Jazz Room Series Spring 2017 presents




  • Vocalist and Pianist Johnny O’Neal
    Mar 26, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Blues singer and bebop pianist Johnny O’Neal is a jazz treasure, who has returned to the New York jazz scene after a prolonged absence. O’Neal’s formidable style is influenced by the giants Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson and has made him a captivating vocalist and virtuoso pianist.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Johnny O'Neal on Facebook


     

  • Gypsy Jazz with the Rhythm Future Quartet
    Apr 30, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, this young quartet is dedicated to expanding the spirit of the Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz tradition. Anick’s talents have already been recognized as an award-winning composer and one of the youngest faculty members at Berklee in Boston. His Finnish colleague Soikkeli is a top call guitarist in the bustling New York jazz scene and has performed alongside many renowned musicians like Cyrille Aimee, Bucky Pizzarelli, and the world-famous Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg. The quartet is squared up by drummer and 2015 Saga Djangofest Award winner Max O’Rourke and top rate bassoonist Greg Loughman.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Rhythm Future Quartet


     

  • Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt
    with the WP Jazz Orchestra

    May 07, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Newly hired WP music faculty Jeremy Pelt is recognized as one of the most notable young trumpeters in jazz, voted Rising Star five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Pelt collaborated with some of jazz’s greatest masters and frequently performs with ensembles like the Roy Hargrove Big Band and the Duke Ellington Big Band. This exciting big band concert features the musical prowess of Jeremy Pelt, and the premiere of three new arrangements of Pelt’s compositions by WP masters level arrangers.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Jeremy Pelt


     

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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