After six years 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 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. Next summer’s festival will be on Saturday, August 20, so make your plans now!
This past summer’s line-up gives you an idea of what a great event the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival is. The day was in memory of a great friend of the festival who passed away in early 2016, bassist Rusty Paul. (2016 Festival Photos by Bob Karp)
One of the best swing bands in the country, the George Gee Swing Orchestra had everyone dancing with its upbeat, infectious groove. George and his talented musicians paid tribute to the great tunes of the Swing Era.
A festival favorite, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli was joined by his long-time partner Ed Laub, plus Aaron Weinstein on violin and son Martin Pizzarelli on bass. The quartet celebrated Bucky’s 90th birthday with great musicianship, wonderful vocals and lots of laughter. (Photo credit: Kevin Coughlin)
The only son of the incomparable Louis Prima, Louis Prima Junior has become a popular singer, songwriter and entertainer, and a regular in Las Vegas. Now, more than 30 years after the death of his famous father, Louis Junior has revitalized that legacy with a band that captures the energy, excitement and fun of his dad’s band. From “Jump, Jive, ‘An Wail” to “Just a Gigolo” the Witnesses had the Green rocking.
Blues guitarist Quinn Sullivan returned to Morristown with his fiery guitar work and a top-notch band. He may be only 16, but he has already developed a reputation as an accomplished performer thanks to his mentor Buddy Guy. Quinn has become a festival favorite.
Pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph lived in Morristown for a few years so he has a special relationship which was evident in his searing set that had the huge crowd on its feet dancing for two hours. He was joined by special guests Quinn Sullivan and guitarist Steve Lucas who paid tribute to his friend Rusty Paul.