Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass as a founding member (along with Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom), of the Grammy nominated music group The Stray Cats, who sold over 10 million albums and garnered 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Come hear Lee and his band perform Stray Cats hits like “Sexy and Seventeen”, “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town”, plus lots of other rockin’ songs Lee performed post-Stray Cats with music legends from Ringo Starr and George Harrison to John Fogerty and The Rolling Stones.
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WP Percussion and Voice Students collaborate to write new works for voice and percussion based on social justice-themed texts, sourced from WP community members.
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 still relevant today and embedded in music history and pop culture. 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.
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Take a star-studded journey through rock ‘n roll history with these legendary musicians who sang, played, and/or recorded with some of the biggest names in music: Elton John, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and many others.
The Hit Men are the actual musicians and singers who you heard on the original records, watched on TV or saw in a concert. In this exciting and unique multi-media show, The Hit Men dazzle audiences with #1 hits by artists they have performed or recorded with – songs like “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Oh What a Night”, “Africa”, “Pinball Wizard”, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, and more. Their show is like no other as they take you behind the scenes stories of what it was like on the road or in the recording studio with rock royalty. Relive rock’s greatest hits and experience the soundtrack of our lifetime by the guys who made it and played it!
The Hit Men
An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. With the arc of an arm, the point of a toe or the twist of a torso, Catapult’s dancers stretch their bodies, and your imaginations, telling stories with humor and pathos by transforming magically from one shape to another. See Vivaldi’s Four Seasons spring to life, be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon even a helicopter, and travel the world from Paris to Beijing in under 10 minutes! Animated by the dancers’ shadows, every cinematic scene in Magic Shadows is a kaleidoscope of colorful storytelling that will awe and astound you. A great show for the whole family –full of laughs, emotions and miraculous transformations. You will leave this show dazed and happy, and you will never look at your own shadow the same way again!
The Brit Pack take their audience on a journey through a dynamic blend of British classics known and loved by all, including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Oasis, Radiohead, The Police, Amy Winehouse and many more. A supergroup of sorts, band members of The Brit Pack have performed with artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Britney Spears, Chet Faker, Tom Rush and Mark Hudson, among many others. The Brit Pack delivers a show full of music from major names across the pond that is familiar enough to make you feel right at home and high-energy enough to get you on your feet.
The Brit Pack
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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Trombonist and arranger/composer Ed Neumeister has recently rejoined the William Paterson jazz staff, having returned to New York from a decade on the full-time faculty of the conservatory in Graz, Austria. He is a veteran of many major big bands, including 15 years with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and 19 years with the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, which featured him as both an arranger and a major soloist. His arrangements span many musical worlds and speak in many musical dialects, and he has performed with an equally broad array of artists, including Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Gerry Mulligan, Aretha Franklin and Jerry Garcia. His CD A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square was Grammy-nominated, and he has had long collaborations as resident arranger for Dutch Metropole Orchestra and the jazz orchestra in Budapest, Hungary.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket prices are “pay what you want” - $25 • $20 • $15 • $10 Public$8 Non-William Paterson students and WP CommunityWP Students FREE via a weekly code emailed from facultyTickets must be purchased in advance
The Red Hot Chilli PIPERS (NOT the Peppers!) is a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers -- who have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. The Chillis have fast become a global phenomenon, taking their signature “Bagrock” sound to the masses with their unique fusion of rocked up Bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres. Their trademarked sound is a unique fusion of traditional pipe tunes –like “The Flowers of Scotland”, “The Hills of Argyll”, and “Amazing Grace” (done Chilli-style, of course!) --and contemporary anthems like Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, “Let Me Entertain You” by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of “Deep Purple”, “Smoke on the Water”, and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”. The result is a blazing rock band and show so hot, it carries its own health warning!
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
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Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre that blends performance art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Best known for crafting more than 15 one-woman shows drawn from hundreds of interviews, Smith turns these conversations into scripts and transforms herself onstage into an astonishing number of characters. In this virtual conversation, Smith will discuss the many complex identities of America, and interweaves her discussions with portrayals of people she has interviewed to illustrate the diversity of emotions and points of view on controversial issues.
Admission: All Tickets $18.00
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 decades-long member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, 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 has also recorded with such varied artists as Jimmy Heath, Tom Harrell, Carla Bley, Joe Henderson, B.B. King and Eddie Palmieri. This concert celebrates the release of Smulyan’s 14th recording as a leader, Night Talk: The Alec Wilder Songbook, including Wilder’s iconic songs “I’ll Be Around” and “Moon and Sand,” and featuring an all-star octet playing the wonderful Mark Masters arrangements from the new CD.
Winner of “Best in Las Vegas” honors for 3 years running, The Bronx Wanderers is a celebration of American rock and roll and the story of one musical family, told through their favorite songs from artists such as Frankie Valli, Dion, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Billy Joel, Queen and Bruno Mars. For the Sinatra fans in your community, watch a global livestream event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s concert in Rio de Janeiro. “Sinatra Forever” stars Rick Michel, who Variety calls “The closest thing to Sinatra we have ever heard”. Close your eyes when you watch Rick performing “Ol’ Blue Eyes” standards and you’ll swear that it’s the Chairman of the Board crooning away.
The Bronx WanderersSinatra Forever-Rick Michel
The Last Five Yearsby Jason Robert Brown
direction by Daniel Lopezmusical direction by Charity Wicks
This modern musical ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting.An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.
The performance will be live streamed from Shea Auditorium with a student cast of six people playing the two roles.
Steve Nelson is a veteran of numerous tours and nine recordings with bassist Dave Holland’s acclaimed Quintet, a longtime collaborator with the late Mulgrew Miller as a member of Miller’s Wingspan group, and a virtuosic solo artist who is in constant demand. Nelson has also performed and collaborated with Kenny Barron, six recordings with David “Fathead” Newman, also with Johnny Griffin, Jackie McLean, Chris Potter, James Spaulding and Houston Person. A bachelors and masters graduate of Rutgers University, Nelson has also been on the Princeton faculty.
Steve Nelson on Wikipedia
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (WSO) is a thrilling 11-piece salsa group that plays dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes we love. This innovative, astonishing brand of music takes the classic form of salsa and infuses it with a completely modern identity. Their explosive arrangements include songs by Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more. WSO is becoming a groundbreaking force in music attracting classic salsa lovers and new audiences all over the world.
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
Clark Terry would have turned 100 years old in December. In honor of that milestone, The Jazz Room pays tribute to the iconic trumpeter and educator who chose William Paterson as the site of The Clark Terry Archive. Terry is not only one of the most iconic trumpeters in jazz who influenced his former student Miles Davis and countless others – he is also an American icon, as the first African American on nightly network TV as featured member of the NBC Tonight Show Band from 1960-70. He is considered to be one of the true founders of jazz education. An all-star gathering of musicians from Clark Terry’s bands and the WP faculty will perform some of Terry’s original compositions, music from his quintet with Bob Brookmeyer, and jazz and popular standards loved by Terry, including Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Photo images, music manuscripts and other materials from the WP Clark Terry Archive will be showcased in the lobby and in an onstage slideshow on the day of the performance.
This electrifying production from Jeff Davis, Executive Producer of Broadway’s ‘Rock of Ages,’ celebrates the world’s greatest pianists and showmen – from Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles to Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Billy Joel! The show features storytelling, video, female backup singers, a great band and 25 hit songs including “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “Georgia on My Mind”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Superstition”, “Rocket Man”, “Tiny Dancer”, “New York State of Mind”, and more.
The Greatest Piano Men
Veronica Swift is rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand vocalists in jazz, after growing up with her parents, pianist Hod O’Brien and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian. She earned second prize in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, and began engagements soon after that at such jazz venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and the Telluride Jazz Festival. More recently, she has been featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Michael Feinstein, The Jazz Standard, the Blue Note, with SF Jazz, and at major jazz festivals internationally. Her main repertoire is American Popular Song classics and bebop, but she is also deeply connected to 20s and 30s tunes, opera and rock. She also writes and acts in her own films produced by Darkstone Entertainment. She regularly tours with the Emmet Cohen Trio.
Back by popular demand!
“Destination Motown” is a multi-media show performed by New Jersey’s own, The Sensational Soul Cruisers, delivering the greatest hits by the Temptations, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and so many others. This incredible live band brings a “WOW” show, time after time. They will have you singing and dancing along to all your favorite Motown hits.
The Sensational Soul Cruisers are described as a cross between Kool and the Gang, Chicago and the Temptations. If you remember a movie called “Eddie and the Cruisers,” you would be interested to know that the Soul Cruisers rhythm section was the band behind Eddie Testa, as Eddie and the Cruisers. That band and its name inspired the movie of the same name. So many National Artists have been guests at Soul Cruisers shows, including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, John Eddie, Southside Johnny, and so many more.
We are closely monitoring State regulations and guidelines and following developments in the coronavirus pandemic to determine how we can present programs in a safe manner. Stay tuned for more information.
It takes all kinds of kinds...Southern Charms is a seven-piece tribute celebrating the music of: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, the three women who have dominated country music in the past decade. The show, featuring Jenny Leigh Miller is in three parts, with wardrobe and hair changes, taking the audience on a journey that highlights the mega-hits of each of these Current Top Leading Ladies of Country.
Jenny Leigh Miller
Featuring The B-Street Band: A Tribute to the Boss and Slippery When Wet (NJ): The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute BandSlippery 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.
The B-Street BandSlippery When Wet (NJ)
The Machine, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 30-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. The band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyd's extensive 16-album repertoire, The Machine's stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video, and their passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest.
In the classic tradition, The Machine explores collective improvisation paralleling early 1970's Pink Floyd. Their use of theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of the later Floyd lineups of the 1980's. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A to Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Additionally, the quartet has been sharing the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Buffalo, Charlotte, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies.The members of The Machine include founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), long time stagemate Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals), and the newest addition to the band, Dylan Kelehan (bass, vocals).
Best of the Eagles
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