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: $15 Folding chair or cube • $10 Public and WP Community Lawn seating* • $5 WP Student Lawn seating**Lawn seating is bring your own chair or blanketAll tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing system for these performances.
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
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 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.
Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $5.00)All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.
Daring to Spring will feature the WP Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Bach Ensemble in music that celebrates human artistic endeavor throughout our year of lockdown. Works will include Jake Runestad's "We Can Mend the Sky," Stephen Paulus' "Pilgrims' Hymn," and J.S. Bach's "Jesu, meine Freude." Come join us on the lawn in front of the Student Center. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy this hour-long concert with beautifully crafted music that will soothe your soul and help you to rejuvenate the human spirit.
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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.
Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.
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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