Jazz Showcase


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Tickets purchased online will be available at the Will Call desk on the day of the performance. Advance ticket sales end at 5:00PM on the day of the performance. Please note that all sales are final.

Subscribers to the Bickford Theatre Main Stage Series receive “member pricing” for all concerts when available.

New Jersey Jazz Society and Hot House Jazz Magazine are the Media Sponsors for the Jazz Showcase.


 

George Gee Swing Orchestra
Thursday, September 28, 7:30PM 

Our jazz season opens with one of the best swing bands in the country featuring New York City’s top musicians.  This is the first time the George Gee Swing Orchestra will appear in this intimate setting.

Led by the charismatic George Gee, the only Chinese-American big band leader around, the 11-piece orchestra is comprised of some of New York’s top jazz musicians including Michael Hashim, tenor sax; Julius Tolentino, alto sax; Tony Lustig, baritone sax; trumpeters Freddie Hendrix and Andy Gravish; David Gibson, trombone; Steve Einerson, piano, Brian Fishler, drums; and Clark Terry’s longtime bassist Marcus McLaurine. Joining the band is a young singer making a name for herself in New York City, Shenel Johns. In the past few months, she has been featured in tributes to two of her idols, Billie Holliday at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Lena Horne at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room.

The food truck picnic, which was extremely popular for Summer Jazzfest, will begin at 5:00PM for those who want to enjoy some early fall tailgating.

Hear a radio interview between between George Gee and Bert Baron of WCTC about this upcoming event!

 


Tickets

Members: $25
Non-members Advance: $25
Non-members At the Door: $30

Reserved seating for this concert.

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Swingadelic: Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Thursday, October 5, 7:30PM

“It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and the best little big band in New York City will definitely have the Bickford swinging with their tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song!

Swingadelic has recorded seven CDs that all jumped into the top thirty of the  JazzWeekRadio charts and have receive critical acclaim from top jazz publications such as Jazz Times and All About Jazz. They are a regular at New York’s Swing46 and their annual visit to Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing draws huge crowds.

The acclaimed young singer Vanessa Perea will pay tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald in honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth in Newport News, Virginia. One of the world’s most beloved singers, Ella won 13 Grammy Award, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, was a Kennedy Center Medal of Honor Winner, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was honored with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, and was the recipient of innumerable tributes and honors.

Tickets:
Members: $20
Non-members Advance: $20
Non-members at the Door: $25

Reserved seating for this concert.

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Photo courtesy of Gary Ashley.


Nicki Parrott Trio
Monday, October 23, 7:30PM

Bassist and singer Nicki Parrott is joined by pianist Rossano Sportiello and Eddie Metz, Jr.  Nicki has become a Bickford favorite for good reason.

Nicki moved to New York from her native Australia in 1994 and within just a few years she became the regular bassist for the Les Paul Trio. The legendary guitarist, who was not known for handing out accolades, loved her work and said, “She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.”

As part of the Les Paul Trio, Nicki had the opportunity to work with many guitar greats including Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Tommy Emmanuel. Her extraordinary talent has made her a first-call bassist for many jazz greats and she has performed with musicians such as Clark Terry, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Larry Carlton, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Jose Feliciano, Harry Allen, and Ann Hampton Calloway to name just a few.

She brings with her two talented and popular musicians. Rossano Sportiello is an accomplished pianist who often plays with Nicki. Their CD People Will Say We’re In Love was selected by The New Yorker as one of the top 10 CDs of the year. Drummer Eddie Metz Jr. has been working with Nicki for several years and draws praise no matter the music. Louis Bellson called him “very musical, tasty and brilliant” while Dick Hyman said simply “one of the best in the business.” And that’s what you will say about the Nicki Parrott Trio when you hear them in concert.

Tickets:
Members: $17
Non-members in Advance: $18
Non-members at the Door: $20

Nicki Parrott (7:30PM, Members)
 

Nicki Parrott (7:30PM, Non-Members Advance)

Photo courtesy of artist.


Bickford Benefit All Stars
Monday, November 13, 7:30PM

Get set for an evening of rousing, hot jazz with the Bickford Benefit All Stars. Clarinetist/saxophonist Dan Levinson has put together a swinging band comprised of the best musicians from the region for this annual benefit concert which supports programming and performances at the Bickford Theatre.

Joining Dan for this always terrific evening of music is Mike Davis on cornet, Jim Fryer on trombone, Jeff Barnhart on piano, Brandi Disterheft on bass, StéphaneSéva on drums, and Molly Ryan on guitar and vocals.

Tickets
Members: $20
Non-members in Advance $22
Non-members at the door: $27Reserved seating for this concert.

 

 
Bickford Jazz Benefit Band (7:30pm, Members)
 

Bickford Jazz Benefit Band (7:30pm, Non-Members Advance)

Photo courtesy of Seth Cashman.


Bucky Pizzarelli Birthday Party
Monday, January 8, 7:30PM

Don’t miss this annual birthday celebration for the Hall of Fame guitarist whose credits range from Benny Goodman to Paul McCartney. Joining the legendary guitarist will be Ed Laub, his long-time bandmate, son Martin Pizzarelli on bass, and exciting surprise guests.

Bucky began his professional career at the age of 17 when he joined the Vaughn Monroe dance band in the early 1940s. He became a staff musician for NBC in the fifties and then became part of the famous Tonight Show Band on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the sixties. During the sixties, he also worked as a studio musician and played on many of the rock ‘n roll hits of that era including those of Dion and the Belmonts, the Drifters, Ben E. King, and Ray Charles.

After nine decades of playing great music, Bucky may have slowed down a little bit but looks forward to this annual birthday party. Join us as we wish him a Happy 92nd!

Tickets
Members: $20
Non-members in Advance: $22
Non-members at the Door: $25

Reserved seating for this concert.

 
Bucky Pizzarelli Birthday Party (7:30PM, Members
 

Bucky Pizzarelli Birthday Party (7:30PM, Non-Members Advance)



Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play
Saturday, January 20, 8:00PM

Led by the great Dave Brubeck’s son Chris, Triple Play brings together three exceptional musicians whose good-time music draws on folk, blues, and jazz.

Grammy-nominated composer and musician Chris Brubeck has been called “one of the finest jazz trombonists around today” by Downbeat Magazine and “one of the most capable electric bassists” by the Los Angeles Times. He began touring and recording with his legendary father and has gone onto international acclaim as a performer, composer, and band leader. He has worked with a diverse cross section of artists including Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Willie Nelson, B. B. King, Gerry Mulligan, Stephane Grappelli, and Bobby McFerrin. His trio Triple Play delivers an epic sojourn through American music unlike any other band today. Their joy is infectious!

Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player who is equally at home playing jazz, blues, folk, country and just plain rock and roll. He studied with the legendary Chicago bluesman Big Walter Horton and has developed a reputation as one of the best and most versatile harmonica players in the world. He performs all over the world with Triple Play and with guitarist/singer Shari Kane in the duo Madcat& Kane.

Singer/guitarist Joel Brown is Senior Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College but maintains an active and eclectic performance schedule. In addition to being a regular member of Triple Play he is a much in-demand soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared with a variety of groups including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, performed on NBC’s Today Show, and featured on NPR.

Joins us for a rollicking good time as three virtuoso musicians capture the American Spirit with their joyful blend of jazz, blues, folk, and classical music in this special concert.

Tickets:
Members: $45
Non-members Advance: $45
Non-members At the Door: $50

Reserved seating for this concert.

Photo courtesy of artist.


T.S Monk
Thursday, February 22, 7:30PM

The son of Thelonious Monk celebrates the 100th anniversary of his father’s birth. Monk has charted his own course as a composer, arranger, and melodic drummer.

Members: $35
Non-members Advance: $35
Non-members At the Door: $40

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Dan Levinson and Friends
Monday, February 26, 7:30PM

Celebrating the 101st anniversary of recorded jazz, this night is a salute to the trailblazers of America’s original art form.

Members: $17
Non-members Advance: $18
At the Door: $20

Dan Levinson and Friends (7:30pm, Members)
Dan Levinson and Friends (7:30pm, Non-Members Advance)

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Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash
Monday, March 12, 7:30PM

If you can’t get to Davenport, Iowa, then celebrate the jazz legend’s birthday as our annual tradition continues.

Members: $17
Non-members Advance: $18
At the Door: $20
Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash (7:30pm, Members)
Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash (7:30pm, Non-Members Advance)

Jerry Vezza and Grover Kemble Together Again
Thursday, April 5, 7:30PM

We guarantee that you’ll have as much fun as the musicians do when Grover and Jerry take the stage for an evening of great music and lots of laughter.

Members: $20
Non-members Advance: $20
Non-members At the Door: $25


Ken Poplowski’s Benny Goodman Tribute
Thursday, May 3, 7:30PM

The spirit of Benny Goodman lives in this great clarinetist who is an international favorite and has been delighting audiences for more than 30 years with his warmth, wit, and musicianship.

Members: $25
Non-members Advance: $25
Non-members At the Door: $30

Photo courtesy of artist.


NY City Slickers: Broadway — Blue Grass
Saturday, May 5, 8:00PM

Eight piece, high energy, progressive bluegrass band does Broadway combining wailing tight harmonies with classic instruments of the genre.

Members: $20
Non-members Advance: $20
Non-members At the Door: $25

Photo courtesy of artist.