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  • Summer Jazz Room
    The WP Workshop Faculty Ensemble featuring Angelica Sanchez

    Jul 18, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This year the WP Jazz Workshop Faculty Ensemble features the music of accomplished pianist, composer, and educator Angelica Sanchez. She is a WP Jazz Studies alumnus who has acclaimed recordings as a leader, numerous credits as a sidewoman, is recipient of many grants, fellowships, residencies, and has recently been appointed an Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College. The ensemble is filled out with two more WP alums, drummer Jon DiFiore and trombonist Tim Newman, as well as veteran faculty members saxophonist David Demsey, and bassist Marcus MacLaurine. This evening of music should be spontaneous and fresh!

    Angelica Sanchez

    Admission: Public • $10 per evening concert or $40 for a weeklong Jazz Pass. 
    (Jazz Pass is on sale through Thursday July 14 by calling 973-720-2371 or visiting the Box Office. They are not available at the door).
    Seniors, WP Community & Non-WP students-$10.
    WP Students may have one (1) free ticket with valid ID on show night.


     

  • Summer Jazz Room • Vanderlei Pereira and Blindfold Test
    Jul 19, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The dynamic sextet Blindfold Test, led by drummer Vanderlei Pereira is comprised of specialists in Brazilian jazz and provides an exciting journey through a varied and rich musical landscape. Pereira combines his extensive knowledge of Brazilian rhythms, popular music ,and jazz to produce a drumming style that grooves hard yet has subtle shadings of color and nuance. He is also proficient on bass, piano, and guitar, and is a well-known teacher of Brazilian music. Pereira has worked with Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Tito Puente, and Claudio Roditi, among others. Blindfold Test’s latest CD Vision For Rhythm was released in 2020. This is bound to be a joyous and lively night of music!

    Vanderlei Pereira


    Admission: Public • $10 per evening concert or $40 for a weeklong Jazz Pass. 
    (Jazz Pass is on sale through Thursday July 14 by calling 973-720-2371 or visiting the Box Office. They are not available at the door).
    Seniors, WP Community & Non-WP students-$10.
    WP Students may have one (1) free ticket with valid ID on show night.


     

  • Summer Jazz Room • The Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet with Big Beat Big Band
    Jul 20, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Groover Quartet group couldn’t be more aptly named. It is a powerhouse jazz ensemble led by the brilliant organist and pianist Mike LeDonne and includes some of the most formidable players on the jazz scene: Peter Bernstein, guitar; and WP Jazz Studies alumni Eric Alexander, tenor sax, and Joe Farnsworth, drums. With this band LeDonne follows the long-standing traditions of funky, groovy, blues-infused Hammond B3 organ ensembles. For this very special performance they will be accompanied by Big Beat, a big band started by WP alums and filled with local talent. The combined groove and beat is sure to swing us out of our seats!  

    Mike LeDonne on Facebook

    Admission: Public • $10 per evening concert or $40 for a weeklong Jazz Pass. 
    (Jazz Pass is on sale through Thursday July 14 by calling 973-720-2371 or visiting the Box Office. They are not available at the door).
    Seniors, WP Community & Non-WP students-$10.
    WP Students may have one (1) free ticket with valid ID on show night.


     

  • Summer Jazz Room • Rossano Sportiello and Ken Peplowski
    Jul 21, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This concert presents two masters in duet, whose playing follows in the line of virtuoso and creative musicians on their respective instruments. Rossano Sportiello’s deft piano playing is grounded in classical studies and explores a universe of improvisation through traditional stride and swing styles. He plays locally and internationally and has produced numerous recordings; his latest solo album That’s It was released on Arbors records in 2020. Well-known clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski is a voracious musician, at home with diverse styles and types of music, with over 70 recordings as a soloist and close to 400 as a sideman. This will certainly be a profound musical dialogue!

    Rossano Sportiello
    Ken Peplowski

    Admission: Public • $10 per evening concert or $40 for a weeklong Jazz Pass. 
    (Jazz Pass is on sale through Thursday July 14 by calling 973-720-2371 or visiting the Box Office. They are not available at the door).
    Seniors, WP Community & Non-WP students-$10.
    WP Students may have one (1) free ticket with valid ID on show night.


     

  • Summer Jazz Room • The Helen Sung Quartet
    Jul 22, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Summer Jazz Workshop Artist-In-Residence Helen Sung is a major force in the jazz world. A 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Sung has nine albums out as a leader, and she and her band have performed at festivals in Newport, Monterey, Sydney, and at major venues like SFJAZZ, Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, and Blue Note Beijing. As a sidewoman, Sung has performed with Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Regina Carter, Terri Lynne Carrington, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and the Mingus Big Band. Involved in music education residencies and workshops, Sung has produced a program benefiting underserved youth in Camden, NJ, has served on the jazz faculties at the Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School, and was named jazz artist-in-residence at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute in 2019. This is a chance to hear a cutting-edge jazz artist’s most current work!

    Helen Sung

    Admission: Public • $10 per evening concert or $40 for a weeklong Jazz Pass. 
    (Jazz Pass is on sale through Thursday July 14 by calling 973-720-2371 or visiting the Box Office. They are not available at the door).
    Seniors, WP Community & Non-WP students-$10.
    WP Students may have one (1) free ticket with valid ID on show night.


     

About the Jazz Room Series

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.

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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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