Music Department Events

  • Guitartist Rez Abbasi
    Oct 01, 2016 , 8:00 PM - Oct 01, 2016 , 8:00 PM

    Presented in Association with Shastra Festival 

    Voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll!

    Rez Abbasi is a vivid synthesis of his training in American jazz and classical and the tutelage of Indian master percussionist Ustad Alla Rakha (frequent accompanist of Ravi Shankar). Abbasi continues to push boundaries and sits at the forefront of jazz guitar. He appears, as part of the Shastra Festival which connects Indian and Western musical influences in a fascinating blend of styles.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • WP students are admitted free.
    All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Rez Abbasi 


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Midday Artist Series
    Pianist Itay Goren

    Oct 06, 2016 , 12:30 PM - Oct 06, 2016 , 12:30 PM

    Internationally renowned concert pianist and WP alumnus Itay Goren will perform one of the great masterpieces of all time—Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, which will be paired with the pictorial Preludes of Debussy. 

    Admission:  Free

    Itay Goren on YouTube


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Midday Artist Series
    Guitar Duo Seth Himmelhoch and Gabriel Handy

    Oct 13, 2016 , 12:30 PM - Oct 13, 2016 , 12:30 PM

    Guitar Duo Seth Himmelhoch and Gabriel Handy - program TBA.

    Admission:  FREE

    Seth Himmelhoch

    Gabriel Handy


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • The Royal Bopsters
    Oct 16, 2016 , 4:00 PM - Oct 16, 2016 , 4:00 PM

    This new vocal quartet is truly an all-star gathering of ace scat-singers Amy London, Dylan Pramuk, Holli Ross, and presenting the group’s newest regular member, WP’s own virtuoso singer/trombonist/arranger Pete McGuinness. Drawing from the freewheeling bebop vocalese tradition of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, their tight arrangements are created to feature each member’s improvisational prowess. For this concert, the group is joined by special guest, legendary jazz vocalist Bob Dorough (known for jazz hits like “Nothing Like You” with Miles Davis and Gil Evans, and his work on the ABC Television “School House Rock”)

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • WP students are admitted free.
    All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    The Royal Bopsters


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Midday Artists Series
    Jazz Concert

    Oct 20, 2016 , 12:30 PM - Oct 20, 2016 , 12:30 PM

    Jazz Concert - program/artists TBA

    Admission:  FREE


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Generations of Jazz Piano I: Dick Hyman
    Oct 23, 2016 , 4:00 PM - Oct 23, 2016 , 4:00 PM

    Presented in collaboration with The New Jersey Jazz Society

    The countless accomplishments of virtuoso pianist Dick Hyman’s 60-year career have made him a dean of jazz piano. From being Benny Goodman’s pianist to his TV career as pianist/organist on popular shows like Sing Along with Mitch and Beat the Clock, as well as composing several Woody Allen film scores, there’s no wonder why Hyman earned Hall of Fame status at Rutgers’ Jazz Studies Institute and the New Jersey Jazz Society. This concert brings Hyman’s encyclopedic repertoire and virtuoso touch and technique to the Shea Center stage.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students • $8 WP students are admitted free.
    All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Dick Hyman


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Saxophonist Benny Golson
    with the WP Jazz Orchestra,
    directed by Dave Demsey

    Nov 06, 2016 , 4:00 PM - Nov 06, 2016 , 4:00 PM

    The legend of Benny Golson can be told through his great works as a composer and a player. Golson penned popular jazz standards such as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Stablemates” and “Along Came Betty.” He also wrote for a number of well-known TV series, including M.A.S.H., The Partridge Family, and Mission: Impossible. From then until now, he remains one of the premiere hard-bop tenor saxophonists. He is back by popular demand as a soloist with the 18-piece WP Jazz Orchestra.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students • $8 WP students are admitted free.
    All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Benny Golson


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Vocalist C├ęcile McLorin Salvant
    Nov 12, 2016 , 8:00 PM - Nov 12, 2016 , 8:00 PM

    Since she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition, Cécile McLorin Salvant has taken the jazz world by storm, becoming one of the most in-demand jazz performers on the scene today. Grammy-nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014 and 2016, Salvant’s huge vocal range communicates a level of drama and emotion well beyond her years. 

    Admission: All Tickets $25.

    This Jazz Room concert will be followed by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session after the performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Cécile McLorin Salvant


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Generations of Jazz Piano II: Justin Kauflin Trio
    Dec 04, 2016 , 4:00 PM - Dec 04, 2016 , 4:00 PM

    The story of Justin Kauflin’s career ascendance was powerfully told in the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin’ On, from his time at William Paterson under the tutelage of Clark Terry to his subsequent discovery and signing to a multi-record contract by Quincy Jones. Although he appeared on the Jazz Room stage many times as a student, he now makes his debut as a featured artist. This performance will preview selections from his new CD due out in spring 2017.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students • $8 WP students are admitted free.
    All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Justin Kauflin


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts