7/30/2017 - Haddonfield

Dan Levinson

and his Roof Garden Jass Band

Reed master and New York trad jazz star Dan Levinson leads his Roof Garden quintet in a celebration of the centenary of the first commercial jazz recordings by New Orleans’ Original Dixieland Jass Band.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Dan Levinson has included 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, Latvia 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. 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. His most recent TSJS appearance was in September, 2016, on which he was joined by bandmates Mike Davis and Kevin Dorn.


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 provided by Dan Levinson


Dan Levinson – Clarinet, Saxophones, leader

Mike Davis – Trumpet, Cornet

Jim Fryer – Trombone

Dalton Ridenhour – Piano

Kevin Dorn – Drums

“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 atimeless 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.

Trombonist Jim Fryer, who just appeared at TSJS with the Connecticut-based Galvanized Jazz Band in August, 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.

Dalton Ridenhour has been playing ragtime, stride, and blues for most of his life -- and it shows. A native of St. James, Missouri, he has quietly become one of the most celebrated pianists on the ragtime and jazz festival circuit today. Drawing inspiration from across the board (from Scott Joplin to Fats Waller to George Jones to Elvis Presley to Radiohead to Robert Johnson to Nat King Cole), Ridenhour's playing is distinctive not only for its refreshing originality, but also for its breathtaking lyricism and beauty. Whether playing a classic rag by Joseph Lamb or a Tin Pan Alley song or an improvised blues, he sounds right at home, breathing life into his performances with a steady, inviting swing.

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 the Cullum band’s weekly public radio show, Riverwalk: Live at The Landing.


For more about band visit Dan’s website at

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Dan Levinson and his Roof Garden Jass Band performs “Dixieland One Step” at the 2017 Essex Winter Series.

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