We are excited to welcome you back to the Shea Center for live and in-person Jazz performances. Due to the changing of COVID-19 restrictions both statewide and on campus, we recently updated our COVID-19 safety protocols. Please click here for the latest protocols.
Sittin’ In, the series of concert previews, presents featured interviews with jazz artists and guest speakers. This informal discussion is free to the ticketed patrons.Sittin' In Meet–the–Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert (3:00 p.m.) in Shea Recital Hall 101.
Admission:General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8WP students are admitted free • All tickets are an additional $3 on show dayPlease click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.
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In an effort to provide the tools necessary for student success in the music program and for the University to continue to provide outstanding public performances, The WP 88 Keys Campaign is being launched to generate support for the purchase of a new Steinway piano for the Shea Center for the Performing Arts. You are invited to join in this campaign with a purchase of a piano key. If you are interested, please contact Maureen O’Connor at email@example.com or 973.720.3990. General support of the campaign is welcome by visiting wpunj.edu/giving, click on the giving form, and choose WP 88 Keys Campaign as your gift designation.
Acclaimed saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson is a true virtuoso – able to perform music from the entire history of jazz at the highest artist level. This concert celebrates the return of the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra led by David Demsey, after nearly 18 months off due to the pandemic – and there could be no better soloist to bring the band, and our audience that breadth and depth of jazz history. This program will feature the music of Maria Schneider (whose band features Robinson as a prominent soloist), Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, and some Robinson originals, all performed on a truly amazing array of instruments.
Scott Robinson at Internation Musician
Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.
Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance in Shea Recital Hall. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.
Grammy-winning Arranger/bandleader/producer Ryan Truesdell has established a major reputation in recent years for his work on The Gil Evans Project, recreating and performing the music of this great arranger. There is perhaps no more significant music in the past seventy years than the historic 1949 Birth of the Cool album, arranged by Evans and Gerry Mulligan, featuring Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Mulligan, John Lewis, Kenny Clarke, and others. Truesdell has done a huge amount of work to reassemble the original scores from that album – which will be performed live on this concert, by a nine-piece band made up of best young jazz stars that New York has to offer, all dedicated to combining their own voices with the authenticity of this breathtakingly lush music. This is a truly rare listening experience that you will want to experience.
Inaugurated in the spring of 1978, the Jazz Room Series is the longest-running campus-based jazz concert series in the nation. With a tradition of encompassing the complete spectrum of jazz from New Orleans to the avant-garde, it features world-class professionals and William Paterson student ensembles. There are three series of concerts each year, including the six-concert Fall and Spring Jazz Room Series, and the weeklong Summer Jazz Room held the third week of July.
The Jazz Room has received over two decades of continuous grant support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, as well as numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The series has been featured on national and metropolitan-area media, including recorded broadcasts and live CD recording sessions.
The Jazz Room Series is directly connected to the William Paterson Jazz Studies Program. Unique among college and university programs, the Jazz Studies program is one of the few in the nation with an emphasis on small-group playing, improvisation, and a genuine commitment to the jazz tradition. Founded by music faculty member Martin Krivin and joined by trumpeter/arranger Thad Jones in 1973, the program was led by bassist Rufus Reid for twenty years, then by the great jazz pianists James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, and most recently Bill Charlap, who accepted the position in fall 2015. The program is co-led and coordinated by David Demsey. The artist/teacher faculty is made up of world-class New York area professionals.
The program is a true jazz environment in which students learn firsthand about the jazz world and the requirements for becoming a successful professional musician. Jazz majors come to William Paterson this year from twenty-six states and six foreign countries, including a number of Fulbright Scholars.
The University also presents the Summer Jazz Workshop for high school students. The University's Summer Jazz Workshop, active since 1994, is a week-long intensive program in late July, featuring classes, small-group rehearsals and performances, and clinics taught by William Paterson resident faculty and special guest clinicians.
William Paterson University is home to the Living Jazz Archive, which includes the personal music archive of legendary trumpeter and educator Clark Terry, as well as the archives of Thad Jones, James Williams and Michael Brecker. The Living Jazz Archive provides students, researchers, and visitors with the opportunity to explore original jazz manuscripts and other materials that are an important part of jazz history.
WP Presents! and The Jazz Room Series events are made possible in part by a grant from the NJ Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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