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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.

Blackbird Society Orchestra

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Blackbird Society Orchestra is Philadelphia's Premier 1920s Hot Jazz / Dance Orchestra dedicated to the preservation of the music of "The Jazz Age," "The Roaring 20s," "The Gatsby Era"....Flappers, Prohibition, Gangsters, Model As and the invention of an American art form known as "Jazz!” Now returning for its fourth visit to TSJS (on the third in April of 2018, the ensemble appeared in its full 22-piece Paul Whiteman tribute iteration with guest bassist Vince Giordano), the 13-piece core BSO will perform an afternoon of large-ensemble jazz classics from the 1920s and early 1930s.

It's a real treat to see a big band; the BSO consistently draws our largest audiences and set admissions records at Wallingford and Haddonfield in 2017 and 2018. It's sure to be a sell-out!

This concert has been made possible by funds from the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Concert Details

The Buck and a Quarter Quartet (yes, there are six of them) makes its debut at Tri-State Jazz. Reedman John Bianchi leads this great New York based band. The "quartet" plays forgotten gems of the golden age of American popular music, as well as vintage-inspired originals. They play in their own category-defying style, described as "skiffle meets Cole Porter" and "what IS this?” mostly on strings. They've appeared at numerous venues, events and festivals, and now they're visiting us in Wallingford on October 13. We look forward to seeing you there.


Photo by Jim McGann


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 pay 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:

Buck and a Quarter Quartet

Wallingford - October 13, 2019  

Haddonfield United Methodist Church

29 Warwick Road

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Photo by Neal Siegal


Blackbird Society Orchestra at Musikfest 2017

“Happy Feet”


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