Ben Mauger's Vintage Jazz BandPhoto by Paul Macatee

Ben Mauger’s Hot 6
Sunday, September 15, 2024 at 2pm


Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086

Ben presents his Hot 6 for a raucous afternoon of traditional jazz and New Orleans style favorites. The band will play old-time hot jazz from the 1920s-'30s and maybe even sample some swing-revival from the following era.


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Ben Mauger - cornet, trumpet
Larry Toft - trombone
Chris Heslop - reeds
Bruce Campbell - bass
Bob Kreitz - piano
Doug Kulp - drums


Perennial Tri-State favorite Ben Mauger, who last appeared at TSJS two years ago, once again brings his Vintage Jazz Band for a raucous afternoon of traditional jazz and Dixieland favorites. The Vintage Jazz Band will play old-time hot jazz from the 1920s-'30s as well as NYC-style swing revival jazz made famous in the '50s and '60s, plus a selection of Gatsby-era dance numbers that'll have you wishing you could shimmy like your sister Kate.

Larry Toft is an alumnus of Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music, where he was a pupil of Tyrone Breuninger, former Associate Principal Trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as trombonist Luis Bonilla of NYC's Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He also plays with the Balkan- and klezmer-influenced West Philadelphia Orchestra, and is in general demand as an all-around trombonist and baritone horn player in the Philadelphia area.

Chris Heslop is a jazz and salsa saxophonist that has had the opportunity to play with big bands, salsa bands, and jazz combos. Heslop has enjoyed playing Latin music for years In addition to performing Heslop has written many arrangements and compositions for salsa merengue and latin jazz ensembles. He is a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop in New York City and studies classical composition and score reading with Dr. Malvina Leshock at the Institute of the Arts in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Bruce Campbell has been a favored sideman in south central Pa. for dozens of bands and musicians over the last 40 years. Starting with keyboards in rock bands in the 70’s, he graduated to acoustic guitar for folk and bluegrass acts in the 80’s. In the 90’s he found his calling with the string bass, and never looked back, specializing now in all varieties of jazz, as well as numerous singer/songwriter acts. He can be heard on a score of recordings both as a regular band member and as a studio sideman

A professional pianist for nearly a half-century, Reading's Bob Kreitz has a preference for Dixieland, ragtime, and traditional jazz, all of which he displayed in a livestreamed TSJS solo performance last October. In addition to the Vintage Jazz Band, Bob plays with Ben Mauger's 10-piece Roaring Twenties Jazz Orchestra and leads the Pretzel City Dixieland Jazz Band. He has performed at many traditional jazz festivals and societies, including TSJS, PA Jazz Society, Potomac River Jazz Club, the Hot Steamed Jazz Festival of CT, and FL's SunCoast Jazz Club. Bob has accomplished his long-standing goal of playing both Broadway and Bourbon Street, in addition to many venues in between.

In addition to the Vintage Jazz Band, drummer Doug Kulp has played with the Cats' Pajamas Old School Jazz Band.

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