Featuring WP violinist Nadya Kourani, cellist Naseem Alatrash, and vocalist Yousef Shamoun
Endeavors to perform contemporary and oriental world music works that specializes in the traditional authentic Mediterranean music, using the Maqam repertoire. Reach wider audiences through innovative concert and master classes. Tarab & Sahar Ensemble includes: violinists Gabriel Dahrieh, & Michael Abdallah, qanunist Jamal Sinno, oudist/ bouzoukist George Maamari, oudist Brian Prunka, percussionists Sam Younes - tabla, Adam Maalouf – tambourine, Ryan Tabshi - daf, and bassist John Murchison.
The Ensemble has been performing a series of Tarab nights at several venues including Columbia University, Princeton University, Harvard University, Rubin Museum of Art which was organized by My Dream Speaks, (le) Poisson Rouge in New York, as well as at the Turaath Night at Washington DC.
Naseem AlatrashYousef Shamoun
Mediterranean Music Master classCellist Naseem Alatrash and Violinist Nadya Kourani
The master class presents the knowledge of the Maqam theory and its application in the traditional music from the Mediterranean and North Africa.
Professional Midday Extra Credit will be awarded!
Sponsored by: Dr. Eyad Baghal, Gastroenterologist, 160 Haledon Ave. Prospect Park, NJ, (973)782-4871
This program features music by Alban Berg, Milton Babbitt, John Link, Sean Shepard and Iannis Xenakis.
Big Beat is a 19-piece big band that was formed with one purpose - to make music that sounds good and feels good. The band is co-led by four WP jazz alumni arrangers: trombonist Caleb Rumley, bassist Charlie Dougherty, keyboardist Ryan Tomski, and saxophonist Phil Engsberg, plus eleven other WP alumni. With lead vocalist and WP alumnus Allison McKenzie singing jazz, R&B, and soul, they create a fresh big band sound. They have performed at numerous major New York area jazz venues including The Knitting Factory, Langosta Lounge, and WP’s Summer Jazz Room series. Guest artist collaborations include vocalists Karryn Allison and Vanessa Rubin, guitarist Peter Bernstein, saxophonist and WP faculty member Rich Perry, trumpeters Duane Eubanks and Freddie Hendrix, and the Shady Street Show Band.
Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritoneRachel Schutz, sopranoTimothy Long, piano
The program will explore music from the first half of the 20th century including Poulenc’s La courte paille, and selections of songs by Erich Korngold and Florence Price, as well as more contemporary music by composers such as Isabelle Aboulker, John Metcalf, Chris DeBlasio, and Jeff Blumenkranz. Despite being “modern,” the program will explore a number of styles and approaches to vocal writing, and will be a great opportunity to hear some engaging and lesser-known works.
Christopher Dylan HerbertRachel SchutzTimothy Long
The Atlantic Chamber Players are comprised of Andrea Herr, Lisa Pike, Sarah Davol, Jim Noyes and Anna Keiserman. As a quintet of experienced musicians, they will perform a mix of solo and group works by 20th century composers including Henry Brant and Michael Head.
Paul Meyers has been a busy freelancer, sideman and bandleader in and around New York City, as well as a WP jazz adjunct faculty. He led his own quartet and recorded a CD featuring the great saxophonist/flutist Frank Wess, andtoured with two of the greatest jazz singers Jon Hendricks and Andy Bey. Meyers has performed and/or recorded with a list of jazz greats such as Harry Allen, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eddie Gomez, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Mays, Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, and others. He is also very active player in New York's vibrant Brazilian jazz scene. Meyers leads his own Brazilian jazz group World on a String. He is also a member of Requite Trio. Hewas a member of the Terra Brasil, has performed with Tango-jazz pianist and composer Pablo Zeigler (Astor Piazzola's pianist). He has also worked with the great Paul Winter at his Winter Solstice concerts, featuring Winter with several great Brazilian singers.
Formed in 1986, this all-star trio includes the premiere performers guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer/percussionist Daduka da Fonseca. They have made eight recordings, and their repertoire defines Brazilian jazz. Veterans of annual summer residencies at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, they frequently appear in the world’s major venues. Their combination of virtuoso jazz-based improvisations and fluid Brazilian groove creates a musical combination that is found nowhere else, and we are excited to welcome them to kick off the 2019-20 Jazz Room season.
3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101
Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket WP students are admitted free with ID.
Trio da Paz at Allmusic.com
Philippine-born pianist Charisse Baldoria fuses Western pianism with her Southeast Asian and Hispanic heritage, and integrates various art forms into a concert experience. Prizewinner of international competitions, she has performed in five continents, establishing a career as a pianist with multidisciplinary interests. She has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and Hindustani classical performers. Her latest CD Gamelan on Pianofeatures music inspired by Southeast Asia and her CD Evocación features music inspired by flamenco and tango. For this program, Baldoria will play Leopold Godowsky’s Java Suite for solo piano inspired by the virtuoso pianist-composer’s travels on the island of Java, Indonesia in the 1920s. It exploits the piano’s sonorities, utilizing polyphony and virtuoso technique to evoke the sounds of the gamelan (gong-chime ensemble) and Javanese life.
The “saxophone battle” is a long tradition in jazz – this concert will be not so much a battle as an energized meeting of two great purveyors of the great post-bop tradition, both with deep William Paterson connections. Vincent Herring has been a member of the WP jazz faculty since 2006, profoundly affected by the great sound of Cannonball Adderley and a veteran of bands led by Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton and many others. Eric Alexander is among the best-known alumni of the WP jazz program, is a mainstay in New York jazz clubs and in festivals worldwide, is an ongoing collaborator with his former teacher and mentor, pianist Harold Mabern, and has appeared on over 90 CDs as a guest artist. Both Herring and Alexander have a long list of recordings as individual leaders.
Vincent HerringEric Alexander
Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts,” (National Public Radio) New York Polyphony is one of the foremost vocal chamber ensembles active today. The four men, “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure,” (The New Yorker) give vibrant, modern voice to repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to cutting-edge compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works, has not only earned New York Polyphony two Grammy nominations and wide acclaim, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream.
New York Polyphony
Internationally respected drummer and WP alumnus returns to his alma mater in a tribute to two of his mentors, drum legends Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Allen has already built a major career, having led his own bands and appeared with numerous influential jazz performers, beginning with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before graduating from WP. He has also collaborated with Michael and Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, J.J. Johnson, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Billy Childs and many others. His direct connection to Elvin Jones and to Blakey will be the inspiration for this powerful performance.
The multi-talented New York Voices are one of today’s premiere jazz vocal groups, celebrating their 30th year, 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 talented students of William Paterson’s 18-piece Jazz Orchestra, with exciting performances of NY Voices’ lead arranger Meader’s great arrangements of standards and big band hits.
New York Voices
WP opera students present scenes from various operatic works with piano, led by WP professors Christopher Dylan Herbert and Lois Buesser.
The young violinist Daisy Castro has grown to become a major part of gypsy jazz music worldwide, including appearances at Django Reinhardt celebrations in New York, across the US and Europe. Daisy began violin studies in the usual way with Suzuki and school orchestras, but fell in love with gypsy jazz on a France visit with her parents. Her debut CD, Gypsy Moth was released at age 13, and she has been appearing on the world’s stages since then, appearing with violinist Mark O’Connor, guitarist Howard Alden, and many more. Her high-energy gypsy swing will certainly make a wonderful impression in her first Jazz Room performance.
WP Voice professors work with WP Voice students in a public master class focusing on vocal technique, arias, art songs, and stagecraft
WP voice students in their second, third, and fourth years of study present an evening of art songs focused on a specific theme. Professors Warren Helms and June Marano-Murray lead the evening from the piano.
Led by Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto, WP Concert Choir and Chamber Choir present a program featuring internationally renowned composer, Tarik O'Regan's Magnificat and Classic Winter Carols with Warren Helms, organist.
With the inspiration that Nat King Cole’s TV show brought to the American public which included so many amazingly talented singers such as Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae and many others, John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell pay homage to Nat King Cole and these iconic singers. This new show is timely for John Pizzarelli who recently released a Nat King Cole tribute album. He also shares a deep connection to William Paterson with his father and historic jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. Catherine Russell returns by popular demand. Together, they bring Nat King Cole’s most memorable hits such as Route 66, Straighten Up and Fly Right, and Paper Moon along with the timeless works from Billie Holiday and the Ladies of Song.
Admission: $45 Orchestra • $40 Loge • $10 WP students**20% off for WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens by calling (973-720-2371) or visiting the box office in Shea Center lobby.
John PizzarelliCatherine Russell
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