A longtime TSJS favorite, band leader and reedman Dan Levinson returns with another of his iconic traditional jazz groups. His Tiger Tulip septet, features vocalist Molly Ryan and some of New York’s top trad jazz instrumentalists.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Haddonfield Concert - 9/18/2016

Dan Levinson

A specialist in traditional jazz and swing whom the Mississippi Rag once termed the “in-demand reed man,” Dan Levinson is indeed one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today, equally at home as both a leader and sideman. Dan’s most recent TSJS appearance was with Banu Gibson in November, 2015, on which he was joined by bandmates Mike Davis, Mark Shane, and Kevin Dorn.


Dan Levinson includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman on his roster of musical associates. A Los Angeles native, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him across the continent and around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen’s band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. Dan’s successful Benny Goodman tributes have been presented both on the East Coast with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band - NYC’s preeminent swing orchestra - and throughout Germany with Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra.

“A critic’s favorite” – so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. He goes on to say, “Molly swings the melody – as well as the words – without affectation of any kind. She brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability to the music that refuses to admit that sixty or seventy years of distractions have ever happened. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical.” Indeed, Molly’s silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.

“Eloquent trumpet prodigy” Mike Davis (Wall Street Journal) has a voice beyond his years on his instrument. His playing is imbued with the sounds of Prohibition-era speakeasies, Hoovervilles of the depression, and glittering jazz palaces of the swing era, creating a timeless cocktail of American music. A recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Mike now appears regularly around New York City with Dandy Wellington and his band, Emily Asher’s Garden Party, Terry Waldo, Dan Levinson, and many other traditional jazz and swing bands. A regular at the celebrated jam session at Mona’s Bar, Mike is among the vanguard of young musicians bringing traditional jazz to the forefront of the NYC music scene.


The church is located near the center of town, just south of Kings Highway on Warwick Road. Tri-State Jazz Society concerts are held in Fellowship Hall, a large performance space with good acoustics and an excellent piano. There is a free parking lot and the church is two blocks from the PATCO station.


 $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


29 Warwick Road

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

15 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge

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Molly Ryan (Mrs. Levinson) is featured vocalist in Dan’s Swing Wing Band on “The Milkman’s Matinee”: lfnbwTdJU

For more about the band and samples of their music, visit Dan Levinson’s website:


Dan Levinson – clarinet, saxophones, leader

Molly Ryan – vocals, guitar

Mike Davis – cornet, trumpet

Jim Fryer – trombone

Mark Shane – piano

Mike Weatherly – bass

Kevin Dorn – drums


Dan appears with his Roof Garden Jass Band in “Look at ‘Em Doin’ It” at the 2007 Orange County (CA) Classic Jazz Festival.

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Trombonist Jim Fryer made his professional debut at the age of 16 in the Boston area. He later joined the Paradise City Jazz Band in Northampton, Massachusetts, and played many festivals with them. Since that time, Jim has toured internationally every year, performed on dozens of recordings, made TV appearances, and played a variety of theaters and concert halls throughout New England. Jim first visited England in 1988 and has returned every year since then with Classic Jazz Epochs and Jeff Barnhart, Paradise City JB, the Hot Cats, and as a solo performer with the UK’s best musicians, including Humphrey Lyttleton, Kenny Baker and Digby Fairweather. Now living in New York, Jim is one of the busiest brass men in the city, a featured performer with the Titan Hot Seven Jazz Band and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. In his travels he has shared the stage with Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern, Butch Thompson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Milt Jackson and Rosemary Clooney.

Mark Shane began his professional career as a pianist in dance bands in the metropolitan New York area. His jazz influences came from the recordings of the masters: Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Benny Goodman. During an extended tenure as house pianist in New York's "Eddie Condon's" jazz club, Mark added a distinctive new voice to the Condon tradition of hot ensemble playing and, at the same time, developed his solo jazz piano style through exposure to the masterworks of James P. Johnson, Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum. He has toured with the Smithsonian Jazz Repertory Ensemble under the direction of Bob Wilber, and was featured in the 50th Anniversary Benny Goodman memorial concert at Carnegie Hall.

Bassist Mike Weatherly, who performed for TSJS with banjoist/vocalist Cynthia Sayer two years ago, has played every style from Big Band to Cajun, Western Swing and Jazz. No stranger to gospel, he is the bassist for the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble and is regularly featured in the “Sounds of Praise” Gospel brunch series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has played for former President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and the 20th anniversary celebration of Pope St. John Paul II. A regular with the Stan Rubin Big Band, he has also performed with The Ed Polcer Allstars, folk singer Pete Seeger, Banu Gibson and many others.

Kevin Dorn has been one of the busiest drummers in traditional jazz for years. He is dedicated to carrying on the tradition of the great ensemble drummers such as Cliff Leeman, Dave Tough, George Wettling, Buzzy Drootin and Morey Feld — drummers who played for the benefit of the band and who were masters of time. This commitment and intensity has led to steady work with such stellar musicians as Dan Barrett, Ed Polcer, Dick Hyman, Allan Vaché, Bob Wilber, Warren Vaché, Dan Levinson, Mark Shane, Terry Blaine, Randy Sandke, Banu Gibson, Jon-Erik Kellso and Randy Reinhart. From 2002 to 2004, Kevin was the drummer for the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, the nation’s foremost traditional jazz group, appearing on their weekly public radio show, Riverwalk: Live at The Landing.

Photo by Neal Siegal


Dan has recorded over 150 CDs, including nine under his own name. He can be heard on the soundtracks to the films The Cat’s Meow, Ghost World, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, as well as on virtually all of the newly-recorded music used on the soundtrack of the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire, which ran from 2010 to 2014.