Rutherfurd Hall is designated as a National and New Jersey State Historic Landmark. Famed architect, Whitney Warren, designed the 18,000 square foot Tudor country home in Allamuchy in 1904. Warren also designed Grand Central Station in New York City as Warren and Wetmore Architects (1903-1911). Frederick Law Olmsted & Sons designed the landscape plan and the plantings for the site.
It is an elegant and interesting venue to see and hear jazz. For those who have attended they find the sound is excellent and the ability to meet and converse with the performers a plus making attending these concerts special.
For the past four years once a month from Sept. through May on Sunday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Great Jazz Concerts have been performed with outstanding jazz musicians.
This year’s season opener is Sun., Sept. 18, featuring two of America’s great jazz pianists Bill Mays and Ted Rosenthal. Both of these talented artists will be backed by a solid rhythm section with Steve Varner on bass and Steve Johns on drums.
On Sun. Oct. 16, featured will be one of the great tenor saxophonists in the country Houston Person backed by the Dave Leonhardt Trio playing tunes from America’s great composers.
On Sun., Nov. 27, the hall plans to feature the amazing talent of Bill Charlap at the piano in a solo performance. Tony Bennett said Charlap is one of the best pianists he has ever heard. His program will feature great songs from Broadway shows and wonderful composer’s from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
More jazz programs will continue next year. Go to the website for more information. For tickets, go to www.rutherfurdhall.org; call 908-852-1894 X138 or Coyne Enterprises at 908-637-6455. Tickets will be available locally in Hackettstown at Mama’s Café Baci and Panther Valley Pharmacy.
Panther Valley Pharmacy and Heath Village Retirement Community will sponsor this season’s jazz series.