New Jersey Jazz Society
The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz for Shore and Jazz at the Bickford Theater. See more information at the links below.
Jazz at the Bickford Theatre/Morris Museum
Jazz for Shore — Midweek Jazz in Ocean County.
Every night of the week, live jazz is happening somewhere in New Jersey - don't forget to check our Venue Listing to see if that "somewhere" is near you! And please, let us know if there's a jazz venue not on our list.

NJJS Events

Wednesday — May 27, 2015 — 8:00PM

MidWeek Jazz in Ocean County: Neville Dickie & The Midiri Brothers

Ocean County College, Toms River

Neville Dickie is one of the most respected stride pianists in the world. Hailing from England, Dickie will be making a special appearance at Ocean County College while making a rare trip to the United States. Joining him will be two of Ocean County's favorites, Joe and Paul Midiri - Joe on reeds and Paul on drums. The Midiri Brothers teamed up with Neville in Morristown last year and crowds are still buzzing over the musical fireworks that occurred. Their Toms River debut is guaranteed to be a night to remember and will be one of the hottest tickets of the MidWeek Jazz season.

Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (732) 255-0500

Thursday — May 28, 2015 — 6:00PM-8:00PM

Gallery Exhibit - Paintings of John "Bucky" Pizzarelli and Evelyn Graves

WBGO Gallery, Newark NJ

The art of EVELYN GRAVES and JOHN "BUCKY" PIZZARELLI on display at the WBGO Gallery April 6 - June 30, 2015.

Join them for a free gallery reception, including a performance by Bucky with Ed Laub, on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 6PM - 8PM at the WBGO Art Gallery, 54 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102.

The works of two New Jersey born artists are currently on display in the WBGO Gallery, Evelyn Graves, and an artist who is better known to the WBGO audience for his guitar playing, John “Bucky” Pizzarelli.

Evelyn Graves’ compositions reflect the energy, emotion and rhythm of jazz itself. They are done in a collage format with elements that unify the emotions emulated in vibrant and reflective musical sensations.

John "Bucky" Pizzarelli has lived in New Jersey his entire life and currently resides in Saddle River. His paintings on display in the WBGO Gallery represent the experiences and surroundings that this iconic jazz guitarist has found to be amongst the most memorable in his life: his birthplace in Paterson, his home, alongside the tranquil Saddle River, and the places he has travelled during his lifetime performing around the world.

Monday — June 1, 2015 — 8:00PM-9:30PM

Jazz at Bickford Theater: Neville Dickie, Joe & Paul Midiri

Bickford Theater, Morristown

Some trios are more than just three players – they are three stars.  But these three deserve five stars!  London stride pianist Neville Dickie returns, along with Joe Midiri on clarinet and saxophones, with Paul Midiri playing mostly drums.  This threesome swings from the first note to the last, and ought to be experienced if you haven’t caught them already.  Veteran fans will be back for more.  Their preceding OCC appearance should warm them up for some spontaneous pyrotechnics. 

Call the box office for tickets: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.

Wednesday — June 10, 2015 — 8:00PM-9:30PM

MidWeek Jazz in Ocean County: Baby Soda

Ocean County College, Toms River

Baby Soda has thrilled this audience before, bringing its version of “street jazz” to the concert hall.  Peter Ford leads this diverse group of young and energetic NYC players while playing his unique box bass.  For this outing, he’s surrounded by Simon Wettenhall (trumpet/flugelhorn), Joe McDonough (trombone), Dan Block (reeds) and Jared Engel (banjo and guitar).  They offer old favorites plus obscure but deserving tunes they have uncovered, all done in a fresh and original style.  Come and see why they’ve been invited back.

Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (732) 255-0500.

2 days: Friday & Saturday, June 12-13, 2015

Three Sails Jazz Festival

Ocean County College, Parking Lot #2, Toms River

Bring your own lawn chairs (but not your picnic basket, please) and enjoy two solid days of nothing but jazz with some of the finest jazz musicians.  The Jazz Festival will be held in Lot #2 outside of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts.  Master classes for the professional/non-professional musician also available.

Friday's Line-up:  **Gates at 1:00pm**

3:00 - 4:00 United States Navy Band Commodores

4:15 - 5:15 DYAD - Jazz duo honored as one of the top 50 jazz recording artists

5:30 - 6:30 OCC Jazz Band

7:00 - 8:00 Bernard Purdie featuring Frankie Cicala - Legendary American drummer who has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan and others

8:30 - 9:45 Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis - Famous father and son duo known for traditional New Orleans Jazz

Saturday's Line-up:   **Gates at 11:00am**

1:00 - 1:45 Blue Plate Special - Local folk band with following in Northern New Jersey

2:00 - 3:00 Tuffus Zimbabwe - Keyboardist for Saturday Night Live House Band

3:30 - 4:30 Don Braden - New Jersey based saxophonist and staff leader of the Jazz program at Harvard University

5:00 - 6:00 T. S. Monk - Chairman of the Thelonius Monk Institute

6:30 - 7:30 Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers - San Francisco based jazz band

8:30 - 9:30 Paquito D'Rivera - Cuban born Latin Jazz legend and winner of 14 Grammy Awards.  Special guest appearance by Bernie Williams

 artist line-up subject to change

2-Day Adult Pass: $90,  1-Day Adult Pass: $60, 2-day VIP Package: $250

2-Day Student Pass: $35, 1-Day Student Pass: $18 (Must present valid student ID at Box Office)

2-Day Young Adult Pass: $20, 1-Day Young Adult Pass: $12 (ages 13-17, under 12 free with a paying adult)

VIP Package includes: 2-day pass to the event, a poster, event t-shirt, all access pass ot the VIP tent, meal, signed CD from one of the artists, your picture with one of the artists, and your name in the event program

Please inquire for Group Pricing

Food and drink outlets and craft vendors will be on site, please no outside food or drink.

For tickets: call the box office at (732) 255-0500 or click here

Sunday — June 14, 2015 — 3:00PM

Michael Hashim's Billy Strayhorn Orchestra

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Celebrating Billy Strayhorn's Centennial in a special NJJS Spring Concert, saxophonist Michael Hashim, together with his 15-piece big band, will present a broad spectrum of genius composer Billy Strayhorn's  music, from his better known Duke Ellington material to rarely-heard works never recorded by the big band.

Mayo PAC, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ

Tickets $20-$25 - call the box office at 973-539-8008 or order online

Monday — June 22, 2015 — 8:00PM-9:30PM

Jazz at Bickford Theater: Robbie Scott's New Deal Big Band

Bickford Theater, Morristown

Robbie Scott has been the drummer of choice for the GroundHog Day Jam for a decade.  For this date he will be fielding his own New Deal Big Band, playing Swing Era favorites and some interesting obscurities he’s unearthed.  His band has some familiar faces, drawn from other groups with whom he is featured.

Call the box office for tickets: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.

Monday — June 29, 2015 — 8:00PM-9:30PM

Jazz at Bickford Theater: Stéphane Séva with Swing Ondulé

Bickford Theater, Morristown

Stéphane Séva is remembered by local fans as the star percussion player with Paris Washboard.  He’s in town and the Bickford grabbed him!  He’ll bring his Swing Ondulé (swing wave?) filled out with top NYC musicians for this rare East Coast appearance: Mike Davis (trumpet), Dan Levinson (reeds), Jesse Gelber (piano), Mike Weatherly (bass).

Call the box office for tickets: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.

Tuesday — June 30, 2015 — 8:00PM-9:30PM

MidWeek Jazz in Ocean County: David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

Ocean County College, Toms River

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band is back on an unusual Tuesdayso they can honor their Wednesday obligation at Birdland in NYC.  It is a popular group, drawn from an extensive stable of top musicians.  We should have the band roster soon, and it is certain to be tempting indeed.

Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (732) 255-0500.

Saturday — August 15, 2015 — Noon-10:00PM

Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival

The Green in Morristown, NJ

The free, family-friendly Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival has become one of the most popular events in the region for so many reasons. Of course, Morristown has a wonderful town center with a beautiful Green, but is also offers plenty to do when the music stops. But the music is the main attraction and the talent has been topnotch.

Artists performing: Swingadelic, Bucky Pizzarelli's Guitar Summit, Bria Skonberg, Roomful of Blues and Charlie Musselwhite Band.

Swingadelic is a ten-piece “little big band” that performs regularly up and down the East Coast. Popular at summer jazz festivals, the group was in residence at Maxwell’s in Hoboken for six years and has recorded six CDs. The band currently is in residence at Swing 46, located in the New York City Theatre District.

With guest guitarists Frank Vignola, Vinnie Raniola and Ed Laub, Guitar Summit has become a tradition for the festival and for good reason. Legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli surrounds himself with extraordinarily talented players and do they swing! At almost ninety, Bucky is playing better than ever and who knows who will show up to jam with him.

Trumpeter/vocalist/composer Bria Skonberg is a star on the rise in the jazz world. Since moving from British Columbia to New York City in 2010, she has attracted attention from DownBeat Magazine, theWall Street Journal and the Jazz Journalists’ Association who nominated her “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year” in 2013. Her current ensemble will be coming to Morristown from their appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

For more than 45 years, Roomful of Blues has celebrated jump blues and R&B with their horn-powered ensemble. Led by acclaimed blues guitarist Chris Vachon, the group has received five Grammy nominations, seven Blues Music Awards and was twice selected by the DownBeat Critics Pollas the Best Blues Band. Their infectious swing will have everyone partying.

Harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. This Blues Hall of Famer has collaborated with an extraordinary list of music legends over his 50 year career, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Joe Williams and B. B. King to name a few. He has won countless awards, appeared on scores of albums and was the inspiration for Dan Akroyd’s character in the Blues Brothers!

Sunday — September 27, 2015 — 3:00PM-5:30PM

Monthly Jazz Social at Shanghai Jazz: Harvie S and Sheryl Bailey

Shanghai Jazz, Madison

The acoustic duo of bassist Harvie S and guitarist Sheryl Bailey will be performing music from their brand new Whaling City Sound CD, "Plucky Strum," at the New Jersey Jazz Society's members' social Sunday afternoon, September 27 at Shanghai Jazz in Madison.

The album takes its title from the manner in which the duo play their instruments: "Plucky" for the acoustic bass and "Strum" for the guitar. Both Harvie and Bailey are experienced duo players, he having spent more than a decade with vocalist Sheila Jordan, pianist Kenny Barron and guitarists Jim Hall and Gene Bertoncini and she with the likes of guitarists Jack Wilkins, Howard Alden and Paul Bollenback.

The music they recorded pays tribute to friends both personal and professional, including Harvie's "Charlie Haden" for the late National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master bassist and Bailey's "Saint Nick," for modern swing stalwart, bassist Nicki Parrott.