Jazz Room series presents

  • WP Jazz Room: Trumpeter Chris Rogers
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Chris Rogers has recently landed the full-time trumpet chair in Eddie Palmieri's band and is son of the late legendary trombone soloist and arranger Barry Rogers (also a former member of the Palmieri band of the 1960's and 1970's). Chris has also been a member of the Gerry Mulligan Big Band and Hilton Ruiz's group. His new CD “Voyage Home” features himself along side Michael Brecker. He has been on the NYC scene for over 30 years.

    Admission: Public $15 • William Paterson Community and Seniors $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • William Paterson students free with ID. (unless otherwise noted) • $3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format. (unless otherwise noted)

    Chris Rogers


     

  • WP Jazz Room: The Houston Person Quartet
    Feb 28, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Veteran saxophonist Houston Person possesses one of the warmest and most evocative tenor sax sounds in jazz today.  His rich vocabulary is especially poignant on his signature ballads, but he can turn up the heat on up-tempo tunes as well.  Well-known for his long collaboration with legendary vocalist Etta Jones, he has also recorded with Lena Horne, Bill Charlap, Gene Ammons, Horace Silver, and some of our great organists including Charles Earland, Shirley Scott, and Johnny “Hammond” Smith.  His multi-faceted tenor will be joined in this concert by longtime partnership of the Dave Leonhardt Trio, including bassist Matt Parrish and WPU jazz alumnus Colby Inzer on drums.

    Admission: Public $15 • William Paterson Community and Seniors $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • William Paterson students free with ID. (unless otherwise noted) • $3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format. (unless otherwise noted)

    Houston Person


     

  • WP Jazz Room: Trumpeter Randy Brecker
    with The WP Jazz Orchestra
    David Demsey, Director

    Mar 06, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Randy Brecker’s 50-year career has included tours and recordings with Horace Silver, the early jazz-rock group Dreams, co-leadership of the Brecker Brothers (all with his brother, saxophonist Michael), as well as membership in the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Clark Terry’s Big Band, a decades-long solo career and much more.  This concert will draw on all of these influences with arrangements by Jim McNeely, Vince Mendoza, and premieres of three new WP student charts for this concert.

    Admission: Public $15 • William Paterson Community and Seniors $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • William Paterson students free with ID. (unless otherwise noted) • $3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format. (unless otherwise noted)

    Randy Brecker


     

  • WP Jazz Room: The Bill Charlap Trio
    With Kenny Washington and David Wong

    Apr 17, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    William Paterson’s newly appointed Jazz Studies Director Bill Charlap has fronted this Trio for nearly 20 years.  Capping their many best-selling recordings, multiple international tours, and annual residencies at the Village Vanguard and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola is their recent, widely acclaimed recording with the legendary Tony Bennett, featuring the songs of Jerome Kern.  The trio will release their own CD near the time of this concert, bringing added importance and excitement to this first Jazz Room appearance of Bill Charlap since joining the WPU jazz faculty.

    Admission: Public $15 • William Paterson Community and Seniors $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • William Paterson students free with ID. (unless otherwise noted) • $3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format. (unless otherwise noted)

    Bill Charlap

    Kenny Washington

    David Wong


     

  • WP Jazz Room: French-American Jazz Exchange presents
    City of Poets with Saxophonist Donny McCaslin

    Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Presented with additional funding from MidAtlanticArts

    This exciting transcontinental ensemble will include French pianist Cedric Hanriot, with bassist Michael Janisch, trumpeter Jason Palmer, the well-known drummer Clarence Penn (veteran of Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis and Michael Brecker) and renowned saxophonist Donny McCaslin, currently well-known as a featured soloist with the renowned Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, as well as other stints with Steps Ahead, Gil Evans, Danilo Perez and Germany’s George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band.

    Admission: Public $15 • William Paterson Community and Seniors $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 • William Paterson students free with ID. (unless otherwise noted) • $3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format. (unless otherwise noted)

    City of Poets

    Donny McCaslin


     

About the Jazz Room Series

Now entering its thirty-fourth year, 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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