Jazz Showcase

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

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

Jerry Vezza and Grover Kemble. Photo courtesy of the artists.

We guarantee that you will have as much fun as the musicians do when Jerry and Grover are joined by Rick Crane, Anton Denner, and Tom Sayek for an evening of great music and lots of laughter.

There is no one like Grover Kemble, a singer/songwriter whose entertaining style has captivated audiences not only in his home state of New Jersey, but also at some pretty good places – the Newport Jazz Festival, The Bottom Line, The Other End, Wolf Trap in Virginia, The Roxy in LA, and the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston. Early in his career, Grover sang with Sha-Na-Na and then fronted the popular Za Zu Zaz. His partnership with John Pizzarelli led to a lifetime friendship and several recordings. And his partnership with jazz pianist Jerry Vezza has become a favorite at Madison’s Shanghai Jazz.

Local favorite Jerry Vezza is the consummate jazz pianist and appears regularly at jazz clubs in the area. He is a musician who embodies the classic jazz values of melodic warmth, rhythmic subtlety and true elegance. He reminds one of another remarkable New Jersey pianist, Bill Evans, although he protests being mentioned in the same sentence as the jazz master. But it’s true.

The Jerry Vezza Trio plus Grover Kemble adds up to an evening of wonderful music, entertaining stories, and the good humor that these talents musicians bring with them.

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

Reserved seating for this concert.

Ken Peplowski. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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

The spirit of Benny Goodman lives in the great clarinetist Ken Peplowski who is an international favorite and has been delighting audiences for decades with his warmth, wit, and musicianship. There is no one better to salute the great clarinetist than Peplowski. As Will Friedwald wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way [Benny] Goodman might have if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.”

Since moving to the New York area in 1980, Ken has done it all including playing saxophone in Benny Goodman’s last band. He has collaborated with a litany of top musicians including Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Rosemary Clooney, James Moody, Steve Allen, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, and Marianne Faithful.

He has recorded more than 50 CDs as a leader and close to 400 as a sideman. He has been the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” Award and the Hot House Magazine’s “Fans’ Decision Jazz Award” on clarinet, among his honors. This concert marks his first time at the Bickford Theatre.

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

Reserved seating for this concert.

Dick Hyman. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Dick Hyman: Solo Piano
Tuesday, May 8, 7:30PM

Dick Hyman is a national treasure whose career includes a nearly encyclopedic output of over 100 albums, ranging from original piano and orchestral works, to interpretations of classic American music, ragtime, and variants of stride piano. This is a chance to see America’s greatest music performed at the highest level by a living legend in the intimate setting of the Bickford Theatre.

Morris Museum Members: $30
Non-members Advance: $30
Non-members At the Door: $35

Reserved seating for this concert.


Neville Dickie and the Midiri Brothers. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Neville Dickie & the Midiri Brothers
Monday, June 4, 7:30PM

Neville Dickie, one of the world’s foremost boogie-woogie and stride pianists, returns to the Bickford stage with the incomparable Midiri Brothers for the finale of the jazz showcase season.

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

Neville Dickie & the Midiri Brothers, 7:30PM, Members, $17.00
Neville Dickie & the Midiri Brothers, 7:30PM, Non-Members Advance, $18.00