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From the family of Esther S. Washington

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for so quickly putting together the musical program for my mother's funeral. You gift of music honored us all. Be well and many blessings.

Anne Washington (1/1/2010)


Email message 10/14/09
Mr. Rowe,

I just wanted to write to let you know that I did drop in to hear the band play on September 10th. It was a highlight of my trip! What a perfect venue too! We enjoyed listening so much, and watching everyone have such a great time.

Thank you all for the wonderful contribution to the world of traditional jazz!! We just got back from a couple weeks in New Orleans, and I'm still riding high from that experience as well.  We try to make it down there at least once every fall – and I'm always amazed and astounded. Without folks like you and your group – interest even in New Orleans would fade – so please spread a great big THANK YOU to all the band members because what you are doing is very special.



From: Cynthia DeGeorge
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 7:24 PM
To: William D. Rowe
Subject: Re: Wedding Hymns

We must apologize for not adequately thanking nor complimenting you on your wonderful music and your presence on our wedding day. Your music was just the right style. You guys are a talented team, and you obviously have fun. And we really appreciated the tuxes.

Also a specialty thanks for working out the hymns. They were perfect. Please pass on a special thank you to the pianist George who did an absolutely outstanding job. If Dean and I can be a reference for you at any future events. Please feel free to let us know.

Take Care,
Cynthia DeGeorge and Dean Deakins


May 11, 2006
Four Seasons Private Party - 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Private Party

You and the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet all received rave reviews from our guests. They loved you and the music! Next time, we will ask you to be the primary entertainment . . . and put you center stage.

Seriously, many would love to have you entertain again. Let's see what we can do! Please extend IONA's sincere thanks to the entire group!

Janie B. Hollinshead
Public Relations and Special Events Consultant
IONA Senior Services
4125 Albemarle Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016


RSVP: Retired Senior Volunteer Program
May 19, 2006

Not-So-Modern Jazz Quartet
8401 D St.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732-3327

Dear Mr. Rowe,
Please accept or deepest thank you for your wonderful music and the outstanding addition it provided to our volunteer reception. I received a note shortly after the event from on of our volunteers who stated the wonderful time she had at the reception and the absolutely delightful music!

Thank: you for your time and attention. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 703-549-1607, ext. 130.

Jeannine Deem Purdy Director
Campagna Center


May 20, 2006
Royal Jesters - Dulles Hilton 7:30 - 10:30 P.M. - Private Party

On behalf of Court No. 162 I would like to thank you and your band for the great music you band provided for Court No. 162 Royal Order of Jesters on Saturday Night. I had numerous compliments on how good the band was. The music was enjoyed by all. Thanks again.


Dear Mr. Rowe,
In reminiscing about their party, I can assure you that you and your Not So Modern Jazz Quartet were one of my mom and dad's favorite highlights of the afternoon. My mom sings in the church choir and Ted and I grew up playing various instruments - clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and french horn to name a few! So we really appreciate your talent. Thank you so much for adding music to a very special day and celebration. I am so happy that Ted knew about you, and that you were available. So many folks have asked about where we found you! Perhaps you will have some more Charles County gigs soon!

With sincere thanks and appreciation for your talent,
Ginny Fonvielle



Washington Post - February 18, 2011

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub
Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA

Live Music 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

If the jazz musicians at Bayou are the future of music, then the Thursday night jam session at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub is an easy way to experience the past. The Not-So-Modern Jazz Quartet – tongue firmly lodged in cheek – has its roots in jazz groups that have been playing in bars around Arlington and Falls Church since the 1970s, though the group has made St. Elmo's its home since 1998.

Wander in on a Thursday night, and you'll find five or six white-haired men clustered around the front door, holding their instruments (except for the drums which sit in the front window; and an upright piano pushed against one wall). Years of experience mean a jam session spirit fills the air. "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now" someone calls out. "Is that in C?" the pianist asks, and then they're off and running with a new tune. This is pure swing and Dixieland - the kind of music you rarely hear at jazz clubs, and these guys are happy to keep it alive. The crowd consists of senior citizens cheering and singing along and 20-somethings tapping their feet as they type away on their MacBooks.

St. Elmo's is just as laid-back as the tunes. It's your old-school neighborhood coffeehouse, with jewelry and paintings by local artists on display and for sale, a couple of shelves of books, for browsing, mismatched furniture that might have come from a jumble sale. There's no alcohol to be had; just fair-trade coffee, sandwiches and a soup of the day, and once a week, some of the sweetest, happiest jazz you'll hear.



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