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Saturday September 17

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The 12th Annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival returns to the Morristown Green in September with outstanding jazz talent. Don't miss this great and FREE annual event! Here is this year's lineup:

  • James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band featuring Dan Levinson 12-2pm 
  • Frank Vignola’s Guitar Night at Birdland Band   2–4pm
  • Bria Skonberg Quintet  4–6pm
  • Veronica Lewis  6–8pm
  • The Walter Trout Band  8–10 pm

Once again, thanks to Mayor Tim Dougherty and the Town of Morristown, music fans of all ages will enjoy great music starting at noon. Ample parking is available in the many public lots and the train station is just a couple of blocks away.

For the second year, the event pays tribute to Linda Smith and Mike Fabrizio the festival's founders who sadly passed away in 2021.

Photo Exhibit: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill

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A collection of photographs by Jerry Dantzic are on exhibit at the Newark Art Museum through August 21, 2022

Jerry Dantzic (1925-2006) was a photojournalist from the early 1950s whose images are featured in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA, among others.

A pioneer in color panoramic photography, Dantzic won two Guggenheim Fellowships and had many solo and group exhibitions—including a featured show at MoMA. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Life, LOOK, the Saturday Evening Post, Vanity Fair, and others. As an adjunct professor of photography for many years at Long Island University and at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he lectured on art at many other institutions. 

Also through August 21st: Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection highlights more photographs of jazz musicians captured by photographers who are as dynamic as their subjects. The collection of images portrays jazz music and its practitioners as honest, sensual, and improvisational; a genre historically at the forefront of African American music.

Vocal Competition

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Hear the next generation of powerhouse jazz vocalists at “The SASSY Awards,” honoring the legacy of Sarah Vaughan at the 11th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Better yet, get enter the contest!

The competition recalls the humble beginnings of legendary jazz singer/NEA Jazz Master Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) who, back in 1942, was a Newark teenager and winner of an amateur singing contest at the Apollo Theater.

Solo vocalists from around the world are encouraged to submit their entries before September 6, 2022, by visiting

In the Fall 2022, the top five finalists will be announced followed by a star-studded final performance on the iconic NJPAC stage.
The first-prize winner of The SASSY Awards will receive a $5,000 cash award, second-place $1,500, and third-place $500. 
Jazz at Newark Museum of Art

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  • For the second consecutive summer, The Newark Museum of Art partners with New Jersey Symphony to bring you a vibrant outdoor series of concerts in the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden. NMOA music programs span across jazz, gospel, blues, and Broadway tunes (for adults and kids) and are curated by Visiting Curator of Performing Arts, Daryl Stewart, and WBGO host, Sheila Anderson.

  • 8/3: Summer, Time and Jazz
  • 8/6: Simply Simone – The Music of Nina Simone
  • 8/11: A Night of Jazz and Soul with Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet

    Ticket sales will not be available on-site and must be from the Museum or Symphony website.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, courtesy of local vendors.
  • Also at the museum through August 21:

  • Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic
  • Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection

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    The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival celebrates it’s 13th season on August 18-21 featuring Hudson Valley NY's resident jazz musicians. The event has been graced by jazz greats, Arturo O’Farrill, Bill Evans, Dave Liebman, Wallace Roney, The Vanguard Orchestra and many other top-flight artis.

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