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Jazz Room Series • Guitarist James Chirillo

Jazz Room Series • Guitarist James Chirillo


James Chirillo is a vastly under-recognized virtuoso of swing and bop guitar, and was a charter member of the Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra directed by Gunther Schuller and David Baker.  He is a student of the legendary Tiny Grimes, and was a member of Benny Goodman’s last touring band, performed frequently with Bob Wilbur, Buck Clayton, Kenny Davern, Vic Damone, Marilyn Maye, and more recently with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.  He is a graduate of North Texas State University, and was a member of the Jazz Knights at West Point, one of the US Armed Forces’ premiere jazz ensembles.  He brings his swinging virtuosity to the Jazz Room stage for the first time, joined by the great swing trumpeter Jon-Erik Kelso, clarinetist Evan Christopher, trombonist Harvey Tibbs, and drummer Jerome Jennings.

James Chirillo


General Admission: Public $15 • WP community and senior citizens $12
Non-William Paterson students $8 • WP students one free ticket with ID at Box Office on day of show.
All tickets are an additional $5 on show day

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Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance in Shea Recital Hall.
Free to all ticket holders.  Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

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