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The PRJC Presents "The Three B's" featuring Ben Redwine

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Discussion of the DC & New Orleans music scenes followed by an exploration of clarinetist Barney Bigard.

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Our online Jazz Talk series continues with The Three B’s featuring Ben Redwine. Join us on Zoom Wednesday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) for the live presentation. The talk will also be posted after the fact on our YouTube channel for future viewing. Many of you remember Ben Redwine. He was local to the DC area and he played a number of times for the PRJC. He moved to New Orleans a while back, and what a great way to keep him in the fold.

The “Three B’s” will be a fun multi-faceted (and multi-media) presentation. Ben will discuss the difference between the DC and New Orleans music scenes, what he himself was doing pre- and post-pandemic, followed by an exploration of New Orleans clarinetist Barney Bigard. There will be references from special source material - this is not to be missed.

Clarinetist Ben Redwine feels equally comfortable playing Brahms or Ellington. He is devoted to the performance of new classical music and old jazz, as well as to teaching the next generation of performers and teachers.

Ben served as an Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC from 2012-2016 and was woodwind professor at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 2017-2019. In 2014, he retired after 27 years in the US military band system, the majority of time serving as the e-flat clarinet soloist with the US Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. He has been a featured soloist at seven International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests in the U.S. and Europe, and has performed extensively on four continents. In 2016, he moved to the New Orleans area to pursue performance opportunities in the birthplace of jazz. Since relocating to Louisiana, he has been a regular performer with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestras.

Ben earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University, and a Doctorate degree at The Catholic University of America, studying clarinet performance with a minor in Latin American music history. He has studied with Loris Wiles, David Etheridge, Steve Girko, Steve Cohen, Ignatius Gennusa, Ben Armato and Paul Cigan.

In addition to leading his popular traditional-style jazz band, the RedwineJazz Band, Ben is a Selmer Paris performing artist, a D'Addario performing artist, and a Rovner Ambassador, presenting concerts and master classes internationally. He has recorded for Mapleshade, Naxos, Vin Rouge, Big Kahuna, Antidote Sounds, and AmCam record labels, and composed and performed new music for 1920s era silent films featuring actors Charley Chase and Harry Langdon, released on DVD box sets by All Day Entertainment. All of Ben’s recordings can be found at his website, redwinejazz.com. Founder of the company RJ Music Group, Ben manufactures quality products for discriminating musicians, including Gennusa mouthpieces, the Reed Wizard, and other products and books by Ben Armato.

The PRJC’s online jazz talks are supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

**Please register by 5:00 p.m. the day of the event using the link below. Zoom info will be e-mailed out to participants at that time.


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 The Potomac River Jazz Club is a nonprofit society whose purpose is to preserve, encourage and promote the playing and appreciation of traditional jazz. On our Web site you’ll find information about trad jazz happenings in the Washington-Baltimore area, about our organization, about our affiliated jazz bands, about jazz history, and about many other items of interest to jazz fans. And be sure to check out what PRJC is doing to encourage young musicians to play traditional jazz with the Capital Focus Youth Jazz Band.

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