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  • WP Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty
    with Winard Harper

    Jul 18, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Opening night of the Summer Jazz Room features special guest drummer Winard Harper with the WP Summer Jazz Workshop faculty: Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Tim Newman on trombone, James Weidman on piano, and Marcus McLaurine on bass. The well-known WP jazz faculty teach and perform throughout the year and will perform with Harper, who has played with Dr. Billy Taylor, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and Betty Carter. Harper is a dedicated mentor to many young jazz musicians in the the New York region. This concert will kick off the week with flair!

    Admission: $10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14)

    Winard Harper


     

  • Johnny O’Neal
    Jul 19, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Be-bop pianist and blues singer Johnny O’Neal is a jazz treasure who has returned to the New York jazz scene after a prolonged absence. Possessing what former WP jazz director Mulgrew Miller called “a million dollar touch,” O’Neal has a virtuoso style influenced by Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. Originally from Detroit, he came to New York in 1981 with Clark Terry, and moved on to play with Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Nancy Wilson, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. O’Neal is well known as a mentor to aspiring young jazz musicians who flock to hear him play. This is the opportunity to hear a legendary jazz master at William Paterson University! 

    Admission: $10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14)

    Johnny O'Neal


     

  • Karrin Allyson
    Jul 20, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Vocalist Karrin Allyson brings an insightful and emotionally convincing approach to multiple styles of jazz and pop songs. After establishing a thriving jazz career in Kansas City where she released the first of her eight albums on Concord records, Allyson moved to New York where her career blossomed. She tours extensively in the U. S. and internationally. And, she is a five-time Grammy nominee—one of which is for her latest trio album Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein with Kenny Barron and John Patitucci. For this performance she will appear with Big Beat, a big band composed of many outstanding area musicians, led by WP’s Stephen Marcone. It is sure to be a thrilling night!

    Admission: $10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14)

    Karrin Allyson


     

  • Erik Friedlander’s Oscalypso
    Jul 21, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Erik Friedlander is a multi-faceted musician. As an acclaimed jazz cellist, contemporary music improviser, composer, and producer, Friedlander has produced numerous albums as a leader and a much sought-after studio musician and sideman. He has worked with a diverse roster of artists such as The Mountain Goats, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, and Courtney Love. His body of work includes documentary and feature film scores, ads, and dance works. This summer, Friedlander brings his quartet Oscalypso to the Summer Jazz Room stage with a tribute to the great jazz bassist and cellist Oscar Pettiford. Come hear Friedlander’s cello sing and swing!

    Admission:$10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14) 

    Erik Friedlander


     

  • The Heath Brothers Quartet with Steve Davis
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Continuing the WP Summer Jazz Room Friday tradition, The Heath Brothers Quartet will perform again, this time with special guest Steve Davis. One of the preeminent trombonists in jazz today, Davis has recorded eighteen albums as a leader and has played with a long list of jazz greats, including Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, and his mentor Jackie McLean., He joins the Quartet co-led by jazz icon Jimmy Heath, the 2016 Summer Jazz Workshop Artist-in-Residence and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who has performed with almost every leading jazz musician from the 1950s onward. His compositions and arrangements were in the regular repertoires of Clark Terry, James Moody, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, and numerous others. Co-leader Albert “Tootie” Heath will appear on drums, along with pianist Jeb Patton and bassist David Wong.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14)

     

     

    Jimmy Heath

    Albert "Tootie" Heath

    Steve Davis


     

  • Guitartist Rez Abbasi
    Oct 01, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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 


     

  • Hypno Hype – The Ultimate Hypnosis Show!
    Oct 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Asad Mecci’s jaw dropping performances have captivated audiences worldwide—and now see him in a new show—written by Colin Mocherie.  Asad has performed on Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Maxim Online, and has even hypnotized people live on the radio!

    Admission: $30 Gold Circle • $25 Rear Orchestra/Loge

    Asad Mecci


     

  • Star Wars Extravaganza!
    The William Paterson Symphony
    Sandra Dackow, Conductor

    Oct 15, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The force will be with us all as the WP Symphony performs the entire John Williams film score to Star Wars. Who knows what Extra-Terrestrials may drop by for a surprise visit!  Join us for an “out of this world” evening of music.

    Admisstion: $15 Adults •  $12 Children

    Sandra Dackow


     

  • The Royal Bopsters
    Oct 16, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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 Mile 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


     

  • Blue Raven Entertainment presents
    Eaglemania
    The Worlds Greatest Eagles Tribute Band

    Oct 22, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Performing the songs of the Eagles...Hotel California • Desperado • The Long Run • Best of My Love...& many more!

    Admission: $29 Gold Circle • $25 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $20 Rear Loge

    Eaglemania 


     

  • Generations of Jazz Piano I: Dick Hyman
    Oct 23, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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


     

  • Brass Transit – The Chicago Tribute
    Oct 29, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute has been hailed by critics as better than the original. The band’s show includes all the hits from Chicago’s golden age, 1969-1976. With world-class horns, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high, Brass Transit transports the audience back to the freewheeling days of the seventies.

    Admission: $38 Orchestra/Front Loge • $33 Rear Loge

    Brass Transit


     

  • BASETRACK Live
    The Story of A Marine’s Deployment,
    and His Journey Back Home

    Nov 01, 2016 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Created by Ed Bilous with interviews adapted by Jason Grote, Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger
    Original Music: Ed Bilous and Michelle DiBucci.

    With compelling music, authentic video, and talented actors, this haunting but hopeful multimedia performance gives a human face to America’s longest war.

    Hailed as one of the top 10 theatrical pieces of 2014 by the New York Times, and endorsed by the Pentagon, it is essential theater for those who have served, their families, and for anyone who seeks to understand war’s devastating effects.

    Admission:  General $10 •  $8 Students • WPU students admitted free with I.D.

    Additional performance at 7:00pm

    Schools: Please call the University Performing Arts office at
    973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    BASETRACK Live 


     

  • BASETRACK Live
    The Story of A Marine’s Deployment,
    and His Journey Back Home

    Nov 01, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Created by Ed Bilous with interviews adapted by Jason Grote, Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger
    Original Music: Ed Bilous and Michelle DiBucci.

    With compelling music, authentic video, and talented actors, this haunting but hopeful multimedia performance gives a human face to America’s longest war.

    Hailed as one of the top 10 theatrical pieces of 2014 by the New York Times, and endorsed by the Pentagon, it is essential theater for those who have served, their families, and for anyone who seeks to understand war’s devastating effects.

    Admission:  General $10 •  $8 Students • WPU students admitted free with I.D.

    Additional performance at 12:30pm

    Schools: Please call the University Performing Arts office at
    973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    BASETRACK Live 


     

  • The 38th Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series presents
    Jon Meacham
    Pulitzer Prize-winning Presidential Historian,
    on the Upcoming Election

    Nov 04, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. His latest Presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at #1 on the New York Times best sellers list in November 2015. 

    Admission: $25

    Jon Meacham


     

  • Pinkalicious the Musical
    Nov 05, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    book & lyrics by ELIZABETH KANN
    music by VICTORIA KANN
    lyrics by JOHN GREGOR
    directed by TERESA POND
    based on the book "PINKALICIOUS" by ELIZABETH KANN & VICTORIA KANN

    Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

    Admission: $15

    Pinkalicious the Musical


     

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

    Nov 06, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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


     

  • La Yegros -
    Urban and Folkloric music from South America

    Nov 10, 2016 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Originally from the tropical climates of the rural rain forests in Northeast Argentina, bordering Brazil, La Yegros’ sound is spirited and eclectic. Produced by “Fuerza Bruta” producer King Coya, her singing cuts through the male-dominated contemporary cumbia scene, drawing on both deep folk traditions and cutting edge beats. Her music is an explosive combination of the urban and the folkloric that has international audiences dancing.

    Admission: $8 • WP Students Free

    La Yegros


     

  • Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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


     

  • Musical Salon presents
    Ragtime!
    City Winds Trio

    Nov 13, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Manor

    With instrumentation of flute, oboe and bassoon, City Winds takes the music of Ragtime to another level.

    Admission: $15 General Seating

    City Winds


     

  • The Art of Trombone Shorty
    featuring Bryan Collier,
    Caldecott-winning Illustrator and author
    With music by the Caleb Rumley Ensemble

    Nov 15, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Best known for illustrating children's books, Bryan Collier is a four-time Caldecott honor recipient, and has won six Coretta Scott King Awards. His literary collaboration with New Orleans musical legend Trombone Shorty is highlighted in this program that features literature, art and the music of the Big Easy.

    Please Note: Trombone Shorty is a book title.  He will not be appearing in this program.

    Admission: $8 • WP Students admitted free

    Bryan Collier 


     

  • John Sebastian
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The iconic front man of The Lovin’ Spoonful brings the music and history of the 1960’s to the Shea Center stage, with such hits as “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” and “Do You Believe in Magic”.

    Admission: $35 orchestra • $30 Loge

    John Sebastian


     

  • Generations of Jazz Piano II: Justin Kauflin Trio
    Dec 04, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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


     

  • The Moscow Ballet presents
    The Great Russian Nutcracker

    Dec 08, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Moscow Ballet’s spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dancers have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed. 

    Admission: $65 Gold Circle • $50 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $40 Rear Loge

    Moscow Ballet


     

  • Theater for Children with Autism
    Theatreworks USA presents
    Click Clack Moo

    Dec 09, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Book by Billy Aronson
    Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila
    Music by Brad Alexander
    Based on the book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
    Directed by Tony-Award winner John Rando   

    Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries. Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands?  Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving", sensory-friendly musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott-Award winning book.

    Please note:  This performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism.  Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Theatreworks USA


     

  • Lightwire Theater presents
    A Very Electric Christmas

    Dec 17, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

    Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children

    Lightwire Theater


     

  • Christmas from the Emerald Isle
    McLean Avenue Band & Emerald Fire

    Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Direct from Ireland, Padraig Allen's McLean Avenue Band & Joanna Barry Connolly's Irish dance group, Emerald Fire, perform dazzling Irish music, song & dance.

    "The group's mastered the art of blending the old & new, embracing the traditional while adding their own signature sound -a sound that screams fun." - The Irish Echo

    Admission: $37 Orchestra/Front Loge  • $30 Rear Loge

    McLean Avenue Band

    Emerald Fire