Wallingford Concert 4/30/2017


Inspired by the legendary early bands of New Orleans, most notably the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings last appeared at TSJS in March, 2015.


 $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, April 30 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.


414 Plush Mill Road

Wallingford, PA 19086

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

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According to Dr. Rife, 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.

Leader Dr. 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. As leader of Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings and as sideman, he has performed traditional jazz frequently for Tri-State Jazz Society and throughout the region. In 2012, he served as leader of the 2012 annual Tri-State Jazz Society jam session.

Trumpeter Danny Tobias has established himself as a TSJS favorite, both as a leader and sideman. Besides his own band, with which he appeared at TSJS in March, 2016, he is a star with the Midiri Brothers and Ed Wise groups. He has also played with Jon-Erik Kellso, Kevin Dorn, and Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.

A versatile horn player, Pete Reichlin handles the trombone in this band and the tuba in other ensembles. He was an original member in the Independence Hall Jazz Band and performs in other jazz and commercial bands including the Michael Carney, Peter Duchin and


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.


Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings play “When You’re Smiling” on December 15, 2014 in Princeton, NJ.

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Dr. Jerry Rife - leader, clarinet, alto & soprano saxes

Danny Tobias - trumpet

Pete Reichlin - trombone

Pat Mercuri - banjo & guitar

Gary Cattley - tuba & string bass

Lenny Pucciatti – drums

Ward Marston Orchestras.

Banjoist/guitarist Pat Mercuri is one of the area's most active freelance jazz musicians. As a member of the Midiri Brothers’ and Ed Wise’s bands, he plays for TSJS frequently.

Gary Cattley is equally at home on bass and tuba, having appeared at jazz festivals across the country and as a guest soloist. He last played for TSJS as bassist with the Rhythm Kings two years ago.

Lenny Pucciatti, percussion, attended Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) and has performed extensively for the past three decades in the jazz and classical genres. He was lead percussionist for Patti LuPone at Resorts International, The Joey Bishop Show, and The Al Hirt Show, just to name a few. Lenny also produces the Trenton Jazz Festival and directs the music for Trenton’s Heritage Days event.

Photo by Jim McGann


For more about Dr. Jerry Rife, visit his website at http://www.rider.edu/faculty/je rry-rife.