1/6/2019 Haddonfield


Sunday, January 6, 2019 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Welcome one of New York’s top traditional jazz bands to their TSJS debut; 7-piece band with cornet/trumpet, reeds, trombone, piano, guitar/banjo, bass sax, and drums. The New Wonders perform regularly around New York city, chasing the echoes of bootleg liquor and dancing feet.

“An unexpected delight”- The New York Times

“Mike Davis...appeared to have emerged from a time portal from the year 1927”- Downbeat “Eloquent trumpet prodigy”- The Wall Street Journal

The Band

“Eloquent trumpet prodigy” Mike Davis (Wall Street Journal) studied with Laurie Frink from 2009-2013 while attending Manhattan School of Music. He now appears regularly around New York City as the leader of the New Wonders and with Dandy Wellington and his band, Emily Asher’s Garden Party,  Glenn Crytzer, Terry Waldo, Baby Soda, Dan Levinson, and many other traditional jazz and swing bands. Mike is familiar to TSJS audiences through his appearances with Dan Levinson and, just this past October, Emily Asher’s Garden Party.

Ricky Alexander is a saxophonist and clarinetist based in NYC, specializing in early jazz. He performs regularly at both prestigious jazz clubs and hip nightlife venues with The New Wonders, Terry Waldo, The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, Dandy Wellington band, and many more. Ricky will be recording his debut record as a leader later this year.


The church is located near the center of town, just south of Kings Highway on Warwick Road. Tri-State Jazz Society concerts are held in Fellowship Hall, a large performance space with good acoustics and an excellent piano. There is a free parking lot and the church is two blocks from the PATCO station.


 $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


29 Warwick Road

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

15 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge

Map Directions

Photo by Jim McGann


For more about Mike Davis and the New Wonders visit their website at:


Mike Davis – Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals, Leader

Ricky Alexander – Reeds

Joe McDonough – Trombone

Jared Engel – Guitar, Banjo

Jay Rattman – Bass Sax

Dalton Ridenhour – Piano

Jay Lepley - Drums

Mike Davis and the New Wonders


“Smile, Darn Ya, Smile”


Joe McDonough is a freelance jazz trombonist living in New York City. He performs and has recorded with Christian McBride’s big band, was featured with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America twice. As an educator, Joe has conducted workshops with Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Juilliard School. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Joe stays active on the scene here as a member of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), under the direction of Terell Stafford. Joe has also enjoyed the privilege of performing with Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, and Herbie Hancock, among others.

Banjoist/guitarist Jared Engel is a professional musician who has been living and working in New York City since 2003. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Jared splits his time between performing on the upright bass, tuba, and the 4-string plectrum banjo. He is specialized in many forms of traditional American music and maintains a very active career of playing concerts all over the world.

Missouri native Dalton Ridenhour has been a student of the ragtime and stride piano tradition since the age of 8. He has been featured at many ragtime and early jazz festivals including The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, The West Coast Ragtime Festival, The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, and The Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. Dalton has degrees from the Berklee College of Music and The Eastman School of Music where he studied with Harold Danko, Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano and Hal Crook. He performs locally and internationally and frequently with various groups including Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Dan Levinson's Roof Garden Jass Band (with which he and Mike Davis performed at TSJS’ centennial tribute to the Original Dixieland Jass Band’s first commercial jazz recordings in September, 2017), Naomi and Her Handsome Devils, Mike Davis and The New Wonders, Goodbye Picasso, and Mona's Hot Four. Dalton has a solo album, Eccentricity, on the Rivermont Records label, and has been booked to perform solo piano for TSJS next August.

Not yet 30 but already a seasoned professional, bass saxist Jay Rattman boasts a discography of over 25 records that includes Urbanus by Stefon Harris, nominated for the 2010 Best Contemporary Jazz Album Grammy, and New Celebration, the last big band album by the late NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods. His musical sensitivity and spontaneity have placed him in demand in a wide range of settings from contemporary classical chamber music to early jazz, klezmer, creative improvised music, straight ahead jazz and everything in between. He has performed at most of the major clubs in New York in addition to the MoMA, the Coachella Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Late Show, and the Tonight Show.

Drummer Jay Lepley has lived and performed in New York City for sixteen years. Hailing from

Seattle, WA, he graduated with a BFA in jazz performance from The New School Jazz Program

in 2004. He has developed a reputation as a passionate and stylish performer and appeared with many jazz and traditional jazz groups, including Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, Dan Levinson (including an appearance at TSJS), Champian Fulton, Tamar Korn, Terry Waldo, and the Tom Abbott Orchestra. In addition to the New Wonders, he performs regularly with Emily Asher’s Garden Party (with which he was heard at TSJS last October) and Dandy Wellington & His Band.