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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!

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


Danny Bacher. Photo by Matt Baker.

Danny Bacher and his All-Star Band
Accentuate the Positive
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:30PM

A popular new talent on the jazz scene, Danny Bacher is building a loyal following across the country. His clean, crisp delivery is reminiscent of the true greats in entertainment.

This show will draw on his past salute to Armstrong, Jordan, and Prima, as well as tunes from his soon-to-be-released “Still Happy” CD.

The All-Stars will be Harry Allen on tenor sax, Charlie Caranicas on trumpet, Allen Farnham on piano, Bill Moring on bass, and Alvester Garnett on drums. And don’t miss the food truck picnic starting at 5:30!

Members: $18
Non-Members: $20


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


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 Summer Jazzfest appearance, she will be accompanied by an all-star group with special guest Ken Peplowski on clarinet and sax, Brandon McCune on piano, Melissa Slocum on bass, Willie Rodriques on drums and the exciting tap dancer, AC 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


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


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.

Members: $25
Non-Members: $30


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