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Danny Tobias and Friends
Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 2pm


Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086

During the past decade, Danny Tobias has emerged as one of TSJS’ most favored musicians, having appeared with the Midiri Brothers Sextet, Marty Grosz's Hot Winds, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, and as a leader in his own right, including the annual All-Star Concerts. On this latest occasion. Danny will be joined by two illustrious NYC-based musicians: multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Vince Giordano (another veteran TSJS performer, here playing string bass, tuba, and bass sax) and pianist Conal Fawkes, plus reed man/violinist/mandolinist Dennis Lichtman and drummer/vocalist Jim Lawlor; also a TSJS stalwart). Equally at home with a cornet or trumpet, Tobias brings beautiful shape and individuality to his jazz performances. Playing professionally since the age of 15, he’s best known for traditional jazz and swing, either reproducing classic arrangements or artful improvisation with the music of “The Jazz Age” at Tri-State Jazz Society’s concert at Community Arts Center, on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.


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Band Personnel

Danny Tobias – Leader, Cornet, Trumpet, E-Flat Horn
Dennis Lichtman – Reeds, Violin, Mandolin
Conal Fowkes – Piano
Vince Giordano – String Bass, Tuba, Bass Sax
Jim Lawlor – Drums, Vocals

A 1985 graduate of Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey), Danny Tobias has worked with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Davern, Warren and Allan Vache, Harry Allen, Howard Alden, John Bunch, Marty Napoleon, Greg Cohen, Derek Smith and many other jazz legends. Danny just released a new CD on the Ride Symbol record label, Silver Linings, featuring multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, pianist Rossano Sportiello, bassist Joe Plowman and drummer Kevin Dorn (all of whom are TSJS alumni).

Dennis Lichtman is a multi-instrumentalist (mainly clarinet, fiddle, and mandolin) who is deeply entrenched in early- to mid-1900’s American music, from traditional jazz and swing to bluegrass and western swing. His elegant voice carries through on all his instruments, lending a thread that weaves together the various genres he navigates. Originally from Boston, MA, Lichtman has been living in New York City for the last two decades. Since 2007, Dennis has been the clarinetist and bandleader of the famed Tuesday night traditional-jazz jam session, profiled in the New York Times, at Mona's in lower Manhattan, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as "ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players.” December 2012 saw the release of Tuesdays At Mona’s, a 19-minute documentary about the Mona’s session produced by Hi-Tide Films, accompanied by a live CD of Mona’s Hot Four with 19 guest musicians.

Born in Zambia and having spent most of his early childhood in Mexico, Grammy-winning pianist and bassist Conal Fowkes moved to England in 1971. His classical studies gained him a place at the world-renowned Royal College of Music, London, where the legendary concert pianist Yonty Solomon was his teacher. Simultaneously, he also studied privately with Cuban Maestro Chucho Valdes. Since emigrating to New York in 1996, he has performed at most of the premier concert halls and jazz clubs including NY’s Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Birdland, Smalls, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Cafe Carlyle, Algonquin, Feinstein’s, Rainbow Room, World Trade Center (pre-9/11), Kennedy Center (DC), Yoshi’s (San Francisco, CA) and Blues Alley (DC). Among the artists and ensembles he has appeared with are Wynton Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Wilber, Ray Santos Big Band, Houston Person, Johnny Pacheco, Gene Bertoncini, Paquito D’Rivera, Marian McPartland, Romero Lubambo, Boston Pops Orchestra, Chocolate Armenteros, Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Cheo Feliciano, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks Orchestra, Cyro Baptista and Bette Midler. He has been with Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band since 2001, touring extensively around the world while also maintaining their regular Monday nights at the Cafe Carlyle. He is part of a duo with the great banjoist/singer Eddy Davis with whom he regularly tours in Europe. He is also a member of John Gill’s Yerba Buena Stompers, award winning Cuban group Los Soneros de Oriente, Charanga Orquesta Yerason, Orquesta Tipica Novel and Grammy- nominated Latin group The New Swing Sextet. He is also pianist to movie star Danny Aiello.

Grammy-winner, New York native and multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano has played in New York nightclubs (with the Nighthawks, most recently on Monday and Tuesday nights downstairs at Bond45 in Times Square), appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, Cafe Society, HBOs Boardwalk Empire and for concerts at the Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival and the 92nd St Y for the past four decades. Recording projects include soundtracks for the Emmy Award-winning Boardwalk Empire with vocalists Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor, Neko Case, Leon Redbone, Liza Minnelli, Catherine Russell, Rufus Wainwright and David Johansen. Vince and his band have also recorded for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, and John Krokidas’ debut feature, Kill Your Darlings, along with HBO’s Grey Gardens and the miniseries Mildred Pierce. The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series Royal Pains and in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. The band’s has also worked on Todd Haynes’ Academy Award-nominated film Carol; the Emmy-winning Bessie bio-pic on HBO, and Cinemax’s The Knick starring Clive Owen. The guys have also recorded music for the Maggie Greenwald film called Sophie and the Rising Sun that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Vince is also a seasoned TSJS veteran, having appeared with Scott Robinson, another outstanding multi-instrumentalist; David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Jazz Band (on banjo and guitar); and Richard Barnes’ Blackbird Society Orchestra.

Jim Lawlor began playing drums after moving from Philadelphia to Atlantic City in 1979, just as the town was beginning its rise as the East Coast gambling mecca. His primary teacher was Chris Columbo, former drummer with Louis Jordan's Tympani Five and father of Count Basie drumming legend Sonny Payne. Jim spent eight years in the Chris Sooy Swing Band, a very popular group that pre-dated the Neo-Swing movement by a decade. He was then hired by Joe and Paul Midiri to play and sing in their small groups and big band. In 2000, the Midiri ensemble landed on the festival circuit and gave Jim a chance to travel and perform around the USA. He is another frequent performer at TSJS, noted primarily for his association with the Midiri Brothers and Danny Tobias.

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