MORRISTOWN, NJ - Hundreds of jazz and blues fans turned out for Morristown’s 7th annual Jazz and Blues Festival. Taking place at the Morristown Green, this free event, sponsored by the New Jersey Jazz Society and dozens of other local businesses, featured performances from both large jazz bands as well as solo performers.
Produced by Linda Kiger Smith and Don Jay Smith, this summer program has grown extensively over the years, drawing in a larger crowd each year.
“It all began about eight years ago when Mayor Tim Dougherty contacted me and said he wanted to host a free jazz and blues festival on the green,” he said. “We begin around December looking into acts and and putting together the lineup.”
He also said that this festival has become the biggest event of the summer.
This year’s show opened up with Grammy-winner Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, followed by The Bucky Pizzarelli Quintet and Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses. For the second half of the show, various well known blues artists performed including Ana Popovic and The Walter Trout Band.
Although the show typically brings out people of all ages, Smith said each year, more and more young people have turned out for the show, specifically for the blues performances during the second half of the festival.
Among this year’s sponsors are Atlantic Health System, George & Martha’s American Grille, Iron Bar and MPAC Mayo Performing Arts Center.