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PRJC Presents The Piano Music & Professors of Storyville with Kris Tokarski

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A multimedia talk on the piano music of New Orleans' infamous red light district, Storyville, and the "piano professors" that created it.

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New Orleans based pianist, Kris Tokarski, will present a talk on the piano music of New Orleans' infamous red light district, Storyville, and the "piano professors" that created it. In addition to the famous Jelly Roll Morton Library of Congress interviews, many hours of interviews of Manuel Manetta and lesser known pianists are archived at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Based on these first hand accounts, Tokarski has compiled a set of material showcasing the diverse musical styles that were present in "The District" during its heyday. Anything from Spanish and Caribbean dance music to ragtime, and light opera to the lowest of blues was de rigueur. This colorful part of the jazz piano history will make for an interesting and entertaining performance and presentation.

This presentation will be held via Zoom and a link will be sent by e-mail the day of the presentation. **Please register by 5:00 p.m. the day of the event!

Kris Tokarski is quickly developing a reputation as a leading exponent of classic jazz traditions. From performances in intimate clubs, such as Snug Harbor and Preservation Hall to international jazz festivals, including Umbria Winter Jazz Festival and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he artfully blends elements of the Harlem stride tradition, swing, bebop, and traditional New Orleans jazz.

Tokarski's recorded output features an impressive cast of musicians both from New Orleans and across the country. It showcases him in a variety of trio settings, which relies heavily on the demanding piano styles pioneered by greats including Jelly-Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Teddy Wilson. As renowned jazz journalist Michael Steinman notes on his debut album, "The disc is full of affection for the music and what it can give to us. It’s not about egotistic display; it’s about affection.”

Besides a busy performance schedule, Tokarski has a passion for teaching piano and improvisation (all instruments) to music students of all ages who share a love for jazz. He teaches one on one privately, in group clinics/masterclasses, and has served on faculty at the University of New Orleans.

April of this year marks the Golden Anniversary of the Potomac River Jazz Club. Founded by five musicians in 1971, the PRJC—dedicated to supporting traditional jazz in the Washington-Baltimore area—grew to become one of the largest and most active jazz support organizations in the country. Learn more about us at www.prjc.org.

The PRJC is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.


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