Tri-State Jazz Society Brings Back the Hard-Swinging Barbone Street Jazz Band
PHILADELPHIA – Tri-State Jazz Society presents the Barbone Street Jazz Band on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Clarinetist Steve Barbone will lead one of the Delaware Valley’s best-known and hardest-swinging musical groups for an afternoon of hot Dixieland Jazz, along with special guest clarinetist Bob Rawlins. Half-price admission of $10, payable at the door, is available for first-time attendees and members; general admission is $20; full-time students with IDs and children are free. There are no advance sales or reservations. The church is about 15 minutes from central Philadelphia via the Ben Franklin Bridge and parking is free. PATCO is nearby. For information see www.tristatejazz.org or call (856) 720-0232.
The Barbone Street Jazz Band
Steve Barbone – Clarinet, Vocals, Leader
Bob Rawlins - Guest Clarinet
Tony DeSantis – Trumpet, Cornet
Cindy Vidal – Trombone, Vocals
Sonny Troy – Guitar
Jack Hegyi – Bass
Mike Piper – Drums
In 1996, recognizing a revived interest in, and appreciation for, the musical styles he grew up with and played as a young man, Steve Barbone gathered a roster of Philly’s best and most experienced dixieland/swing players to form what has surely become the busiest trad jazz group in the Delaware Valley. For a while, Barbone Street was performing over 200 gigs a year, a schedule that rivals a touring rock band’s, but their present tour schedule has been whittled down to a mere 100 or so engagements! Although the current personnel has changed from the original 1996 band, to say that the present group has, in musical jargon, “cred” is an understatement.
A live performance of the Barbone Street Jazz Band may be viewed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3GmP-CQX1s.
You can learn more about the Barbone Street Jazz Band and hear samples of them in action at: http://www.barbonestreet.com/.
Haddonfield United Methodist Church
Tri-State Jazz Society’s New Jersey concerts are held in the Haddonfield United Methodist Church 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 grand piano. The church is wheelchair accessible, has a free parking lot and is only two blocks from the PATCO station. Complementary refreshments are provided at intermission.
Steve Barbone has been playing clarinet for 60 years and has shared a stage with, among others, jazz legends Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Yank Lawson, Walter Bishop Jr., Gene Schroeder, Roswell Rudd, Sidney Bechet, Thelonious Monk, Bob Haggart, Pee Wee Erwin and Miff Mole. He's been a mainstay in New York, Philadelphia and European Jazz Clubs including Nick’s, Eddie Condon’s, The Savoy, the Cinderella Club, the Melody Lounge, the Stuyvesant Casino, Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus, Le Cave, the JazKeller and the Vieux Colunbier. As of early 2015, he's had what amounts to a seven-decades-plus love affair with jazz.
Bob Rawlins led the past two years' Tri-State Jazz Society jam sessions and played with Ben Mauger's Vintage Dixieland Jazz Band and his Roaring '20s Jazz Orchestra at the TSJS September 2013 concert and with the Atlantic City Jazz Band the following November. A professor of music theory at Rowan University, he is the author of several books on jazz including Jazzology and The Real Dixieland Book, a collection of 250 classic Dixieland tunes he compiled and edited while living in New Orleans.
Trumpeter Tony DeSantis was with the Joe Sudler Big Band for years. Back in the 1980s as a young phenom, he appeared with that band and guest star Saxophonist Phil Woods. Their duet on "Groovin High" is astounding and may be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enFPSdVPFT4. Tony brings a lot of energy to the Barbone Street as he explores the roots of jazz. He currently also works locally with the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra, Brian Pastor, City Rhythm and others.
Cindy Vidal has been a professional jazz musician for more than 15 years. She has a master's degree in music, with a trombone major, from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, plays regularly in the pit orchestras at the Walnut Street and Prince Music Theaters, and has toured with Barry Manilow. She also has a great singing voice!
Well-known on the Philadelphia jazz scene, Sonny Troy has been playing jazz guitar for 60-odd years. He made his first record at age 11 with Frankie Avalon--who was playing trumpet at the time. As a teenager, Sonny played in Las Vegas with Louis Prima before joining Peggy Lee for an extended tour of the West Coast. He's worked with the Harry James Band, toured with Fabian, and eventually returned east to play lead guitar on the Mike Douglas Show. He's Bobby Rydell’s and Frankie Avalon’s first-call guitarist for local gigs.
Jack Hegyi has played bass professionally since 1976. He was the road bassist for Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme for 10 years. He backed numerous nationally known performers in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas Star Shows at various casinos. Performed with (partial list) Billy Eckstein, Glenn Miller ghost band, Michel Legrand, Mel Torme, The Lennon Sisters, Loretta Lynn, Frankie Avalon, Patti Page and many many others. Currently free-lances in the Mid-Atlantic States, often appearing with the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet as well as Barbone Street.
Drummer Mike Piper's father, Ray Charles' tour drummer, bought him his first drum set when he was 6. Mike cut his teeth on rock and roll before moving on to become a 35-plus-year regular on the jazz scene. He was with Paul Grant’s New Orleans Swing at the Showboat Casino and has been energizing Barbone Street since 2008.
CONTACT: Robert J. Robbins
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 in Haddonfield, NJ or Wallingford, PA except for December. The society is a non-profit educational corporation supported by its members.
Photo credit: Tri-State Jazz Society
Photo credit: Paul J. McAtee
Photo credit: the Barbone Street Jazz Band
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