The WP Jazz Room Series is going virtual! All performances will be live-streamed in Shea Center and broadcast on select dates. Enjoy world-class jazz from the comfort of your home, watching and listening on your computer, tablet, smart TV, or phone. See the concert listings below for dates/times.
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
Ticket prices are “pay what you want” - $25 • $20 • $15 • $10 Public$8 Non-William Paterson students and WP CommunityWP Students FREE via a weekly code emailed from facultyTickets must be purchased in advance
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Billy Hart Quartetw/Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street Viewing on Demand Until 12/14/20
This 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.
Ticket prices are “pay what you choose” - $25 • $20 • $15 • $10 Public$8 Non-William Paterson students and WP CommunityWP students can receive a code for a free ticket from the Music DepartmentAll 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 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.
CT100: 100th Birthday Tribute to Clark Terry Viewing on Demand Until 12/14/20
Clark 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.
Veronica Swift Viewing on Demand Until 12/20/20
Veronica 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.
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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