All Jazz Room Series concerts take place in Shea Center for Performing Arts (unless otherwise noted)
ADVANCE SALES Admission: Public $15 • William Paterson Community and Seniors $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • William Paterson students free with ID (unless otherwise noted)
DAY OF EVENT SALES Admission: Public $18 • William Paterson Community and Seniors $15 • Non-William Paterson students $11 • William Paterson students free with ID (unless otherwise noted)
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. (unless otherwise noted)
Cyrille Aimee’s first appearance on the Shea stage continues the Jazz Room tradition of presenting exciting young vocalists. A 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition finalist and winner of last year’s Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition, Aimee brings a unique combination of her French and Dominican family roots and her uncanny jazz sensibility.
William Paterson music faculty and pianist James Weidman has been member of legendary groups and movements in the jazz circuit. Most recently, he received critical attention as a member of Joe Lovano’s Us Five ensemble. His wide array and diversity in jazz offers performance of the highest caliber.
Thirty-three-year William Paterson faculty veteran Chico Mendoza leads the Latin Jazz Ensemble in combination with the muscular trombone style of Jimmy Bosch, a longtime member of the New York jazz and latin music scenes including the Fania All-Stars, Eddie Palmieri and Ruben Blades. This exciting combination will bring some musical heat to this late, wintry February date.
The eighteen-piece Jazz Orchestra meets the versatile vibraphonist Steve Nelson, who is a veteran of bassist Dave Holland’s acclaimed Quintet, and a longtime collaborator with the late Mulgrew Miller as a member of Miller’s Wingspan group. Nelson has also performed with Kenny Barron, David “Fathead” Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean. This concert will feature master’s student arrangements of Nelson’s compositions written especially for this concert, as well as William Paterson faculty member Bill Mobley’s arrangements of compositions of William Paterson late Jazz Director Mulgrew Miller.
Steve Nelson on All About Jazz
Mahanthappa brings an exciting, high-energy combination of Indian Carnatic Music and post-Coltrane jazz in a concert that celebrates his cross-cultural South Asian and American influences. His first Jazz Room appearance will bring a vivid image of post-modern Indian music and improvisation.
Unique among college and university programs, the William Paterson University 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, and by the late jazz pianist James Williams until 2004. The influential jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller was appointed director in 2005, and the program is co-led and coordinated by David Demsey. The artist/teacher faculty is made up of world-class New York area professionals.
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 and James Williams. 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.
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.
The University also presents the Summer Jazz Workshop for high school students, as well as the popular Jazz Room Series. Now entering its thirty-fourth year, 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. 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.
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.