The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival is one of the summer’s most popular free music festivals. Thanks to Mayor Tim Dougherty and the Town of Morristown, music fans of all ages enjoy great performances on the beautiful Green located in the center of the historic town. Parking is available in the many public lots and the train station is just a couple of blocks away. Visitors come for the weekend and enjoy all that Morristown has to offer from historical sites to great shops and restaurants. Always on the third Saturday in August, next summer’s festival will be on Saturday, August 18, so make your plans now.
Grammy-winner Vince Giordano heads up one of the most popular classic jazz big bands in the world. They have appeared in films such as “The Cotton Club,” “The Aviator,” “Finding Forrester,” and on HBOs hit series “Boardwalk Empire.” For more than 40 years, Vince Giordano and his band have single handedly kept alive the Jazz Age music through concerts, recordings, television, radio and film and now they make their debut on the Festival stage.
A festival favorite, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli will be joined by his long-time partner Ed Laub and son Martin on bass along with other special friends. The quintet will perform crowd favorites, drawing from the Great American Songbook and will entertain with great musicianship, wonderful vocals and lots of laughter.
He was so popular last summer that we are bringing him back. The only son of the incomparable Louis Prima, Louis Prima Jr. is a high-energy singer, songwriter and entertainer who dazzled the Festival fans with a band that not only captures the energy, excitement and fun of his dad’s band but brings their own personal style to the stage. From “Jump, Jive, ‘An Wail” to “Just a Gigolo” the Witnesses will have everyone dancing with joy.
Six time Blues Music Award nominee Ana Popovic appears all over the world playing major blues, jazz, and rock festivals. As the only female guitarist to be part of the all-star Experience Hendrix Tour (with Buddy Guy, Zakk Wilde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others), she is gaining a well-deserved reputation as “one helluva guitar-player” as Bruce Springsteen said. She has graced the covers of many magazines from “Vintage Guitar” to “Blues Magazine” and her albums regularly reach the top five of the Billboard charts.
Born and raised in Ocean County, New Jersey, Walter Trout earned a sterling reputation backing greats such as John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield, and Joe Tex. In 1981, he joined the legendary Canned Heat where John Mayall heard him and invited him to join The Bluesbreakers, following the group’s great guitar history which included Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor. When he finally went out on his own, he became a chart-topping star in Europe. He is a 3-time winner of the “Overseas Artist of the Year” from the British Blues Awards, a winner of the prestigious Sena European Guitar Award, a 3-time Blues Music Award nominee, a top-ten guitar player in the BBC’s Guitarist Listeners’ Poll, and a winner of 2 Blues Music Awards in 2016.
The multi-talented Mark Rivera will be a special guest with the Walter Trout Band. Mark is the long-time Billy Joel band mate and Music Director for Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. He has performed with a ‘who’s who’ of music’s elite including Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon.
Festival produced by
Linda Kiger Smith and Don Jay Smith
of LKS Associates Inc.