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Piano Men

Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy
With the William Paterson University Symphony
Sandra Dackow, Conductor

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Front Orchestra $29 • Rear Orchestra/Front Loge $25 • Rear Loge $20 • William Paterson University Students $10


Piano Men is a tribute concert unlike any other — an array of greatest hits by two piano legends Billy Joel and Elton John, including a four-piece pop group with Joe Boucher on piano and vocals, performed live with a symphony orchestra.



Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy



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Classic Albums Live

Classic Albums Live performs
The Beatles’ Abbey Road
Note for Note Cut for Cut

Friday, October 9, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $35 • Rear Orchestra/Front Loge $30 • Rear Loge $25


“Come Together” and re-experience the timeless music of The Beatles in a two-set concert that covers one of the world’s greatest classic rock albums Abbey Road, followed by a best of the Beatles second set.





Classic Albums Live



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Ann Hampton Callaway

Onstage Café at Shea presents

Ann Hampton Callaway

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:00* pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $55 Onstage seating features a sumptuous dinner and dessert buffet and beer-and-wine bar.
*Dinner ticket holders should arrive at 6:30 p.m.
$30 Show Only


Ann Hampton Callaway is a multi-talented cabaret star who wields her unique vocals in the intermingling of jazz and traditional pop.

Ann Hampton Callaway


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Allen and Sportiello

Jazz Room Series presents

Pianist Rossano Sportiello Quartet
featuring saxophonist Harry Allen

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 4:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

*3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session
General Admission $15 • William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • non-William Paterson students $8
$3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day
William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.


This opening Jazz Room event promises to be memorable, featuring the much talked-about Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello as he recalls the spirit and clarity of Oscar Peterson and Dave McKenna, displaying some truly world-class stride piano chops. He will be joined on this concert by the swinging tenor saxist Harry Allen, a fixture on the New Jersey swing scene and increasingly heard at international jazz festivals and cruises.

Rossano Sportiello
Harry Allen


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Oboe Piano

Musical Salon Series presents

Ellen Katz Willner, Oboe
Warren Helms, Piano

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

Shea 101 Recital Hall

$15 General Admission


This piano/oboe duo will perform concert works in the first Salon of the season.



Ellen Katz Willner
Warren Helms



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Adnet and DaFonseca

Jazz Room Series presents

Maucha Adnet with Duduka DaFonseca

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 4:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

*3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session
General Admission $15 • William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • non-William Paterson students $8
$3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day
William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.


Vocalist Maucha Adnet has become known as one of the world’s leading purveyors of Brazilian song, through her appearances with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, and on trumpeter Randy Brecker’s award-winning CD Into the Sun. She is joined by the renowned Grammy-winning Brazilian drummer Duduka DaFonseca, who is a veteran of performances with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gerry Mulligan, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell, and is a member of Rufus Reid’s Trio.

Maucha Adnet on Facebook
Duduka DaFonseca


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Vince Giordano/Nighthawks

Jazz Room Series presents

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

*7:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session
General Admission $15 • William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • non-William Paterson students $8
$3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day
William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.


Vince Giordano’s lifelong passion for early swing has led him to become one of the most world’s most authentic, high-energy voices of this style. Giordano’s eleven-piece band, the Nighthawks, is a gathering of stellar soloists who have spent years honing their tight ensemble to perfection. The band has appeared in such movies as The Cotton Club, the Howard Hughes-based The Aviator, and won a Grammy for their work in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. In the last six months, WP alumnus Paul Wells has joined as the band’s featured drummer, adding his voice to an already powerfully swinging band.

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks


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Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
Starring Oscar ‘Andy’ Hammerstein III, grandson of the beloved lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II with special guests Sean MacLaughlin and Teri Dale Hansen

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 8:300 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra/Front Loge $37 • Rear Loge $32


Thrill to the brilliant music of this legendary team with songs from their celebrated collaborations, featuring music from South Pacific, The Sound of Music, State Fair, The King & I, Carousel, and Oklahoma!

Oscar ‘Andy’ Hammerstein III
Sean MacLaughlin
Teri Dale Hansen


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Jerry Dodgion

Jazz Room Series presents

The Big Band with
Saxophonist/Composer Jerry Dodgion

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

*3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session
General Admission $15 • William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • non-William Paterson students $8
$3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day
William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.


Although many will recognize Dodgion’s membership in the original Thad Jones Mel Lewis sax section in 1966, he has also had a number of other historic roles, including his 1962 Soviet Union tour with Benny Goodman’s band, his longterm accompaniment of Billie Holliday as a member of the Vernon Alley quintet, and his featured role on one of Frank Sinatra’s few small-group recordings. This concert will showcase Dodgion’s saxophone and his compositions, including his widely played composition “Thank You” and his arrangement of Marian McPartland’s “Ambience.”

Jerry Dodgion on Facebook


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Davis/Kaneko/Sanchez

Jazz Room Series presents

Richard Davis with Aska Kaneko and Angelica Sanchez
CD recording session co-produced with Seed Artists

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 4:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

*3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session
General Admission $15 • William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • non-William Paterson students $8
$3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day
William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.


This live CD recording session will feature the iconic bass of Richard Davis, heard on such landmark recordings as Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunchand others with Kenny Dorham, James Moody, Booker Ervin, and Pat Martino – and as the original bassist of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra in their 1966 debut. He will be joined by composer/violinist Aksa Kaneko, internationally known and in demand as a new-music pioneer; and pianist and WP jazz alumnus Angelica Sanchez who has performed with Joe Lovano, Dave Ballou, Tim Berne and Mark Dresser.

Richard Davis
Aska Kaneko
Angelica Sanchez on All About Jazz


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Collage 2015

The WP Music Department presents

Collage!

Friday, December 4, 2015, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $25 General Public • $23 WP faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens • $10 non-William Paterson students


Collage will showcase the musical talents of the WP faculty and students, from jazz to pop to classical. This gala concert is a benefit to raise funds for the WP music department’s endowed music scholarship fund.

WP Music Department



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Charles McPherson

Jazz Room Series presents

Charles McPherson

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

*3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session
General Admission $15 • William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • non-William Paterson students $8
$3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day
William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.


A product of Detroit’s musical environment, saxophonist Charles McPherson is deservedly known as one of the great speakers of the bebop language. A veteran of performances with Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Phil Woods, and guest appearances on recordings with Charles Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew and most recently with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, McPherson was the featured saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film Bird. His iconic saxophone voice will provide and exciting finale to this fall’s Jazz Room Series.

Charles McPherson


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Will and Anthony

Christmas in Italy with Will and Anthony

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $25 Orchestra • $20 Loge


The twins with the golden voices, Will and Anthony Nunziata, perform their favorite Christmas carols, show tunes, and Italian standards with fresh takes on "The Christmas Song," "Santa Lucia," "Silent Night," “O Sole Mio,” and "Funiculi, Funicula.”

Will and Anthony


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Judy Collins

Celebrate the Holidays with Judy Collins

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Peforming Arts

Admission: $50 Orchestra • $40 Loge


The iconic, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter comes to the Shea Center for a special holiday show!


Listen to BOTH SIDES NOW sung by Judy Collins



Listen to SEND IN THE CLOWNS sung by Judy Collins



Listen to AMAZING GRACE sung by Judy Collins



Judy Collins



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