The George Gee Swing Orchestra
WHEN: September 2, 7:30 PM. The food truck picnic, which was extremely popular for Summer Jazzfest, will begin at 5:00 for those who want to enjoy some early fall tailgating.
WHERE: Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $25 in advance and may be purchased online, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. All seats are reserved so order your tickets early.
One of the world’s most popular big bands, the George Gee Swing Orchestra will appear for the first time at the intimate theatre.
Led by the charismatic George Gee, the only Chinese-American big band leader around, the 11-piece orchestra is comprised of some of New York’s top jazz musicians including Michael Hashim, tenor sax; Julius Tolentino, alto sax; Tony Lustig, baritone sax; trumpeters Freddie Hendrix and Andy Gravish; David Gibson, trombone; Steve Einerson, piano, Brian Fishler, drums; and Clark Terry’s longtime bassist Marcus McLaurine. George Gee is pleased to introduce a young singer making a name for herself in New York City, Shenel Johns, who will pay tribute to one her idols, Ella Fitzgerald.
About the band, Gee has said, “Our enthusiasm is obvious and infections. Swing music generally is upbeat and cheerful … It was created during a challenging era expressly to uplift audiences. And it continues to uplift us today.”
The George Gee Swing Orchestra was the first big band to play on MTV and has been spotlighted on many television shows from “Entertainment Tonight” to “Live at Lincoln Center.” The band has provided specially scored music and made an “animated” guest appearance in a Fantastic Four cartoon. Not only have they toured across the entire country from Boston to Beverley Hills, they have appeared all over the world in places as diverse as Europe, Asia, and South America. A mainstay at New York City’s famed Rainbow Room, the band is now a regular headliner at Swing46 Jazz and Supper Club in midtown Manhattan.
The Jazz Showcase Season is supported in part by the New Jersey Jazz Society, Hot House Jazz Magazine, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, NJ Jazz List, and NJ Arts Daily.
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and 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.