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Casey Den Hollander
Bob Gusch and the Bobcats: Have you ever heard such a full sound from just three guys? I am amazed. This was great dance music played to a light crowd. There was plenty of room for those that danced. Thank you, Bob and the "Cats", for a seamless performance. Your professionalism shows.
I hear rumors that dancers are preparing a treat for us during band changes someday. We will have to wait and see if that works out in the future.
ABQ Jazz Band has been tuning up for the May feature performance. As a member of the band I can say that we have a playlist entirely different from our last appearance here. The band plays West Coast jazz which to me is more difficult to play than traditional Dixieland jazz. However the list includes some tunes that you may find familiar such as Storyville Blues and Beale Street Blues. West Coast is tougher but lots of fun to play. I hope that you enjoy the music as much from your side of the stage as I do from mine.
See you there.
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.
June19 Swing Shift
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.