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Billy Hart Quartet
w/Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street
Viewing on Demand Until 12/14/20

BillyHartQEThis quartet began as a side project for pianist Ethan Iverson, best known as a founder of The Bad Plus.  As gigs and tours progressed, the other three group members (who are all a generation younger than Hart) realized that the iconic drummer should have the leadership role.  Hart’s career has spanned collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Shirley Horn, and countless others on over 600 recordings.  Hart has also been involved at Oberlin Conservatory, Western Michigan University, and was the inaugural artist to open William Paterson’s new Recital Hall with pianist Chris Pattishall six years ago.  Each of the other group members is a leader in his own right: Mark Turner is one of the most influential virtuoso saxophonists on the scene, Iverson’s recordings with Bad Plus have rewritten the jazz repertoire, and bassist Ben Street is a first-call player with Danilo Perez, Sam Rivers, Lage Lund and many others.

Billy Hart

Ticket prices are “pay what you choose” -  $25 •  $20  • $15 • $10 Public
$8 Non-William Paterson students and WP Community
WP students can receive a code for a free ticket from the Music Department
All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.

CD Release: Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan Plays Alec Wilder
Viewing on Demand Until 12/14/20

Gary SmulyanGary 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.

Gary Smulyan

Ticket prices are “pay what you choose” -  $25 •  $20  • $15 • $10 Public
$8 Non-William Paterson students and WP Community
WP students can receive a code for a free ticket from the Music Department
All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.

CT100: 100th Birthday Tribute to Clark Terry
Viewing on Demand Until 12/14/20

Clark TerryClark 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.

Clark Terry

Ticket prices are “pay what you choose” -  $25 •  $20  • $15 • $10 Public
$8 Non-William Paterson students and WP Community
WP students can receive a code for a free ticket from the Music Department
All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.

Veronica Swift
Viewing on Demand Until 12/20/20

Veronica SwiftVeronica 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.

Veronica Swift

Ticket prices are “pay what you choose” -  $25 •  $20  • $15 • $10 Public
$8 Non-William Paterson students and WP Community
WP students can receive a code for a free ticket from the Music Department
All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.

  • WP Presents! Virtual Performance
    Legendary Lady Singers Holiday Show
    Starring Sherma Andrews

    Dec 12, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Livestream

    Recording Live from the Shea Center!

    Sherma Andrews is a gifted singer, songwriter, recording artist and pianist. She has performed with the country’s biggest stars including, Britney Spears, Branford Marsalis, Donna Summer, and more. While touring with Enrique Iglesias, Sherma stood in for Whitney Houston singing their duet hit, “Could I Have This Kiss Forever”. She has performed on shows such as The American Music Awards and The Billboard Radio Music Awards, and written music heard on All My Children, The Sopranos, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

    Now, in her Legendary Lady Singers holiday show, Sherma celebrates the season with classic holiday tunes sprinkled in with a selection of great songs from some of the finest performers in music history including Whitney Houston, Etta James, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Billie Holiday, more. 

    Sherma Andrews

    Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing system for this performance.

    NEAlogoCARESWebThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts:
    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


     

  • WP Presents! • Christmas Stream
    Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

    Dec 19, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house--your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking Video on Demand debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up-close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special, and don't miss Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream!

    Admission: $24.99 Standalone Stream • $39.99 Gold Package (Stream and Meet-and-Greet) • $69.99 Platinum Package (Stream, Meet-and-Greet, and Nutcracker doll) • $39.99 Nutcracker doll add-on
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance

    Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Performance
    Legendary Lady Singers Holiday Show
    Starring Sherma Andrews

    Dec 20, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Recording Live from the Shea Center!

    Sherma Andrews is a gifted singer, songwriter, recording artist and pianist. She has performed with the country’s biggest stars including, Britney Spears, Branford Marsalis, Donna Summer, and more. While touring with Enrique Iglesias, Sherma stood in for Whitney Houston singing their duet hit, “Could I Have This Kiss Forever”. She has performed on shows such as The American Music Awards and The Billboard Radio Music Awards, and written music heard on All My Children, The Sopranos, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

    Now, in her Legendary Lady Singers holiday show, Sherma celebrates the season with classic holiday tunes sprinkled in with a selection of great songs from some of the finest performers in music history including Whitney Houston, Etta James, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Billie Holiday, more. 

    Sherma Andrews

    Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing system for this performance.

    NEAlogoCARESWebThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts:
    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


     

  • WP Presents!
    Destination Motown featuring The Sensational Soul Cruisers

    Feb 13, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    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.

    Destination Motown