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Tri-State Jazz Society Presents... 
The Midiri Brothers Sextet - February 10, 2013

PHILADELPHIA - The Midiri Brothers Sextet will play for Tri-State Jazz Society on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. This concert will be at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. Joe Midiri on clarinet and twin brother Paul on vibraphone head one of the country's top swing-era bands. Half-price admission is $10, available for first-time attendees and members; general admission is $20. High school and college students with IDs and children accompanied by a paying adult are free. Pay at the door; there are no advance sales or reservations. The Community Arts Center is less than a mile from the Media-Swarthmore exit of I-476 (the "Blue Route"). There's free parking. For information call (856) 720-0232 or visit: www.tristatejazz.org.


The Midiri Brothers Sextet

Joe Midiri - Clarinet, Saxophones, Co-leader
Paul Midiri - Vibraphone, Trombone, Co-leader
Dan Tobias - Cornet
Pat Mercuri - Guitar
Ed Wise - Bass
Jim Lawlor - Drums

The Midiri Brothers have delighted swing dancers and been acclaimed by critics at jazz festivals throughout the country for many years. L.A. Jazz Magazine said, "Catch them whenever you can! Their sextet is one of the most exciting small group swing units around today." Bob Fallstrom wrote in the Decatur Herald-Review, "I've seen and heard hundreds of clarinet players. Joe Midiri is the best ... I've seen every Joe Midiri set here, [and was] enthralled by his tone, his technique, his creativity, his imagination and sound." Of Paul Midiri, Brian D. Clifford in The Express-Time said, "His amazing virtuosity brought to mind some of the great vibes players of our time."

The Wallingford Community Arts Center

The Community Arts Center, located near I-476 (the "Blue Route") between Media and Swarthmore in Delaware County, has become a favorite Tri-State Jazz venue. The piano is excellent, as are the acoustics, and the atmosphere is bright and congenial. Tri-State Jazz Society continues to present a number of band and solo piano concerts in the main gallery of the center as part of the center's expanded music program.


Background

Joe and Paul Midiri have made both jazz and classical music the focus of their lives since they graduated from Glassboro State College in the mid 1980s. With Joe on clarinet and saxophone, and Paul on vibraphone, xylophone, marimba, drums and trombone, they have recorded with everything from trios to big bands featuring the arrangements of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and the Dorsey Brothers as well as Paul’s original arrangements and compositions.

After nearly a decade of Philadelphia, New York and Atlantic City gigs, the Midiris made their west coast debut in 2002 and have since been featured at many California festivals including the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Pismo Jubilee By The Sea Jazz Fest, the Redwood Coast Music Fest, and the Sun Valley Swing-n-Dixie Jazz Jubilee. They've also performed at the Great Connecticut Jazz Festival and the North Carolina Jazz Festival as well as at countless jazz clubs coast-to-coast. They are crowd favorites at the Bickford Theater in Morristown, at Ocean County College and at Tri-State Jazz Society venues throughout the Philadelphia area.

More information about the band is on their Web site, www.midiribros.com, where sample tracks from many of their CD's are available, including "Trees," "A Shaw Thing," "In The Garden" and "Finger Bustin."  You might also enjoy their video from the 2010 Suncoast Dixieland Classic Festival, Clearwater FL, on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cBUkkAelTHU#t=0s.

Dan Tobias - Cornet: In addition to his appearances with the Midiris, Dan can be heard performing with the Blue Skies jazz quartet, Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings, Stan Rubin’s Band and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. He led the annual Tri-State Jazz Society jam session in June, 2011.

Pat Mercuri - Guitar: Pat has played frequently for Tri-State Jazz Society, not only with the Midiri Brothers but also with Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band and Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings. He is one of the best jazz guitarists on the East Coast.

Ed Wise - Bass: Ed moved to Philadelphia from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He  formed Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band to play traditional New Orleans jazz here and at festivals around the globe. Every year he returns to New Orleans to perform with Tim Laughlin, Connie Jones, Banu Gibson, and other New Orleans notables at the French Quarter Festival and JazzFest. He is musical director for the University of Pennsylvania’s jazz ensemble and a member of the Tri-State Jazz Society board of directors.

Jim Lawlor - Drums: Jim began playing at age 20 after moving from Philadelphia to Atlantic City, where he has been a familiar sight on most casino stages since 1979. He has been with the Midiri Brothers since 1989.


CONTACT: Sally Cannon 
(856) 720-0232
E-mail: publicity@tristatejazz.org 
Web: www.tristatejazz.org

TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY 
P.O. Box 896
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Background: 
Tri-State Jazz Society, formed in 1988, is dedicated to the preservation and live performance of traditional jazz including Dixieland, swing, ragtime, and boogie-woogie. All concerts are open to the public and feature leading professional small jazz bands and soloists. Monthly concerts are presented at venues throughout the Philadelphia area. The society is a non-profit educational corporation supported by its members.

Photos: 
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Newsletter: 
www.tristatejazz.org/strutter.pdf

Directions: 
www.tristatejazz.org/Directions-CAC.pdf

Concert Schedule: 
www.tristatejazz.org/schedule.pdf


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