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

Recent Concert Photos


It can be confusing. Someone recently asked, “Why do you call your organization the Tri-State Jazz Society when you don’t play jazz?” Surprisingly, some of our most enthusiastic fans have told us they don’t like jazz. “Traditional Jazz” – also known as “early jazz” – is the root of all jazz and it’s what we play at our concerts. It is definitely “Jazz.”

Some who prefer the recognizable melodies, familiar harmonies, and danceable rhythms of early jazz, don’t care much for the more complex styles of contemporary jazz. Most of the jazz you can hear on the radio, in large concert halls and jazz clubs today is modern or contemporary. It has come a long way from its traditional roots. So far, in fact, that some fans of early jazz don’t like what most people today think of as “jazz.”

Tri-State Jazz concerts present bands and pianists who specialize in what we call “Traditional Jazz.” That includes everything from ragtime and the earliest New Orleans jazz to the styles that developed as jazz spread north to Chicago, east to New York, and by the end of 1930s, throughout the United States and Europe. We end our coverage with the swing era – the last of the danceable jazz styles. We do not play bebop or any of the later styles that developed from it.

For more about the history of early jazz, click HERE.

Peter and Will Anderson Quartet

Wallingford, PA - April 12, 2015


- February 15, 2015


Sunday, May 3, 2015 — 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.



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.

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Stephanie Trick

Wallingford, PA - March 15, 2015

Photo by Paul J. Macatee, Jr.

Photos by Jim McGann

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Photos by Paul J. Macatee, Jr.

Photos by Jim McGann