Sons of Mystro is the violin duo of two brothers, Malcolm and Umoja, who use their instruments to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations. They are winners of the Best Emerging Artist under 21 Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Accompanied by a DJ and drummer, 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
Sons of Mystro
This fantastic new show depicts the life and music of one of America’s most iconic and talented performers, the Legendary Sam Cooke, brought to you alongside a live and soulful big band. This world premiere concert features the greatest hits from the Legend of Soul including “You Send Me”, “Only Sixteen”, “Cupid”, “Chain Gang”, “Twistin the Night Away”, “A Change is Gonna Come”, “Wonderful World,” to name a few. Beginning with the gospel music that formed the foundation of Sam Cooke’s career, and spanning his success as a pop star, its pure magic from beginning to end. He is “Forever Mr. Soul”.
Sam Cooke is the pioneer of what we have come to know as Soul Music. He was one of the most popular and beloved performers of his time bridging the gap between black and white audiences and crossed generations. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.
As a Musician, Actor, Producer, Educator & Social Activist Bradd Marquis performs the songs written and sung by Sam Cooke to curate and narrate a show that not only entertains, but informs his audience on a historical time loaded with lessons about life, self- empowerment and social change that are still relevant and necessary to this day. Bradd Marquis transports you back in time through the life of Sam Cooke a.k.a. Mr. Soul - from birth, to a preacher son in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to his recruitment into the number one Gospel Group, The Soul Stirrers in Chicago, to his secular music crossover, to his rise to a pop icon and his tragic death as he began to transform into a social activist. Graduating with a degree in African American Studies from the University of Cincinnati Marquis has worked for over a decade in social service and educational sectors, professionally and personally, volunteering his time to empower young people. Having a love and gift for music, Marquis pursued a career in entertainment hoping to inspire young people to over achieve. Breaking through national television and radio airwaves with his R&B hit singles, “Love Will Find A Way,” “Break Up” and “Free” Marquis has been booked on national tours and performed on stages with artists such as Jaheim, Tamia, India.Arie, Blue Magic, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Gordon Chambers, Teedra Moses, and Angela Winbush just to name a few. He has performed on television shows such as Showtime at the Apollo, Apollo Live and had multiple guest spots on BET’s 106 & Park where he was named Soul Singer of the Year.
The Music of Sam CookeBradd Marquis on FaceBook
Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $20
What better than to share Valentine's weekend with your loved one and the greatest love songs from Journey!!
Frontiers is the world’s number one tribute to Journey. These five talented, skilled, renowned NYC area musicians recreate the music of Journey to perfection, note for note - every nuance, every iconic riff, all the feels. Frontiers covers all the greatest hits of Journey, taking you back to the late 70’s during Journey’s magical inception with Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon, and to the 80’s with Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain, when Journey’s timeless, chart topping hits such as Open Arms, Separate Ways, Send Her My Love, Faithfully, Stone in Love, Don’t Stop Believing, Who’s Crying Now, Anyway You Want It, and many others ruled the airwaves. When both Steve Perry and Neal Schon proclaim to the world via Twitter that Frontiers is their favorite Journey tribute band, you know you’re in for an authentic, unmatched, amazing experience.
Hands down, Frontiers is my favorite tribute to Journey! Go check them out..@FrontiersJrny” – Steve Perry via Twitter“My favorite Journey tribute band FRONTIERS! @FrontiersJrny” – Neal Schon via Twitter
Admission: Orchestra $30 • Loge $25
WP's Small Vocal Ensemble performs works of Bach, Casulana, Schütz, and Billy Joel.Christopher Herbert, music director
Also live streaming on the Music Department YouTube Channel
Scholarship Benefit for March Tour to Italy
Admission: $10.00 for adults • $5.00 for students and children (Purchase at the Door)
One of today’s leading jazz vocalists, Jazzmeia Horn grew up in Dallas and went from the famous Booker T. Washington Arts High School to the New School in New York, and was soon mentored by jazz vocal legends Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, and Bobby McFerrin. After remarkably winning both the 2013 Sarah Vaughn Vocal Competition, and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, she was signed to Concord Records. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards for two of her solo albums, and brings her emotionally powerful voice and music to open this spring’s Jazz Room Series.
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.
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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.
African Soul International brings the fire, passion, and energy of the rich African and African American experience in ways that exhilarate and educate audiences. Their presentation will incorporate live drumming, dancing, storytelling, and songs for all ages to enjoy. Once the energy hits you, you may just want to get out of your seat and dance too!
African Soul International
There is no other performer who looks and sounds so much like Elton John, nor any tribute act that provides the experience of being at an Elton John concert the way Gerald Brann and Yellow Brick Road do. Brann not only bears an uncanny resemblance to the international superstar – complete with gap-toothed smile and many of his mannerisms – but he recreates Elton John’s vocals and playing to a tee. Brann captures the essence of the piano man donning replica costumes and Elton’s trademark sunglasses. A trained jazz pianist, Brann has been a lifelong Elton John fan, and his admiration and love for the music comes shining through as he performs one hit after another with remarkable likeness to the pop icon. The band evokes audience participation throughout the show – whether singing along to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song,” swaying to “Candle in the Wind,” or hopping and bopping to “Crocodile Rock.” This is more than a tribute; this is a recreation of one of the most loved formers of any generation, Elton John.
Yellow Brick Road
Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35
This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.
Mad River Theater Works is an acclaimed touring ensemble that creates vibrant and evocative plays with music for families and young audiences based on American history and folklore. Founded in 1978, Mad River presents original productions that explore traditional stories and themes in a unique, innovative style.
Mad River Theater Works
Two Performances - March 2, 2022 at 10:30am & 5:15pm
Slippery When Wet (NJ) is a group of seasoned veterans of the New York and New Jersey music scene. Raised on the same mean streets and reared in many of the same bars and nightclubs as Jon and the band, these experienced rockers bring the same energy, enthusiasm, and New Jersey attitude to the stage as the early Bon Jovi, circa 1986!
From the heart of the Jersey Shore, the B-Street Band is the hardest working tribute band on the circuit, performing year round throughout the country. Loved by the musicians they honor, B-Street Band has had the honor and privilege of performing with several E-Street Band including Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, the late great Clarence Clemons, Garry W. Tallent, and Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez. "The Boss" himself has made an appearance to see the B-Street Band.
These bands pay tribute to two of New Jersey's most popular artists and the sounds of Jersey Rock.
Slippery When WetThe B-Street Band
Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30
Legendary trumpeter Randy Brecker combines forces with the powerful WP Jazz Orchestra. The concert will feature music spanning Brecker’s well-known career, which includes his virtuoso playing on bebop, standards, funk, and R&B from the historic Brecker Brothers repertoire with his late brother, master saxophonist Michael Brecker, whose archive is housed on campus. This concert will feature premieres of two new arrangements of Brecker originals by WP graduate arranging students, and new arrangements from Brecker’s recent CD with the Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra. The concert is certain to be memorable, with Brecker’s long association with the WP students and our program.
Under the artistic direction of Irma Suarez Ruiz and executive leadership of Jorge Perez, the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater in residence at Northeastern University continues its mission of preservation, presentation and promotion of Spanish dance and culture which also includes the exploration of the country’s history in the; Flamenco, Folkloric, Classical and Escuela Bolera styles and identifies its influence on Latin American art and dance in both traditional and contemporary formats. For 46 years the company has been creating Spanish dance and performing as Chicago’s International Cultural Treasure and ambassador.
The program will open with the critically acclaimed “Danza del Fuego” (Dance of the Fire) (1979) choreographed by the Ensemble’s founder, Dame Libby Komaiko, to the music of Ruiz de Luna in the Neo-Clasical (Flamenco and Classical) styles. The program also features the Flamenco full company work “No Me Olvides” (Do Not Forget Me) (2008) by artistic director, Irma Suarez Ruiz along with her full company classical work, “Baile de Luis Alonso” (Dance of Luis Alonso) to the music of Geronimo Gimenez. Other highlights of this program include “Al Golpe” (To the Beat) and “Ritmo de la Tierra” (Rhythm of the Earth) choreographed by Nino de los Reyes, the first dancer to ever win a Grammy.Other program works include “Horizonte” (2018) choreographed and performed by Company dancer Monica Saucedo; “Entre Dos Almas” (Between Two Souls) (1998), choreographed and performed by Ruiz and Perez and Solares (2018) Flamenco contemporary work, choreographed by Carlos Rodriguez and performed by Company dancer, Luis Beltran. Musical guest artists performing in the program include Flamenco singer/guitarist Paco Fonta (Jaen/Miami); singer, guitarist, and percussionist José Moreno (Madrid, Malaga, New York); Flamenco guitarist David Chiriboga (Ecuador/Chicago).
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $20 • WP Community/Students/Children 50% Discount • WP Students Free (one per ID)
Voted the #1 jazz vocal group in the country in the 2021 Jazz Times Critics’ Poll, this virtuoso jazz vocal quartet, formed in 2012, bring a new and refreshing approach to the art of vocal jazz. Amy London, Jeanne O’Connor, Dylan Pramuk, and our own WP faculty member and Jazz Room co-producer Pete McGuinness, pay tribute to their jazz heroes through intricate harmonies and wonderful energy. The Bopsters delve into vocal improvisation; vocalese, the art of penning lyrics to instrumental jazz solos; and their original songs and arrangements further the tradition of modern jazz, bebop, and the blues. Their latest release, Party of Four, allows them to swing deeply while singing precise vocal harmonies.
The Royal Bopsters
WP Voice students perform songs and arias in Italian.June Marano-Murray & Charity Wicks, piano
Best of the Eagles is one of the top Eagles tribute bands in the country, performing the band’s greatest hits from the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. What makes this tribute unique from other bands is that each member performs and sings the songs just as the original member does. Each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. This is no simple copy band or impersonator act but rather a group of excellent musicians who expertly and authentically re-create the songs, the music, the vocals and the magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands. It is the most authentic recreation next to seeing the Eagles live. If you love the music of the Eagles, you will not want to miss BOTE.
Best of the Eagles
Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge
Sands brings his inventive and swinging approach to the Jazz Room stage with his top-level trio. He was mentored by Dr. Billy Taylor, who featured him early on a WP Summer Jazz performance; former WP jazz director Mulgrew Miller also was a great proponent of Sands’ talents. He has been here several times for our students, but this is his first Jazz Room performance, which will be packed with the history of jazz and the blues. Sands has been featured with such jazz giants as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Ulysses Owens, and vocalist Gregory Porter, and his albums have included saxophonist Craig Handy and drummer Louis Hayes. This five-time Grammy nominee’s creative approach to the piano trio tradition will make for an exciting concert.
The William Paterson University Flute Ensemble will present a diverse program, including collaborations with jazz students and with voice faculty member Darian Clonts. Please join us for an evening of musical surprises to delight your ears!
Saxophonist Leo Johnson is one of the true elders of the Newark jazz tradition, maintaining a broad career in the Latin and jazz worlds for decades. He has played in the bands of organists Bill Doggett, Rhoda Scott, Jack McDuff, and Jimmy McGriff, and one led by WP Latin jazz director Chico Mendoza. He was musical director for vocalist Jimmy Scott, and has mentored numerous musicians including Cassandra Wilson, Phillip Harper, and Pulitzer Prize winner Terence Blanchard. This concert combines Johnson’s long history with the students of WP’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, an unbeatable combination.
Leo Johnson at Newark Jazz Elders
This sublime comedy opera probes the topics of inequality, power relationships, sexual misconduct, and forgiveness. Performed with full orchestra and historical costumes.
Charity Wicks, musical directorChristopher Herbert, producer and stage director
Admission: $15.00 General • $10.00 Students & WP Community
Performances in Shea Auditorium:Friday, April 22, 2002 at 7:00pmSunday, April 24, 2002 at 2:00pm
Featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Bach Ensemble with Guest Artists
The fantastic finale of this season brings to our stage a true supergroup, one of the most in-demand ensembles on today’s jazz scene, appearing worldwide and at the top of many reader and critics’ polls. Artemis features arrangements and original compositions by several of the members, which are a vehicle for their unique sound. Their much-acclaimed debut recording is on the prestigious Blue Note label and they were featured at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America. Each member is a bandleader and unique voice in their own right, and their combined repertoire is reshaping today’s jazz world.
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