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:

Paris Washboard

Haddonfield - February 23, 2020  


Capital Focus Jazz Band at Grist Mill Park, Alexandria, VA 2017

“The Pearls”


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

Originally formed in 1988 as the Federal Focus Jazz Band, the Capital Focus Jazz Band (CFJB) is about to present its fourth concert for TSJS (and its first in a decade). The ensemble has performed at receptions for the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of State and many other dignitaries. Performance venues have included the White House, the Capitol, the Kennedy Center, the National Mall, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Bourbon Street and Preservation Hall (New Orleans), jazz clubs in New York, London and Amsterdam, and a variety of jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

The ensemble was also featured in live performance on NBC’s Today Show and on Bravo’s Artsbreak. The band’s performance at the Louis Armstrong International Jazz Competition in Sainte-Adresse, France, won a special judges’ prize, placing ahead of several adult bands. The CFJB was one of five young groups selected from hundreds of international applicants to spend ten days (all expenses paid) studying with the top names in jazz at the prestigious Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy in the mountains of Colorado. CFJB also took First Place in their Division, and all of their Division's Best Soloist medals, at the Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival in Sacramento.   

Director Dave Robinson has also founded the Traditional Jazz Educators Network (TJEN), an organization dedicated to perpetuating the traditional jazz idiom by promoting and facilitating the teaching of traditional jazz history and performance techniques to young people.

Capital Focus Jazz Band

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Concert Details

Photo by Paris Washboard

Paris Washboard debuts at Tri-State!  The band was founded in 1988, evolving from the rich tradition of European/international appreciation for 'modern American jazz' as it was originally experienced and played in the decades of the 1920's and 1930's.  They are international festival favorites, and recent U.S. engagements include Jeff and Joel’s House Party.  Don’t miss these outstanding performers in a rare U.S. Appearance!! Mark your calendar for February 23rd in Haddonfield.

Photo by CFJB

Wallingford Community Arts Center

414 Plush Mill Road

Wallingford, PA 19086

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.