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6/24/2018 Haddonfield

CONCERTS


Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Formed in 2007, The Al Harrison Dixieland Band has played concerts in the Regol Concerts Peerless Performances series, for which live CD recordings are available. The ensemble has performed for the Tri-State Jazz Society in Wallingford, PA, Brooklawn, NJ and Wilmington, DE, most recently in May, 2016. Other performances have included the Cape May Traditional Jazz Society, the Pennsylvania Jazz Society and fundraisers for Jazz Bridge and other charities.

Al Harrison won scholarships to study at the New York Military Academy, the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now known as the University of the Arts), and Temple University. He played and recorded with Dexter Wansel at Philadelphia International Records and toured with Stanley Clarke and Si Zentner. Al has also served with Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band, and the Ward Marston, Mike Carney, Phil Giordano, Scott Romig, Bill Newnam, and Midnight Sun orchestras.


Trombonist Pete Reichlin has spent nearly a half-century performing in the PA-NJ-DE region with such ensembles as Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings, Ed Wise’s New Orleans Jazz Band, the Jazz Lobsters Big Band, Danny Tobias and Friends (with which he guested at TSJS in March, 2016), and the Al Harrison Dixieland Band. He has also spent many years as a piano tuner and restorer.


Tri-State veteran Joe Midiri is a virtuoso on the clarinet and alto, baritone and soprano saxophones. Not only featured as a classical


HADDONFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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.

CONCERT ADMISSIONS

 $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

HADDONFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

29 Warwick Road

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

15 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge

Map Directions

Photo by Jim McGann

ON THE WEB

For more about Al Harrison’s band, visit his website at:

www.alharrisonjazzband.com


BAND PERSONNEL

Al Harrison – Trumpet, Fluegelhorn, Leader

Joe Midiri – Clarinet, Saxophones

Pete Reichlin – Trombone

Ray Malach – Piano

Bill Stumm – Bass

Chic Sperell – Drums

Al Harrison Dixieland Band

WATCH VIDEOS

Click the links to view on the YouTube website.

A “Dixieland Medley” recorded at Jack’s Delicatessen in northeast Philadelphia (2015)


soloist in several orchestra performances, he is also the leader of the Midiri Brothers Orchestra, a sixteen-piece big band featuring authentic yet creative performances of the music of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Fletcher Henderson and the Dorsey Brothers, including the orchestra's own special arrangements in the tradition of the swing era, all under the direction of Joe Midiri. In the classical world, Joe has performed as soloist with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Tri-State Philharmonic, and the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.

Pianist Ray Malach’s musical ability took him to the Gulf Coast, from the Dixieland Lounge in Pascagoula, MS to Papa Joe's on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, whose sounds became another big influence on his musical style. He later studied music theory and composition at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now University of the Arts) and attended graduate school at the University of PA. Ray’s career led him to Atlantic City where he served as pianist and arranger. His last continuous engagement there was at the Showboat Casino where he performed for 13 years. A return trip to the South had him playing in Charleston, Atlanta, Hilton Head, and his home base, Cozy O's Cafe, in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he played jazz for 10 years. Now Ray is back home in Philly, where he continues to swing in his own unique way.

Bassist Bill Stumm is one of the leading practitioners of his instrument in the South Jersey region and a regular with the Al Harrison Dixieland Band and the Midiri Brothers Orchestra and combos.

Drummer Chic Sperell has earned respect in the music industry with his impressive versatility and creativity. Having a reputation as a television and studio drummer on the Mike Douglas Show, followed by theater, recording, concert and teaching and clinician positions in both high schools and colleges, Chic has performed with and accompanied the top names and bands in the entertainment business.