GO WEST (into NEW JERSEY) FOR JAZZ!

New Jersey

Even with my much-used GPS glued to the windshield, I get lost easily while driving; certain neurons must not be speaking kindly to one another.  So for several years, the thought of “driving to Brooklyn” was stressful.  But I have gotten more brave.  Now. . . to the next summit . . . conquering New Jersey!

But what is life without live jazz?

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to hear Mark Shane — Prince of Pianists — sit down at a baby grand piano and saunter through four choruses of IF I COULD BE WITH YOU.  I am going to see Mark and Catherine Russell (and Matt Munisteri, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dan Block, and some rhythmic gents) on Monday, April 15 at Symphony Space . . . but that concert, one I am looking forward to with eagerness, seemed a long way off.  Here are the details.

I had to do something!

Full of jazz-flavored courage, I made the necessary arrangements, checked in with my cardiologist, informed the authorities.  I will be driving from Long Island to the Bickford Theatre in Morristown, New Jersey, this coming Monday, April 8, to see and hear cornetist / trombonist Randy Reinhart lead a small band (small in numbers only): Mark, piano; James Chirillo, guitar; Brian Nalepka (back in the saddle again!) on string bass; Kevin Dorn, drums.

Here’s the needed information:

The Bickford Theatre/Morris Museum: On Columbia Turnpike/Road (County Road 510) at the corner of Normandy Heights Road, east of downtown Morristown. Near Interstate 287 and the Route 24 expressway. This is a 300-seat hall with generous parking on site. Wheelchair access. Weeknight concerts are one long set (8 to 9:30 PM). Tickets are generally $15 in advance, but $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased via credit card over the phone by calling the box office at (973) 971-3706. The box office can also provide information, directions or a simple “jazz map.”

To keep up with future events, email Jazzevents@aol.com and let them know you’d like to be in the loop — for concerts featuring the Midiri Brothers, Danny Tobias, Bria Skonberg, Dennis Lichtman, Dan Levinson, Molly Ryan, Neville Dickie, Emily Asher, Bucky PIzzarelli, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo, Jon-Erik Kellso, Ehud Asherie, Peter and Will Anderson, Gordon Webster, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and more.

May your happiness increase.

3 responses to “GO WEST (into NEW JERSEY) FOR JAZZ!

  1. You have the best sense of humor!! “Jazz-flavored courage” and informing your cardiologist cracked me up… but I have a bad feeling that the “getting easily lost” may be genetic, as I suffer from that (on both literal and figurative levels?). Get there safely (and without too many detours)! ❤

  2. Good morning to you! Right now I will move away from the computer and follow the colored string into the kitchen. (The nice thing about the GPS is that one is never really lost — one just has to recalculate. Would that all situations were that easily resolved.)

  3. Hey Michael, still trying to get you out on a Friday night to The Hastings Station Cafe, hosted by the Jay Azzolina trio. Ron Vincent, drums, Mike McGuirk on bass. The players that have sat in are top drawer, Tim Armacost, John Patitucci, Adam Nussbaum, Dean Johnson, Bonny LaVell, Ron Odrich, just to name a few. Forgive me the names I have left out! The list goes on. $5.00 cover a nice Taps menu, and beer and wine. The River town is hopping! Hope you can come up some night.

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