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Tri-State Jazz Society Presents...
CONCERT:  Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings - Sunday, February 15, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings will play for Tri-State Jazz Society on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. This concert will be at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ. Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings have entertained crowds for 30 years with repeat performances for Tri-State Jazz Society, Pennsylvania Jazz Society, Princeton University, College of New Jersey, many parades, community concerts, and high school traditional jazz educational events. 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 just south of Kings Highway, a ten-minute walk from the PATCO station. There's free parking. For information call (856) 720-0232 or

Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings

Jerry Rife - Leader, Clarinet, Alto & Soprano Saxes
Dan Tobias - Trumpet
Pete Reichlin - Trombone
Pat Mercuri - Banjo & Guitar
Gary Cattley - Tuba & String Bass 
Sean Dixon - Drums

Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings were inspired by the legendary early bands of New Orleans, most notably the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, according to Dr. Rife. From their first concerts in 1984 they were committted to a hot-jazz style of performance that is associated with post-World War II "revival Dixieland," a return to the roots of New Orleans jazz.

See the band in action at

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. Complimentary refreshments are provided at intermission.


Jerry Rife - Leader, Clarinet, Alto & Soprano Saxes.  Jerry earned 2 degrees in music at Kansas State University before earning a PhD in Musicology at Michigan State University. Dr Rife teaches music history and directs the bands at Rider University and teaches at Westminster Choir College. He has been conductor and musical director of the 70-member Blawenburg Band since 1985. As leader of Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings and as clarinetist sideman, he has performed traditional jazz frequently for Tri-State Jazz Society and throughout the region. In 2012, he served as leader of the 2012 annual Tri-State Jazz Society jam session.

Dan Tobias - Trumpet.  Danny has become a sought-after cornet and trumpet player in jazz circles. Besides his own band, he is a star with the Midiri Brothers and Ed Wise groups. He has also played with Jon-Eric Kellso and Kevin Dorn.

Pete Reichlin - Trombone.   Pete is a versatile horn player, handling the trombone in this band and the tuba. He was an original member in the Independence Hall Jazz Band. He also performs in other jazz and commercial bands including Michael Carney, Peter Duchin and Ward Marston Orchestras.

Pat Mercuri - Banjo and Guitar.  Pat is one of the area's most active freelance jazz musicians. As is a member of the Midiri Brothers’ and Ed Wise’s bands he plays for TSJS often.

Gary Cattley - Tuba, String Bass.  Gary is equally at home on bass and tuba. He has appeared at jazz festivals across the country and as a guest soloist. He last played for TSJS as bassist with Drew Nugent’s Midnight Society.

Sean Dixon - Drums.  Sean Dixon has been a free-lance musician in New York City for eighteen years working as a percussionist, bassist, composer, arranger and producer with various singer/songwriters, jazz, blues, rock, R and B, and African artists. Coupled with his diverse roster at home in NYC, his travels to Guinea, West Africa and Bahia, Brazil have played a significant role in his development. Sean is currently co-leading his own project called SLV and when not in New York, he is touring the US with the band Zammuto and many others.

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 Jim McGann
Photo by Jim McGann
Photo by Jim McGann  



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