10/14/2018 - Haddonfield


Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

"Simply extraordinary hot jazz played by some of the finest young musicians devoted to keeping this music alive today." -Ricky Riccardi, Louis Armstrong Biographer

"Garden Party is, as advertised, a party band." -Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times

“Emily and her friends have understood something deep about the delicate balance between honoring the originals and creating something new.” -Michael Steinman, JAZZ LIVES

Emily Asher is a Brooklyn-based trombonist and singer of "buoyant charm” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times) in strong demand as a bandleader and sidewoman in New York City and internationally. As a leader, Asher has produced four CDs and led US and Israel tours with Emily Asher’s Garden Party and earned a prestigious Banff Residency with her Endangered Species Trio. She recorded and performed with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon on his Hello Pops! tribute to Louis Armstrong, and was a member of Nicholas Payton’s Television Studio Orchestra. “Ms. Asher plays with both grit and grace” (Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal) and has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, Mø, Talib Kweli, Chaka Khan, Terri Lyn Carrington and many others.


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 Joanne Levey


For more about Emily and her Garden Party band, visit her website at: www.emilyasher.com


Emily Asher – Trombone, Vocals, Leader

Mike Davis – Trumpet, Vocals

Evan Arntzen – Clarinet, Saxes

James Chirillo - Guitar

Rob Adkins – Bass

Jay Lepley – Drums

Emily Asher’s Garden Party


“I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling”

Joe’s Pub, NYC 2015

“Eloquent trumpet prodigy” Mike Davis (Wall Street Journal) has a voice beyond his years on his instrument. His playing is imbued with the sounds of prohibition-era speakeasies, Hoovervilles of the depression, and glittering jazz palaces of the swing era, creating a timeless cocktail of American music. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Mike began his trumpet instruction at age nine with Jerry Oram in Seattle and went on to study with Laurie Frink during his undergraduate years. Both encouraged his interest in early jazz styles, which led to his beginning to work professionally in New York City while still in college. 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 (with whom Mike has appeared at TSJS), and many other traditional jazz and swing bands. A regular at the celebrated jam session at Mona’s Bar, Mike is one of the vanguard of young musicians bringing traditional jazz to the forefront of the NYC music scene.

A native of Vancouver, BC, Canada, Evan Arntzen was instructed by his grandfather, also a clarinetist, in the tradition of New Orleans jazz clarinet from the time he was seven years old. Since moving to The Big Apple in January 2014, Evan has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, the Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Birdland with some of NYC’s finest, including Bria Skonberg (with whom he appeared at TSJS in 2016), Catherine Russell, and Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.

Raised in Bellevue, Washington, guitarist James Chirillo has been privileged to work with many of the swing era’s recognized greats, including Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Benny Carter, Eddie Durham, Eddie Barefield, Earle Warren, Frank Wess, and Joe Wilder (to name just a few), and as a charter member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, he worked closely with musician/educators Gunther Schuller and David Baker. Today, his collaborations include appearing regularly with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis, as well as work with such diverse artists as Paquito D’Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Michael Feinstein. He has been a participant on countless recordings – with Tony Bennett, Joe Lovano, Houston Person, Marcus Roberts, and Dick Hyman, as well as on the soundtracks of Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown and Everyone Says I Love You, plus movies such as Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. As a longtime member of clarinetist Kenny Davern’s quartet he recorded several discs, including In Concert at the Outpost Performance Space.

Bassist Rob Adkins has been a full-time professional working musician in New York City since 2007. Though comfortable with a variety of jazz and improvised music styles, Rob can most often be seen performing in NYC's burgeoning traditional jazz and swing scene. Originally from Newton, MA, Rob is a graduate of the jazz studies program at Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied under Peter Dominguez, Marcus Belgrave, Billy Hart and several other jazz greats.

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, Champian Fulton, Tamar Korn, Terry Waldo, and the Tom Abbott Orchestra. In addition to Emily Asher’s Garden Party, he performs regularly with the New Wonders and Dandy Wellington & His Band.

Funding has been made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State

through the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College, the Designated Arts Agency of Camden County.