Saturday, January 19, 2019

Herb Gardner’s Groundhog Jam Celebrate this rite of spring with the finest musicians in the Northeast

(Morristown, NJ) – The great Groundhog Jam has a long history of prying jazz fans out of their warm burrows and into the chill of February weather in order to welcome the advent of spring.
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum continues a tradition of hosting this event on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM. 

Herb Gardner, who plays both trombone and piano, is
assembling a stellar group of musicians from the New York, New Jersey, and New England areas including: Fred Vigorito on cornet, Joe Licari on clarinet, James Chirilloon guitar, Mike
Weatherly on bass and Robbi Scott on drums. Daughters Abbie and Sarah Gardner will be handling the vocals and guitar.

Gardner, with his bouncing Swing and Dixieland style, has performed with a renowned roster of jazz luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky, Gene Krupa, RoyEldridge and more. He has toured with popular jazz performers Wild Bill Davison, KennyDavern and Dick Wellstood. While serving as co-leader of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks,Gardner played at George Bush's inauguration, Bill Clinton's victory party, and countless other non-political affairs. In June, 1997 he conducted the “Big Broadcasters” in the opening concert of the New York City JVC Jazz festival. His CD, “Groundhog’s Day”, features 14 original songs and several Jazz Age classics. “Irving Berlin got all the good holidays,” states Gardner!

The February 4 th program will include many old favorites for fans and plenty of new material. It will be a great night to come out and warm up with a dose of some hot jazz!

Tickets for the Herb Gardner Ground Hog Jam are $18 for Museum Members, $20 for Non-Members and $18 for Seniors. All seats are reserved. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 973.971.3706, or in person at the Morris Museum.

The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday
through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours for ticket purchases are during normal Museum operating hours.

Location and Hours
The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to
5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for
adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.

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