Third Annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival Set for 8/17
The third annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival returns on Saturday, August 17th with ten hours of free music on the beautiful Green in downtown Morristown, New Jersey. The music runs from noon until 10:00 p.m. and features legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with guitar partners Frank Vignola and Ed Laub, young blues sensation Quinn Sullivan, the Jazz Lobsters Big Band, Rob Paparozzi and the Hudson River Rats and guitar master Johnny A.
The music kicks off at noon with a performance by the Jazz Lobsters Big Band. This popular hard-swinging ensemble plays music that ranges from the Swing Era to contemporary Latin salsa. The 18-piece band has been a Jersey Shore fixture for more than 30 years under the leadership of arranger and keyboardist James Lafferty.
The Lobsters will be followed at 2:00 by the Guitar Summit which brings together jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli with two of his favorite guitarists, Ed Laub and Frank Vignola. An original member of the Tonight Show Band, Bucky has played with a long list of greats from Benny Goodman to Paul McCartney and is a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
At 4:00, Rob Paparozzi and the Hudson River Rats take the stage. Singer and harmonica player Paparozzi has worked with a remarkably diverse list of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, B.B. King, Dr. John and Cyndi Lauper. He spent seven years as front man for Blood Sweat and Tears and toured with the "Original Blues Brothers Band" before launching his own group in 2011. Rob is considered by many to be one of the premier blues harmonica players in the country.