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.

Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings

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


Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings, who last appeared at TSJS in March, 2015, were inspired by the legendary early bands of New Orleans, most notably the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. From their first concerts in 1984 they were committed to a hot-jazz style of performance that is associated with post-World War II "revival Dixieland," a return to the roots of New Orleans jazz. Jerry Rife earned two degrees in music at Kansas State University before receiving a PhD in Musicology at Michigan State University. Dr. Rife teaches music history and directs the bands at Rider University and is also on the faculty at Westminster Choir College. He has been conductor and musical director of the 70- member Blawenburg Band since 1985.

Looking Ahead- Neville Dickie and the Midiri Brothers


414 Plush Mill Road

Wallingford, PA 19086

   Photo by Jim McGann

World-class British pianist Neville Dickie will rejoin TSJS veterans Joe and Paul Midiri for the 5th straight year on June 4 at Haddonfield United Methodist Church in what promises to be one of the most exciting trad jazz, stride, and swing programs of the season.  A native of England's County Durham, Dickie is among the most accomplished stride and boogie-woogie pianists on either side of the Atlantic. The Midiris have made both jazz and classical music the focus of their lives since the mid 1980s, and have recorded with everyone from trios to big bands featuring the arrangements of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and the Dorsey Brothers. They have performed extensively in the Philadelphia, New York, and Atlantic City areas and have been been featured at many festivals across the country.

Past Dickie-Midiri TSJS shows have set attendance records. Come early to get a seat!

Photo by Jim McGann

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