About the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band
The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band was formed in 2003 to present the sounds of traditional jazz to Washington DC audiences. We play New Orleans style, Chicago style, small-group swing, and mainstream. We’re a seven-piece group (six instrumentalists plus vocalist) made up of highly accomplished performers in the idiom. Our repertoire encompasses the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Eddie Condon, Benny Goodman and other early jazz pioneers, in addition to the Great American Songbook of such composers as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Hoagy Carmichael.
Originally affiliated with a local music conservatory, the band now operates independently. The members of the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band have deep experience in jazz education, and conducting workshops and “informances” about America’s early jazz heritage remains a part of our mission.
We perform all over the DC area. Our “home base” is the elegant Normandie Farm Restaurant in Potomac, MD, where we play one Sunday a month from 2:30-5:30PM. Sit-ins are welcome. Click on “Upcoming Shows” for our next date at Normandie Farm and a link to directions.