Mr. Joseph Midiri
“Joe, who has developed the fluid clarinet style and amazing technique of Benny Goodman, is one of the few musicians in the world today possessing this skill.”
“Joe Midiri . . . is probably the spiritual descendent of Benny Goodman. Yes, he is that good.”
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Mr. Joseph Midiri is an instrumentalist on the clarinet, alto, baritone and soprano saxophones. Not only featured as a classical soloist in several orchestra performances, he is also the leader of the Midiri Brothers Orchestra. The Midiri Brothers Orchestra is a sixteen piece big band featuring authentic yet creative performances of the music of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Fletcher Henderson, and the Dorsey Brothers, including the orchestra's own special arrangements in the tradition of the swing era, all under the direction of Mr. Joseph Midiri.
In the classical world, Mr. Midiri has performed as soloist with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Tri State Philharmonic, and the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.
Also, Mr. Midiri has performed at various music festivals including the Pensacola Jazz Festival, the Trenton State College Jazz Festival, the Pennsylvania Jazz Festival, and most recently, at Musikfest 2000 one of the largest music festivals in the country.
Recent jazz concerts include Mr. Joseph Midiri featured in several sold out performances as Benny Goodman in recreations of the historic 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert, part of Jazz at the Music Hall series at various venues including the Gorden Center in Baltimore, MD. And also to enthusiastic crowds for Benny 2000 sponsored by the Watchung Arts Center in Watchung, NJ. He has also performed as guest soloist and conductor of the Disneyworld Big Band at Epcot Center.
The Midiri Brothers latest independent recordings “Avalon” and “Finger Bustin” are featured as part of the regular programming of nationally syndicated radio programs such as “Swing Thing”, hosted by Fred Hall. Not to mention on worldwide web broadcasts through Swanktown Radio and Bo Lewis’ Big Band Dance Party. WBUD 1260 AM Radio in Trenton, NJ (which features the popular “Juke Box Saturday Night” program) and WPEN 950 AM radio in Philadelphia, PA (Station of the Stars, features Big Band radio format) are just a few of the many radio stations that include the Midiri recordings on their regular playlist. Since 1990, the Midiri Brothers various jazz ensembles have performed at the East Coast’s premier venues including the Rainbow Room in New York, Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal, Sands, and Ceasars casinos, as well as their Orchestra performing for thousands each year at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing. From 1996 - 1998, the Midiri Brothers Orchestra was featured in a very successful series of big band broadcasts through WRDR radio (104.9 FM). From the Grand Theatre of the Atlantic City Hilton Casino, The Midiri Brothers Orchestra performed for capacity crowds and hundreds of swing dancers as the resident band for the only live big band broadcast on the East Coast! Since 1995, Joe and Paul’s swinging Sextet has been featured on the New Orleans Square Bandstand at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, NJ - also featured at the Pennsylvania Jazz Festival (1997 & 1999), due to popular demand.
“Joe Midiri’s clarinet playing, in particular, was nothing sort of magnificent. Not only did he command the full range of the instrument’s voice, both in register and dynamics, but he blended mesmerizing brilliance with melting lyricism more smoothly and convincingly than I’ve heard in many a moon.”
- Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local