Early Jazz:  Traditional New Orleans - Dixieland - Swing - Ragtime - Stride & Boogie Woogie Piano


Click the play button below for a sample of Dixieland, which is one of the most popular styles of early jazz we feature at our monthly concerts:

Independence Hall Jazz band plays “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

For video samples of Dixieland, Swing, and traditional Piano Jazz, click “Music” on the menu bar.

Monthly Concerts in the Philadelphia Tri-State Area


The virtual band in the masthead was assembled from some of Jim McGann’s best photos taken over several years. Left to right are Joe Midiri, Jim Fryer, Bria Skonberg, Franny Smith, Gary Cattley, and Ed Wise.

Marty Grosz and the Hot Winds

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Richard Barnes & the Blackbird Society Orchestra will be at the Wallingford Community Arts Center on March 12, 2017 at 2 p.m.


Marty Grosz and the Hot Winds quartet return to Haddonfield NJ on February 12, 2017.

Guitarist and raconteur Marty Grosz is a legend of the jazz world, today's foremost jazz rhythm guitarist and chord soloist. He says he plays acoustic guitar “because amplification makes it too easy.” His virtuosity on the guitar, his sometimes-soulful, sometimes-humorous vocals and his dry-wit storytelling make for a memorable and entertaining program.

For this performance, the ”Hot Winds,” led by Marty on guitar, banjo, and vocals, will include two of New York’s top traditional jazz players, Randy Reinhart, cornet, and Dan Block, reeds, plus Philly’s own Joe Plowman on bass. Always a favorite with Tri-State audiences, Marty last performed in Haddonfield in May, 2014. Watch a clip from this concert at: www.youtube.com/watch?V =888jVrurjY.

Looking Ahead

Concert Details

Photo by Lynn Redmile


29 Warwick Road

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Richard Barnes’ Blackbird Society Orchestra is Philadelphia’s premier 1920s Hot Jazz/Dance Orchestra dedicated to the preservation of the music of the Jazz Age, the Roaring 20s, the Gatsby Era, Flappers, Prohibition, Gangsters, Model A’s, and the invention of the American art form known as ”Jazz.”  In addition to their 1920s repertoire, the group will debut part of their 2017 project ”The Paul Whiteman Orchestra, 1925-30.”  Richard Barnes plans to bring up to 21 musicians to the Wallingford, PA stage for this concert.

For more info see http://blackbirdsocietyorchestra.blogspot.com, or listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyVJ_VXVCbY or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8zw6MGiScI

Photo by Blackbird Society Orchestra