BOX OFFICE 973.971.3706
SHOWTIMES 90 minute sets starting at 8pm
TICKETS $15 Per person in advance (before 5PM day of concert) / $18 Per person at the door
Tickets purchased online will be available at the Will Call desk on the day of the performance.
A rare US appearance for the aficionado of Paris Washboard.
“Durante!” is a rollicking, nostalgic jaunt through the life of American singer, actor, comedian, and ever popular entertainer, Jimmy Durante. The show is packed with Durante’s hilarious gravelly speech, butchered comic language, and catchy one-liners. It includes entertaining musical selections from his unique ragtime jazz hits and some of the softer, more nostalgic ballads which endeared him to legions of fans during a career spanning well over 60 years!
Dan Levinson will be hosting a tribute to cornet legend Bix Beiderbecke. He has an all-star group lined up featuring TWO great cornet soloists in the Beiderbecke tradition, Mike Davis and Chicago’s own Andy Schumm (from the Fat Babies Jazz Band), both of whom have appeared previously with Dan at the Bickford. They will be re-creating Bix’s most memorable solos in lush, three-part harmony with Mike and Andy, plus Dan on the rarely heard, seldom seen C-melody saxophone, an instrument inexorably linked to Bix’s music. Mike will also double on trombone, Andy on bass saxophone, and Dan on clarinet to create a variety of musical textures. They’ll be accompanied by the rock-solid rhythm of Dalton Ridenhour (piano), Rob Adkins (bass) and Steve “Spoons” Torrico (drums) – who will also be blowing in from the Windy City for this spectacular event.
Bix was born on March 10, 1903 and lived only 28 years. But during his brief career, he left an indelible mark on the history of jazz, influencing and inspiring instrumentalists for decades…and into the next millennium.
Photos and artwork by Tom Salvas.