The Summer Jazz Room Series

Meyers & Pereira

Paul Meyers and Vanderlei Pereira

Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

The Summer Jazz Room gets off to a great start with a concert featuring guitarist Paul Meyers and percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. Meyers’ refined and eloquent guitar playing and compositions draw from Brazilian, Latin, and western classical music influences. He has worked with Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, and Gary Burton; a recent release, The Paul Meyers Quartet, features the late great saxophonist and flautist Frank Wess. Master drummer and educator Pereira’s groove and coloristic shadings emanate from his deep familiarity with Brazilian music, straight-ahead, and Latin jazz. He has played with Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, and has his own working band Blindfold Test. The combination of Meyers and Pereira with workshop faculty members Tim Newman on trombone, James Weidman on piano, and Steve LaSpina on bass, promises musical surprises and sparks!

Paul Meyers
Vanderlei Pereira


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The Philly Tenors

The Philly Tenors

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:30 pm

This special concert features Larry McKenna, Bootsie Barnes, and Tommy Gryce. These tenor sax greats will evoke the jazz of Philadelphia, an important jazz center—known as the cradle of the hard-driving, blues-laced jazz known as hard bop. McKenna has performed with Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and also appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Barnes, a Philly native, has played with Lee Morgan, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Sonny Stitt, and Bill Cosby (then a drummer). Tenor saxophonist and educator Tommy Gryce has been a mainstay on the local scene for five decades and has had an impact on shaping the music of many generations of jazz musicians.

Larry McKenna
Bootsie Barnes
Tommy Gryce on YouTube


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Champian Fulton

Champian Fulton
and the WPU Summer Jazz Orchestra
led by Stephen Marcone

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:30 pm

Described by the New York Times as “a charming young steward of the mainstream jazz tradition,” vocalist and pianist Champian Fulton has been gigging regularly in New York area venues since her graduation from college in 2006. Having grown up with jazz, she has worked with Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, Lou Donaldson, and Louis Hayes among others. Her debut CD was recorded with David Berger and the Sultans of Swing, and her latest small group release Champian Sings and Swings features her piano playing in addition to her singing. For this performance she is joined by the William Paterson Summer Jazz Orchestra led by Stephen Marcone.

Champian Fulton


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Horacee Arnold

Horacee Arnold

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:30 pm

“An elegant and translucent performer of the highest order” is how fellow musician Ornette Coleman describes drummer Horacee Arnold. A Kentucky native, Arnold was brought to New York City in 1960 by his mentor Max Roach, and quickly established himself firmly on the scene. A dynamic and versatile drummer, he has played with Coleman Hawkins, Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Sonny Fortune, and Archie Shepp, among many others. His 1974 acclaimed recording Tales of the Exonerated Flea is one of the great jazz fusion albums of all time. For this performance in the Summer Jazz Room, Arnold brings with him his long-time friend and musical collaborator, the great Buster Williams on bass.

Horacee Arnold on YouTube


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Jimmy Heath

The Heath Brothers Quartet

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:30 pm

Saxophonist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Jimmy Heath returns this year as Artist in Residence. Heath’s fifty-year career has included every leading jazz musician, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. A distinguished composer and arranger, his pieces have been in the regular repertoire of Clark Terry, James Moody, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and numerous others. A devoted teacher, he led the jazz program at Queens College, and taught at several other leading schools. His regular quartet including his brother and co-leader, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, pianist Jeb Patton and bassist David Wong.

Jimmy Heath


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Clark Terry sits in with students

Clark Terry performs with the WP Jazz Orchestra onstage at the Jazz Room in Shea Auditorium.

About the Jazz Room Series

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.


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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.

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