Club Nautique, featuring Captain Ry’s Quartet, anchored by Peter Edelman at the piano, will be in full swing aboard Nina’s Dandy this New Year’s Eve.
“This is the Captain speaking. Now please hear this: When was the last time you had the pleasure of spending an elegant evening in the company of a convivial host, dining and dancing to faithfully rendered jazz standards? This New Year’s Eve, my quartet will hop, swing, jive, glide (and yes, for New Year’s Eve, even rock a little!) through four sets (count ‘em, 4!) of the best of the American Songbook.
And just to mix it up a little, during the breaks (while the quartet catches its breath), Floor Manager and Head Steward Michael Morandi will turn DJ and crank out some rock&roll and a few tunes for you line-dancing fans.
For those who don’t know, this quartet is a revival. Peter and I first worked together twenty-nine (ouch!) years ago. Back then, we felt that this elegant music, with its beautiful, danceable melodies and clever lyrics, was great stuff; and after performing together again over this past year we’re convinced it is timeless. Time and again, under its influence we’ve watched guests of all ages board the boat as strangers and disembark as friends.
We’ve had a lot of fun this year with Club Nautique, and I’m particularly pleased that we’ve cultivated a number of “regulars.” Try something a little different this New Year’s Eve and check out what’s bringing them back. Finally, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who came to Club Nautique this year for being part of the fun, spreading the word, and making it such a success.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and that is all.” Captain Ry
Club Nautique, featuring Captain Ryan, backed by the Peter Edelman Trio, has been gathering steam since their maiden voyage aboard Nina’s Dandy back in February, and our guests have lots to say about Club Nautique:
“. . . the music was amazing (Captain Ry and the band were toned, tight, and terrific) this is a pretty unique offering in the DC area.”
Kasha and Mike H.
“You can't beat Club Nautique. What a winning combination: listening to romantic, old-time jazz favorites while cruising by the moon-lit sights of Washington, DC. Thank you Dandy for a memorable evening.”
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Nina's Dandy - Club Nautique
For reservations, please call: (703) 683-6076.
Just some of the tunes. . .
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Satin Doll, You Go To My Head, When Sunny Gets Blue, Sunny Side of the Street, Almost Like being in Love, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Georgia, As Time Goes By, Girl from Ipanema, All of Me, Paper Moon, I Get No Kick, Take the A Train, Autumn Leaves, Lullaby of Birdland, Java Jive, Them That’s Got, Putting on the Ritz, Button Up Your Overcoat, Our Love Is Here to Stay, and many more melodies.
Captain Ryan Wojtanowski
Is a native Washingtonian who was raised by dangerously cosmopolitan parents with connections to the military; he first went on stage as a child, performing in USO musical productions. Learning to play trombone in the Fairfax County school system, he returned to D.C after college playing and singing with the George Mason Jazz Ensemble, the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, and the Morgan Baer Orchestra. He also had his own 10 piece band and two quartets. In addition to playing at numerous Embassy functions, society weddings, and Officer’s Clubs, he gained notoriety performing in the Marquis Lounge at the Shoreham Hotel and other traditional jazz venues such as Columbia Station and One Step Down, before the Fates imposed a 28-year hiatus, which officially ended this past February.
“Ryan Wojtanowski, who doubles on trombone, is calculated to make a lady swoon,.”,
Henry Mitchell Washington Post 6/12/1983 (“Hey, gimme a break! That was 29 years ago!”)
“Ryan sings the old lyrics with a style and clarity all too rare these days.”
Bob Bassett, WEAM Big Band Radio 12/10/1983, (“Now, this I can still do.”)
Raised in a musical family in Northern Virginia; his father an avid jazz fan, his mother a devotee of classical piano, Peter Edelman began playing piano at an early age. At age 14, Peter attended a jazz workshop led by trombonist/arranger Phil Wilson, studied jazz piano with Art Monroe, and then formed a working jazz quartet of his own.
After attending North Texas State University (the first university in the world to offer a degree in Jazz Studies), Peter performed at Blues Alley, One Step Down, The Pig Foot, Café des Artistes, and Alva’s in Washington, D.C., as well as venues in New York City and Florida. Peter has performed with Cecil Payne, Teddy Smith, Butch Warren, Wallace Roney, Webster Young, Nap Turner, Keter Betts, George Kelly, Ronnie Coles, Bull Moose Jackson, Panama Francis, Carter Jefferson, George Botz, and members of the Count Basie Orchestra.
In 1993, Peter performed with the Marlon Jordon Quartet on a European tour, and in 1999, he performed in Istanbul, Turkey at the “Q” Club, in the Cirgan Palace, with the Kiesa Brown Quintet. Peter Edelman has performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival and Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and currently hosts a nightly jam session in Washington D.C., at Columbia Station.