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Summer JazzFest

Join us for the hot, swinging sounds of summer at the Bickford Theatre.  Get your lawn chairs and tables, and come picnic on the grounds of the Morris Museum.  Enjoy some of the best food trucks in Northern New Jersey which will be on-site before each of these concerts from 5:30PM – 7:30PM!

Don’t miss all the fun and bring your friends!

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Generous support for Summer JazzFest is provided by our partners at M&T Bank.


Svetlana Shmulyian. Photo by Laura Desberg.

Svetlana and the Delancey Five
Thursday, July 19, 2018, 7:30PM

One of the emerging hot jazz groups from Brookyln, Svetlana and the Delancey Five have been getting rave reviews from places like the Wall Street Journal, “exceptional vocalist and songwriter,” JazzLives, “prepare to swing and be moved,” and WPIX 11 TV, “exuberant, foot-stomping music.”

This summer will be their premiere performance at the Bickford Theatre.  The band includes some musicians well-known to New Jersey audiences and some new ones: Michael Hashim (sax), Charlie Caranicas (trumpet), Rob Garcia (drums), Willerm Delisfort (piano) and Endea Owens (bass). Come early for some food truck tailgating.

Members: $20


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Antoinette Montague. Photo by Tony Graves.

The Antoinette Montague Experience
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:30PM

Antoinette Montague is a popular jazz and blues singer hailing from Newark who has performed all over the world. Her CDS continue to receive airplay because they exquisitely blend jazz, blues, and vintage soul, highlighting her dynamic vocals and her great band.

For her JazzFest appearance, she will be accompanied by an all-star group including special guests Ken Peplowski on sax and clarinet and ‘King’ Solomon Hicks on guitar, plus Brandon McCune on piano, Melissa Slocum on bass, Bobby Sanabria on drums and tap dancer A.C. Lincoln.”

Antoinette was recently honored with the Women in Media Award for her lifelong work in music. And don’t forget that we’ll have food trucks starting at 5:30.

Members: $20
Non-Members: $25


Food Trucks that will be onsite at 5:30PM:

Dan Levinson. Photo by Seth Cashman.

Dan Levinson’s Midsummer Night’s
Jazz Party
Thursday, August 2, 2018, 7:30PM

Fans of Dan Levinson have heard his “repertory bands,” over the years, paying tribute to great jazz artists of the past. This year, for Dan’s fourth annual Midsummer Night’s Jazz Party, he’s dispensing with the written music and the music stands.

He has assembled some of his favorite musicians for an all-out, freewheeling JAM SESSION in the tradition of the legendary Greenwich Village jazz clubs of the 1940’s and 1950’s, such as Eddie Condon’s and Nick’s. The band includes Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Mark Shane (piano), Paul Wells (drums), Harvey Tibbs (trombone), and Rob Adkins (bass). Hold on to your hats for great music and New Jersey’s top food trucks!

Members: $18
Non-Members: $20



Food Trucks that will be onsite at 5:30PM:


Louis Prima, Jr. Horn Line. Photo by Wilde.

Dance Party with Louis Prima, Jr. and The Witnesses
Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7:30PM

The son of the great Louis Prima brings a high-energy, fun show to every venue. His concert at the Bickford Theatre in 2016 was a smash hit. He was also a sensation at last summer’s Morristown’s Jazz & Blues Festival.

The band performs many of his dad’s most famous songs including “Sing Sing Sing,” “Just a Gigilo,” and “Jump Jive an’ Wail” but also draws on the hits of other artists from the 1950’s as well as several originals.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase before the show.

Members: $25
Non-Members: $30


Food Trucks that will be onsite at 5:30PM:


Generous support for this concert is provided by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP.



Jazz Showcase

Join us for the cool, swinging sounds at the Bickford Theatre’s jazz showcase for the 2018-2019 season. Lots of great talent will be on-hand. All seats are reserved!

Don’t miss all the fun and bring your friends!

All seats are reserved.

Museum Members: $18
Non-Members: $20
Seniors: $18

**Special Pricing:

Museum Members: $20
Non-Members: $25
Seniors: $18

Full Count Big Band. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Full Count Big Band
Monday, October 22, 7:30PM

This popular 17 piece big band has been entertaining New York and New Jersey audiences for more than a decade with an eclectic mix of music.

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Bickford Benefit All-Stars**
Monday, November 12, 7:30PM

Stay tuned as band leader, Dan Levinson, assembles the best musicians in the Tri-State area in this annual benefit concert.

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Herb Gardner. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Herb Gardner’s Ground Hog Jam
Monday, February 4, 7:30PM

Trombonist Herb Gardner returns after a two year hiatus to celebrate one of his favorite holidays along with the finest musicians from New England and the surrounding area.

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Mike Davis. Photo courtesy of Jane Kratochvil.

Mike Davis. Photo courtesy of Jane Kratochvil.

Bix Beiderbecke’s Birthday Bash
Monday March 11, 7:30PM

Our annual tradition continues remembering the unique sound of this influential creator of “cool jazz.” Cornetist, Mike Davis will once again lead the celebration.

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Rio Clemente. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Rio Clemente and Friends
Monday, April 8, 7:30PM

The legendary “Bishop of Jazz” will present his debut of “Rio Plays Rio,” full of original music and popular American standards.

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Stephanie Trick. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi
Monday, May 6, 7:30PM

This award-winning husband and wife team are without a doubt two of the greatest exponents of classic jazz piano, specializing in the exciting sounds of ragtime, stride, swing and boogie-woogie.  Four hands on one piano!

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Neville Dickie and the Midiri Brothers. Photo by Jack Grassa.

Neville Dickie and the Midiri Brothers
Thursday May 23, 7:30PM

The annual tradition continues.  Don’t miss it.  Five years and counting!

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