About the Band

Jazz Forever

Mr. Pokluda, Jazz Forever owner and general manager, began taking ballroom dance lessons in 2003, when he met his second wife, the late Mrs. Connie Pokluda. She reintroduced her husband back into the jazz world when she bought him the documentary “How Jazz Started” by Ken Burns. After the passing of his wife, Mr. Pokluda began taking trumpet lessons with Professor George Chase, and decided to pursue a new project; forming a new musical group in Houston! During one of his sessions with the Professor, Mr. Pokluda wondered what it would be like to take his passion for the Dixieland era and combine it with his love of the big band. With encouragement from the Professor, family and friends, Mr. Pokluda began his dream of starting Jazz Forever, a group which unites traditional New Orleans Dixieland jazz with the Big Band era. The band has completed 3 CDs and will record its fourth CD in March 2014.

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