If you can't get to New Orleans, the Potomac River Jazz Club is bringing it straight to you! The club is teaming with Montgomery College's outstanding music department to present "Hot Jazz French Quarter Style," featuring vocalist Banu Gibson and her musical director, David Boeddinghaus. They'll be backed by a group of area all-star musicians led by David Sager.
Gibson is a vivacious bandleader, vocalist, dancer, banjo/guitar player, director, choreographer, and manages her own record label, Swing Out Records. She has headlined at numerous jazz festivals, performing art centers, and has headlined more than 80 appearances with symphony orchestras from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. Orchestras include the Boston Pops, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Norway. In 2010, she co-founded The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for adults to preserve and promote trad jazz. Students flock from all over North America, South American and Europe to learn the New Orleans style.
Though Boeddinghaus graduated from Indiana University with an MA in classical performance, his love for early jazz took him to to New Orleans where he has been musical director for Gibson and her band The New Orleans Hot Jazz. His musical travels have taken him to Beijing, Hong Kong, Japan, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Oslo, London, and Australia. He appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show accompanying vocalist Leon Redbone. For three years before Hurricane Katrina David played with legendary, late New Orleans clarinetist Pete Fountain. And now, with Banu, he coming to play for us.
Sager, a Grammy nominee, is a Washington native who spent 12 years in New Orleans, much of that time as a member of Gibson's band. Off the bandstand, Sager is the curator for the Library of Congress's National Jukebox. PRJC members know David as the leader of the Normandie Farm jam sessions for several years.
The event will be held at the professionally equipped Theater Arts Building at Montgomery College's Rockville Campus. Plenty of parking, accessible and with Sunday bus service to the nearby Red Line Metro station.