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Tri-State Jazz Society Presents Annual Jam Session

PHILADELPHIA - Tri-State Jazz Society presents its annual jam session on Sunday, June 23, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. A core band lead by Tri-State favorite Bob Rawlins, and featuring traditional jazz professionals Randy Reinhart, Brian Nalepka, and Pat Mercuri,will be on hand to back up jammers who want to sit in. Half-price audience admission is $10, available for first-time attendees and members; general audience 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 church is about 15 minutes from central Philadelphia via the Ben Franklin Bridge. There's free parking. For information call (856) 720-0232 or visit:

Jam Session

According to attendees, Tri-State Jazz Society’s 2012 Annual Jam was the best session ever. Good news! This year we aim to replicate last year's winning formula as closely as possible, with Tri-State Jazz Society favorite clarinetist Bob Rawlins as leader. The jam band will be anchored again this year by seasoned traditional jazz professionals including Randy Reinhart on trumpet, Pat Mercuri on banjo/guitar, and Brian Nalepka on bass/tuba. Bob will call song titles and invite other musicians to sit in as the session progresses.

Bob has frequently played clarinet for Tri-State as a jammer and as a member of the Atlantic City Jazz Band. A lifelong show musician in the Atlantic City-Philadelphia area, he has performed with, among others, Dean Martin, Sarah Vaughan, Helen Forrest, Billy Eckstine, Nancy Wilson, and Rosemary Clooney. A professor of music theory at Rowan University, he is the author of several books on jazz including Jazzology and The Real Dixieland Book, a collection of 250 classic Dixieland tunes he compiled and edited while living in New Orleans.

Musicians who would like to sit in with the band should pre-register by email to, giving instrument, address and phone number. Musicians who register to play will be admitted free.

The Fellowship Hall of Haddonfield United Methodist has excellent acoustics--and a terrific grand piano! A drum set will be available.

CONTACT: Sally Cannon 

(856) 720-0232

P.O. Box 896
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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.




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Tri-State Jazz Society
P.O. Box 896
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054

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