Early Jazz:  Traditional New Orleans - Dixieland - Swing - Ragtime - Stride & Boogie Woogie Piano


Click the play button below for a sample of Dixieland, which is one of the most popular styles of early jazz we feature at our monthly concerts:

Independence Hall Jazz band plays “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

For video samples of Dixieland, Swing, and traditional Piano Jazz, click “Music” on the menu bar.

Monthly Concerts in the Philadelphia Tri-State Area


The virtual band in the masthead was assembled from some of Jim McGann’s best photos taken over several years. Left to right are Joe Midiri, Jim Fryer, Bria Skonberg, Franny Smith, Gary Cattley, and Ed Wise.

Tri-State Jazz All-Stars

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.


The Annual Meeting of the Tri-State Jazz Society was held at the intermission of the June 4 concert.  The agenda primarily included the election of Directors.  

The following were elected for Director to serve three-year terms:

Bill Hoffman – currently Director, Band Liaison, Chair of Music Committee

Bob Rawlins, currently Director, Music Committee

Sally Cannon, currently Director, Manager of Refreshments and Online Publicity

Steve Peitzman, currently Programs Editor, was elected to serve a 1 year unexpired term replacing Rabbi Louis Kaplan, who is stepping down after 5 years of service on the board.

Looking Ahead- Galvanized Jazz Band

Community Arts Center

414 Plush Mill Road

Wallingford, PA 19086

Tri-State Jazz Society Music Advisor and Board Member Dr. Bob Rawlins leads an all-star band of Tri-State Jazz favorites for this traditional Dixieland concert. Bringing together top performers from various bands to jam is a long annual tradition at TSJS. The results are always exciting. Performers inspire each other and listeners can expect to hear original ensemble and solo improvisations.

This year Randy Reinhart (trumpet and trombone) will be coming from NYC and Ed Wise (bass) will be coming all the way from New Orleans. Many of our members will remember Ed from his years in Philly as bandleader after Hurricane Katrina, when he served TSJS as Board Member and Music Advisor. Returning local all-stars Bob Rawlins (leader and reeds), Franny Smith (banjo and vocals) and Paul Midiri (drums and vibraphone) will complete the core band. Guest artists have been invited to sit in with the band, contributing further variety and spontaneity to the concert. Don’t miss this special event!

The Galvanized Jazz Band, led by cornetist Fred Vigorito since 1971, makes its long-awaited Tri-State debut in Haddonfield, NJ on July 30. This dynamic group of Connecticut musicians is devoted to the energetic performance of hot Dixieland, New Orleans jazz, blues, rags, stomps, struts, spirituals, swing, and classic popular songs from the past century. The members who make up this energetic band are phenomenal musicians individually, with countless years of performing, recording, and touring experience.

   Photo by Jim McGann

Concert Details

Dr. Robert Rawlins, Leader