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Tri-State Jazz Society Presents...
CONCERT:  Al Harrison Dixieland Band - Sunday, January 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - The Al Harrison Dixieland Band will play for Tri-State Jazz Society on Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. This concert will be at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. "The Al Harrison Dixieland Band is a polished ensemble with enough firepower, as Duke Ellington would say, to 'scorch the moon!'" - Jim McGann, The Strutter, Tri-State 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:

The Al Harrison Dixieland Band

Al Harrison - Trumpet, Cornet, Fluegelhorn, Vocals, Leader
Joe Midiri - Clarinet, Alto & Soprano Saxes
Fred Scott - Trombone
Franny Smith - Banjo, Vocals
Jimmy Parker - Tuba
Chic Sperell - Drums

The Al Harrison Dixieland Band was formed in 2007. They have performed concerts in the Regol Concerts Peerless Performances series, for which live CD recordings are available. The band has performed for Tri-State Jazz Society in Brooklawn, NJ and Wilmington, DE, most recently in November 2012. They have played for Cape May Traditional Jazz Society, the Pennsylvania Jazz Society and at fundraisers for Jazz Bridge and other charities.

“A great, lively band that preserves the tradition of classic jazz without embalming it. The creativity is at full throttle, and so is the sense of fun. You can’t listen to Al and his friends and not feel better about life in general.” - Joe Barron, music reporter, Montgomery Newspapers.

Al Harrison won scholarships to study at the New York Military Academy, the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now known as the University of the Arts), and Temple University. He played and recorded with Dexter Wansel at Philadelphia International Records and toured with Stanley Clarke and Si Zentner. He has served with Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band, and the Ward Marston, Mike Carney, Phil Giordano, Scott Romig, Bill Newnam, and Midnight Sun orchestras.



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. 


Joe Midiri is an instrumentalist on the clarinet and alto, baritone and soprano saxophones. Not only featured as a classical soloist in several orchestra performances, he is also the leader of the Midiri Brothers Orchestra. The Midiri Brothers Orchestra is a sixteen-piece big band featuring authentic yet creative performances of the music of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Fletcher Henderson and the Dorsey Brothers, including the orchestra's own special arrangements in the tradition of the swing era, all under the direction of Joe Midiri.  In the classical world, Joe has performed as soloist with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Tri-State Philharmonic, and the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.
Fred Scott toured the US, Europe and Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has backed up performers such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson and Johnny Mathis. He’s played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Peter Nero and other top orchestras. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Franny Smith is the longest working banjo player in Atlantic City history, entertaining for over 48 years. But he has also shared his music throughout the country and beyond. He’s well-known to Tri-State Jazz Society regulars as a member of the Atlantic City Jazz Band, and he served in the core group of Tri-State's annual Jam Session last June.  

Jimmy Parker is definitely one of the greatest tuba players in the tri-state area and is always in demand.  He has performed with modern jazz giants Phil Woods and Bill Watrous, and is the longtime bass trombonist with the Phil Giordano Jazz Orchestra. Jim brings humor, pathos, great style and virtuosity to every performance.

Drummer Chic Sperell has earned respect in the music industry with his impressive versatility and creativity. Having a reputation as a television and studio drummer on the "Mike Douglas Show," followed by theater, recording, concert and teaching and clinician positions in both high schools and colleges, Mr. Sperell has performed with and accompanied the top names and bands in the entertainment business.

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.

Photo by Al Harrison Dixieland Jazz Band
Photo by Paul J. Macatee Jr.
Photo by Paul J. Macatee Jr.



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