Music

Meyers & Pereira

The Summer Jazz Room Series presents

Paul Meyers and Vanderlei Pereira

Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $10.00 per evening concert or,
$40 for a weeklong pass.
(Weeklong pass is only available until Thursday, 7/17/14)
Seniors and those with WBGO discount $8
Students with ID free


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 Summer Jazz Room Series presents

The Philly Tenors

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $10.00 per evening concert or,
$40 for a weeklong pass.
(Weeklong pass is only available until Thursday, 7/17/14)
Seniors and those with WBGO discount $8
Students with ID free


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

The Summer Jazz Room Series presents

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $10.00 per evening concert or,
$40 for a weeklong pass.
(Weeklong pass is only available until Thursday, 7/17/14)
Seniors and those with WBGO discount $8
Students with ID free


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

The Summer Jazz Room Series presents

Horacee Arnold

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $10.00 per evening concert or,
$40 for a weeklong pass.
(Weeklong pass is only available until Thursday, 7/17/14)
Seniors and those with WBGO discount $8
Students with ID free


“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 Summer Jazz Room Series presents

The Heath Brothers Quartet

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $10.00 per evening concert or,
$40 for a weeklong pass.
(Weeklong pass is only available until Thursday, 7/17/14)
Seniors and those with WBGO discount $8
Students with ID free


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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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

The 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)
“Ancient Meets Modern”

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