William Paterson University Jazz Room Series Presents Generations of Jazz Piano, Part 1: Dick Hyman On October 23

Jazz pianist Dick Hyman, well-known for his legendary 60-year career as the dean of jazz piano, brings his unique sound to William Paterson University on Sunday, October 23 as part of the University’s fall 2016 Jazz Room series. Hyman will showcase his encyclopedic repertoire and virtuous touch in a performance that begins at 4 p.m. in the Shea Center for Performing Arts on campus.

Prior to the concert, Hyman will be the guest for “Sittin’ In,” an informal discussion about jazz, at 3 p.m. in Shea Center. Admission is free to all Jazz Room ticket holders. Tickets are available at the Shea Center Box Office in advance at 973.720.2371 or or on the day of the performance at $15 general admission, $12 senior citizens and William Paterson community, and $8 for non-William Paterson students. William Paterson students are admitted free with a valid I.D. There is a $3 fee for tickets purchased on the day of the show.

In a career spanning more than six decades, Hyman has been a pianist, organist, arranger, music director and composer. Known as a dean of jazz piano, he is a 2017 NEA Jazz Master. One of the first to record on the Moog synthesizer, his record “The Minotaur” landed on the Billboard charts. Hyman earned Hall of Fame status at Rutgers’ Jazz Studies Institute and the New Jersey Jazz Society for a robust career with highlights like Benny Goodman’s pianist to his TV career as pianist/organist in popular shows like Sing Along with Mitch and Beat the Clock, as well composing several Woody Allen film scores. 

Launched in 1978, William Paterson University’s Jazz Room Series is one of the largest and most prestigious college-sponsored jazz events in the country. Performers include renowned professionals who encompass the complete spectrum of jazz, as well as William Paterson’s own student ensembles. The series has won numerous grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its innovative programming.