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Featured articles from PRJC's highly acclaimed 12-page monthly newsletter, Tailgate Ramblings. Copies of back issues, as long as they last, and articles are available. View the Index to Tailgate Ramblings.

Rockin' at the Rockville Mardi Gras!
    From the March 2011 Tailgate Ramblings

February can be downright fickle here in the DC area. Last year at this time, we had to deal with 3-4 feet of snow on the ground with temperatures below freezing. Yesterday (February 13), however, fine weather enticed some 120 or so traditional jazz aficionados to show at the Rockville Elks Lodge for the PRJC's 2011 Mardi Gras and some authentic N'Awlins flavor with John Royen, one of the finest trad jazz pianists in New Orleans. A DC-area native, Royen has come up North to play for the PRJC before and the turnout has always been exceptional at every one of his sessions.

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Back to the Fut...er, uh...BLOB'S PARK!
    From the October 2009 Tailgate Ramblings

Who could PRJC get to perform at such an important event like the annual picnic's return to Blob's Park? Perennial picnic-goers and dancers delighted to the 3-band line-up of the Washington Conservatory Jazz Band, Ben Mauger's Vintage Jazz Band from the Harrisburg, PA area, and Hal's Bayou Jazz Band primarily from the Baltimore area.

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Wolverines Romp at Rosensteel!
   From the April 2009 Tailgate Ramblings

Rosensteel Hall was really rompin in March when PRJC'ers and two dozen or so local swing dancers came to listen to the Wolverine Jazz Band.

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Buck Creek Disbands - “Say It Isn’t So, Guys”
   From the April 2008 Tailgate Ramblings

News that the Buck Creek Jazz Band was closing up shop in January 2009 was greeted with shock and dismay from one coast to the other. In addition to an appreciation by Don Farwell, past president of PRJC and former editor of "Tailgate Ramblings", we added a few photos from Buck Creek's farewell cruise to the Tailgate Ramblings Page.

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Miracle in Sound
   From the January 2007 Tailgate Ramblings

What if someone told you you could hear King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band as it sounded in 1923? You’d probably laugh, but the fact is that with the release of the Archeophone 2-CD set, “Off the Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings,” you can now hear this great band very much as it must have sounded at Chicago’s Lincoln Gardens.

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John Wood Remembered
   From the March 2004 Tailgate Ramblings

“Old Bones” is gone, but our memories live on. He was an exceptional musician, and a warm, friendly and humorous person. He was an inspiration to many of us and a gentle giant of a human being.

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Oh, For A Trumpet!
   From the November 2002 and January 2003 Tailgate Ramblings

“So, please won’t you help me owning a trumpet, or even a cornet for a personal use? I beg you a lot. I don’t know, but do it for me, perhaps would you have save my soul in this earth.”

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Heitgers Add Spice at Chattanooga
   From the September 2002 Tailgate Ramblings

The recipe for the Chattanooga Traditional Jazz Festival is basically set. But presenters Mike and Astrid Griffin like to tinker here and there to make the final dish even better.

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“Music That Will Set You Free”
   Was scheduled to appear in the October 2001 Tailgate Ramblings

That’s what you can look forward to on Saturday, October 13, when the Independence Hall Jazz Band will hold forth at Rosensteel Hall.

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Cruisin’ Alaska, Groovin’ on Jazz
   From the September 2000 Tailgate Ramblings

The vistas were, in a word, breathtaking. However, Jazz-wise it’s hard to beat the band package on this July’s JazzSea Cruise.

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Arcadians All
   From the August 2000 Tailgate Ramblings

Al Webber, co-founder of the Potomac River Jazz Club, and founder of the Federal Jazz Commission, is alive and well in Arcadia.

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Last Chance Front and Central
   From the July 2000 Tailgate Ramblings

It was a long narrow room. We were on the left, and it took 12 hours after the gig to get my head to look straight, but it was worth it.

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Gene Franklin’s Pier Five Jazz Band
   From the June 2000 Tailgate Ramblings

When band leader and clarinetist Gene Franklin Oliver’s life ended on April 19, the band he originated also died.

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James Reese Europe
   From the May 2000 Tailgate Ramblings

The Post reported that a memorial service was held in February at Arlington National Cemetery for Lt. James Reese Europe, who is buried there.

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Tall Stacks
   From the March 2000 Tailgate Ramblings

Every four years riverboats hailing from all the great river cities steam into the Port of Cincinnati to celebrate the Tall Stacks festival.

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Peabody Ragtime Ensemble
   From the February 2000 Tailgate Ramblings

Going strong for 26 years, the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble is sought after, and you are likely to run across them in many different venues.

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Jesse Stone
   From the November 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

Jesse Stone died in April. He was 97.

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HOTS Repeats France Success
   From the November 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

The New HOTS Jazz Orchestra, a 1920s-40s-style little big band based in Herndon, Va., toured Paris, Normandy, and the Val Du Loire in France during the last two weeks of June 1999. The band played a series of six engagements in and near Paris, Rouen, Blois and Fontainebleau while undertaking an ambitious schedule of sightseeing.

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Dude Brown
   From the October 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

Don Farwell reports in Bandstand this issue on the passing of former Hot Mustard drummer.

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Sowing the Seeds of Jazz
   From the October 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

Dave Burns’ Hot Mustard is one of the longest tenured and most successful of PRJC bands. Dave, as you might imagine from the band’s recorded output, is a lover of good songs, and Hot Mustard concentrates on the presentation of versions of popular songs, not only well-known tin pan alley output, but of lesser known nice tunes that he has found.

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One Fell Swoop
   From the July 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

A proposed getaway for a trad fan that does not involve a long trek might go like this...

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Making a Federal Case
   From the June 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

The Federal Jazz Commission has not gone unnoticed, and the considerable loyal following that shows up at Col. Brooks on Tuesday nights is aware of its good fortune.

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Hot Trad In Ice
   From the May 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

If you want to enjoy an evening of excellent food, drinks and a different sound of jazz, hit the Ice House when the NTJB is there.

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PRJC Jazz Jubilee Remembered
   From the May 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

Judging by the full house and audience enthusiasm, the Jubilee in February was an immense success.

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New Columbia Swings at the Birchmere
   From the May 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

The New Columbia Swing Orchestra, led by Frank Guldseth, appeared at the Birchmere February 12.

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Good Music is Paramount
   From the April 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

Who is the Paramount Orchestra? Those of us who were lucky enough to be there really heard something.

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Marcus Roberts
   From the April 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

Influenced by Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington, among others, pianist Roberts’ work is significant.

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Coffee is Hot at St. Elmo’s
   From the March 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

Something pretty special has been going on at St. Elmo’s in Del Ray.

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Buck Creek Opens PRJC ’99 Schedule
   From the March 1999 Tailgate Ramblings

It was almost like the old days at the Springfield Hilton: the Buck Creek Jazz Band on the stand, fans crowding every table, the dance floor beckoning, anticipation in the air.

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