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Jazz Pianist James Weidman to Present Jazz Room Performance at William Paterson on February 16

William Paterson jazz faculty member and pianist James Weidman will perform as part of the Jazz Room Series at William Paterson University in Wayne on Sunday, February 16, 2014. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. in the University’s Shea Center for Performing Arts on campus.

Prior to the concert, Weidman will be the guest for “Sittin’ In,” an informal discussion about jazz, at 3 p.m in Shea Center 101. Admission is free to all Jazz Room ticket holders. Tickets are available in advance at the Shea Center Box Office at 973.720.2371 or for $15 general, $12 for senior citizens and William Paterson faculty, staff and alumni, $8 non-William Paterson students and free for William Paterson students. There will be an additional $3 charge per ticket purchased on show day.

Weidman, who will perform with his Aperturistic Trio featuring bassist Harvie S and drummer Steve Williams, has been has been on the jazz scene for decades, most notably as a member of the legendary vocalist Shirley Horn’s trio. He was also one of the early members of Brooklyn’s M-BASE movement and has collaborated with such diverse artists as Kevin Mahogany, Greg Osby, Lionel Hampton, James Moody, Steve Coleman, and Cassandra Wilson. Most recently, he has received critical attention as a member of Joe Lovano’s Us Five Quintet. Weidman has been a member of the William Paterson adjunct jazz faculty since 2000, and continues to be a mentor to University students.

Launched in 1978, the Jazz Room is one of the largest and most prestigious college-sponsored jazz events in the country. Performers include renowned professionals who encompass the complete spectrum of jazz, as well as William Paterson’s own student ensembles. The series has won numerous grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its innovative programming.


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