Jazz Showcase

BOX OFFICE  973.971.3706

SHOWTIMES  90 minute sets starting at 8pm

TICKETS  $15  Per person in advance / $18  Per person at the door

Tickets purchased online will be available at the Will Call desk on the day of the performance.


Warren Vache WARREN VACHE AND FRIENDS
Wednesday, September 9

Warren Vaché’s style has been influenced by a great variety of the classic players—Louis Armstrong, George “Pee Wee” Erwin (with whom Vaché studied for many years), Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, Billy Butterfield, among others—and developed his own inimitable style that defies conventional labels. Alongside him will be favorite musicians Nikki Parrott (bass) and Tardo Hammer (piano). Being the true musician that he is, when asked “How long had he been playing the cornet?” Warren simply answered, “Not long enough.” 

 
Sarah PartridgeSARAH PARTRIDGE QUARTET
Monday, September 21

Singing along to a karaoke machine on a dare is not the way most aspiring singers begin their careers. However, this is how jazz singer Sarah Partridge got her start. A Los Angeles booking agent heard her, and before she could say “help” she found herself billed as the featured vocalist in a live jazz salute. Many years later, she has played New York’s fabled Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel, The Hideaway, Delmonico’s, The Jazz Standard, and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. to name a few. Her evening will be a special toast to those singers she admires the most called “Voices in my Head” and features Tomoko Ohno (piano), Bill Moring (bass) and Tim Horner (drums). 

 
BEACON HILL ALL-STARS
Monday, October 5

The Beacon Hill All-Stars get the month going returning to our stage with Groovin’ High. Featuring some of the best musicians in the area, Marty Eigen (tenor sax, flute) and his musicians have been a perennial favorite at the Bickford Theatre, appearing to rave reviews and always with a musical surprise in store. His surprise this time is an All-Star ensemble featuring an eclectic group of fabulous musicians, the Bishop of Jazz, Rio Clemente (piano), Gene Perla (bass), Bill Ash (trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn), and Louisiana’s own Gordon Lane (drums). 

 

Rondi Charleston RONDI CHARLESTON JAZZ BAND
Monday, October 19

New York Daily News:, “This jazz master has a thick and tawny voice that has caused many to compare her to Abbey Lincoln.” Birmingham Times: “Soulful, sultry singers are not created – they are born with that innate talent. This is just what Rondi Charleston is, what she possesses and what she expresses through her music.” Born in the Windy City, she has collaborated with some of the foremost jazz luminaries of our time including Fred Hersch, Lynne Arriale and Dave Stryker. Chosen for the Women in Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, she has also played Birdland and the Blue Note. Her most recent album, Signs of Life, climbed the Jazz Week charts for ten consecutive weeks and has critics raving. Jazz Times: “Rondi is a songwriter whose poetic, narrative, and compositional skills are comparable to such modern masters as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.” Sharing the stage with Rondi are Dave Stryker (guitar), Ed Howard (bass), Brandon McCune (piano) and Tim Horner (drums). Don’t miss this only area appearance. 

 
FULL COUNT BIG BAND SALUTES SINATRA’S 100TH BIRTHDAY
Monday, November 2

 

Banu GibsonBANU GIBSON AND FRIENDS
Monday, November 9

 
BICKFORD BENEFIT BAND REUNION*
Monday, November 16

Featuring Bria Skonberg (trumpet), Jim Fryer (trombone), Dan Levinson (reeds) Joe Midiri (reeds), Rossano Sportiello (piano), Nicki Parrott (bass), Paul Midiri (drums) 

*Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door.


Carrie JacksonRio ClementeALONE TOGETHER: RIO CLEMENTE AND CARRIE JACKSON
Tuesday, December 1