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Tri-State Jazz Society Presents...
Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band - April 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA - Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band will play for Tri-State Jazz Society on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. This concert will be at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. "As far as New Orleans music goes, you can't get more authentic than Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band. Ed and his lineup of stellar musicians left the Pennsylvania Jazz Society on their feet screaming MORE-MORE-MORE..." ~ Mike Kuehn, President, Pennsylvania Jazz Society. 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 Community Arts Center is less than a mile from the Media-Swarthmore exit of I-476 (the "Blue Route"). There's free parking. For information call (856) 720-0232 or visit:

Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band

Ed Wise - Bass, Leader
Dan Tobias - Cornet
Joe Midiri - Clarinet, Saxophone
Fred Scott - Trombone
Pat Mercuri - Guitar
Grant MacAvoy - Drums

Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band blew the roof off at Brooklawn in 2011 and wowed an enthusiastic Tri-State Jazz Society audience again at Silverside Church, in Wilmington, DE, in 2012, playing both traditional New Orleans favorites as well as less frequently performed jazz classics. This year's double encore promises to rattle the rafters of a whole new roof at The Community Arts Center.

Ed recorded his first CD with the New Orleans Jazz Band in 2005 and featured his original and imaginative arrangements of the traditional New Orleans literature for eight, nine and ten-piece ensembles. This year's iteration of the band will be a six-piece unit but will feature the same seamless group plus bayou-hot solo work that define an Ed Wise-led ensemble. 

Wallingford Community Arts Center

The Community Arts Center, located near I-476 (the "Blue Route") between Media and Swarthmore in Delaware County, is home to Tri-State Jazz Society's Pennsylvania concerts. Five or six concerts a year, featuring traditional jazz bands and solo pianists, are presented in the main art gallery of the center. The piano is excellent, as are the acoustics, and the atmosphere is bright and congenial. Complimentary refreshments are served during intermission. 


Ed Wise began playing bass at 12, discovered jazz at 15, and started his professional career at 17, performing with Arnett Cobb, Monty Alexander, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Herb Ellis among many others. He's been on the music faculty at Loyola University and until a recent return move to “The Big Easy” served as musical director for the University of Pennsylvania's jazz ensemble. Relocating to Philadelphia from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he has served as a member of the Tri-State Jazz Society board of directors and has appeared at numerous jazz venues and festivals in and around Philadelphia, the country, and the globe. In mid-2013 he returned to New Orleans to perform more frequently with Pete Fountain, Connie Jones, Banu Gibson, Tim Laughlin, and other New Orleans notables at French Quarter Festival and JazzFest. Ed is always happy to return to the Philly area for a homecoming performance.

Tri-State Jazz-favorite Dan Tobias is a much sought after cornetist in the Delaware Valley and nationally. He performs regularly with The Midiri Brothers, Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings, Stan Rubin, Jon-Erik Kellso, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks and other traditional jazz and swing groups. His phrasing is lyrical, his tone fat and relaxed. He last appeared at Tri-State Jazz Society with Ed Wise and the internationally-renowned guitarist/raconteur Marty Grosz. In 2011 he led the annual jam session for Tri-State Jazz Society.

Joe Midiri, clarinet and saxes, is a co-founder of the popular Midiri Brothers bands and has made both jazz and classical music the focus of his life since graduating from Glassboro College in the mid 1980s. The Midiri Brothers, after years of Tri-State area appearances, and countless recordings, made their West Coast debut in 2002.  Joe, with his brother Paul and their band, has appeared at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival, the Pismo Jubilee By The Sea Jazz Fest and many other West Coast fests.  He has also performed at The Great Connecticut Jazz Festival, The North Carolina Jazz Festival and at prestigious jazz clubs coast-to-coast. His last appearance at Tri-State Jazz Society was with British stride pianist Neville Dickie, surely one of the high points of our last several years.

After graduating from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, trombonist Fred Scott toured the US, Europe, and Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and went on to play at the legendary Latin Casino backing up performers such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, and Johnny Mathis. His Broadway show credits include the initial run of “Sophisticated Ladies” with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He has performed with Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Peter Nero, The Harry James Orchestra, and The Phil Woods Big Band. He is currently on the faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Pat Mercuri engages in a wide range of performance activities, playing jazz, pop and classical music.  He frequently plays guitar, mandolin and banjo for the Philadelphia Orchestra, for the region’s opera companies, and for theater and show orchestras in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and New York. Pat is a graduate of both the Philadelphia Musical Academy and Temple University. He teaches music in Hamilton Township, NJ. Pat has appeared often at Tri-State Jazz Society concerts with the Midiri Brothers and the Ed Wise bands. In 2001, he appeared on network TV, accompanying English singer Russell Watson both on his PBS special and on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Grant MacAvoy has been active nationally for the past 25 years and his jazz credits include performances and recordings with George Benson, Bob James, Arthur Prysock, Lionel Hampton, and Michel Legrand. He has recorded with Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, The Miracles, Barry White, and Sergio Mendes. On Broadway, drumming for Marvin Hamlish and Andrea McArdle have been a highlight. He is currently performing, producing, and teaching in Philadelphia.

For further information about Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band, please visit him at:

To hear the New Orleans Jazz Band in concert, visit:


CONTACT: Sally Cannon 

(856) 720-0232

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.

Photos: Wiseband-2.jpg
                        Photo Credits: Jim McGann



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