WP Composers-In-Residence Day
Saxophonist-flutist Mitch Frohman is well known for his 25 years with the iconic Tito Puente’s Orchestra, as well as his membership with the Mongo Santamaria Band. He is leader or co-leader of the Bronx Horns, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, and the Eddie Torres Mambo Kings Dance Show Orchestra. Frohman will be joined by the students of the high-energy William Paterson Latin Jazz Ensemble, which has been performing at such an exciting level on our Jazz Room stage for decades under the leadership of faculty member Chico Mendoza.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8WP 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. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.
The ensembles will perform music of WP composers and others.
Acclaimed opera singer and former WP voice faculty Stephen Bryant will perform Schubert’s Winterreise accompanied by pianist and WP music faculty Warren Helms.
WP undergrad and graduate alumnus Brian McCarthy has created a nine-piece work that has been called by Down Beat magazine “a jazz album that makes a cavernous impression for its arresting beauty and conceptual brilliance” for its work in chronicling the years of reconciliation after the Civil War which gave birth to, among many other things, the jazz art form. This project started as an arts grant in McCarthy’s home state of Vermont, and features a number of great soloists who are alumni of William Paterson’s Jazz Program. Its title is taken directly from the final line of an Abraham Lincoln speech.
WP Voice students perform a selection of French-language songs and arias.
WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
Sons of Mystro is the violin duo of two brothers, Malcolm and Umoja. These brothers use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations accompanied by a DJ & a drummer. They are winners of the Best Emerging Artist under 21 Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Their music is a reflection of their Caribbean roots, American upbringing and classical music training.
“Our protégés, Sons of Mystro are an innovative musical force that is ready to take the world by storm.” -Black Violin
Admission: $10 • WP students admitted free with ID.
Sons of Mystro
Gary Smulyan’s award as Down Beat 2019 Readers Poll Baritone Saxophonist of the Year is the 19th such award won by this master of the large horn. A member of Joe Lovano’s large group and veteran of big bands led by Woody Herman and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Smulyan has become the world’s leading baritone soloist. He is joined by the tenor sax giant Ralph Moore, who is a veteran of groups led by Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie, and is returning to the jazz scene after over a decade as part of Kevin Eubank’s NBC Tonight Show band in California. The two major saxophone voices are joined by pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist David Wong and drummer Carl Allen.
Gary SmulyanRalph Moore at All Music
Internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Dashon Burton works with WP Voice students in a master class and workshop.
Orpheus in the Underworldby Jacques OffenbachStage Direction by Nathaniel MerchantMusical Direction by Christopher HerbertChoreography by Angel Reed
First Act Teaser
WP Voice presents the classic underground hit first performed in Paris in 1858. This timeless comedy takes the Greek myth of Orpheus and turns it upside down, finishing with the famous can-can!
Admission: $10 General Public • $5 WP students and alumni
The eighteen-piece WP Jazz Orchestra meets the versatile vibraphonist Steve Nelson, who is a veteran of bassist Dave Holland’s acclaimed Quintet, and a longtime collaborator with the late Mulgrew Miller as a member of Miller’s Wingspan group. Nelson has also performed with Kenny Barron, David “Fathead” Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean. A bachelors and masters graduate of Rutgers University, Nelson has also been on the Princeton faculty. Along with Nelson’s interpretations of jazz classics and standards, this concert will feature masters student arrangements of Nelson’s compositions written especially for this concert.
Steve Nelson at All About Jazz
Featuring WP Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and a jazz trio with special guests: Chicago Children's Choir Touring Ensemble, Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir and soloist, Deidra Toran of "Eden Gem" (Baltimore). This concert will highlight the talented Karen Goldfeder and her improvisation work with the WP Voice program throughout the spring semester.
Karen Goldfeder has sung repertoire from Gershwin to Penderecki to Machaud to Joni Mitchell with ensembles ranging from Musica Sacra to The Screaming Headless Torsos to her own band Magpie. Jazz, folk, oratorio, new music, free improvisation, early music, South Indian music, opera, musical theatre, and R&B have all shaped her musical perspective. She works with Bobby McFerrin and his management team to bring Bobby's approach to ensemble singing all over the world, and she serves as the program and curriculum coordinator for the Circlesongs workshop.
Goldfeder has performed, toured, and recorded with New York Virtuoso Singers, Voices of Ascension, New York Treble Singers, the Bard Festival Chorale, and the Gregg Smith Singers (among many others). Her contemporary opera credits include John Adam’s Death of Kinghoffer at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiell at Merkin Hall with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Solo appearances include the Monteverdi Vespers of 16010, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, the Stravinsky Mass, and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. Her jazz resume includes appearances with Jay Clayton, Julian Priester, Muhal Richard Abrams, and more, as well as performing with her own band at festivals including Vancouver Jazz, Bumbershoot in Seattle, and the Edinburgh Fringe.
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