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Cynthia Sayer and her Joy Ride Band
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2pm


Haddonfield United Methodist Church
29 Warwick Road
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

This concert will be held in the sanctuary.

Acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as one of the top 4-string jazz banjoists in the world today, multi-award-winning singer and instrumentalist Cynthia Sayer returns to TSJS for the first time since 2018 (her TSJS debut was in 2014 with her Sparks Fly Band). Recent festival appearances include headlining at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the 2017 Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival.

camden logoMade possible by funds from the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts


Visit Cynthia Sayer's website here.,



Band Personnel

Cynthia Sayer - banjo and vocals
Colin Hancock - trumpet and misc
Jim Fryer - trombone and vocals
Mike Weatherly - string bass and vocals
Larry Eagle - drums


A charter member of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band (on piano), Cynthia Sayer has played with legendary jazz artists including Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Les Paul, Wynton Marsalis, and Marian McPartland, as well as leading jazz contemporaries such as Scott Robinson, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Sandke, Bria Skonberg, Vince Giordano, and others. Cynthia is an inductee into The American Banjo Hall of Fame and has guested on CBS, FOX & ABC network television shows, including Good Morning America and The Morning Show, as well as on NPR's Piano Jazz, BBC Radio, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured in The New York Times (which described Cynthia as “a rarity; a woman who plays banjo with drive and virtuosity"), Down Beat, Fretboard Journal, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and countless other international media outlets.

Colin Hancock made his TSJS debut as a guest with Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Orchestra four years ago, followed by appearing with his own Original Cornell Syncopators (OCS). Colin enjoys playing and listening to early jazz, as well as the study of its history and influence, and he picked up the trumpet after falling in love with the music of Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet. An avid record collector and amateur historian in territory and Texas Jazz, Colin has produced recordings utilizing century-old acoustical techniques.

Trombonist Jim Fryer, who has previously appeared twice at TSJS with clarinetist Dan Levinson, currently resides in New York City, where he is one of the busiest brass men and a featured performer with the Titan Hot Seven Jazz Band and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. In his travels he has shared the stage with Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern, Butch Thompson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Milt Jackson and Rosemary Clooney.

Bassist Mike Weatherly, who performed with Cynthia at her previous TSJS gig four years ago (he was also heard in Haddonfield with Dan Levinson in 2016), has played every style from Big Band to Cajun, Western Swing and Jazz. No stranger to gospel, he is the bassist for the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble and is regularly featured in the “Sounds of Praise” Gospel brunch series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has played for former President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and the 20th anniversary celebration of Pope St. John Paul II. A regular with the Stan Rubin Big Band, he has also performed with The Ed Polcer Allstars, folk singer Pete Seeger, Banu Gibson and many others.

Drummer and percussionist Larry Eagle keeps his musical portfolio diversified. A founding member of Bruce Springsteen's Sessions Band (which won a Grammy for traditional folk music), he has also played on R&B/Soul artist John Legend's Grammy-winning second album, as well as with the late Blues Grammy nominee Odetta. Larry has also been heard with klezmer clarinetist and Grammy nominee Andy Statman, in addition to albums with bluegrass superstar Ricky Skaggs and powerful Jazz/Soul singer Lizz Wright. Larry has performed on The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Good Morning America, PBS, the BBC and an ice-breaking Baltic Sea ferry out of Naantali, Finland.

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