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 Frinday 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




  • 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


     

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 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


     

  • 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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