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Joe Holt, Paul Midiri and Mike McShane

August 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society welcome Joe Holt, Paul Midiri and Mike McShane for a Friday night of great improvisational jazz.

Joe Holt is joined by 2 percussionists in this unique jazz trio that performs regularly in the Delaware Beach resorts area
as the Mike McShane Trio. Mike McShane on drums and percussion, along with Joe performing double duty on left hand bass from
the keyboard create a 2 man rhythm section. Vibraphonist Paul Midiri joins the mix to weave both melodic and rhythmic
threads within the group. With fun interplay and a deep chemistry among the members, this trio promises an energetic
and entertaining show.

Joe Holt
Joe Holt

Joe Holt has been a full-time performing musician for over 40 years. Also a Board Certified Music Therapist, Joe performs for the connections that music makes, and a shared experience with his audiences. Known for his imaginative improvisations and a joy of performing, in addition to being a sensitive accompanist and collaborator, Joe’s formal studies span both jazz and classical, and the influence of both worlds can be heard. Soulful, contemplative, whimsical and hard swinging, his solo performances evoke the spirit of classic jazz pianists such as Dave McKenna, Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, with a touch of Victor Borge. Past experiences include concert and jazz festival touring throughout the US, extensive Atlantic City casino performing, over a decade as Cherry Hill (NJ) Mall’s food court pianist, concert and music therapy related performances in dozens of regional senior communities, along with various music director/staff positions. Currently, Joe is the host of the “Mainstay Mondays” series at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD, performing collaborative concerts with regional guest artists every Monday night. He is a walk on entertainer for American Cruise Lines at ports along the Chesapeake Bay. Joe is a regular sideman with regional jazz groups and accompanist/musical director for several vocalists and singer/songwriters, in addition to his solo concerts and other collaborative performances. He appears on over 30 album recordings. Joe is on the faculty of Washington College in Chestertown, MD, where he directs the jazz combo. He lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“The ever tasteful pianist Joe Holt is a soloist extraordinaire; an intense musician with terrific chops, who shows you he means business.” – Cam Miller, The American Rag

Paul Midiri

Paul Midiri, along with his brother Joe, co-lead the 16 piece Midiri Brothers Orchestra as well as various small group ensembles. The Midiri Brothers Sextet perform jazz arrangements of standards, classical music, as well as originals, many of them arranged by Paul.

Paul’s many instrumental talents lend a special versatility to the Midiri Brothers unique sound. His specialty is jazz vibraphone with the sextet. Paul’s love of the vibes, and xylophone has led him to arrange numerous pieces for the sextet to give these instruments a proper setting. His extended virtuosityincludes playing trombone and drums with the sextet where his brush work is often featured.

Mr. Midiri can be heard performing with the sextet across the country in many jazz festivals including the Sun Valley Jazz Jubilee, Pismo Jubilee By The Sea, the Capital city Jazz Fest as well as other venues.

In The Garden, a CD of Hymns in a jazz setting, is Paul’s first self-produced CD and has enjoyed considerable success, including an A+ rating from jazz reviewer Cam Miller. He can be heard playing vibes on all the Midiri Brothers Sextet CDs as well as trombone and drums on the Midiri Brothers’ Finger Bustin CD. He has been featured on two recent CDs with the Brooks Tegler Orchestra, one with Harry Salotti (featuring Mr. Salotti on the tuba), and many more. Along with his busy playing schedule Mr. Midiri enjoys teaching music both at his home land at Black Horse Music in Runnemede N.J. He currently studies percussion with Mr. Anthony DiBartolo.

Mike McShane

Mike McShane began drumming, performing and recording in NYC with several bands in early 80’s improvisational music and art scene. After a decade in NY Mike relocated to Southern Delaware and made the transition to “straight-ahead” Jazz. In addition to shore Jazz, which Mike has been a part of since 2000, he also performs and records with several other regional Jazz combos.

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
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!

Tri-State Jazz Society
Tri-State Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey also welcomes members of the Tri-State Jazz Society (www.tristatejazz.org) to our Jazz Music Series concerts. We also offer a $5 discount on General Admission for current TJJS members!

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Members of the New Jersey Jazz Society
  • $15 for Members of the Tri-State Jazz Society
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or 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.

For online purchases, PLEASE PRINT AND KEEP YOUR RECEIPT emailed from PayPal. You will not be mailed tickets. While our notification from PayPal is usually sufficient, the receipt will provide your proof of purchase, particularly for same-day purchases.

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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August 2, 2019
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map