By Leah Woodson
Member, JAM Committee
Musician and educator Robert “Bobby” Felder has been a prominent figure in the Washington, D.C. music scene for many years. He will lead some of the area’s finest musicians in a lively presentation of classic straight-ahead jazz and spirited gospel music at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18 in Maryland Hall.
Bobby is well established as a performer and has led some of Washington’s top jazz musicians. He has worked with Charlie Byrd, Keter Betts, Roger “Buck” Hill, and Shirley Horn. He is an arranger and music educator and has for 23 years been the Director of Instrumental Music at the University of the District of Columbia. There he played a key role in the establishment of the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives.
His current projects include Director of Jazz Services at Peoples Congregational Church. At Peoples he leads the groups “Bobby Felder and Friends” and “The Capitol All-Stars Big Band.” His signature group “Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes” has been a fixture in the area for over 50 years.
Some of Bobby Felder’s successful recordings include “Bobby Felder’s DC Jazz,” “Amazing Grace,” “House Party,” “Jazz at Peoples Church,” “The Spirit of Jazz,” “Christmas Jazz,” “The Sounds of Christmas,” and “Music For Dancing.”
Tickets will be on sale for $10.00 in all dining lobbies Monday and Tuesday, August 12 and 13 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.