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

Monthly Concerts in the Philadelphia Tri-State Area


The virtual band in the masthead are, left to right, Joe Midiri, Jim Fryer, Bria Skonberg, Franny Smith, Gary Cattley, and Ed Wise. Photos by Jim McGann.


At the recent Board Meeting on June 25, 2019, the following Officers were elected for the fiscal year 2019-2020:

The following candidates were elected to one-year terms as Open Board Members.

The president expressed appreciation for the support of our members and the continuing efforts of the Board and the many other volunteers who produce and promote our monthly concerts.

As always, special thanks to all the Sponsors, Patrons, and Sustainers whose generous donations make it possible to present top bands and soloists for 2019-2020.



If your membership card shows a past expiration date, please renew at the next concert. If you are not planning to attend the concert, please renew online or mail in a check with a membership form.

Basic membership is still only $20 per year per person, but please consider renewing at the Sponsor, Patron or Sustainer level - your tax-deductible gift would be greatly appreciated. See donor details here.

Looking Ahead:

Adam Swanson

Ragtime and Early Jazz Pianist

Wallingford - March 15, 2020  


Paris Washboard at Jeff and Joel’s Houseparty Branford, CT 2018

“There'll be some changes made”


For video samples of Traditional Jazz, Swing, and traditional Piano Jazz, click here.

A French jazz group devoted to the revival of traditional jazz, Paris Washboard was founded in 1988, evolving from the rich European/international appreciation for “modern American jazz” as it was first experienced in the decades of the 1920's and 1930's following World War I.  Today the ensemble’s unique sound is comprised of just four instruments:  clarinet, trombone, piano and washboard. Listeners will be sure to note the band's originality and capacity for variety of stylistic sonorities. The worldwide success of Paris Washboard since 1988 demonstrates that this kind of group, absolutely peerless in the trad jazz world, is bringing something new in a jazz style that originated in the earliest years of the genre. The quartet combines conviviality, youthful enthusiasm, humor, professionalism, and exceptional musical individualities – all to perform a rich and still enlarging repertoire from the 1920s and 1930s, inspired by giants such as James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and including even original compositions.

Don’t miss these outstanding performers in a rare U.S. Appearance!! Mark your calendar for February 23rd in Haddonfield.

Paris Washboard

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Concert Details

Photo by Adam Swanson

Adam Swanson returns to Tri-State!  He is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, and has performed at the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as in Hungary and Switzerland.

Treat yourself to a wonderful Spring outing in Wallingford on March 15th.

Photo by Paris Washboard Washboard

Haddonfield United Methodist Church

29 Warwick Road

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

The Paris Washboard concert is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.