WP Music Department presents





  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    The Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty and Staff Play
    the Music of Jimmy Heath

    Jul 15, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The traditional Monday night concert is bigger and better! Veteran workshop faculty members return to the Shea stage with Tim Newman on bass trombone, James Weidman on piano, and Steve LaSpina on bass. They will be joined by talented young staff who are integral to the workshop as teachers, mentors, and counselors: Abel Mireles on saxophones, Cecil Alexander on guitar, and Jon DiFiore on drums—plus, a few surprise guest artists. The group will honor jazz giant and iconic saxophonist, composer, and educator, Jimmy Heath, who was the artist-in-residence at the workshop from 2011-2018 by performing his music.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    Jimmy Heath


     

  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    The Anderson Twins

    Jul 16, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The music of the extraordinary virtuoso woodwind players Peter and Will Anderson “consistently brings a fresh perspective to classic jazz” [Washington Post]. Born and raised in D.C., the Andersons moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School.  Since then they have performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Vignola, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. They have headlined at clubs, festivals, and on tour and have nine recordings as leaders under their belt. They bring a quintet that is bound to delight Summer Jazz Room fans!

    Admission:  $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    The Anderson Twins


     

  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    Vanessa Rubin and Big Beat

    Jul 17, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Outstanding vocalist Vanessa Rubin returns to the Shea stage for a third performance.  Rubin trained under grandmasters like Frank Foster and Barry Harris in the 1980s, and went on to record with a wide array of artists such as Monty Alexander, Steve Turre, Herbie Hancock, James Williams, Etta Jones, and Toots Thielemans. She has toured with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Jazz Crusaders.  Rubin’s talents are not limited to vocals—she has experience as a producer, arranger, and music business consultant and facilitator. She will be accompanied by Big Beat, an exciting, WP alumni-led jazz orchestra, which just released their first recording.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    Vanessa Rubin


     

  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage

    Jul 18, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Nilson Matta is well known as the worldclass bassist of Trio da Paz, but his solo career as a composer and bandleader is equally noteworthy. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Matta was recognized at a young age and played with such luminaries as Joao Gilberto, Hermeto Pascoal, and Luis Bonfa, among others. Since his arrival in New York in 1985, he has performed and recorded with Joe Henderson, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton, Herbie Mann, and many others. With longtime friends Romero Lubambo and Duduka da Fonseca, he is a founding member of Trio Da Paz, which has earned accolades as one of the foremost Brazilian jazz groups in the world. “Brazilian Voyage” is an apt title for tonight’s group, as Matta’s expert knowledge of Brazilian jazz unfolds.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    Nilson Matta on Facebook


     

  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    Rufus Reid and Friends

    Jul 19, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    For five decades, Rufus Reid has been a consistent and formidable influence in the jazz world as a bassist and educator. His work with Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra and Quartet, Kenny Barron, Stan Getz, J. J. Johnson, Lee Konitz, and Jack DeJohnette, to name a few, has cemented his stature as one of the great living deans of the jazz bass. For 20 years Reid was director of the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University and was instrumental in building the program’s international reputation as one of the leading jazz schools in the world. He has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader, and authored the seminal text for bass methodology, The Evolving Bassist. Reid’s career continues to evolve. As a composer, he has written for strings, jazz ensembles of varying sizes, solo bass, symphony orchestras, and has received two Grammy Nominations for his compositions.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    Rufus Reid


     

  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    Student Concert

    Jul 20, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Enjoy this special free afternoon concert featuring the fresh sounds of student ensembles from our Summer Jazz Workshop.

    Admission:  FREE!


     

  • WP Voice presents
    The Fantasticks

    Sep 06, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    WP Voice presents
    THE FANTASTICKS
    the world’s longest-running musical
    Music by Harvey Schmidt
    Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

    Directed by Phillip Sprayberry
    Musical Direction by Warren Helms
    Choreography by Samara Grossman

    THE FANTASTICKS is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

    Admission: $15 for adults • $10 for senior citizens and WP faculty and staff • $5 for students

    Additional Performances:  Sat. 9/7/19 @ 7:30pm and Sun. 9/8/19 @ 2:00pm


     

  • WP Voice presents
    The Fantasticks

    Sep 07, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    WP Voice presents
    THE FANTASTICKS
    the world’s longest-running musical
    Music by Harvey Schmidt
    Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

    Directed by Phillip Sprayberry
    Musical Direction by Warren Helms
    Choreography by Samara Grossman

    THE FANTASTICKS is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

    Admission: $15 for adults • $10 for senior citizens and WP faculty and staff • $5 for students

    Additional Performance:  Sun. 9/8/19 @ 2:00pm


     

  • WP Voice presents
    The Fantasticks

    Sep 08, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    WP Voice presents
    THE FANTASTICKS
    the world’s longest-running musical
    Music by Harvey Schmidt
    Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

    Directed by Phillip Sprayberry
    Musical Direction by Warren Helms
    Choreography by Samara Grossman

    THE FANTASTICKS is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

    Admission: $15 for adults • $10 for senior citizens and WP faculty and staff • $5 for students