7/15/2018 - Wallingford


Wallingford Concert 7/15/2018


 $10 First-timers and members of Tri-State Jazz Society

$20 General Admission

High school and college students with IDs and

younger children with a paying adult are free

Pay at the door - No advance sales or reservations

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The Tri-State Jazz All-Stars

Reedman Bob Rawlins again leads a core band of TSJS top artists drawn from local bands. They will be jamming on Dixieland tunes with invited sit-in guests.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Musicians and attendees rank Tri-State Jazz All-Star Jams among the best. The core quintet consists entirely of TSJS veterans assembled and directed by Dr. Bob Rawlins, who will call tunes from the traditional Dixieland through swing eras and invite musicians (some of whom seldom have the opportunity to play together) to sit in with the core ensemble as the concert progresses.


Returning leader Dr. Bob Rawlins has appeared with several bands for TSJS (including his own Atlantic City Jazz Band), is Professor of Music Theory at Rowan University, serves as music advisor on the TSJS Board, and is the author of several books including Jazzology (jazz theory text), The Real Dixieland Book (a collection of 250 classic Dixieland tunes he compiled and edited while living in New Orleans), and Tunes of the Twenties (a fun book that tells the stories behind songs of the Jazz Age).

Danny Tobias returns to TSJS for the second time in a month, having led his own ensemble in June. He 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. In addition to his appearances in concerts and festivals with the Midiri Brothers, Dan can also be heard performing with Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings, having appeared


Dr. Bob Rawlins – Clarinet, Saxophones, Leader

Danny Tobias –
Cornet, Trumpet

Barry Wahrhaftig
– Guitar

John McClernan
– Tuba

Larry Bortz
– Drums

Photo by Jim McGann

with both ensembles at TSJS. In New York City he often plays with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks at the Iguana.

A former pupil of guitarists Stephane Wrembel and Howard Alden, Barry Wahrhaftig co-founded the Hot Club of Philadelphia seventeen years ago, and the band, which continues the 1930s Parisian tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, performed for TSJS in October, 2014.

John McClernan has been a professional performer since the age of fourteen, playing piano, double bass and tuba and traveling extensively throughout the country with some of the top performers in the traditional jazz field. His appearances range from television variety shows, TV commercials and convention shows to the wild and woolly Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. A graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), John spent five years as a high school band director. Taking a break from teaching to pursue his performing career, he then played a thirteen-year engagement at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, returning to teaching in 1991 as Director of Instrumental Music and Bands at the Cranbury School, Cranbury, NJ. John has appeared twice at TSJS with Dr. Bob Rawlins’ Atlantic City Jazz Band: in November, 2013 and July, 2016.

Drummer Larry Bortz last performed at TSJS with cornetist Ben Mauger in October, 2016. A native of Shillington, PA (just west of Reading), Larry has been working behind that drum set for over a half-century. He is also a regular member of Reading’s famed Pretzel City Dixieland Jazz Band, and has been performing with the Vintage Jazz Band since 2010.


The Community Arts Center, located in Wallingford near

I-476 (the "Blue Route") between Media and Swarthmore in Delaware County, is home to Tri-State Jazz Society's Pennsylvania concerts. Traditional  jazz bands and solo pianists are presented five or six times a year in the Art Center’s fully accessible Duke Gallery, a 3100 square foot space that boasts an excellent grand piano, good acoustics, soaring ceilings, and beautiful light.


414 Plush Mill Road

Wallingford, PA 19086

One mile from the Media-Swarthmore exit of I-476


Jamming at Tri-State Jazz is an annual tradition. See more photos of the 2017 Tri-State Jazz All Stars and guest artists here.