1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
Physical address: 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 Map and Directions
609-392-6409
1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org

Grand Opening Festival
Jazz Music Series
Jazz Music Series:
SummerSwing Orchestra Logo Jerry Rife's
Rhythm Kings


Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing


Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings in the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

Jerry Rife and one of his bands opened our Grand Opening Festival concert series in February 2016, and Preservation New Jersey AND our audiences are happy to have him back with his Rhythm Kings, "A traditional band in a swing style!"

Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings Jazz Band was organized by Jerry Rife in 1984 and was modeled after several bands including the Great Lakes Rhythm Kings, Rife's band in Wisconsin, Lou Mercuri's popular Dixie Devils from Burlington,NJ and the legendary Chubby Chatten Jazz Band. They continue to be inspired by the recordings of the great early bands of New Orleans, most notably the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. From their first concerts together, we were committed to the hot-jazz style of performance prevalent in the post World War II dixieland jazz bands that became known as "revival dixieland." This style of jazz was a reaction to bebop jazz and a return in repertoire and concept to the roots of New Orleans Jazz.

One trait they share with the early traditional jazz bands is their commitment to ensemble jazz. Collective improvisation is the trademark of their music especially in the heads, and extended out choruses. Each member of the band improvises solos, but under the solos you will hear background riffs that continue the ensemble sound of the heads and recall the integrated, dense style that characterizes music early jazz music. Their stylistic trademarks are fresh rhythmic vitality regardless of tempo, close melodic interaction in the front line instruments, spontaneous or spur-of-the-moment arrangements, and a solid swing rhythm section with emphasis given to beats two and four.

Jerry RifeThe members of the Rhythm Kings are specialists in this style. Originally from Kansas, bandleader and clarinetist Jerry Rife learned jazz from an early age and organized a high school dixieland band, The Mason Dixie, that performed live on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour in 1966. He has been extremely active in the jazz scene in the Midwest and east coast and is a member of the John Johnson Trio, Blue Skies Quartet and the Blawenburg Dixieland Jazz Band.

Danny Tobias is one of the hottest and most sought-after trumpeters on the east coast. He has worked extensively with the Tony DeNicola Band, Blue Skies Quartet, the Midiri Brothers and has played with Kenny Davern, Warren and Allen Vache, Harry Allen, Howard Alden and John Bunch. Dan is often with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks and plays regularly at the Ear Inn in New York City.

Peter Reichlin is an extremely versatile trombonist who is comfortable playing classical and all types of jazz music. He has toured with the Metropolitan Opera and with the Jimmy Dorsey Band and is currently principal trombonist with the Capitol City Orchestra. He also plays tuba in the Blue Skies Quartet and is a respected recording engineer and piano technician. (He is also our highly regarded piano tuner and voicer at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!)

Patrick Mercuri is the leader of Pat Mercuri's Dixie Jazz Band and plays regularly with the Midiri Brothers. The son of the respected Lou Mercuri, Pat is the first-call performer on guitar, banjo and mandolin with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has played show, jazz and classical music in Philadelphia and New York.

Gary Cattley is a bass specialist who plays tuba, string bass and bass saxophone. He is sought after by band leaders on the east coast and plays steady jazz jobs in Philadelphia. He holds the tuba position with the Princeton Orchestra and has a doctoral degree in performance on tuba.

Percussionist Lenny Pucciatti is a product of Trenton State College where he was a student of Tony DeNicola. Lenny has performed extensively for the past three decades with jazz combos, bug bands and classical groups and has directed Trent, NJ's Heritage Days events and the Trenton Jazz Festival.


Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary and throughout the Trenton/Princeton area is featured on trenton.jazznearyou.com. Download their app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire!

New Jersey Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary, $15 for New Jersey Jazz Society Members, and only $5 for school and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online below by selecting your ticket option and clicking on the "Buy Now" link to use credit or debit card or your PayPal account. If ordering two or three ticket types, each type must be purchased in a separate order. You will receive an email confirmation of each purchase. Online tickets will be held at the box office; please print and bring your receipt in case it is needed to confirm your purchase.

GROUP RATES are now available! Choose the Group ticket option and each ticket will have a $5 discount from the General Admission price (same as the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary ticket price)! Group rate tickets must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rates apply only to advance online sales and cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert. Groups must present themselves at the box office at the same time. For group orders of fewer than 10 people, the full General Admission rate (less the amount prepaid) may be required at the box office at the time of admission. Group rates do not apply to Student prices.

Tickets may be reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building.

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For only $30.00 per year ($50.00 for families), members of the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary receive advance notice of special events, our member newsletter, gift shop discounts and $5 off our General Admission concert tickets! BECOME A MEMBER NOW!

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