Rob Paparozzi, who has performed at the Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival several times in its 10-year history, will headline the free, annual festival this year, performing with his Juke Joint band.
Usually scheduled for August, the pandemic was moved back a bit this year because of the pandemic, and is scheduled for Sept. 18 at its usual location, the Morristown Green. (There was no fest in 2020.)
Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses — who have a high-energy stage show dominated by the music of Prima’s father, the Swing Era giant whose best known songs include “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Just a Gigolo” and “Jump Jive an’ Wail” — will also perform, as will jazz drummer Winard Harper and his band, Jeli Posse; The Frank Vignola Trio (featuring guitarists Vignola and Vinny Raniolo and bassist Martin Pizzarelli); and Swingadelic.
The schedule will be:
2 p.m.: The Frank Vignola Trio
4 p.m.: Winard Harper & Jeli Posse
6 p.m.: Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses
8 p.m.: Rob Paparozzi’s Juke Joint
Vignola’s set will include a tribute to Martin Pizzarelli’s father, the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, who was a festival mainstay and who died in 2020. The festival will also pay tribute to its co-founder, Linda Kiger Smith, who died in June, and festival board member Michael Fabrizio, who also died in June.
For information, visit morristownjazzandblues.com.
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