The 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.
Photos courtesy of MorristownGreen.com;
photographers Kevin Coughlin, Jeff Sovelove and Adam Casadevall.
Grover Kemble has entertained New Jersey audiences for years with his unique musical style and renowned wit.
The wonderful jazz pianist Jerry Vezza closed the book on the initial Festival in 2011 with a set that had the crowd buzzing.
Linda Smith and Don Jay Smith have produced the Festival since its inception in 2011.
The weather gods have been kind to the Festival which has added to the crowd’s enjoyment of a wonderful day.
Trombonist Emily Asher appeared with Baby Soda, a band of young musicians playing hot jazz from the Twenties.
The Winard Harper Sextet featured African percussionist Alioune Fey.
Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford headlined the 2012 Festival.
Les Paul’s longtime guitar partner Lou Pallo made a surprise appearance with the Rusty Paul Band.
Rusty Paul, the son of the legendary Les Paul, proved that he learned well from his father.
Jazz vocalist Laura Hull opened the 2012 Festival with her all woman band, the Jazz Chicks.
Mayor Tim Dougherty and his wife Mary enjoy the fruits of their labors. The Festival was the Mayor’s initiative.
Bassist Nicki Parrott worked for many years with the great Les Paul.
Newark’s own Carrie Jackson wowed the crowd with her performance with the Jazz Lobsters Big Band.
Audrey Webber tears it up with the Jazz Lobsters Big Band.
NJJS President Mike Katz welcomes the crowd to the Festival.
Bucky Pizzarelli’s Guitar Summit was so popular with the 2013 crowd that they will return for 2014.
Popular afternoon CBS Newsradio880 radio personality Wayne Cabot introduces guitarist Quinn Sullivan.
Festival produced by
Linda Kiger Smith and Don Jay Smith
of LKS Associates Inc.