4/15/2018 - Haddonfield

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

Richard Barnes’ Blackbird Society Orchestra is Philadelphia's Premier 1920s Hot Jazz / Dance Orchestra dedicated to the preservation of the music of "The Jazz Age," "The Roaring 20s," "The Gatsby Era"....Flappers, Prohibition, Gangsters, Model As and the invention of an American art form known as "Jazz!” At this return visit to TSJS (in March of 2017, the ensemble appeared at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford in an identical format), the 13-piece core BSO will do an opening set. Following a short intermission, the 22-person Paul Whiteman tribute band, the largest ever at a TSJS concert, will perform a 7-song set to close out the afternoon in a rare re-creation of the music of legendary bandleader and “King of Jazz” Whiteman, a pioneer in bridging the gap between jazz and the European classical tradition (he commissioned Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue in 1924). For this concert, NYC bandleader and music historian Vince Giordano will join the BSO in a long-awaited return visit to TSJS.


Working from bandleader Richard Barnes' collection of original vintage stock charts and arrangements, BSO authentically and accurately recreates many classic jazz recordings that once spun on scratchy 78 RPM records on a Victrola when the world was still in black and white! Barnes discovered jazz/blues guitarist and vocalist Leon Redbone in 1992, playing regionally with him for a decade. He also spent five years performing obscure 1920s jazz with the Kim


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

Map Directions

Photo by Richard Barnes


For more about the Blackbird Society Orchestra, visit her website at: m/bbso.


Richard Barnes – Guitar, Vocals, Leader

Vince Giordano – Bass

Dr. Michael Salsburg – Violin

Rob Ford – Trumpet

Alex Gittleman – Trumpet

Jim Gicking – Trombone

Jeff Hart – Reeds

Walt Blauvelt – Reeds

Bill Dibiase – Reeds

Jim Hicks - Tuba

Vance Camisa – Piano

Bill Quinn – Banjo

Glenn Cowen - Drums

Richard Barnes Blackbird Society Orchestra


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“Louisiana” at the TSJS concert in the Wallingford Community Arts Center (2017): ch?v=a0DEsfmhH94

Milliner Band. In 1997, Barnes formed BSO with the intention of preserving 1920s jazz in note-for-note recreations using original stock charts and transcriptions from vintage recordings. Thirteen years later, he launched Eddie Lang Day, an annual music/charity event celebrating the musical contributions of the native Philadelphian and pioneer jazz guitarist (nee Salvatore Massaro), who teamed with his boyhood pal, violinist Joe Venuti, to form one of the all-time legendary duos in jazz history. In October, 2016, Barnes spearheaded the dedication of an exterior wall to Lang by Philly’s Mural Arts Program, and a year later the annual Lang festivities were highlighted by the Philadelphia premiere of the film documentary There’s a Future In the Past, which commemorates Vince Giordano’s near half-century musical career. Barnes’ current endeavor is the re-creation of the original 1923-30 Paul Whiteman band library, which he led in performances both at TSJS last year and outdoors in Rose Tree Park near Media last summer.

Multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano, who has previously appeared at TSJS with another multiple-instrument prodigy, Scott Robinson, has been one of the leading authorities on American popular music and jazz of the 1920s and 1930s ever since his childhood discovery of his grandmother’s hand-cranked Victrola and 78 RPM records. He has provided the period music for such films as Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, for which he won a Grammy Award. For nearly three decades, his Nighthawks big band has performed weekly in Manhattan, featuring many musicians (trumpeter Danny Tobias; reed men Dan Levinson, Pete and Will Anderson, and Adrian Cunningham) who are TSJS stalwarts (the Nighthawks can currently be heard at midtown NYC’s Iguana on Monday and Tuesday nights). Vince, who plays a 1930-vintage aluminum string bass, can also be heard on guitar with David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Tribute Band at Birdland on Wednesday evenings. Vince’s website is

At the heart of the BSO is the duo of Barnes and violinist Dr. Michael Salsburg, the latter of whom has been performing all forms of music for over 40 years including hot jazz, bluegrass, blues, country & western, zydeco, Cajun and swing music. He played professionally in Hollywood in the early 1970s, with gigs that included an appearance in the Gable and Lombard movie, and a spot on the Tonight Show with actor David Carradine, in addition to recordings such as Billy Joel's Piano Man album. Besides holding a Ph. D. in Mathematics (1992), Dr. Salsburg continues to perform with numerous Philly-area bands, including the BSO, the Ferko String Band, Pennsylvania German Brass Band, and the Galena Brass.

Trumpeter Rob Ford, who has a Music Education degree from West Chester University, spent over two decades teaching music in Abington and as a private instructor. He has also performed in all styles of music as a freelance player in the Philadelphia area and NE Pa for many years. Rob’s current associations include the BSO, Pennsylvania German Brass Band and the Galena Brass.

Alex Gittelman (second trumpet) is a proud graduate of Haverford High School Class of '05! While at Haverford, Gittelman participated in every musical ensemble, followed by a stint with the Philadelphia Grammy Jazz Band for two years. He then served as the lead trumpeter in the PMEA All-State Jazz Band for another two years, plus the All-Eastern Jazz Band in 2005. Gittelman graduated from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a Jazz Component. He played with various ensembles at Temple, including the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band. Mr. Gittelman earned his Master of Music Education degree from the University of the Arts in 2016, while serving as an instrumental music teacher in the Pennsbury School District.

In addition to the BSO, trombonist Jim Gicking has performed with the Main Line Symphony Orchestra and the Merion Concert Band.

Clarinetist/alto saxist Jeff Hart studied Music Education at Duquesne University and Jazz

Performance at the University of Toledo. He is currently band director at Haverford High School, and he loves all antiques, including his 1914 Victrola phonograph and vintage 78 RPM records.

Boston native Walt Blauvelt, whose clarinet and tenor sax are heard with the BSO, played with the Boston Youth Jazz Band and was a soloist with the MA All-State Band, all while attending the Berklee College of Music. He went on to graduate from the University of MA and later American University, followed by service in the U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own."

Dr. Bill Dibiase started as a saxophonist in Philadelphia string bands in 1959 and served as Music Director and arranger for the Ferko String Band for much of the 1970s and 1980s. He has played baritone sax with the Chester County Concert Band, the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds, Archie Lane's Big Band, and 22 Park Avenue. Bill holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, of which he is Professor Emeritus at Delaware County Community College.

A former pupil of onetime Philadelphia Orchestra tubist Abe Torchinsky, Jim Hicks also studied jazz trombone with Al Leopold of the Jan Savitt Band, eventually receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba from the Eastman School of Music. He is currently principal tuba of the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds and the Merion Concert Band, occasionally subbing in the Main Line Symphony.

Pianist Vance Camisa, who studied under John Coates, Sr., has performed at numerous venues throughout Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, and central New Jersey. His influences are Teddy Wilson, Nat “King” Cole, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson and John Lewis. In addition to playing in

the Blackbird Society Orchestra, Vance is the pianist for the quintet 4+1. He also leads his own quartet and trio which perform regularly in and around Philadelphia. Vance has led groups that have performed on the same bill as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ramsey Lewis, Cyrus Chestnut and Phil Woods.

Self-taught on plectrum/tenor banjo, accordion, piano, and drums, Bill Quinn is a three-decade Mummer veteran, having played banjo in the Fralinger String Band. He is also a former snare drummer for the Camden County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, with which he performed for President George W. Bush. Bill has been heard at Disney World and during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and he appeared on ABC-TV’s The View with Frankie “Fats” Montana.

Drummer Glenn Cowen has a degree in percussion from the University of Pennsylvania and is the Director of Bands at Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove. He performs with BSO fiddler Dr. Michael Salsburg in the country-rock band Hank’s Cadillac.