Summer Jazz Room Series presents

  • WP Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty
    with Winard Harper

    Jul 18, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Opening night of the Summer Jazz Room features special guest drummer Winard Harper with the WP Summer Jazz Workshop faculty: Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Tim Newman on trombone, James Weidman on piano, and Marcus McLaurine on bass. The well-known WP jazz faculty teach and perform throughout the year and will perform with Harper, who has played with Dr. Billy Taylor, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and Betty Carter. Harper is a dedicated mentor to many young jazz musicians in the the New York region. This concert will kick off the week with flair!

    Admission: $10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14)

    Winard Harper


  • Johnny O’Neal
    Jul 19, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Be-bop pianist and blues singer Johnny O’Neal is a jazz treasure who has returned to the New York jazz scene after a prolonged absence. Possessing what former WP jazz director Mulgrew Miller called “a million dollar touch,” O’Neal has a virtuoso style influenced by Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. Originally from Detroit, he came to New York in 1981 with Clark Terry, and moved on to play with Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Nancy Wilson, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. O’Neal is well known as a mentor to aspiring young jazz musicians who flock to hear him play. This is the opportunity to hear a legendary jazz master at William Paterson University! 

    Admission: $10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14)

    Johnny O'Neal


  • Karrin Allyson
    Jul 20, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Vocalist Karrin Allyson brings an insightful and emotionally convincing approach to multiple styles of jazz and pop songs. After establishing a thriving jazz career in Kansas City where she released the first of her eight albums on Concord records, Allyson moved to New York where her career blossomed. She tours extensively in the U. S. and internationally. And, she is a five-time Grammy nominee—one of which is for her latest trio album Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein with Kenny Barron and John Patitucci. For this performance she will appear with Big Beat, a big band composed of many outstanding area musicians, led by WP’s Stephen Marcone. It is sure to be a thrilling night!

    Admission: $10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14)

    Karrin Allyson


  • Erik Friedlander’s Oscalypso
    Jul 21, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Erik Friedlander is a multi-faceted musician. As an acclaimed jazz cellist, contemporary music improviser, composer, and producer, Friedlander has produced numerous albums as a leader and a much sought-after studio musician and sideman. He has worked with a diverse roster of artists such as The Mountain Goats, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, and Courtney Love. His body of work includes documentary and feature film scores, ads, and dance works. This summer, Friedlander brings his quartet Oscalypso to the Summer Jazz Room stage with a tribute to the great jazz bassist and cellist Oscar Pettiford. Come hear Friedlander’s cello sing and swing!

    Admission:$10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14) 

    Erik Friedlander


  • The Heath Brothers Quartet with Steve Davis
    Jul 22, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Continuing the WP Summer Jazz Room Friday tradition, The Heath Brothers Quartet will perform again, this time with special guest Steve Davis. One of the preeminent trombonists in jazz today, Davis has recorded eighteen albums as a leader and has played with a long list of jazz greats, including Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, and his mentor Jackie McLean., He joins the Quartet co-led by jazz icon Jimmy Heath, the 2016 Summer Jazz Workshop Artist-in-Residence and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who has performed with almost every leading jazz musician from the 1950s onward. His compositions and arrangements were in the regular repertoires of Clark Terry, James Moody, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, and numerous others. Co-leader Albert “Tootie” Heath will appear on drums, along with pianist Jeb Patton and bassist David Wong.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert/$40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 14)



    Jimmy Heath

    Albert "Tootie" Heath

    Steve Davis


About the Jazz Room Series

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.

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