2nd Independence

2nd Independence is a small-format jazz group that plays standards with a high emphasis on improvisation. They meet once a month to jam and perform in some of the more interesting venues around the DC area, including Strathmore and the Torpedo Factory. Everyone is invited to participate, though beginners may find it challenging.


Cornelius Young, Director

A native of Mississippi, Cornelius Young has an extensive music background starting with a variety of ensembles in high school including jazz band where he was a jazz pianist and continued through college where he studied as a tuba major at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi.  During his time there, he continued his jazz studies including the Modern Jazz Tuba (MJT) Project and following graduate work at Eastern Michigan University, he moved to the DMV area to pursue a teaching career.  It is then that he joined D.C. Swing! for the first time as its jazz pianist and also had opportunities to participate in the Southern Maryland Jazz Orchestra, the Solid Brass Jazz Band, & the jazz trio, Shaken not Stirred.