Music

Russell Malone

Jazz Room Series presents

Russell Malone Quartet

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 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.


Russell Malone’s first Jazz Room appearance comes at the height of a long career that began with the great organist Jimmy Smith. Together, they recorded three Grammy-nominated albums. He was a member of the Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio (along side the late WP jazz director Mulgrew Miller) and a current member of the Sonny Rollins’ Band as well as his own quartet.

Russell Malone


Iris Perry & Daniel Mumm

Musical Salon Series presents

Iris Perry, Piano • Daniel Mumm, Cello

Sunday, October 19, 2:00 pm

Hobart Manor

$15.00 General Admission


This piano/cello duo will perform concert works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Saint-Saens in the first Salon concert of the season.

Iris Perry
Daniel Mumm










John Sebastian

Onstage Café at Shea presents

John Sebastian

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00 pm*
*For dinner ticketholders, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the full dinner service and open bar.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $60 onstage seat with dinner buffet and open beer-and-wine bar.
$32 show only • There will be no discounts for this performance


From his days with The Lovin Spoonful and hits like Darling Be Home Soon, Do You Believe in Magic, Nashville Cats, Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind and You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice to solo hits like the theme from Welcome Back Kotter, John Sebastian has pushed the envelope of folk music, and after 40 years, he is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music.

John Sebastian


Fred Hersch

Jazz Room Series presents

Fred Hersch Trio

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 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.


The respected status of this great pianist is not only evidenced by his slew of prestigious awards, but the fact that he was the first pianist in the Village Vanguard jazz club’s 75-year history to play week-long engagements. Hersch has collaborated with a wide array of major musicians, including Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, and Bill Frisell, as well as sopranos Renee Fleming and Dawn Upshaw.

Fred Hersch


Marlene VerPlanck

Jazz Room Series presents

Marlene VerPlanck Meets Scott Robinson and The Saxes

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 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.


Jazz vocalist Marlene Verplanck has maintained a career that features jazz, the American Songbook and a huge studio vocal recording career that included background vocal dates with Frank Sinatra – and famous jingles for Campbell’s Soup® “Mmm Mmm Good” and Winston™ “…tastes good like a cigarette should.” Marlene’s Jazz Room performance features her regular all-star rhythm section plus a four-saxophone section led by master saxophonist Al Regni, with arrangements by the great arranger Billy VerPlanck.

Part of the proceeds will go toward the J. Billy VerPlanck Scholarship Fund for trombonists at William Paterson University.

Marlene VerPlanck


VJO

Jazz Room Series presents

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 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.


Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (VJO) is a 16-piece powerhouse that shares a close history and mission with the WP jazz studies program. Both were founded by trumpeter/arranger Thad Jones, and both are involved with the performance and preservation of Thad’s music. VJO includes three WP faculty members: tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, pianist Jim McNeely and trombonist/spokesperson John Mosca. This concert promises a good representation of Thad’s genius including some rarities.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra


Lou Donaldson

Jazz Room Series presents

Lou Donaldson Quartet

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 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.


Lou Donaldson is one of the living legends of the alto saxophone, gaining a well-deserved reputation for being a leader in blending the great traditions of blues and bebop. Lou has collaborated, toured and recorded with a who’s-who of major jazz artists including Philly Joe Jones, Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk, Milt Jackson, and was a member of Art Blakey’s group. His long-awaited Jazz Room concert will demonstrate his technical prowess and blues power.

Lou Donaldson


The Celts

Christmas with the Celts
As seen on PBS-TV

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $25.00 • Loge $20.00 • Discounts apply


Christmas with The Celts will warm your heart with fiery, evocative Irish and Scottish Christmas Carols that go back as far as the 12th century, plus the carols we all love with a Celtic flavor. This inspirational performance will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you want to dance. So forget your problems for a while, and let The Celts embrace you with their playful energy and incredible musicianship. Celebrate “Christmas with The Celts!”







The Celts





New York Voices

Jazz Room Series presents

New York Voices
with the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 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.


The multi-talented New York Voices are one of today’s premiere jazz vocal groups with styles ranging from doo-wop to swing to modern jazz. This exciting concert will feature the Voices foursome (Kim Nazarian, Darmon Meader, Lauren Kinhan and Peter Eldridge) in collaboration with the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra. The show will feature some of the Voices’ holiday arrangements set for this very special time of year.

New York Voices


The 5th Dimension

Celebrate the Holidays with
Florence LaRue and The 5th Dimension

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $45.00 • Loge $35.00 • Discounts apply


With such classic hits as Up, Up, and Away, Wedding Bell Blues, Stone Soul Picnic, Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep, and Aquarius, the 5th Dimension, led by founding member Florence LaRue, continues to grow with the times to appeal to audiences of all ages as they tour the globe.



The 5th Dimension




Beethoven Bday Bash

Musical Salon Series presents

Beethoven Birthday Bash
featuring Piano, Cello, and Clarinet

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

Hobart Manor

$15.00 General Admission


It’s Ludwig’s 244th birthday, and you are invited to celebrate with a concert of gorgeous sonatas and a cake.

Ludwig Van Beethoven on Wikipedia!


Black Violin

Black Violin
Hip-Hop Violin Duo

Thursday, February 5, 2015,
12:30 pm* & & 7:30 pm**

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: *School-time performance-All tickets $10.00 •
**General public performance-Orchestra $25.00 • Loge $20.00


Here to make their mark in popular music, this classically trained violin duo introduces a groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music that melds highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act. Black Violin is made up of the South Florida twosome of Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester. The pair has played and collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles to name a few. Live, they are accompanied by their potent band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal), drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen), and cellist Joe Cello (Joseph Valbrun).

"It's something everyone can enjoy, whether you're an 80-year-old grandmother or a kid in kindergarten…it's classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop…just good music." - Wil B of Black Violin

"We're the biggest independent group that no one has ever heard of." - Kev Marcus of Black Violin



Black Violin's Triumph Video
Black Violin's A Flat Video
Black Violin's Web Site