The 2011 Washington College Riverfront Concert Series concluded with an evening of blues, jazz, and swing, courtesy of one of Washington, D.C.’s hottest duos, the Blue Rhythm Boys. Blending the blues with the “hot club” swing of Django Reinhardt, the Blue Rhythm Boys have delighted audiences with their tight vocals and hot guitar playing since 1997. Tom Mitchell and Jim Stephanson’s smoky mix of jazz and blues has won them a wide following, and a recent spot on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan. Each of the two has also established an impressive career on his own.
In honor of Professor Garry Clarke’s retirement, alumni and students gathered for to celebrate his contributions to the Washington College community with a musical tribute, which concluded with the announcement of a new endowment in his name and a portrait gift from the Class of 2012. During his tenure, Professor Clarke served as Professor of Music from 1968-2012, and as Acting President and Dean of the College.