MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jazz and Blues fans flocked to the Morristown Green on Saturday to enjoy the 9th annual Jazz and Blues Festival. The 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.
Tim Dougherty, Mayor of Morristown, thanked the crowd for coming out to the festival.
“Sit back, enjoy, relax and take it all in,” said Dougherty about the music the audience was about to hear.
The Antionette Montague Experience was the first performance. Born and raised in Newark, Antionette grew up listening to jazz and favored many greats such as Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Motown. Antionette led a talented group including Bobby Sanabra on drums, Danny Mixon on piano, and AC Lincoln who tap danced along as the music played.
The second act featured The Frank Vignola Trio. Vignola was a part of “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. His career includes many of the world’s top musicians such as The Boston Pops, Ringo Star and Madanna.
The Rob Paparozzi's Juke Joint saluted the anniversary of Woodstock during their performance. His band includes John Korba on piano, George Naha on guitar, Sue Williams on bass, Warren Odze on drums, Tom Timko on sax, Max Morden on trumpet, on special guest Tom “Bones” Malone on trombone.
The Bernard Allison Group was the fourth act of the day. Bernard was heavily influenced by his dad’s passion for music. His father taught himself guitar and began learning and playing the blues. He was later signed with a recording company and actively performed for several years. Bernard used his father’s records as well as his idles to teach himself guitar from an early age. Today, he is known as one of the great blues players of his time.
Davy Knowles was the final performer of the festival. Knowles is a solo performer known for his vocals and guitar skills. However, prior to his solo career, Knowles was part of the band Back Door Slam.