|The Potomac River Jazz Club
is a non-profit society formed in 1971 to preserve and promote the playing
and appreciation of traditional dixieland jazz, a unique American art
form. This is the music that originated among black musicians in New
Orleans around the turn of the century and migrated up the Mississippi
River. It encompasses jazz in this classic form as well as its derivations
in Chicago and San Francisco styles plus blues and ragtime music.
Our musical heroes are Louis Armstrong,
Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet, Jack
Teagarden, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, the West Coast revival stars
including Lu Watters, Turk Murphy and Bob Scobey and all the other early
The PRJC helped to found and is an active
member of the American Federation of Jazz Societies. It is a founding
member of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington.
Our membership of more than 700 is concentrated in
the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, but we have members across the
U.S. and in Canada. We invite all jazz lovers to join us in the fun,
friendships and satisfaction this music brings.
What Does the
Potomac River Jazz Club Do?
We present frequent concert-dances that feature jazz bands, both local and
out of town, for our members and the general public.
We sponsor an annual all-day Jazz Fest in September at which area bands
play various styles of traditional jazz in a family picnic environment.
We publish a highly acclaimed 12-page monthly newsletter, Tailgate
Ramblings, to publicize musical events in the local area and report
other matters of interest to our members.
We sponsor a widely admired and highly successful youth learning program
which brings talented young musicians between the ages of 15 and 26 under
the guidance of an experienced jazz educator to provide them with a
grounding in the fundamentals of jazz, as well as specialized training in
the traditional New Orleans styles and their offshoots. They rehearse and
perform as the Capital Focus Jazz Band. Check its web page at http://www.prjc.org/cfjb/ for more
We are affiliated with more than 30 local area jazz bands and assist them
in publicizing their performances, help them find gigs, and hire them for
our club-sponsored events.
We publish a comprehensive directory of local jazz musicians.
* Member, Board of Directors
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