The 40th Jazz Room kicks off as longtime New York vocalist and WP jazz faculty member Nancy Marano leads a quartet through an exciting program of her arrangements of American popular standards and jazz. Her quartet includes fellow WP jazz faculty bassist Steve LaSpina and WP jazz alumnus, pianist Billy Test and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm.
3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101
Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket WP students are admitted free with ID.
Nancy Marano Steve LaSpina Billy Test Joel Frahm
World renown, Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana was the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition. Aldana’s musical style is a combination of her Chilean musical roots and her own brand of swing and modern jazz harmonies. She has performed on the world’s grandest stages and brings her otherworldly talents to the Shea Center.
This engagement is funded by the Jazz Touring Network of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The faculty and students of the William Paterson jazz studies program celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jazz Room Series, the longest-running campus-based jazz concert series in the nation. The 18-piece WP Jazz Orchestra will be featured, performing compositions featuring WP current and former faculty composers Rufus Reid, Cecil Bridgewater, Jim McNeely, Pete McGuinness, Bill Mobley, and founding director Thad Jones.
87-year-old Barry Harris is truly one of the living legends of the jazz piano – and a great teacher of the bebop language. Dr. Harris is an exponent of the classic jazz style that was developed by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and other greats. His 40 plus years of excellence in the field of music will be on full display at the Shea Center.
Barry Harris Larry McKenna on the Jazz Sanctuary
Drummer Horacee Arnold is one of the senior-most members of the WP jazz faculty. He was brought to New York by legendary Max Roach, landing a spot in the Bud Powell Trio and composing for the Alvin Alley Dance Company. Arnold went on to become an original member of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever and an influential teacher. He is joined by bassist Buster Williams, a veteran of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Quartet.
Horacee Arnold Buster Williams on Facebook
A William Paterson tradition returns as WP students and faculty celebrate the holiday season in jazz. The WP Jazz Orchestra will perform several movements from the legendary Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker Suite, and will accompany some of the jazz studies program’s most stellar vocal and instrumental soloists in holiday arrangements from the repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry and the New York Voices’ Darmon Meader.
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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