Summer Jazz Room Series presents

Please join us at 6:15pm each day (weather permitting) for a FREE pre-show concert outdoors on the Shea Center Plaza.  There will be chairs available (or bring your own!) and on Friday 7/22 there will be a barbeque with hamburgers and hot dogs for sale.

Here is the schedule for the pre-show plaza concerts:
Monday 7/18: The Jazz Workshop Staff Quintet
Tuesday 7/19: The Alex Stein Quintet
Wednesday 7/20: The Duane Eubanks 4tet
Thursday 7/21: Brandon McCune and Rhythm of the Moment
Friday 7/22: Bruce Williams' More To Go Quartet




Jazz Room Series Fall 2016 presents




  • 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 


     

  • 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 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


     

  • 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


     

  • 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


     

  • Vocalist C├ęcile 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


     

  • 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


     

About the Jazz Room Series

Inaugurated in the spring of 1978, the Jazz Room Series is the longest-running campus-based jazz concert series in the nation. With a tradition of encompassing the complete spectrum of jazz from New Orleans to the avant-garde, it features world-class professionals and William Paterson student ensembles. There are three series of concerts each year, including the six-concert Fall and Spring Jazz Room Series, and the weeklong Summer Jazz Room held the third week of July.

The Jazz Room has received over two decades of continuous grant support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, as well as numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The series has been featured on national and metropolitan-area media, including recorded broadcasts and live CD recording sessions.

The Jazz Room Series is directly connected to the William Paterson Jazz Studies Program. Unique among college and university programs, the Jazz Studies program is one of the few in the nation with an emphasis on small-group playing, improvisation, and a genuine commitment to the jazz tradition. Founded by music faculty member Martin Krivin and joined by trumpeter/arranger Thad Jones in 1973, the program was led by bassist Rufus Reid for twenty years, then by the great jazz pianists James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, and most recently Bill Charlap, who accepted the position in fall 2015. The program is co-led and coordinated by David Demsey. The artist/teacher faculty is made up of world-class New York area professionals.

The program is a true jazz environment in which students learn firsthand about the jazz world and the requirements for becoming a successful professional musician. Jazz majors come to William Paterson this year from twenty-six states and six foreign countries, including a number of Fulbright Scholars.

The University also presents the Summer Jazz Workshop for high school students. The University's Summer Jazz Workshop, active since 1994, is a week-long intensive program in late July, featuring classes, small-group rehearsals and performances, and clinics taught by William Paterson resident faculty and special guest clinicians.

William Paterson University is home to the Living Jazz Archive, which includes the personal music archive of legendary trumpeter and educator Clark Terry, as well as the archives of Thad Jones, James Williams and Michael Brecker. The Living Jazz Archive provides students, researchers, and visitors with the opportunity to explore original jazz manuscripts and other materials that are an important part of jazz history.

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