WP jazz masters alumnus, pianist and vocalist Kelly Green leads her trio in a program that will make a strong connection to our current students and wider audience. Since her graduation, Green has become a fixture on the New York City jam session scene, hosting after-hours jams at numerous major New York clubs. That exposure has led to performances at The Blue Note, Mezzrow, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, and other important venues, with her own trio and with such artists as George Coleman, Christian McBride, Rich Perry, Wizard Harper and others. Her new CD, "Live Rearranged" features McBride as well as Steve Nelson, Josh Evans and others. She came to the WP masters program after earning her undergraduate degree at University of North Florida, she has been a member of the staff at the WP Summer Jazz Workshop for several years, and she represented the University on a playing/teaching tour of Colombia, South America two years ago. Her trio is made up of bassist Alex Tremblay and drummer and former WP jazz student Evan Hyde.
Celebrating the group’s 19th anniversary, UpTown Flutes is a dynamic ensemble presenting works for piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes. The program will include works by Imani Winds founder Valerie Coleman, Peter Schickele, and a 2018 commissioned work by UpTown Flutes member John McMurtery.
Two veteran WP jazz faculty members connect for an intimate duo performance featuring standards, blues and Duke Ellington. Charlap has been Director of Jazz Studies since 2015, and is considered to be one of the leading pianists on today's jazz scene. He won a Grammy for his all-Kern CD with Tony Bennett, and he has been nominated for three other Grammys, including his recent all-Gershwin collaboration with Bennett and Diana Krall released this past fall. McLaurine has been a member of the adjunct bass faculty for 21 years, and was the bassist in Clark Terry's group for over 30 years. His long career has included tours and recordings with such artists as Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell, Jon Hendricks, McCoy Tyler, Abbey Lincoln, and with the Count Basie Orchestra during the period it was led by WP Founding Jazz Director Thad Jones.
Bill CharlapMarcus McLaurine
This concert will feature works by Philip Glass, Stephen Beles and others.
Carl Patrick BolleiaAnton Vishio
Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading improvisers on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained broad recognition while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea’s Origin and the cooperative sextet, One For All. Steve has appeared in Downbeat Magazine’s Reader’s and Critic’s Polls numerous times, once winning the “Rising Star” award. He has also been nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association four years in a row as Trombonist of the Year.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.
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.
WP jazz alumnus, drummer Jaimeo Brown has had a career that crisscrosses jazz, rap and R&B, having performed with such musicians as Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Greg Osby, among others. His groundbreaking band Transcendance celebrates music of the African Diaspora, through melody, improvisation, rhythm and spoken word. Joined by saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and fellow WP alumnus, guitarist Chris Sholar and guests, this concert promises to be a riveting and deeply memorable experience.
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.
Featuring the “best of the best” of the WP music department: concert band, large and small ensembles, pop, jazz, percussion, and more! All proceeds benefit WP music scholarships.
Admission: $25 General Admission • $20 WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens • $10 Students
WP jazz studies director Bill Charlap is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. His 2015 Jerome Kern CD with Tony Bennett won a Grammy Award. This year, he was featured on the acclaimed all-Gershwin CD with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall. This intimate solo performance showcases Charlap’s great inventiveness and pianistic command.
WP New Music and percussion ensembles will perform original works by WP students, alumni and faculty, including Peter Jarvis, John Link, Payton MacDonald, Kevin Norton, Anton Vishio and others.
This concert will feature works by Shostakovich, Chaminade, Marquez and Brahms.
WP New Music and Percussion Ensemble, along with other ensembles, will perform new and repertoire compositions for tambourines.
Ingrid Jensen is considered one of today’s leading trumpeters and has toured and recorded with a long list of jazz heavyweights. This program features Jensen as a soloist with the WP Jazz Orchestra and also includes premieres of several new arrangements created by WP masters jazz arranging students.
This concert features music by Philip Glass and others.
Gilbert and Sullivan'sThe Pirates of PenzanceDirected by Phillip SprayberryConducted by Lois Buesser
WP students perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s zany operetta that follows a young man mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate. Conflict ensues and madcap madness abounds, but love wins in the end.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP employees, students, alumni, and senior citizens $10
Phillip SprayberryLois Buesser
This concert features music by Michael Colgrass and others.
Ray Vega is a crossover artist, immersed in jazz and salsa. His distinctive trumpet brought him to perform and record with legends like Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Harlow, and many more. For this program, Vega will combine his unique sound and deep experiences with the WP Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by veteran faculty member Chico Mendoza.
Carl Orff's Carmina Buranafeaturing the WP Choir and Percussion Ensemble with the Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts Vocal & Dance Ensemble
Conducted by Lauren Fowler-CalistoChoreographed by Erin Pride
This unique presentation of Carmina Burana features a dance component that is rarely ever choreographed for this symphonic and vocal masterpiece. The concert features WP music faculty as guest artists: Carl Patrick Bolleia and Bernie Visto, piano; Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone; David Guzman, tenor; and Chloe Holgate, soprano.
Admission: $5 • Students admitted free.
Lauren Fowler-CalistoErin Pride
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