Tri-State Jazz Society Presents...
The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band - March 16, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band will play for Tri-State Jazz Society on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. This concert will be at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. According to British stride piano master Neville Dickie, Conservatory Classic is "a bloody good band!" Half-price admission is $10, available for first-time attendees and members; general admission is $20. High school and college students with IDs and children accompanied by a paying adult are free. Pay at the door; there are no advance sales or reservations. The church is about 15 minutes from central Philadelphia via the Ben Franklin Bridge. There's free parking. For information call (856) 720-0232 or visit: www.tristatejazz.org.
The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band
Dave Robinson - Cornet, Trumpet, Valve Trombone, Leader
Gary Gregg - Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax
Brian Priebe - Trombone
Jeff Reynolds - Guitar, Banjo
Dan Hall - Bass
Anders Eliasson - Drums
Lena Seikaly - Vocals
The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band was formed in 2003 to present the sounds of traditional jazz to Washington DC audiences. This highly-accomplished seven-piece group plays New Orleans style, Chicago style, small-group swing, and mainstream, and their repertoire encompasses the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Eddie Condon, Benny Goodman, and other early jazz pioneers, in addition to the Great American Songbook of such composers as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Hoagy Carmichael.
Originally affiliated with a local music conservatory, the band now operates independently, and its members, with a deep experience in jazz education, conduct workshops and “informances” about America’s early jazz heritage as a part of their mission. While they perform all over the DC area, their “home base” is the elegant Normandie Farm Restaurant in Potomac, MD.
Haddonfield United Methodist Church
Tri-State Jazz Society's New Jersey concerts are held in the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, located near the center of town, just south of Kings Highway on Warwick Road. The concerts are in Fellowship Hall, a large performance space with good acoustics and an excellent piano. It is wheelchair accessible, there is a free parking lot and the church is two blocks from the PATCO station. Complementary refreshments are provided at intermission.
Cornetist Dave Robinson has performed and toured with the top DC-area traditional and swing bands for over 30 years, including the Storyville Seven, the Sheiks of Dixie, the Sunshine Skiffle Band, the Manassas Festival Jazzers, the Pontchartrain Causeway New Orleans Jazz Band, Doc Scantlin's Imperial Palms Orchestra, and Hal's Bayou Jazz Band. He's gigged with swing-era big names such as Maxine Sullivan, Billy Butterfield, Steve Jordan, Johnny Blowers, and Bob Haggart, and has appeared at the White House, the Capitol, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, New York's Rainbow Room, Preservation Hall, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and Blues Alley. Dave is Adjunct Professor of Music at George Mason University, where he directs the Mason Traditional Jazz Ensemble and, since 1988, the award-winning Capital Focus Jazz Band youth ensemble.
As a teenager, reeds man Gary Gregg played traditional jazz with the Desert City Six and the Red Onion Jazz Band in Phoenix. Since then he's incorporated into his work the styles of the great early New Orleans clarinetists as well as swing-era clarinet and tenor masters. An exceptionally versatile musician, he displays the influence of players as diverse as Johnny Dodds, Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman, Illinois Jacquet, and Lester Young. Over the past 30 years Gary has appeared with many of the top DC-based trad jazz, swing, big band, and R&B groups, and his credits include jazz festivals, club dates, concerts, and recording sessions in California, New York, Germany, the Netherlands, and up and down the East Coast of the USA. Gary has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Wolf Trap, Iridium, New York’s famed Rainbow Room, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. He teaches privately.
A Tri-State Jazz Society favorite, Brian Priebe has played trombone with such luminaries as Connie Francis, Doc Severinson, Frankie Valli, Della Reece, Carole Channing, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, and the Moody Blues. A veteran of Orquestra Pachanga, the Salt Lake Good Time Jazz Band, the Utah Chamber Orchestra, the Last Chance Jazz Band, and the String of Pearls Orchestra, he's currently touring with Bay Street Brassworks and performing in the DC area with Yamomanem. A prize-winning alphornist, he serves on the faculty of the North American Alphorn Workshop in the Rocky Mountains, and as an operatic vocalist, he's appeared as The Count in The Marriage of Figaro at Lincoln Center.
Another extremely versatile musician, Dan Hall has played bass with symphony orchestras from Nevada to Maine as well as small jazz groups, big bands, salsa bands, show bands, and chamber groups. He played in a trio with legendary jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, did the Lawrence Welk Show in Branson, Missouri, for seven years, and spent two years with Les Brown's Band of Renown. A veteran of house and show bands in Reno, as well as the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Reno Opera Orchestra, he now keeps himself busy in pit orchestras at the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, the Studio Theater, the Signature Theater, the Arena Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre, and the Hippodrome. Dan studied Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music and holds a degree in Music Education. He can be heard on Pete Fountain’s CD “Big Band Blues.”
Jeff Reynolds plays violin, guitar, banjo, and mandolin with a variety of jazz and western swing groups in the DC area, including the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, the Oklahoma Twisters, the Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs, and Stolen Moments. He's also performed with the Hot Club of DC, Doc Scantlin's Imperial Palms Orchestra, the Sunshine Skiffle Band, the Arcadians, and Yamomanem. Comfortable in settings ranging from trad to contemporary jazz, big band and small-group swing, folk, western swing, and gypsy jazz, Jeff studied with rhythm guitar master Steve Jordan of the Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton Orchestras. He's performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, and many prestige DC nightspots. He teaches privately.
One of the top drummers in the DC area, Anders Eliasson, in his mid-20s, is a stylistic chameleon with extensive experience in traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, top 40, pop, soul, rap, R&B, and Latin music. He also plays in pit orchestras for musicals produced by professional theater groups. Anders developed his traditional jazz skills with the Capital Focus Jazz Band youth group, with whom he toured Spain. He's also performed with the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra, the Dixieland Express, the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington, the James Bazen Big Band, the Don Junker Big Band, and the New Orleans-style brass band Yamomanem in such venues as Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, the National Press Club, the National Air and Space Museum, the Corcoran Art Gallery, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and the Signature Theater. He holds a degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Maryland and teaches privately.
The Washington City Paper reports that Lena Seikaly "is gaining a national reputation…her litheness and control are incredible," and the Washington Post says she's “one of the local jazz scene’s most promising performers.” Classically trained, Lena is that rare singer with equal gifts as an operatic mezzo-soprano and a jazz storyteller in traditional or contemporary style. Soaking herself the styles of such blues and jazz pioneers as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, and Maxine Sullivan while singing with the Capital Focus Jazz Band, she now leads her own jazz trio, quartet, and quintet and has sold out performances at Blues Alley, the Strathmore Mansion, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Twins Jazz, and the Smithsonian. She holds a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland and has served on the faculty of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a vocal jazz instructor.
To hear samples of the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band please visit their website at: www.ccjazzband.com/listen.html
CONTACT: Sally Cannon
TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY
P.O. Box 896
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Tri-State Jazz Society, formed in 1988, is dedicated to the preservation and live performance of traditional jazz including Dixieland, swing, ragtime, and boogie-woogie. All concerts are open to the public and feature leading professional small jazz bands and soloists. Monthly concerts are presented at venues throughout the Philadelphia area. The society is a non-profit educational corporation supported by its members.
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