Frank Wess wasn’t born in Washington, D.C. but he spent some very important time in the district, on and off from 1935 to 1953, ending when he joined the Count Basie band. The interviews and oral histories that contain his vivid recollections of the Washington jazz scene are invaluable primary sources.Continue Reading
Beginning in 1974, the newly relaunched Dukes of Dixieland took up residence at Dukes’ Place, a jazz club used as their own home base as well as featuring national acts. It was located on the top floor of the historic Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans.Continue Reading
Composer-arranger-pianist Bill Potts played an important role as educator and mentor to many musicians in the DC area. Beginning in 1974 he taught at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.
These four videos are from a concert on July 1, 1990 celebrating his retirement.Continue Reading