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!
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.