Jazz Showcase


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dan-levisonDAN LEVINSON’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF RECORDED JAZZ
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 8:00PM

In February 1917, just days before the beginning of the Russian Revolution and while America herself simmered on the brink of war, the Victor Talking Machine Company recorded what would become the first “jazz” phonograph record, and nine days later released it to an unsuspecting public. The sounds on that wax disc – made by five young rebels from New Orleans calling themselves “The Original Dixieland ‘Jass’ Band” – heralded a concurrent revolution in MUSIC that took the country by storm and went on to captivate an entire planet.

A hundred years later, Dan Levinson will take you back to that historic moment in time and delight your senses with those very same sounds that exalted a war-weary nation and propelled it into a wild, hypnotic, jazz-induced frenzy! Featuring Dan Levinson (clarinet/C-melody saxophone), Mike Davis (cornet), Matt Mussleman (trombone), Jeff Barnhart (piano), and Kevin Dorn (drums).

Ticket Prices:

$17 per person in advance
$20 at the door 

 

mikedavis_portrait_2015_jkratochvil_4003BIG BIX BEIDERBECKE’S BIRTHDAY
MONDAY, MARCH 13, 8:00PM

Having lived a very short 28 years, Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s. His innovation and beautiful tone on the cornet made him a legend among musicians during his life. Every year, celebrations honoring this young prodigy occur in his home town of Davenport, Iowa in July, and in Racine, Wisconsin.Every year we also celebrate his birthday where we honor the memory and the music of Beiderbecke in Morristown. This year is no different.

On Monday, March 13, cornetist, Mike Davis will lead a sensational band for the Beiderbecke Birthday Bash. In addition to some old favorite songs that have a connection to Bix, they will also be playing and singing some of the songs Bix recorded with vocal harmony groups, including the records under the name “The Chicago Loopers” and one or two adaptations of Paul Whiteman records which at that time featured Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys as well as Bix himself. On stage with Mike this year will be Dan Levinson (clarinet and C-melody saxophone), Joe McDonough (trombone), Jared Engel (banjo), Dalton Ridenhour (piano), Jay Rattman (bass saxophone) and Jay Lepley (drums).

Ticket Prices:

$17 per person in advance
$20 at the door 


JOEL ZELNIK TRIO
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 8:00PM

Few listeners realized that Tony Bennett was as much of a jazz singer as almost anybody; he had already made a handful of albums in a small jazz combo format, but these were far lesser known than his big chart hits. In 1975, he made what would be his supreme statement in jazz, the first of two albums with the remarkable NJ pianist Bill Evans.

On Monday, March 27, this collaboration of Bill Evans and Tony Bennett, which yielded some of the best recordings in the history of jazz, will be highlighted by the Joel Zelnik Trio. Joel Zelnik (piano) has entertained five presidents and performed in concerts throughout the world. During the 60’s, he performed at the Top of the Gate and had numerous split sets with the Bill Evans Trio, and his greatness has stayed with Joel right up to the present. The trio will also feature Brian Glassman (bass), David Cox (drums) and special appearance by Grammy Nominee Annette Sanders (vocals). Great music from the American Song Book and beyond.

Ticket Prices:

$17 per person in advance
$20 at the door