Vice President & Band Liason
Casey Den Hollander
Newsletter & Hospitality
Website & Equipment
A message from the Vice-President:
Greetings to all, and here's hoping you're managing to stay cool as the weather heats up during these summer months. My name is Jeff Johnston, and you've probably met me around at the Sunday Jams - but if you haven't, you might know me as the fellow with a beard who sometimes plays the piano. This year is my first year on the Rio Grande Jazz Society board, and I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce myself and fill you in on what's been going on.
This year our June Jam fell on Father's Day, the 18th. If you missed it, you missed a good ol' good one: we were serenaded by the Riverside Jass Trio, featuring Doc Rock, Wayne Shrubsall, and Mark Weaver. If you're like me, you know that it just isn't real Jazz if it doesn't have a tuba, a banjo, or a trombone, and this group had all three. If you didn't get a chance to see them, I've posted a few videos of their performance on our Rio Grande Jazz Society Facebook group; visit us there and "like" us for info on future events - like our July jam, where we'll be featuring the dulcet and dance-friendly tones of the Dukes of Albuquerque swing band. Our July Jam will take place on Sunday the 16th.
In the month of October, the Jazz Society has decided to host a dinner honoring the musicians who join us every month and give everyone a reason to come together end enjoy the music. This dinner will be open to all musicians who have attended three or more Sunday Jams by that time. It will happen on the same day as the August Jam, the 13th. Please contact us if you'd like more information.
It's a bountiful summer for me. My wife and I just moved into a new house, and there's a tree in the backyard that's just overflowing with apricots; on Sunday we cooked some down and put together a dozen jars of preserves. I hope this letter finds you well, too - and we'll see you all in July!
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.
Bob Gusch, Mark Weaver,
Wayne Shrubsall &
Duke City Jazz Band, Rt. 66 Revelers ABQ Jazz Band
Jazz a la Carte
Die Polka Schlingel
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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.