing so.
As you read this, I am in New Orleans playing the banjo. Your treasurer and former presidents, Roger Hailstone and Chuck Campbell, are here also. I hope to add a few new licks to my repertoire.
You may recall a line from American Graffiti, "This one time, at band camp ...."
What happens at band camp stays at band camp, so my wife, Nancy, is with me. She gets a kick out of my going to 'band camp' and likes to quote with enthusiasm that line to me.
In my absence Vice President Orion will preside over the June Jam when we welcome Swing Shift to the band stand. Based on past experience and reputation there will be plenty of good dance music. Couple that with two Dixie jams and one swing, it should be a fun day - for you. My day will be spent in airport security lines. Boo hoo!
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. Led by Orion Brady. Dixie Woodshed has been meeting for 7 years! Contact Casey at 266-3148 or Orion at 550-7865 for more information.
Swing Shift & Fathers Day Potluck!
Scott Hooker, Janna Nelson & Friends
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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.