MORRISTOWN, N.J., -- On June 12 and 13, the Aventis Pharmaceuticals Jazzfest 2004, takes place at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison, New Jersey campus with a 100th birthday celebration for three jazz legends: Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins and Fats Waller.
More than 60 musicians will perform, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Winard Harper, Lew Tabackin, Kenny Davern, Randy Brecker, Terrill Stafford, Jay Leonhart, Frank Foster, Houston Person, Rebecca Kilgore, Rufus Reid and Frank Wess.
Sponsored by the nonprofit New Jersey Jazz Society, Jazzfest is New
Jersey's oldest jazz festival. NJJS is dedicated to jazz education through scholarships, school programs and concerts.
Gates open at 10:30 AM and the music begins soon thereafter, running until 6:30 each day.
On Saturday, the New Jersey Jazz Society will present a Special Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement to Dorthaan Kirk, widow of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and a popular jazz figure. Ms. Kirk was invited 25 years ago to be one of the founders of WBGO because of her work in and relationships with the jazz world and she remains one of the radio station's most important links to the community.
Some of the performers on Saturday include Frank Foster's Widespread
Depression Big Band, the Frank Wess Quintet, the Kenny Davern Quartet, Ed Polcer Septet, BED with Becky Kilgore, Eddie Erickson and Dan Barrett, the Eric Comstock Trio and stride pianist John Sheridan.
On Sunday, there will be many highlights including the Winard Harper
Sextet, New York Swing with Bucky Pizzarelli, Jay Leonhart and John Bunch, the Lew Tabackin Quintet, John Sheridan Dream Band, the Eddie Erickson-Rebecca Kilgore Duo, and Rufus Reid with Roni BenHur.
Tickets at the gate will be $40.00 per day and $75.00 for the weekend.
Advance sale discounts are available. Students are only $10.00 and children 12 and under are free. The adjacent Dolce Hamilton Park Conference Hotel has special low room rates for all festival attendees and reservations are available by calling 1-800-98DOLCE.
For more information and to order tickets, call 732-271-7721 or visit http://www.njjs.org