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

Monday — April 27, 2015 — 8:00PM-9:30PM

Jazz at Bickford Theater: Adrian Cunningham

Bickford Theater, Morristown

Well-loved at the Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp this year, Adrian Cunningham, a New York based musician originally hailing from Australia, is one of his home country’s best jazz exports. With fluent command of the saxophones, clarinet, and flute, he is one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in jazz today. He has performed at some of the finest clubs in NYC, with such luminaries as Lew Soloff, Wycliffe Gordon, George Coleman Jr, Bucky Pizzarelli, and more.

Cunningham will be joined by Daniel Foose (bass), Ehud Asherie (piano) and in the rhythm section, Rob Garcia (drums). It promises to be a great evening!

“Possibly the only young saxophonist with a sound reminiscent of Eddie Miller.” -The Wall St Journal

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door.  Box office: (973) 971-3706.

The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz at the Bickford Theater.

Sunday — May 3, 2015 — 12NOON-2:00AM

NYC Hot Jazz Festival

The Player's Club, Gramercy Park, New York City

Each year, this festival features more musicians than years before - and truly emphasizes "festive" in festival. Although the event is held in New York City (this year, at the historic elegant Players' Club in Gramercy Park), many of the musicians are well known to New Jersey jazz fans.
This year's lineup includes:

Andy Farber's After Midnight Orchestra, Bill Charlap, Bria Skonberg & Her Jazz Compatriots, Chris Pattishall, Conal Fowkes, Dan Levinson's Bix Millenium All-Stars, Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, Evan Christopher's Clarinet Road, Glenn Crytzer's Savoy Seven, Gordon Au’s Grand Street Stompers, Hilary Gardner, Hot Sardines, Jon Weber, Jon-Erik Kellso and The EarRegulars, Margi Gianquinto, Michael Mwenso, Michela Marino Lerman, Mona's Hot Four, Nicki Parrott Trio, Pete Sokolow, Stephane Wrembel Band, Rebecca Kilgore, Rhythm Future Quartet, Riley Mulherkar's and Alphonso Horne's Gotham Kings, Terry Waldo's Gotham City Band, Warren Vaché, Wycliffe Gordon & Friends
Festival Jam Session Band with David Ostwald and Gordon Au

There are two sessions: 12:00noon to 5:45pm, and 6:30pm to 2:00am

Click here for a schedule of events
Tickets are selling quickly - don't miss this event!


Monday — May 4, 2015 — 8:00PM-9:30PM

Jazz at Bickford Theater: Herb Gardner's Groundhog Day Jam

Bickford Theater, Morristown

It snowed on February 2, so we’ve rebooked the popular  GroundHog Day Jam for this May date.  This is the 14th year that this formula has been used, and the band roster tells you why it has been a perennial success – even outgrowing its original home!  Herb Gardner organizes things, leads from either piano or trombone, and invites back both Sarah Gardner and Abbie Gardner to sing.  The other magnets in the band are Randy Reinhart (cornet), Joe Licari (clarinet), James Chirillo (guitar), Mike Weatherly (bass) and Robbie Scott (drums).  Some fans take pride in having watched this delightful feature evolve since the very first year.

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

The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz at the Bickford Theater.

Saturday — May 16, 2015 — 3:00PM-5:30PM

Monthly Jazz Social at Shanghai Jazz

Shangai Jazz, Madison

Artist TBA

Free admission for NJJS members, $10 admission all others (applicable to membership) and there’s a $10 food/drink minimum for all. Get up close and personal and there’s often Q&A time. 

Monday — May 18, 2015 — 8:00PM-9:30PM

Jazz at Bickford Theater: Marty Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band

Bickford Theater, Morristown

Marty Eigen shepherds his Beacon Hill Jazz Band back for a return engagement.  The tenorman invites top players to join him, covering a vast swath of the jazz genre with their extensive repertoire.  This visit’s “Rio Plays Rio” theme has Rio Clemente at the piano playing some of his originals, with vocalist Carrie Jackson singing, Gene Perla on bass and Gordon Lane on drums.  Both Rio and Carrie have had their own dates here as leaders, so you have several incentives to attend.

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

The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz at the Bickford Theater.

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

The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz for Shore

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