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Now in its 44th season, the WP Jazz Room Series is the longest-running program of its
kind in the nation presenting world-class artists with widely varied
programs from across the jazz spectrum. Outstanding William Paterson
student jazz ensembles open each concert.All performances take place in the Shea Center for Performing Arts.
Sittin' In Meet–the–Artist sessions provide a rare opportunity
for audience members to interact with guest artists in an informal
setting. These sessions take place at 3:00 p.m. prior to each concert
in the Shea Center
Admission: $15 General Public • $12 William Paterson employees,
alumni, and senior citizens • $8 Non-William Paterson students • Free for WP students with valid
I.D. • Additional $3 charge per ticket on the
day of performance
SEPTEMBER 26, 4:00 PM
The fall series opens with vocalist
Janis Siegel, the veteran leadvoice of Manhattan Transfer since
1972. Her voice led the group as they achieved international
popularity through the 1980s and onward, winning 10 Grammy awards and
entry into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. She has also been a
member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra. Along with her ongoing work
with the Manhattan Transfer, she has continued to maintain a
wonderful solo career with a band that includes John DiMartino on
piano and Luques Curtis on bass.
This all-star group includes pianist
George Colligan, two veterans from different eras of Chick Corea’s bands,
saxophonist Steve Wilson, and the historic drummer Lenny White.
Bandleader Buster Williams is a veteran of groups led by Herbie Hancock, McCoy
Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, Mary Lou Williams, and Stanley
Turrentine, as well as being a noted vocal accompanist, with Nancy
Wilson, Shirley Horn, Betty Carter and others. He has led Something
More since 1990, including tours of the U.S. and Europe, including the
first international jazz festival in Moscow.
engagement of Buster Williams & Something More is made possible
through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with
support from the National Endowment for the Arts.:
Russell Malone Quartet
OCTOBER 10, 4:00 PM
Russell Malone is one of the world’s
leading jazz guitar voices, as a soloistand as a bandleader. He brings his
artistry to our stage as a veteran of many tours as a longtime member
of bands led by Ron Carter, Diana Krall and Harry Connick, Jr., as
well as Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Bobby Hutcherson, Hank Jones,
Branford Marsalis, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Jack
McDuff, Mulgrew Miller, and early touring with the great organist
Jimmy Smith. He has recorded with such varied artists as Houston
Person, Sonny Rollins, David Sanborn, Mose Allison, GaryBurton, and the Chieftains. His
quartet for this concert includes pianist RickGermanson, WP alumnus Vince Dupont on
bass, and drummer Neal Smith.
This event celebrates the music and
career of the legendary trumpeter ArtFarmer, whose archive collection will
now be a part of the William Paterson Living Jazz Archives. This
concert will feature a band of veterans of Farmer’s groups, including
pianist and WP jazz adjunct faculty Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Ron
Blake, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Yoron Israel, and WP jazz faculty
Jeremy Pelt in the trumpet chair. This concert will feature music from Art Farmer’s actual touring band
books, from the new archive, and will celebrate this great musician and new
collection at the highest musical level. Proceeds from this event
will go toward the Art Farmer Archive..
Scott Robinson with the William
Paterson Jazz Orchestra
NOVEMBER 7, 4:00 PM
Acclaimed saxophonist and
multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson is a truevirtuoso—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.
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 isperhaps no more significant music in the
past 70 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
reassembled 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 do not want to miss.
These events are being sold at full
capacity. Please take your personal comfort level into consideration
prior to purchasing tickets. Please click here for our latest COVID-19 health
and safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance
online or by calling the box office.
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 Campaignis 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 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. For general support of the campaign, click the donate
button and choose WP 88 Keys Campaign as your gift designation.