WP Presents

  • The Kelly Green Seems Quartet
    Jul 22, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    New York City based pianist, vocalist, composer, and educator Kelly Green brings her heartfelt, luminous, and swinging music to the stage at Shea Center with her Seems Quartet, named after the latest release of her working group of Evan Hyde, Luca Soul Rosenfeld, and Elijah J. Thomas. Green has headlined at prestigious venues worldwide, including The Kennedy Center, Dizzy's Jazz Club NYC, and the DC Jazz Festival. She has released three critically acclaimed albums which include collaborations with Christian McBride, Steve Nelson, and Josh Evans. A graduate of WP’s Master of Music program where she was mentored by jazz greats Harold Mabern and Mulgrew Miller, Kelly is dedicated to exploring concepts of spirituality and mental well-being; she seeks to inspire unity among diverse communities and promote awareness and action for the regeneration of our Mother Earth. This promises to be a moving and joy-filled musical event!

    General Admission: $18 per show or $60 Jazz Pass for all 5 Summer Jazz concerts
    (Jazz Pass is only available for sale via phone or in person sales at the Box Office.)


     

  • Benny Benack with the Big Beat Big Band (and that’s a lot of B’s!)
    Jul 23, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The well-known singer and trumpeter Benny Benack III will team up with a wonderful big band, Big Beat. Formidable as both an instrumentalist and singer, Benack is a leading voice in jazz for his generation, headlining clubs and festivals around the world on the heels of his critically acclaimed album Third Time’s the Charm. His global recognition has been bolstered by live-streaming concerts of a weekly residency at Smalls Jazz Club and frequent appearances at fellow young lion Emmet Cohen’s “Emmet’s Place” series. Trombonist, arranger, and band leader Caleb Rumley and singer Allison McKenzie, partners in life, have been making music with the Big Beat Big Band since 2014, and their band has become a regular mainstay of Summer Jazz Room programs. Don’t miss this one, it will be a powerhouse event!

    General Admission: $18 per show or $60 Jazz Pass for all 5 Summer Jazz concerts
    (Jazz Pass is only available for sale via phone or in person sales at the Box Office.)


     

  • Brian Lynch and Spheres of Influence
    Jul 24, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The esteemed trumpeter Brian Lynch and his high-powered Latin jazz ensemble Spheres of Influence are sure to light up the stage with their fiery playing. One of the most accomplished jazz trumpeters anywhere, Lynch is a veteran of stints with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet, Eddie Palmieri, and Phil Woods, and has collaborated with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Charles McPherson, Latin music icons Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs, and pop luminaries such as Prince. He was voted Trumpeter of The Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2017, and garnered a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2006. Professor Lynch teaches at the Frost School

    of Music at the University of Miami and has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer. His group, Spheres Of Influence, mixes Black American, Afro-Caribbean, and other musical traditions in original works and arrangements by Lynch. Bring the fire extinguishers for this one!

    General Admission: $18 per show or $60 Jazz Pass for all 5 Summer Jazz concerts
    (Jazz Pass is only available for sale via phone or in person sales at the Box Office.)


     

  • The Tia Fuller Trio
    Jul 25, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A force in the musical words of jazz, pop and R&B, Tia Fuller had completed a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance when she was selected to tour with pop star Beyoncé. Fuller became a featured soloist on Beyoncé’s tours and performances across the globe, making many DVDs and recordings with the pop icon. Fuller has gone on to record five full-length projects with her quartet, including her most recent Grammy-nominated album, Diamond Cut. She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of jazz, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Ralph Peterson, Rufus Reid, Wycliff Gordon, T.S. Monk, the late Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, and Geri Allen, among many others. She has received Critic’s Poll awards from the JazzTimes for best alto saxophonist in 2018, and Downbeat for Rising Star. A full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music, Fuller has a media presence as a model in an advertising campaign for national women’s retailer J.Jill. Come and bask in the music of a strong role-model for young jazz musicians, and an exuberant and light-filled spirit!

    General Admission: $18 per show or $60 Jazz Pass for all 5 Summer Jazz concerts
    (Jazz Pass is only available for sale via phone or in person sales at the Box Office.)


     

  • Wycliffe Gordon and Friends
    Jul 26, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Wycliffe Gordon is one of the most outstanding trombonists today, and is also a composer, and arranger. He has been in the limelight since 1988 when he joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and subsequently joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Currently, Gordon tours the world as a soloist and with his own group; in 2018 he represented the US on State Department tour to Sri Lanka where he premiered a piece written for Sri Lanka’s 70th anniversary. He has 21 CDs as a leader, has been named the Jazz Journalist’s Association’s Trombonist of the Year 13 times and Downbeat’s Critic’s Poll six times. Recipient of numerous awards and honors, Gordon has an extensive catalog of original compositions, and his arrangement of the theme music of NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily around the globe. He is also a committed music educator, serving as Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University. This concert will surely send us off snapping our fingers and dancing our way home!

    General Admission: $18 per show or $60 Jazz Pass for all 5 Summer Jazz concerts
    (Jazz Pass is only available for sale via phone or in person sales at the Box Office.)


     

  • An Evening with David Sedaris Bestselling Author and Humorist
    Oct 01, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is a master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of the New York Times best- sellers Barrel FeverHolidays on IceNakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in FlamesLet’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Calypso. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” The two volumes of his diaries, Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) and A Carnival of Snackery, Diaries (2003-2020) were New York Times bestsellers. His most recent book, Happy-Go-Lucky, debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. The audio version of Happy-Go-Lucky, written and narrated by Sedaris, won the 2023 Audie Award. Sedaris has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. Currently, David Sedaris is a regular contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and his Masterclass, David Sedaris Teaches Storytelling and Humor, is now available.


    Admission: Gold Circle $70; Orchestra/Front Loge $65; Rear Loge $50


     

  • Victor Wooten and The Wooten Brothers
    Oct 04, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Victor, bass guitar/vocals; Joseph, keyboards/vocals; Roy, percussion/vocals; and Regi, guitars/vocals

    For over four decades the Wooten Brothers have been recognized as some of the most innovative musicians in existence and are collectively known as one of the most talented and dynamic band of brothers the world has ever known.

    Victor Wooten, a five-time Grammy Award-winning artist, has graced the cover of Bass Player Magazine five times. He is a founding member of the eclectic group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and is recognized as one of the greatest living bassists today often drawing comparisons to Jaco Pastorius, and was named one of the “Top ten bassist of all time” by Rolling Stone Magazine.

    Joseph Wooten has a dizzying list of talents that is impressive even by the Wooten clan’s standards, and he’s currently the keyboardist for the Steve Miller Band (since 1993).

    Roy “Futureman” Wooten, also a five-time Grammy Award winner, is best known for his masterful drumming and percussion skills and is a founding member Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Roy, a seasoned drum set player, is mostly known for his frenzied, inimitable on-stage performances heightened by his surreal choice of instruments: his trademark inventions “The Drumitar” and “RoyEl” keyboard.

    Regi Wooten’s signature guitar style of chording, slapping, tapping and frenzied strumming has earned him world-wide notoriety and comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Chuck Berry.

    Together The Wooten Brothers bring an uncanny level of experience, originality, and musical expertise to the stage. Their shows will be a high-energy, super-funky, artistic blend of styles including original songs and classics. In short: these brothers are the real deal and their shows are not to be missed.


     

  • James D'Amico's Sun Concerts and WP Presents! So Good!
    The Neil Diamond Experience Starring Robert Neary

    Oct 18, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This is a show unlike any tribute you have ever seen or heard before. As a Broadway, television, and motion picture actor for over 35 years, Robert Neary creates a one of a kind, cut above the rest, production. He talks about the songs and tells stories behind them, from Neil's interviews, quotes, and autobiographical books. You will swear you are watching the master himself, as he and the band perform 20 of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits. Songs like “Cherry Cherry”, “I Am, I Said”, “I’m a Believer”, “Solitary Man”, “Holly Holy”, “Coming to America”, “Sweet Caroline” and so many more. So Good! The Neil Diamond Experience is guaranteed to leave you speechless!

    Born and raised in East Meadow, Long Island, NY, Robert Neary gained immediate success as an actor, when he was 20 years old, with a guest star role in the Television series "Fame", and then opposite Jason Bateman in the film, "Teen Wolf Too". He has since gone on to guest star in over 50 television shows, including "Criminal Minds", "Sons of Anarchy", "The Closer", "Grey's Anatomy", " Blue Bloods", "Justified", "The Fosters", "FBI: Most Wanted", "Weeds", "Medium" "NCIS" and "NCIS New Orleans". He landed his first Broadway show in 1996, starring in “Smokey Joe’s Café”, and then toured as the evil Zoser in Elton John’s Broadway hit “Aida”. He understudied the lead role of Sonny in the Broadway smash, “A Bronx Tale, The Musical”. It has been a deep passion for Robert to one day perform and put together a tribute show to Neil Diamond. And here it is!

    Orchestra $47 | Loge $42


     

  • Omnium Circus presents “I’m Possible” Public Performance
    Oct 20, 2024 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    OMNIUM CIRCUS is a world renowned comprehensively inclusive and accessible circus company bringing excitement, thrills, and joy to people of all ages as only a circus can! Living up to the name “Omnium” which means of all and belonging to all, the show is hands down America’s most Extraordinary, Inclusive, Diverse, Multi-Sensory, and Accessible Family Circus Experience.

    “I’m Possible” follows young Johnny on his journey to courage, strength and perseverance through a death defying, awe inspiring, madcap circus adventure with no limits, no boundaries, and no barriers. Step into a world of all things possible where we discover the power, the passion, and the perseverance of the human spirit within each one of us! Enjoy a jaw dropping, awe inspiring, joyful entertainment experience for the entire family!

    Omnium Circus is spectacular entertainment celebrating diversity, creating joy, and enriching empathy. They are leading the way towards an active, inclusive culture as a force of change, pioneering an accessible circus experience for all while ensuring representation of disabled and BIPOC artists on a world class stage. ASL is fully integrated into every show. Relaxed seating option at every performance- express your joy the way you feel best! Extra space, movement, and vocalization are welcome. Audio description is also available at every performance.

    Tickets: Orchestra $25; Loge $20


     

  • Omnium Circus presents “I’m Possible” Schooltime Performance
    Oct 21, 2024 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    OMNIUM CIRCUS is a world renowned comprehensively inclusive and accessible circus company bringing excitement, thrills, and joy to people of all ages as only a circus can! Living up to the name “Omnium” which means of all and belonging to all, the show is hands down America’s most Extraordinary, Inclusive, Diverse, Multi-Sensory, and Accessible Family Circus Experience.

    “I’m Possible” follows young Johnny on his journey to courage, strength and perseverance through a death defying, awe inspiring, madcap circus adventure with no limits, no boundaries, and no barriers. Step into a world of all things possible where we discover the power, the passion, and the perseverance of the human spirit within each one of us! Enjoy a jaw dropping, awe inspiring, joyful entertainment experience for the entire family!

    Omnium Circus is spectacular entertainment celebrating diversity, creating joy, and enriching empathy. They are leading the way towards an active, inclusive culture as a force of change, pioneering an accessible circus experience for all while ensuring representation of disabled and BIPOC artists on a world class stage. ASL is fully integrated into every show. Relaxed seating option at every performance- express your joy the way you feel best! Extra space, movement, and vocalization are welcome. Audio description is also available at every performance.

    Tickets: $10

    (Tickets for your school or organization for the Monday, 10/21 show can be requested by filling out the online form at: https://tinyurl.com/sheacenter1)

     


     

  • The Doo Wop Project Old School, New Generation Classic Doo Wop to Modern Hits
    Nov 08, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning: tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey featuring foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and Sam Smith.

    Discounts are available for WP employees, students, senior citizens, and groups of 10 or more by calling or visiting the Shea Center Box Office.


     

  • StevieMac: A Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Experience
    Nov 23, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    StevieMac faithfully recreates Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks’ solo recordings with striking accuracy. Diane Lutz gives a stunning performance as Stevie Nicks with spot-on vocals and visuals that magically capture Nicks’ stage presence. Andie Baldwin recreates Christine McVie with the look, sound and note-for-note piano playing that Christine was known for. Steve Ronson captures every essence of Lindsay Buckingham from his commanding vocals to his iconic guitar sound, style, and spirit.

    StevieMac performs the greatest hits from Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, including: Stand Back, Rhiannon, Gold Dust Woman, Don’t Stop, Stop Dragging My Heart Around, Silver Springs and so many more!

    Your audience will be on their feet, singing along to all the hits!

    Tickets: Gold Circle $45; Orchestra/Front Loge $40; Rear Loge $35