New Jersey Jazz Society
The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz for Shore and Jazz at the Bickford Theatre. 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 — February 17, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


MidWeek Jazz in Ocean County: Aaron Weinstein

Ocean County College, Toms River

Violinist Aaron Weinstein has been to MidWeek Jazz several times before, always providing a diverse program while injecting just a bit of his impish humor to bring a smile to your face.  A little-known fact is that he also is proficient on the mandolin and may even surprise us with his proficiency on that instrument as well. But the thrust on this visit will be the history of jazz violin, playing the music of the great pioneers, along with short video clips.  Ed Laub will be along to help him, on guitar of course.

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


Sunday — February 28, 2016 — 3:00PM-5:30PM


Monthly Jazz Social at Shanghai Jazz: Elise Wood with Roni Ben-Hur

Shanghai Jazz, Madison NJ

Elise Wood on flute, with Roni Ben-Hur on guitar - this will be a fun concert.


Monday — February 29, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


Jazz at Bickford Theatre: Grover Kemble

Bickford Theatre, Morristown

Guitarist Grover Kemble has played Shanghai Jazz and had overflow crowds at the nearby Minstrel performances, so the Bickford is giving his acclaimed Jimmy Durante program a first try.  Although not a pianist, he sings like The Schnoz, an important figure in jazz during the 1930s, and has thrilled local audiences with his tribute program.

Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.


Sunday — March 6, 2016 — Noon - 5:00PM


47th Annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp

Birchwood Manor, Whippany, NJ

Bring your dancing shoes! Doors open at 11:00AM, and there will be merchandise (including artists' CDs) available for purchase.

Featuring:
Noon-1pm: 
Jon-Erik Kellso and The Ear Regulars Plus - with Jon-Erik Kellso (cornet/trumpet), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Harvey Tibbs (trombone), Evan Arntzen (reeds), Pat O’Leary (bass) and Marion Felder (drums)

1:20pm-2:20pm: 
Brain Cloud - with Dennis Lichtman (clarinet, mandolin, violin), Skip Krevens (guitar), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), J. Walter Hawkes (trombone), Andrew Hall (bass), Arthur Vint (drums) and Tamar Korn (vocals)

2:20pm-2:45pm:
Intermission - presentation of 2016 Musician of the Year and Jazz Advocate awards; 50/50 raffle

2:45pm-3:45pm:
Warren Vaché Quintet - with Warren Vaché (cornet), Houston Person (tenor sax), Tardo Hammer (piano), Earl Sauls (bass) and Eliot Zigmund (drums)

4:00pm-5:00pm:
Michael Hashim and The Widespread Depression Jazz Orchestra - with Michael Hashim (alto sax), Tad Shull (tenor sax), Claire Daly (baritone sax), Jordan Sandke (trumpet), Charlie Caranicas (trumpet), David Gibson (trombone), Steve Einerson (piano), George Delancey (bass), and Steve Little (drums)

Cash bar, and hot and cold buffet (always delicious!) for purchase. (Please do not bring food or drink from outside the venue).

Tickets on sale now!
Advance sale: Members $30, Non-Members $35
At the door: Members $40; Non-Members $45
Students $10
One free entrance for each group table purchase.


Monday — March 7, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


Jazz at Bickford Theatre: Annual Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash

Bickford Theatre, Morristown

Save this date for the annual Big Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash at the Bickford!  Dan Levinson is, as usual, recruiting a roster of top players for this one, and he has both Mike Davis and Andy Schumm (coming from Chicago) playing cornets. Mike doubles on trombone at times, and Andy will also bring his bass sax, for a true Adrian Rollini sound.  Dan will play both clarinet and period-correct C-melody saxon which he will join the cornets for three part harmonies.  They are backed by Dalton Ridenhour (piano), Rob Adkins (bass) and Steve “Spoons” Torrico (drums, also in from Chicago).  Hot jazz players at every position.  Tickets will go quickly once the word on this gets out.
Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.   

If you are also planning to see the Bix Beiderbeck program at OCC on Wednesday, Dan promises it to be completely different!


Wednesday — March 9, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


MidWeek Jazz in Ocean County: Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash

Ocean County College, Toms River

Dan Levinson is, as usual, recruiting a roster of top players for this one, and he has both Mike Davis and Andy Schumm (coming from Chicago) playing cornets. Mike doubles on trombone at times, and Andy will also bring his bass sax, for a true Adrian Rollini sound.  Dan will play both clarinet and period-correct C-melody saxon which he will join the cornets for three part harmonies.  They are backed by Dalton Ridenhour (piano), Rob Adkins (bass) and Steve “Spoons” Torrico (drums, also in from Chicago).  Hot jazz players at every position.
Dan is taking great pains to make this concert different enough for those fans who take in both this show and the one at the Bickford (March 8th).  Although Bix's recording career ended after little more than six years, he has inspired so many musicians who have followed him, and there are annual full-weekend festivals dedicated to his legacy.

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


Sunday — March 20, 2016 — 3:00PM-5:30PM


Monthly Jazz Social at Shanghai Jazz: Hod O'Brien

Shanghai Jazz, Madison NJ

Hod O'Brien on piano - this should be a fun concert!


Monday — March 21, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


Jazz at Bickford Theatre: Midiri Brothers Sextet

Bickford Theatre, Morristown

You’ve been asking for the Midiri Brothers to bring their own sextet back, and management has heard you.  Joe Midiri will play mostly clarinet, but will likely have some saxes along, while brother Paul Midiri plays the vibes with great skill and enthusiasm.  They are surrounded by their stable of great players: Danny Tobias (trumpet), Pat Mercuri (guitar), Jack Hegyi (bass) and Jimmy Lawlor (drums).  Tell your friends: the Midiris are coming!

Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.

 


Monday — April 11, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


Jazz at Bickford Theatre: Marlene verPlanck

Bickford Theatre, Morristown

Vocalist Marlene verPlanck is back, this time with more than just piano accompaniment.  Tedd Firth will be on the piano bench, plus Boots Maleson on string bass and Warren Vaché on cornet.  Her programs are always polished and well researched, and she has a strong following… as do the guys!

Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.

 

Wednesday — April 13, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


MidWeek Jazz in Ocean County: Glenn Crytzer's Savoy Seven

Ocean County College, Toms River

Join the Savoy Seven as they perform a program of all new songs in the vintage-jazz style, including tunes by bandleader Glenn Crytzer as well as songs composed Bria Skonberg, Gordon Au, Jason Prover, Dennis Lichtman, Solomon Douglas and many other songwriters who are a part of the national and international traditional-jazz scene. Glenn (guitar) is joined by Mike Davis (trumpet), Dan Levinson (reeds), Jesse Gelber (piano), Ian Hutchison (bass) and Kevin Dorn (drums).

NYC jazz fans, especially the younger ones, are celebrating the arrival of Glenn Crytzer in The Big Apple and he has become a staple in the New York Vintage Jazz scene. Known mainly as a guitarist and vocalist, he also plays banjo and organizes some top notch high energy programs. Glenn can regularly be seen in Manhattan on Sunday nights at Pegu Club in SoHo with his "Pegu Club All Stars" and on Monday Nights at the Fillmore Room in Chelsea with the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, his 13 piece, swing-era big band.

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


Sunday — April 17, 2016 — 3:00PM-5:30PM


Monthly Jazz Social at Shanghai Jazz: Richard Wyands, Bob Ackerman, Calvin Hill, and Pam Purvis

Shanghai Jazz, Madison NJ

Richard Wyands on piano, Bob Ackerman on sax, Calvin Hill on bass and Pam Purvis on vocals - this should be a wonderful concert!


Monday — April 25, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


Jazz at Bickford Theatre: Three Divas: Carrie Jackson, Nancy Nelson and Sandy Sasso

Bickford Theatre, Morristown

Celebrate the close of the income tax season (or anything else that is worthy of joy) with the return of the Three Divas.  Hear Carrie JacksonNancy Nelson and Sandy Sasso as they revisit the Bickford with a new program of entertaining vocals, backed by some fine musicians.

Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.

 

Monday — May 23, 2016 — 8PM-9:30PM


Jazz at Bickford Theatre: Glenn Crytzer's Savoy Seven

Bickford Theatre, Morristown

Join Glenn Crytzer's Savoy Seven, comprising Mike Davis (trumpet), Dan Levinson and Dennis Lichtman (reeds), Glenn Crytzer (guitar), Jesse Gelber (piano), Ian Hutchison (bass) and Kevin Dorn (drums) as they pay tribute to Charlie Christian in his centennial year. Charlie Christian was the first great electric guitar soloist in jazz, performing with the Benny Goodman small combos from 1939-1941. Despite his tragic, early death in 1942, Christian profoundly influenced his contemporaries on all instruments, playing night after night at after hours jam sessions with every great name in jazz alive at the time. Every guitarist to ever pick up the instrument is indebted to Charlie Christian, not only for his bringing of the instrument to prominence as a solo voice, but as well in the vocuabulary and technique he pioneered on the instrument.

The Savoy Seven will pay tribute to Charlie, performing many of the Goodman small group numbers which made Charlie a household name amongst jazz fans, as well as original tunes composed in the Goodman small group style, and "jam style tunes" such as those Charlie might have played in after hours jam sessions.

Bandleader Glenn Crytzer has become a staple in the New York Vintage Jazz scene, performing hundreds of gigs each year both as a bandleader of his own groups and as sideman in the groups of his colleagues and mentors. He can regularly be seen in Manhattan on Sunday nights at Pegu Club in SoHo with his "Pegu Club All Stars" and on Monday Nights at the Fillmore Room in Chelsea with the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, his 13 piece, swing-era big band.

Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (973) 971-3706. Discount for advance purchases.