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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
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 mixed in with jazz favorites, full band numbers plus piano solos.
Clemente has performed at the Bickford since the opening season of the Jazz Showcase, and was part of the first Watchung Arts Center Jazz Series season as well, pioneering the piano-in-the-round tradition there. He’s played the premiere NYC jazz spots, plus the Friars Club, the Players Club and the Rainbow Room in Manhattan. Performing with him will be:
- Flip Peters (guitar)
- Alex Gressel (bass)
- Vern Mobley (drums)
- Marty Eigen (reed instruments)
- Chuck Parkin (vocals and banjo)
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!