Monday, May 20, 2024

Announcing a New Season of Outdoor Concerts on the Back Deck! Member Early Access Begins May 16!





Early Access to Morris Museum Members

Thursday, May 16 through Wednesday, May 29

In its fifth year, the Back Deck concert series returns with a season of 14 performances featuring regional and international chamber music and Jazz ensembles. Patrons are invited to bring their chairs and picnics and discover why The New York Times said it made it “Joyous to be in Jersey” as they watch the sunset on the hills of Morris County. Jazz on the Back Deck and Lot of Strings Music Festival season kicks off on June 15 with a tribute to Tony Bennett by Amani and continues through September 14 with an end-of-season 1920s jazz party headlined by Mike Davis and the New Wonders which everyone is encouraged to dare to wear white after Labor Day.

Members can purchase tickets today—over a whole week before the box office opens to the general public!



Back Deck Ticket & Visitor Information

Attendees must bring their own chairs and are welcome to bring refreshments to enjoy the live music atop the Morris Museum’s elevated parking deck. Tickets are $53 for an 8’x8’ block that accommodates up to two patrons (in green on the seating chart) or $28 for a block that accommodates one patron (in orange). Concerts begin at 7:30 PM but patrons are welcome to arrive as early as 6:00 PM to enjoy their picnics. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor performances will be held inside the Museum’s Bickford Theatre. All tickets include a $3.00 handling fee per block.

For assistance, call the box office at 973-971-3706.



Upcoming Back Deck Concerts




Tribute to Tony Bennett

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, June 15 | 7:30 PM

Opening the fifth season on The Back Deck is the ensemble that first performed there in July of 2020! Amani will pay tribute to the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and early 21st centuries, Tony Bennett, in a performance that highlights their musical versatility and the vocal prowess of lead singer, Stephen Fuller.




Lot of Strings Music Festival

Thursday, June 20 | 7:30 PM

Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music” and The New Yorker as “independent-minded”, PUBLIQuartet returns to Lot of Strings after rising to stardom having received two Grammy nominations, and critical accolades across the country.



Jazz Goes to the Movies with Don Braden and Cydney Halpin

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, June 22 | 7:30 PM

From the first talkies to modern movies, some of the most memorable moments of cinema have played out to a soundtrack of jazz. This concert features an all-star ensemble that comes together to take you on a nostalgic journey that pays homage to the greatest artists of the genre and showcases the unique connection between jazz and film.



Antoinette Montague

Jazz on the Back Deck

Thursday, June 27 | 7:30 PM

Named a 2024 Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, Newark’s own Antoinette Montague returns to the Back Deck to honor the 125th birthday of the great Duke Ellington, as well as the 100th birthday of another great vocalist from Newark, Sarah Vaughan. Joined by a stellar band, and tap dance sensation, A.C. Lincoln, Antoinette transforms the Back Deck into a party befitting the birthdays of two of the greatest artists of the 20th century.



Telegraph Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Thursday, July 11 | 7:30 PM

San Francisco’s Telegraph Quartet returns to the Back Deck after their stellar performance in 2021. Now celebrating their 10th anniversary, the ensemble the San Francisco Chronicle hailed for their “soulfulness, tonal beauty and intelligent attention to detail,” brings their signature sound to works by Beethoven, Dvořák, and the contemporary master, Kenji Bunch.



Evan Sherman Big Band

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, July 13 | 7:30 PM

Catch Jersey’s native son, Evan Sherman with his big band for a special appearance between his international tours! Evan returns to the Back Deck after two years of SOLD-OUT performances featuring a multi-generational 16-piece band of jazz veterans and the most dynamic young artists.





Lot of Strings Music Festival

Thursday, July 25 | 7:30 PM

Making their highly anticipated Lot of Strings debut, Aizuri Quartet brings their international award-winning musicality to an insightful program that features works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Franz Shubert.



Harlem Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Thursday, August 1 | 7:30 PM

The Grammy-Award-winning Harlem Quartet returns to The Back Deck with a concert that blurs the lines of jazz and classical and highlights their signature style that bridges both genres.



Erinys Quartet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Saturday, August 3 | 7:30 PM

The international, Erinys Quartet makes their Back Deck debut! Named for the Erinyes (a.k.a. the Furies) from the Greek tragedy Oresteia by Aeschylus, and with roots in Estonia, Lithuania, Greece, the United States and Finland, the Erinys Quartet was founded in 2018 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where they worked closely with cellist Marko Ylönen.



Laura Anglade Quartet 

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, August 10 | 7:30 PM

The Laura Anglade Quartet will perform their own arrangements drawing from the Great American Songbook as well as some French classics inspired by Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Carmen McRae, Barbra Streisand and more.



Ani Kalajian Sextet

Lot of Strings Music Festival

Thursday, August 15 | 7:30 PM

Concert cellist, Ani Kalajian makes her Back Deck debut. Kalajian is also an educator and gives talks and workshops around the country at festivals, schools, & universities on topics related to music career development, mindset, and building a successful career as a musician.



The Fumos

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, August 17 | 7:30 PM

Back Deck debut! THE FUMOS are an NYC-based band reviving the glorious horn-heavy dance music of the 70s. From funk to rock, soul and jazz; the 4-piece rhythm section lays down heavy grooves to surround a 3-piece horn section on an array of memorable classic tunes that are danceable and straight up fun! 



Lifes a Gig with Vanisha Gould

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, August 24 | 7:30 PM

Vanisha Gould brings her lustrous voice to the Back Deck for an exciting debut. Vanisha came to New York in 2015 from Simi Valley, California. Inspired by artists like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Carmen McRae, and Ella Fitzgerald – Vanisha has successfully curated her sound as a composer and band leader.



Blanc Aprés Labor Day with Mike Davis and the New Wonders

Jazz on the Back Deck

Saturday, September 14 | 7:30 PM

Celebrate the end of the season with a 1920s jazz party! Don your summer white clothes one more time before packing them for winter for this stylish Back Deck Gatsby style party in Jazz! Mike Davis and The New Wonders will play works they have never performed at the Morris Museum before in this upbeat and glamorous Celebration of the Jazz Age and the end of summer!



Thank you for your support!






Leadership Support for the Lot of Strings Concert Series is provided by Will and Mary Leland and Lot of Strings founding donor, F. Gary Knapp.



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




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