Wallingford Concert 7/9/2017


An annual tradition, Bob Rawlins will be leading an all-star concert featuring performers drawn from some of our favorite regional bands and beyond.


 $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

Sunday, July 9 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.


414 Plush Mill Road

Wallingford, PA 19086

One mile from the Media-Swarthmore exit of I-476

Map Directions



The Community Arts Center, located in Wallingford near

I-476 (the "Blue Route") between Media and Swarthmore in Delaware County, is home to Tri-State Jazz Society's Pennsylvania concerts. Traditional  jazz bands and solo pianists are presented five or six times a year in the Art Center’s fully accessible Duke Gallery, a 3100 square foot space that boasts an excellent grand piano, good acoustics, soaring ceilings, and beautiful light.


Dr. Bob Rawlins – clarinet, saxophones, Leader

Randy Reinhart – trumpet, trombone

Franny Smith – banjo, vocals

Ed Wise – bass

Paul Midiri – drums, vibes, trombone

Tri-State Jazz All-Stars

Many attendees rank Tri-State Jazz All-Star Jams among the best. The core quintet consists entirely of TSJS veterans assembled and directed by Dr. Bob Rawlins, who will call tunes from the traditional Dixieland through swing eras and invite musicians (some of whom seldom have the opportunity to play together) to sit in with the core ensemble as the concert progresses.

Core Band Background

Returning leader Bob Rawlins has appeared with several bands for TSJS (including his own Atlantic City Jazz Band), is Professor of Music Theory at Rowan University, serves as music advisor on the TSJS Board, and is the author of several books including Jazzology (jazz theory text), The Real Dixieland Book (a collection of 250 classic Dixieland tunes he compiled and edited while living in New Orleans), and Tunes of the Twenties (a fun book that tells the stories behind songs of the Jazz Age).

Trumpeter and trombonist Randy Reinhart has collaborated with many artists including Jim Cullum, Kenny Davern, Marty Grosz, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dan Barrett, Jake Hanna, Howard Alden, and Warren Vache. Reinhart received great reviews for his work on his solo recording of “As Long As I Live,” recorded with jazz mates Kenny Davern, James Chirillo and Dan Barrett. Wall Street Journal jazz and pop critic Will Friedwald states, "Randy Reinhart is the most generous of bandleaders who shares the spotlight generously with his fellow players – the term "sidemen" almost doesn't apply."

Franny Smith is the longest-working banjo player in Atlantic City history, entertaining for over a half-century. But he has also shared his music throughout the country and beyond. He is well-known to Tri-State Jazz Society regulars as a member of Dr. Bob Rawlins’ Atlantic City Jazz Band and is delighted to once again serve in the annual Tri-State All-Stars.

Currently a member of the music faculty at Loyola University (New Orleans), bassist Ed Wise previously served as musical director for the University of Pennsylvania's jazz ensemble. Relocating to Philadelphia from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he was on the Tri-State Jazz Society board of directors and has appeared at numerous jazz venues and festivals in and around Philadelphia, the country, and the globe. In mid-2013 he returned to New Orleans to perform more frequently with Pete Fountain, Connie Jones, Banu Gibson, Tim Laughlin, and other New Orleans notables at the French Quarter Festival and JazzFest. Ed is always happy to return to the Philly area for a homecoming performance.

Multi-instrumentalist Paul Midiri performs with equal facility on drums, vibes, and trombone, and we can expect a similar stellar tour de force this time around. He and his twin brother, reed man Joe, co-lead their own sextet (which has performed for TSJS numerous times) and big band, and on June 4 did their annual TSJS rendezvous with British pianist Neville Dickie.

Photos by Paul Macatee and Jim Mcgann from the TSJS archives of past years’ all-star concerts, featuring core bands jamming with invited guests.