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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!
The Morris Museum is pleased to partner with the New Jersey Jazz Society in presenting this season.
Don’t miss all the fun and bring your friends!
All seats are reserved.
Museum Members: $18
Herb Gardner’s Groundhog Jam
Monday, February 4, 2019, 7:30PM
Herb Gardner returns after a two year hiatus to celebrate one of his favorite holidays. Celebrate with us the advent of spring!
Gardner, who plays both trombone and piano, has assembled a stellar group of musicians from the New York, New Jersey, and New England areas including:
- Fred Vigorito (Cornet)
- Joe Licari (Clarinet)
- James Chirillo (Guitar)
- Mike Weatherly (Bass)
- Robbie Scott (Drums)
- Abbie Gardner (Vocals and Guitar)
- Sarah Gardner (Vocals and Guitar)
With his bouncing Swing and Dixieland style Herb Gardner has performed with a renowned roster of jazz luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge and more. He has toured with popular jazz performers Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood . While serving as co-leader of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Gardner played at George Bush’s inauguration, Bill Clinton’s victory party, and countless other non-political affairs. In June, 1997 he conducted the “Big Broadcasters” in the opening concert of the New York City JVC Jazz festival. His CD, “Groundhog’s Day”, features 14 original songs and several Jazz Age classics. “Irving Berlin got all the good holidays,” states Gardner!
This program will include many old favorites for fans and plenty of new material. It will be a great night to come out and warm up with some hot jazz.
Bix Beiderbecke’s Birthday Bash
Monday March 11, 2019, 7:30PM
Our annual tradition continues remembering the unique sound of one of the earliest great jazz improvisers. Cornetist Mike Davis, one of the foremost Bixian players in the country, returns to lead this tribute to the man who singlehandedly altered the way improvised jazz solos are played.
Joining Mike are six skilled musicians who share his enthusiasm for the Bix material:
- Dan Levinson, tenor sax and clarinet
- Jay Rattman, tenor sax and clarinet
- Jared Engel, banjo
- Dalton Ridenhour, piano
- Bob Sacchi, tuba
- Jay Lepley, drums
This year’s program will concentrate on Bix’s most productive period, leading The Wolverines, a group he joined in 1923, named after one of their most frequently numbers, Jelly Roll Morton’s Wolverine Blues.
Rio Clemente and Friends
Monday, April 8, 2019,7:30PM
The legendary “Bishop of Jazz” will present his debut of “Rio Plays Rio,” full of original music and popular American standards.
Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi
Monday, May 6, 2019, 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!
Neville Dickie and the Midiri Brothers
Thursday May 23, 2019, 7:30PM
The annual tradition continues. Don’t miss it. Five years and counting!