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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 3, 2005

(Mahwah) – Jazz at the Berrie Center presents Frank Morgan:  A Legend in Be-Bop on Saturday, February 5 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Morgan’s ensemble for the performance includes, among others, Philadelphia trumpet phenomenon John Swana.

Alto saxophonist Frank Morgan plays the music that Charlie Parker made famous, characterized by beautiful melodies and improvisations.   Morgan was introduced to Parker at age seven by his father, a guitarist with the Ink Spots.  After the saxophonist moved to California at age 14, he’d play sessions with Charlie Parker, some of which took place in movie stars’ homes.

The Minneapolis-born Morgan released Frank Morgan in 1955.  A second album, Easy Living, wasn’t released until three decades later.  He has recorded and toured since his 1985 re-emergence from obscurity, cutting 14 albums between 1985 and 1996.  His latest, City Nights, recorded live at New York City’s Jazz Standard, reflects Morgan’s fresh approach to his music and his years of experience.

Tickets for Frank Morgan’s performance are $21 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $12 for youth.  The Sharp Theater is located at the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus.  For more information call 201.684.7844.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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