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A Midsummer Night’s Jazz Party Comes
to the Bickford Theatre

originally published: 07/19/2018

A Midsummer Night’s Jazz Party Comes to the Bickford Theatre(MORRISTOWN, NJ)-- Dan Levinson’s Midsummer Night’s Jazz Party returns to the Bickford Theatre as part of Summer JazzFest for one night only on Thursday, August 2 at 7:30pm.  For his annual appearance at the popular festival, Levinson dispenses with music scores and stands for a jam session in the tradition of the legendary jazz clubs of the forties and fifties such as Eddie Condon’s and Nick’s.  Joining the popular clarinetist will be Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet, Harvey Tibbs on trombone, Mark Shane on piano, Rob Adkins on bass, and Paul Wells on drums. And as customary, the concert will be preceded by a food truck picnic. 

Dan Levinson has become one of the most prolific musicians in jazz today, performing or recording with a who’s who of top artists including Dick Hyman, Mel Torme, Wynton Marsalis, Bria Skonberg, and Randy Reinhart. Last fall, Dan was honored with the Hot House Jazz Magazine Fans Decision Award as Best Clarinet and he has appeared on more than 140 CDs, including nine as a leader. Although based in New York, he performs around the world and has become one of the most popular artists at the Bickford Theatre with his performances regularly selling out.

Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso has been a first call musician since moving to New York from his hometown of Detroit in 1989 to join Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he continues to perform. He has also performed and recorded with an impressive roster of top musicians including Ralph Sutton, Ken Peplowski, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Marty Grosz, Milt Hinton, Dick Hyman, Linda Ronstadt, Madeleine Peyroux, Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern. 

Trombonist Harvey Tibbs had a more than 20-year career at West Point as a member of the famed Jazz Knights. Since leaving West Point, Harvey has enjoyed a successful freelance career appearing with such prominent artists/bands as Tony Bennett, Louis Bellson, the Buck Clayton Orchestra and the Hudson Valley Swing Band. His Broadway show credits include “42nd Street” and “Chicago.” 

Jazz  Lives called Mark Shane “one of the finest jazz pianists alive,” a compliment echoed by fellow musicians and fans alike. His piano style is rooted in the tradition established by jazz masters such as James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Earl Hines, and Art Tatum. While developing his solo style, Mark served an extended tenure at the house pianist at the iconic Eddie Condon’s in New York City, adding a distinctive new piano voice to the Condon tradition of hot ensemble playing. He has worked with luminaries such as Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Buddy Tate, Bucky Pizzarelli, and many alumni from the great bands of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller. 



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He may have just turned 35, but it seems like bassist Rob Adkins has been on the New York City jazz scene for many years, having turned up with many different groups from Emily Asher’s Garden Party to Mona’s Hot Four. 

And the same can be said for drummer Paul Wells who is a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks but has performed with an impressive list of musicians including Deborah Harry, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Randy Brecker, Mark Murphy, Ann Hampton Callaway, Norman Simmons and Houston Person. 

“For most of my performances at the Bickford we’ve used written music and music stands,” said Dan Levinson.  “But jazz is improvisatory by nature – an expression of the artist’s individual style – and the pioneers of jazz weren’t reading from printed scores. So for my August 2nd concert, we’re dispensing with the written music. I’ve assembled some of my favorite musicians and I’m going to turn them loose for an all-out, freewheeling jam session in the tradition of the legendary Greenwich Village jazz clubs of the ‘40s and ‘50s such as Nick’s, Eddie Condon’s , the Stuyvesant Casino, and Central Plaza. The Bickford audience is in for a real treat!”

Preceding the concert will be the popular Food Truck Picnic. On August 2, the trucks will include Empanada Lady, a Verona-based truck with a five-star reputation, the Morristown Green’s always popular Colonial Grill, and the return of Mike’s Ice Cream, a Good Humor truck with a sparking personality. The trucks start selling at 5:30. 

Tickets for Dan Levinson’s Midsummer Night’s Jazz Party are $18 for museum members and $20 for everyone else. Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


PHOTO by Tom Salvas



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(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Vanessa Williams, one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today, performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 14 at 8:00pm.  Tickets for MPAC's Opening Night celebration are $49-$99. 
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As we make our way inside the Grunin Center of the Arts located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ, this Saturday, July 28, 2018, we see music lovers of all ages. Some of them are wearing street clothes but some are decked out in outfits from the 1970s and ’80s for tonight’s concert by the ’70s and ’80s tribute band, The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine.
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Event calendar
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018


MUSIC

90s By Nature Dance Party @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 10:00pm

BALLYHOO! @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists @ Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park - 9:00pm

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 5:00pm

ZEBRA @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 9:00pm

Blake Shelton @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

Legendary Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick @ The Vault at Victor Records , Berlin - 8:00pm


HAIR in Concert @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 10:00pm

AMERICAN IDOL: LIVE! 2018 @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

Billy Walton Band with Joe D'Angelo @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

REMEMBERING THE KING @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

Funky Feat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Fuel (20th Anniversary Tour) w/ Ropetree, New Theory @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 6:00pm

Ronnie Penque’s Panama Dead @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Saturday Night Fever @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

The Lion In Winter @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 8:00pm

Fern Hill @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Bob Goss and his Silver Sizzles @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Shakespeare in the Park' Twelfth Night & Macbeth @ Various Bergen County Parks, Teaneck - 7:00pm



COMEDY

HASAN MINHAJ: BEFORE THE STORM @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:00pm and 9:30pm

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