Thursday, June 2, 2022

Live Summer Outdoor Concerts are Back @ The Morris Museum




Live Summer Outdoor Concerts are Back!

Get your tickets before they are sold-out for Jazz on the Back Deck and Lot of Strings Music Festival. The season is packed with the most exciting artists performing today! Our third year of music on the Back Deck brings past favorites and new performers—all yours to enjoy from the comfort of your own block! The stellar line-up includes the award-winning Argus Quartet, the dazzling Martin Pizzarelli, the acclaimed Tesla Quartet, Telegraph Quartet, Dan Levinson, and more.

Each 8X8 block is $50.00 and includes two patrons. Don’t forget, BYOB and BYO chairs and picnics with live music under the sunset! In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held inside the Bickford Theatre. All patrons will have to wear face masks while inside the Bickford Theatre. An indoor picnic area will be provided if the concert is moved inside.




June 2022


Argus Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Saturday, June 11, 8:00 PM

Opening the third season of Lot of Strings is the Back Deck debut of The Argus Quartet! The Argus Quartet is dedicated to celebrating the artistic landscape of our time by drawing unexpected connections across styles and centuries in order to foster community amongst performers, audiences, and composers alike.


Martin Pizzarelli and Friends

Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, June 23, 8:00 PM

Bassist Martin Pizzarelli returns to Jazz on the Back Deck after his SOLD-OUT show last year! A member of New Jersey’s first jazz family, Martin’s own impressive career as a bass player spans several decades and includes dozens of record dates and hundreds of concerts around the globe.


Tesla Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Thursday, June 30, 8:00 PM

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. A perennial favorite in Lot of Strings; Tesla will bring their signature command of the medium for the third year in a row!



July 2022


Telegraph Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Thursday, July 7, 8:00 PM

Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Telegraph brings their intelligent and virtuosic slant to works by Ravel and Schoenberg.


Amani: Caribbean Calypso

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, July 9, 8:00 PM

Amani brings the sounds of the Caribbean to the Back Deck! Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, and Sunny Rollins favorites are all on the docket for an evening of fun by the evening sun!


Dan Levinson's Midsummer Night's Stomp

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, July 23, 8:00 PM

Dan returns to the Back Deck with a stellar group of musicians for program that pays homage to the legendary early jazz greats with his signature mix of musicianship, charm, and insight. This Show will likely SELL OUT fast, get your tickets early!


Antoinette Montague

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, July 30, 8:00 PM

Antoinette Montague doesn’t give concerts; she gives an experience. And there is no better place to experience her jazz phenomenon than on the Morris Museum’s Back Deck! A native of Newark, Antoinette is known for her vocal talents, radio talk show on WHCR, and as a mentor to countless artists.



August 2022


Danny Jonokuchi

Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, August 4, 8:00 PM 

Danny Jonokuchi amazed our Bickford audiences when he made his debut last October at the Bickford Benefit alongside Dan Levinson, now he makes his Back Deck debut with his own band! Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists are a New York City based swing band that performs for the international Lindy Hop community.


Balourdet Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Saturday, August 13, 8:00 PM 

Making their Lot of Strings debut, the Boston based Balourdet Quartet has quickly made a name for themselves as rising stars in classical music! They are currently in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program and received the Gold Medal in the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Hear them play works by Bartok, Beethoven, and Hugo Wolf.


Evan Sherman Big Band

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, August 20, 8:00 PM

NJ native Evan Sherman is well known to audiences in NYC, and he was reintroduced to NJ in 2019 when he brought his big band to open the Morris Museum’s Jazz fest that year. Now his big band will fill the stage on the Back Deck and provide an evening of exciting music. Founded in 2014, the Evan Sherman Big Band is a 16-piece ensemble of jazz veterans and New York’s most dynamic young musicians. 



Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, August 25, 8:00 PM

Alea is a progressive and pioneering artist delivering messages of love, connection and Latinx empowerment. Her original compositions summon lush, vibrant landscapes from La Guajira, Colombia to Bronx, NY. Buttery vocals, holistic guitar conversations and riveting sax solos evoke a “tropical wave” according to Cultura Colectiva.






Image credits: Artists performing on The Back Deck by Jack Grassa. Telegraph Quartet, photo courtesy Lisa Marie Mazzucco. Additional images courtesy the artists.


The Morris Museum thanks Will and Mary Leland for their leadership gift for the 2022 Lot of Strings season, and founding Lot of Strings donor, F. Gary Knapp, for his continued generosity.


The Morris Museum gratefully acknowledges generous operating support from the following funders:



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