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-
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
$20 General Admission
High school and college students with IDs and
younger children with a paying adult are free
Pay at the door -
29 Warwick Road
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
15 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge
Photo by Richard Barnes
Richard Barnes Blackbird Society Orchestra
Milliner Band. In 1997, Barnes formed BSO with the intention of preserving 1920s
jazz in note-
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-
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-
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-
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.
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-