7/30/2017 - Haddonfield

Galvanized Jazz Band

The Connecticut-based Galvanized Jazz Band is making its long-awaited Tri-State debut. They are a dynamic group devoted to the energetic performance of hot Dixieland and early New Orleans music.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Cornetist Fred Vigorito has led the Galvanized Jazz Band since 1971. Since his retirement from the Southern New England Telephone Company (now Verizon), he has been a full-time musician. Studying cornet with Dick Fortino, Fred showed remarkable aptitude and played first trumpet in Connecticut’s All-State Band as a high school freshman. He has been playing New Orleans Jazz since 1963 when he joined Big Bill Bissonnette's Easy Rider Jazz Band. Fred is featured on more than 35 recordings, his most memorable being a 1965 GHB recording at Preservation Hall with jazz veterans Jim Robinson, Albert Burbank, Creole George Guesnon and Don Ewell. Fred plays a hot, driving cornet style, with a clear, defining lead. His major influencesinclude Louis Armstrong, Kid Thomas, Kid Howard, Wild Bill Davison, Bobby Hackett, Muggsy Spanier, Ruby Braff and Thomas Jefferson.

Trombonist Jim Fryer made his professional debut at the age of 16 in the Boston area. He later joined the Paradise City Jazz Band in Northampton, Massachusetts, and played many festivals with them. Since that time, Jim has toured internationally every year, performed on dozens of recordings, made TV appearances, and played a variety of theaters and concert halls throughout New England. Jim first visited England in 1988 and has  Northampton, Massachusetts, and played many festivals with them. Since that time, Jim has toured


The church is located near the center of town, just south of Kings Highway on Warwick Road. Tri-State Jazz Society concerts are held in Fellowship Hall, a large performance space with good acoustics and an excellent piano. There is a free parking lot and the church is two blocks from the PATCO station.


 $10 First-timers and members of Tri-State Jazz Society

$20 General Admission

High school and college students with IDs and

younger children with a paying adult are free

Pay at the door - No advance sales or reservations


29 Warwick Road

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

15 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge

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The Galvanized Jazz Band performing “Royal Garden Blues” from the 2014 Connecticut Hot Steamed Jazz Festival.

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Fred Vigorito – cornet, leader

Jim Fryer – trombone

Noel Kaletsky – clarinet, saxophones

Bill Sinclair – piano

Art Hovey – tuba, string bass

Jim Lawlor – drums, vocals

internationally every year, performed on dozens of recordings, made TV appearances, and played a variety of theaters and concert halls throughout New England. Jim first visited England in 1988 and has returned every year since then with Classic Jazz Epochs and Jeff Barnhart, Paradise City JB, the Hot Cats, and as a solo performer with the UK’s best musicians, including Humphrey Lyttleton, Kenny Baker and Digby Fairweather. Now living in New York, Jim is one of the busiest brass men in the city, a featured performer with the Titan Hot Seven Jazz Band and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. In his travels he has shared the stage with Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern, Butch Thompson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Milt Jackson and Rosemary Clooney. Last September, Jim appeared at TSJS with reed man Dan Levinson’s Tiger Tulip Jazz Band.

A Galvanized regular for 26 years, reed man Noel Kaletsky is a full time musician in every sense of the word, playing Jazz festivals throughout the world and working regularly with the Bearcats Jazz Band, Red Lehr’s St. Louis Rivermen, and Tex Wyndham’s Rent Party Revelers. Often described as an "exciting, versatile soloist with seemingly unlimited endurance," Noel, a former Easy Rider, has performed with the best of them, including an RCA recording with New Orleans veterans, a GHB recording with Wild Bill Davison, and numerous Jazz Crusade recordings. As one reviewer recently remarked about Noel's playing: "This is about as good as it gets."

A lifelong resident of Trumbull, Connecticut, pianist Bill Sinclair studied piano privately with Donald Currier at Yale University. Eventually he discovered traditional jazz and was particularly inspired by New Orleans pianist Alton Purnell. Bill is a versatile pianist, with an incredible feel for New Orleans jazz as it should be played, from the heart, with deep meaning and poignant subtleties. Also a former Easy Rider, Bill has been playing New Orleans Jazz for over 40 years, and in addition to his GJB schedule, Bill leads his own band twice weekly. In terms of world travel, Bill leads the pack, having been invited to play in Germany, France and Belgium every year for the past 25 years. Bill also leads the pack in recordings with New Orleans Jazz veterans, appearing on approximately 35 CD recordings. According to the New York Jazz Gazette, "Bill handles solos with imagination and taste, and is well able to drive the rhythm section when required."

Art Hovey grew up on Long Island in Riverhead, NY, where he played tuba in every organization that would have him. He discovered traditional jazz as a student at Yale and managed to stay active through graduate school and 35 years as a high school physics teacher. As an original member of the GJB (and the Galvanized Washboard Band before that) Art has been active in traditional jazz for more than 50 years. He also recorded and produced most of the GJB's CDs, cassettes, and LPs, and is responsible for the band’s website. Art was principal tubist with the New Haven Symphony for ten years, and currently performs with the CT Symphonic Winds and the Civic Orchestra of New Haven. As a jazz educator Art has organized many youth bands specializing in traditional jazz and ragtime, most notably the very successful Sugarfoot Jazz Band. Art also coaches traditional jazz and ragtime groups at New Haven's Neighborhood Music School.

Jim Lawlor began playing drums after moving from Philadelphia to Atlantic City in 1979, just as the town was beginning its rise as the East Coast gambling mecca. Following eight years in the Chris Sooy Swing Band, a very popular group that pre-dated the Neo-Swing movement by a decade, Jim was hired by Joe and Paul Midiri to play and sing in their small groups and big band. In 2000, the Midiri ensemble landed on the festival circuit and gave Jim a chance to travel and perform around the U.S. Recently, he has played both with the Midiris and independently for Jazzdagen Cruises, enjoying trans-Atlantic crossings, the Sea of Cortez, and a river cruise in the Netherlands.


For more about band visit their website at http://www.galvanizedjazz.c om/.