Wallingford Concert 2/10/2019


 $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 Barbone Street Jazz Band

Sunday, February 10, 2019 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.


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.

Steve Barbone has been playing clarinet for nearly 70 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 has 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 Colombier.

Trumpeter Paul Grant spent several years with the US Army Band and US Army Jazz Band in Yokosuka, Japan. Upon leaving the service, he led his own band, the New Orleans Swing (in which Barbone was the clarinetist), at Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino, playing 4 days a week, in addition to freelancing in the Philadelphia area. Paul joined Barbone Street around the year 2000. Six years later, both Grant and Barbone went to the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, Israel in a New Orleans Jazz Band that replaced Preservation Hall, which had cancelled its appearance after Hezbollah started firing rockets into Israel.


Steve Barbone – Clarinet, Vocals, Leader

Paul Grant – Trumpet, Vocals

Cindy Vidal – Trombone, Vocals

Sonny Troy – Guitar

Jack Hegyi – Bass

Michael Piper – Drums

Photo by Jim McGann

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 (then Frank Avallone)--who was playing trumpet at the time. As a teenager, Sonny performed in Las Vegas with Louis Prima before joining Peggy Lee for an extended tour of the West Coast. He has also worked with the Harry James Band, toured with Fabian, and eventually returned east to play lead guitar on the Mike Douglas Show. Sonny remains Bobby Rydell’s and Frankie Avalon’s first-call guitarist for local gigs.

Jack Hegyi’s career on both electric and upright acoustic bass has taken him throughout the globe and included three decades on the Atlantic City scene. His contagious, joyous energy is felt throughout concerts when he takes the stage with the Eric Mintel Quartet, the City Rhythm Orchestra, the Barbone Street Jazz Band, and the Midiri Brothers Sextet (with whom he has appeared for TSJS on numerous occasions) and Orchestra.

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.


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


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