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The Morris Museum is pleased to partner with the New Jersey Jazz Society in presenting this Summer Jazzfest season.

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

All seats are reserved.






Summer Jazzfest

Join us for the swinging sounds of summer!

Museum Members: $18
Non-Members: $20

All seats are reserved.

Evan Sherman Big Band. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Evan Sherman Big Band
Thursday July 11, 2019, 7:30PM

This big band is a 16-piece ensemble of jazz veterans and New York’s most dynamic young musicians. Continuing to garner praise from worldwide audiences and critics alike, the big band has been featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rainbow Room, Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem, The Django in TriBeca, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, Caramoor Jazz Festival, SteelStacks (PA), and the Perth International Arts Festival (Australia).

Sherman, a native of New Jersey, is a drummer and leader who has toured the world in the bands of Wynton & Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars and more.

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Bickford Benefit All Stars, 2017. Molly Ryan, Dan Levinson, Mike Davis and Jim Fryer. Photo by Aidan Grant.

Molly Ryan, Dan Levinson, Mike Davis and Jim Fryer. Photo by Aidan Grant.

Dan Levinson’s Midsummer Night’s Jazz party:
Hot Nights in Harlem

Thursday July 18, 2019, 7:30PM

A Dazzling Musical Journey to the epicenter of Jazz in the 1920s and ‘30s with Dan Levinson’s Gotham SophistiCats: Molly Ryan, Jeff Barnhart, Mike Davis, Jim Fryer, Rob Adkins, Kevin Dorn and special guest Dandy Wellington.

Featuring the rompin’, stompin’ music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and others. Take the “A” Train uptown, step into the Savoy Ballroom, cut a rug with the Lindy
Hoppers, then head on over to a rent party and watch the dawn break through.
Come in, cats, and check your hats!

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Nat King Cole.

Amani: Nat King Cole at 100!
Thursday July 25, 2019, 7:30PM

The versatile instrumentalists of Amani will recreate the sound of Nat King Cole, among the most famous entertainers in the 1950’s and 60’s. The members of Amani are veteran musicians Stephen Fuller – Featured Vocalist, Fred Fischer on piano and vocals, Flip Peters on guitar and vocals, Marty Eigen on Tenor Sax, Alex Grissel on bass, and Vern Mobley on Drums.

Nat King Cole recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. He recorded songs in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and at least one non-Romance language – Japanese! The history behind these recordings is a testament to Nat King Cole’s ability to break down barriers. “I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music,” said Nat King Cole.

Amani means “peace” in Swahili. The group was formed to share the concept of peace through music, performing for people of all ages, races, and religious affiliations. Amani presents music from a wide variety genres including: The American Songbook, Blues, Jazz and Bossa Nova. Their extensive repertoire is tailored into a program that will be a joy for all who are lucky enough to experience it.

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Arthur’s Tavern. Image courtesy of the artists.

Grove Street Stompers
Thursday August 1, 2019, 7:30PM

Formed in 1959 by band leader and piano player Bill Dunham, this fabulous group’s repertoire includes samples of Dixieland, New Orleans and swing styles with tunes made famous by such greats as Bix, Louies and Jelly Roll.

Many great jazz musicians sat in with the Stompers over the years – Pete Fountain, Wild Bill Davison, Tony Parenti, Bob Wilber, and singers Barbara Lea and Laurel Watson.  Some of the Stompers have worked at venues like Eddie Condons, Jimmy Ryans, Red Blazer Too, and Cajun, among others.

Making their Bickford debut, this group has been a Monday night staple at New York’s venerable Arthur’s Tavern since 1962 – over 50 years!  This may be the oldest gig in town, maybe the world!

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