Friday, February 17, 2017


Dan Levison photo by Seth CashmanAt the ‘Jass’ Band Ball: A Centennial Celebration of Recorded Jazz
featuring Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jazz Band

WHEN: Monday, February 20th at 8:00 pm.
WHERE: Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $17 in advance and $20 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Events were in turmoil in February 1917. The world was on the brink of World War I, the Russian Revolution was brewing, and the British Army was about to defeat the Ottoman forces in Baghdad. In New York City, the Victor Talking Machine Company recorded two songs by five musicians from New Orleans called the “Original Dixieland Jass Band” led by cornetist Nick LaRocca. The record that they made has been widely credited as the first commercially released jazz recording and it became a hit, taking the country by storm and captivating an entire world.

And now, 100 years later, Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band will take you back to that historic moment in time with an evening of those earliest jazz tunes that exalted a war-weary nation and propelled it into a wild, hypnotic jazz-induced frenzy. Joining the popular clarinetist will be Mike Davis on cornet, Jeff Barnhart on piano, Matt Mussleman on trombone and Kevin Dorn on Drums. (Photo by Seth Cashman)

“This concert will provide a rare opportunity to hear the tunes that laid the foundation for jazz which is one of our country’s true original art forms,” said Dan Levinson. “We will be playing many ODJB tunes including ‘Livery Stable Blues,’ ‘Clarinet Marmalade,’ ‘The Sheik of Araby,’ ‘Tiger Rag,’ and ‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me.’ The intimate Bickford Theatre is a perfect place for jazz.”

The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase Series, and other concerts. The theatre is an Equity Producing Theatre member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theaters throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance.

About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high-caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.