A Masked Prom • Viewing on Demand Until 2/12/21
WP Voice presents A MASKED PROM, a music video of opera arias and duets recorded and filmed during the Fall 2020 semester, featuring William Paterson music students. The selections include familiar favorites like the Lakmé"Flower Duet," and "Sull'aria" from The Marriage of Figaro, along with rarer works from Little Women, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Old Maid and the Thief, and other works by Mozart, Sullivan, Purcell, and Donizetti. To view a teaser click here.
Admission: Pay What You Choose • $Free, $5, $10, $20, $30, $50All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.
The Bronx Wanderers is a celebration of American rock and roll and the story of one musical family, told through their favorite songs (and yours) with plenty of laughs and memories along the way. For over a decade, the Adinolfi family has captured audiences of all ages from across the world. The Bronx Wanderers include former record producer and family patriarch Yo! Vinny, his two multi-talented sons, Vin A and Nicky Stixx, plus three of the most talented musicians who just happen to be their high school friends. Together, they take you on a musical, comedic and heartfelt journey through music’s biggest and most recognizable hits with great insider stories from Yo! Vinny’s 35-year career as a record producer, label executive and music publisher. This is a virtual broadcast of their full show from Las Vegas.
The Bronx Wanderers show is high energy showmanship at its best, featuring non-top hit after hit from artists such as Frankie Valli, Dion, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Billy Joel, Queen and Bruno Mars, just to name a few. Truly a show for everyone of all ages, The Bronx Wanderers have played over 1000 shows on the Las Vegas strip, have been awarded “Best of Las Vegas” 3 years in a row, and have always been in the top ten of 188 shows in Las Vegas.
The Bronx Wanderers
Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.
Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, The Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today. Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, and Pharrell Williams, among others, and have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftains, and Trace Adkins. Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is filled with enthusiasm and lots of singing and dancing. Their harmonious songs of love and hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away! Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, and dance on to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance!There will be a short opening performance by the William Paterson Pop Vocal Ensemble, featuring WP music students.
The Harlem Gospel Choir
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” (Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s). It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.
The Langston Hughes Project is a joyous Multimedia celebration of this masterwork – in music, spoken word and visuals – performed by the impressively versatile Dr. Ron McCurdy (as narrator and on trumpet) and his talented group of musicians (on piano, bass and drums) “who make heads bob, fingers snap and feet tap throughout.” This amazing production was named "Live Experience of the Year" at the 2016 JazzFM Awards in London, England.
The Langston Hughes Project
Drummer Johnathan Blake has built a major career since his graduation from William Paterson’s jazz program in the 1990s, appearing on more than 50 albums and touring and with multiple generations of artists, including a trio with Dave Holland and Kenny Barron, Michael Brecker, Oliver Lake, Roy Hargrove, rapper Q Tip, Tom Harrell, and more. Winner of the 2006 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and an experienced bandleader, his versatility has made him one of the most in-demand drummers on today’s scene. This concert features his band, together with saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibraphonist Joel Ross, exciting pianist David Virelles, and the busy bassist Dezron Douglas. Son of the great jazz violinist John Blake, Johnathan has become a master at combining the jazz tradition with modernism.
Sittin’ In, the series of concert previews, presents featured interviews with jazz artists and guest speakers. This informal discussion is free to the public.Sittin' In Meet–the–Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert (3:00 p.m.) and broadcast on the WP Presents! You Tube channel. Subscribe to the channel here. Submit questions in advance to: email@example.com
Admission: Pay what you choose - $25 • $20 • $15 • $10 Public$8 Non-William Paterson students and WP CommunityWP Students FREE via a weekly code emailed from facultyAll tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.
The World’s Most Unique 2-Person Circus Show!
The show is a fast-paced, high energy circus show for all ages showcasing incredible feats of juggling, hula hoops, unicycle, aerial, circus stunts, contortion, and magic all wrapped up in a blanket of comedy. Recently featured in Hugh Jackman’s hit movie, “The Greatest Showman”, The Great DuBois have amassed an impressive list of credits, including appearances in the Tony Award winning “Pippin” on Broadway, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night with David Letterman”, Britney Spears World Circus Tour, and the movie “Burlesque” to highlight just a few. The award-winning combination of Michael DuBois and Viktoria Grimmy have five generations of circus performing between them and have wowed crowds all over the world.
The Great Dubois
Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $5.00)All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.
The music of The Moody Blues has lit up the hearts and minds of millions of rock fans with inspiring anthems like “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band).” The band’s unique style of music is embedded in music history and still relevant today. With over 70 million albums sold worldwide, and an astonishing 14 platinum and gold records, The Moody Blues fermented their place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Gordon Marshall, the drummer with The Moody Blues for over 25 years, saw a hunger in the market for Moody Blues music. To fill the void, he put together an amazing group of musicians and formed this fabulous legacy tribute band for all to enjoy.
John Fedchock is one of the veteran stars of the jazz trombone world. He spent a number of years with the Woody Herman Orchestra, not only as one of the band’s main soloists but also as one of its most widely known arrangers. An Eastman School of Music graduate and student of the great Rayburn Wright, he went on to tour with Gerry Mulligan, Louis Bellson, and Rosemary Clooney. His New York Big Band, featuring his great arrangements, is well known in Manhattan’s jazz clubs. Today’s concert features a six-piece group that includes such wonderful performers as saxophonist and Steely Dan veteran Walt Weiskopf, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra trumpeter Scott Wendholt, pianist Allen Farnham, first-call bassist David Finck, and drummer Eric Halvorson. This concert is a CD release event of the sextet's new album, Into the Shadows, released on Summit Records.
The jaw-dropping “A capella group” Naturally 7 puts on a fabulous display of audio pyrotechnics that even compelled the musical maestro himself, Quincy Jones, to declare them “The best a cappella group in the world!” This tightly orchestrated collection of great singers transform their voices into actual human instruments, effortlessly producing music of any genre. Celebrating their 20th anniversary in the music industry, Naturally 7 give music lovers all they could hope for, and then some.
Their vibrant 20-year career includes three world tours with the incomparable Michael Bublé, shared billing with global phenomenon Coldplay, and has shared the stage with numerous icons, including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Ludacris, The Roots, and more. Members of Naturally 7 include “Ricky“ Lee Ricardo Cort, Rod Eldridge, Kelvin “Kelz“ Mitchell, Sean Simmonds, Dwight Stewart, Roger Thomas, and Warren Thomas.
Join Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (PRSO) for a musical time machine back to the fun and excitement of the early 20th century. Tap your feet to the syncopated stylings of the early 1900s - from tongue in cheek vocal numbers to the classics of Scott Joplin and George Gershwin, and even pop favorites by The Beatles and Queen. Watch classic silent films underscored by a twelve-person orchestra with live music and sound effects! It's a program sure to make both young and old smile from ear to ear. Grab your bowler hat and suspenders, park your Model T down the street, and enjoy a trip back in time with PRSO! See why the Washington Post wrote: “Peacherine is the premiere American Ragtime Ensemble” and the Baltimore Sun said: “We need more!”
Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra
Tom Paxton, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, teams up with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter duo The DonJuans, Don Henry and Jon Vezner. Collectively their songs have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, John Denver, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, and Bob Dylan...just to name a few! Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something special. Now they bring their intimate, acoustic concert to audiences via livestream with high-quality audio and video. Join us some music, storytelling and laughter, all from your own front-row seat. After the show, stick around for a short Q&A.
Tom PaxtonThe DonJuans
Admission: $15 Individual • $25 Additional ViewersAll tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.
WP Opera: ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLDby Jacques Offenbachstage direction by Christopher Herbertmusical direction by Charity Wicks
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! Performed outdoors on the Shea Plaza with masks and social distancing.
Admission: $10.00 General • $5.00 Students/Alumni
Three performances - all at 6:00pmWednesday, April 21, 2021Friday, April 23, 2021Sunday, April 25, 2021
Bassist Ron Naspo continues to be one of the mainstays of the New York and New Jersey jazz scenes. Naspo played for many years with Dick Meldonian and with the great Bucky Pizzarelli, he is the regular bassist with the widely acclaimed Diane Moser Orchestra, and he is one of the foremost bassists on the latin jazz scene. He is also a veteran teacher, having been on William Paterson’s faculty in the 90s, and gaining a wide reputation as one of the go-to teachers around New York. In this concert, he joins forces with the powerful William Paterson Latin Jazz Ensemble led by veteran WP faculty member and latin jazz impresario Chico Mendoza. Mendoza is well known for his longtime “Salsa Meets Jazz” series at New York’s Village Gate Theater, and a WBGO radio program by the same name.
Ron Naspo at All Music
The Silhouettes -- first runner-up on America’s Got Talent season 6 and 2020 Golden Buzzer winners on America’s Got Talent: The Champions – is America’s premiere shadow-dance company created and directed by Lynne Waggoner-Patton. They have been featured in TV commercials, Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run, Netflix’s MC2, and have performed around the world receiving standing ovations and outstanding press reviews. Their virtual program, Golden Moments, is a one hour show that tells the story of their twice around journey on America’s Got Talent.
Bassist and longtime WP jazz faculty member Steve LaSpina is one of the most respected and versatile bassists in jazz. A Chicago native, he has spent years on the road and in recording studios with such diverse artists as Stan Getz, Marian McPartland, Jim Hall, Benny Carter, Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, and Al Cohn, and he is known as the perfect singers’ bassist, having performed for years with Morganna King, Suzanna McCorkle, and Chris Conner. He has been one of the most recorded artists on Steeplechase Records since the 1990s. This concert celebrates his new CD on that label, A Change in the Weather, and this all-star quartet is the group from that album, including the great saxophonist Joel Frahm, exciting pianist Luis Perdomo, and powerful drummer Eric McPherson.
Steve LaSpina at All About Jazz
Two-time GRAMMY Award Winners, six-time GRAMMY Award nominees and multiple winners of Fox Music USA Latin Awards, Mariachi Divas are a unique, all-female multi-cultural ensemble with its foundation and roots in mariachi, but also draws on its member’s diverse influences like jazz and pop to create music that is traditional and then some. Mariachi Divas is one of the most significant and successful mariachi ensembles in the business. Since 2003, Mariachi Divas have been the official premier mariachi band of the Disneyland Resort. Mariachi Divas was recently featured in Disney Pixar’s Coco: A Live-to-Film Concert Experience at the Hollywood Bowl. They specialize in providing professional mariachi music for commercials, television, and film recordings. Over the years, they have performed, recorded, and collaborated with artists such as Alejandro Fernández, Ozomatli, Natalia Jiménez of La 5ª Estación and Sergio Vallín of Maná, to name a few. Additionally, Mariachi Divas has appeared in three music videos with major recording artists: OhNo’s “Suavemente,” U2’s “Song for Someone,” and Disney Pixar Coco’s “Remember Me” with Christina Aguilera and Miguel. Their discography includes sixteen professional full-length album releases through East Side Records. Most recently, in celebration of their 21st anniversary, the Divas released Esta Distancia, which can be described as an emotional musical exploration of the shared experiences resulting from the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
This spring’s Jazz Room Series ends with a true all-star duo, a special Mother’s Day concert featuring the Grammy-winning pianist and WP Jazz Studies Director Bill Charlap in a lyrical and blues-drenched duo with the veteran tenor saxophonist Houston Person. Person’s long recording career includes dozens of solo albums on the Prestige label and others, and he has recorded collaborations and features with saxophonist Gene Ammons and guitarist Grant Green. His many recordings with longtime partner, singer Etta Jones, and his duo album with the legendary bassist Ron Carter are among his best-known music. Charlap’s trio for over 20 years is considered to be among the finest ensembles in jazz, he recently collaborated on an award-winning CD with vocalists Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, and he has led the 92nd Street Y’s Jazz in July series for many years. Charlap’s encyclopedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook and Person’s bluesy melodicism will create a memorable and swinging event.
Houston Person at All MusicBill Charlap
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