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Newsletter & Hospitality
Casey Den Hollander
Our September Soirée produced some fine music. Following a couple of disastrous numbers in August, I solicited advice from some musicians. They confirmed what I suspected. We need leadership on the band stand. Consequently, Bill Biffle and Bernie Higgins volunteered to lead the jam sets. I think that their efforts paid off. Thank you both. A common music book will also help. We're working on it. The October Occasion will be highlighted by the Die Polka Schlingels and their big band sound. I understand that they are on the road and will not have time to rest following the trip from Ruidoso to our venue Sunday. In fact, their appearance will be postponed until 3 pm to give them time to get here. Jammers and banjo players will fill in while the band sets up and tears down. This band is so busy in October. We are fortunate to land them this month. It's befitting the German venue also. On a personal note, I am due to get a brand spanking new hip next week if the powers that be see their way clear. Consequently I may not be able to host our November general membership meeting and election. The ABQ Jazz Band is scheduled to play and they too may perform without me. The suspense is killing me so the surgery will not have to bother with that. I will see you THIS month with my dancing shoes on. Bill Cochrell President
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.
Swing Shift & Fathers Day Potluck!
Scott Hooker, Janna Nelson & Friends
Die Polka Schlingels
ABQ Jazz Band
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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.