Summer Jazz Room Series presents

Individual tickets (Monday – Friday): $10
Weeklong pass (Monday – Friday): $40

WP Summer Jazz Film Series is presented in conjunction with the WP Summer Jazz Room and sponsored by William Paterson University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education.

Please join us at 6:15pm each day (weather permitting) for JAZZ ON THE PLAZA, a FREE pre-show concert outdoors on the Shea Center Plaza.  There will be chairs available (or bring your own!).

Here is the schedule for the pre-show plaza concerts:
Monday 7/17: The Summer Jazz Staff Quintet
Tuesday 7/18: The DG Organ 4tet
Wednesday 7/19: The Nichole Glover Quartet
Thursday 7/20: Oscar Perez’s Afro-Cuban Fusion
Friday 7/21: Walking Distance




  • WP Summer Jazz Film Series: MILES AHEAD
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
    Location: Atrium Auditorium

    MILES AHEAD
    (2015) Directed by Don Cheadle; Written by Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor

    An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis (Don Cheadle). In the 1970s, the down-an-out jazz trumpeter tries to recover his new session tape from music producers.
    Post-film commentary with Q&A hosted by TBA
    *3:00 p.m. Registration with light refreshments in the Atrium Lobby

    Film tickets sold separately from concert tickets.


     

  • The Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Quintet
    in a tribute to John Coltrane

    Jul 17, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    John Coltrane, one of the most iconic, revered, and innovative jazz musicians ever, passed away on July 17, 1967 at the age of 40. The 50th anniversary of his death provides an opportunity to pay tribute to this extraordinary musician. The WP faculty group for this concert includes veteran musicians with a wealth of combined experience: saxophonist and Coltrane scholar David Demsey, trombonist Tim Newman, pianist James Weidman, bassist Steve LaSpina, and longtime special guest drummer Winard Harper. This will be an intense and moving night of music!

    John Coltrane Official Website


     

  • WP Summer Jazz Film Series:
    STRAIGHT, NO CHASER: THELONIOUS MONK

    Jul 18, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
    Location: Atrium Auditorium

    STRAIGHT, NO CHASER: THELONIOUS MONK
    (1988) Directed by Charlotte Zwerin with music composed by Dick Hyman

    Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk is credited as the pioneering musician of bebop and is the second most recorded jazz composer in the world. This documentary tries to unravel Monk, who was known for having a thorny personality and an aggressive playing technique to match. Interviews with Monk’s son and fellow musicians shed some light and performance footage from a European tour captures his idiosyncratic style.
    Post-film commentary with Q&A hosted by TBA
    *3:00 p.m. Registration with light refreshments in the Atrium Lobby

    Film tickets sold separately from concert tickets.


     

  • Rossano Sportiello and Harry Allen
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Pianist Rossano Sportiello returns to the Summer Jazz Room, this time with a longtime collaborator, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. Sportiello’s deft and swinging playing follows in the line of virtuoso masters of the instrument. He plays locally and tours extensively in Europe, and has produced numerous recordings. Harry Allen’s playing has been described by critics as “mind blowing” and “both modern and in the grand tradition.” He has wide experience performing worldwide and has released over thirty recordings in his name. This concert promises to be a swinging event where sparks will fly!



    Rossano Sportiello

    Harry Allen


     

  • WP Summer Jazz Film Series:
    THE BENNY GOODMAN STORY

    Jul 19, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
    Location: Atrium Auditorium

    THE BENNY GOODMAN STORY
    1956) Directed by Jean Bach; Written by Jean Bach and Susan Peehl and Matthew Seig

    The Benny Goodman Story is Steve Allen’s take on the big band clarinetist Benny Goodman. The movie features a stellar cast of musicians that includes Kid Ory, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Martha Tilton, and George Givot. Fletcher Henderson is portrayed by Sammy Davis, Sr., father of Sammy Davis, Jr.
    Post-film commentary with Q&A hosted by TBA
    *3:00 p.m. Registration with light refreshments in the Atrium Lobby

    Film tickets sold separately from concert tickets.


     

  • Peter Bernstein
    with the Big Beat Big Band

    Jul 19, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A New York native, guitarist Peter Bernstein has become a jazz fixture. He cut his teeth as a sideman for saxophonist Lou Donaldson, singer Diana Krall, and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. Bernstein has an acclaimed longtime trio with organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart. He has appeared with numerous artists, including Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, and Eric Alexander. Current recordings include Monk, and Solo Guitar: Live at Smalls. For this concert, Bernstein will be backed by Big Beat, a swinging and dynamic big band formed in 2014 by alumni of WP’s Jazz Studies program, lead by WP faculty member Stephen Marcone. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this world-class jazz guitarist featured with a grooving big band!

    Peter Bernstein


     

  • WP Summer Jazz Film Series: BIRD
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
    Location: Atrium Auditorium

    BIRD
    (1988) Directed by Clint Eastwood; Written Joel Oliansky

    A heartfelt story of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker’s brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist’s difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage.
    Post-film commentary with Q&A hosted by TBA
    *3:00 p.m. Registration with light refreshments in the Atrium Lobby

    Film tickets sold separately from concert tickets.


     

  • The Heath Brothers Quartet with Freddie Hendrix
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Saxophonist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Jimmy Heath’s 50-year career has included every leading jazz musician, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. A distinguished composer and arranger, his pieces have been in the regular repertoire of Clark Terry, James Moody, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and numerous others. A devoted teacher, he led the jazz program at Queens College, and taught at several other leading schools. His regular quartet includes his brother and co-leader, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, pianist Jeb Patton and bassist David Wong, who this evening will be joined by trumpeter and WP jazz alumnus Freddie Hendrix. Don’t miss out on what has become a summer tradition at WP!

    Jimmy Heath

    Albert "Tootie" Heath on DRUMMERWORLD

    Freddie Hendrix


     

  • WP Summer Jazz Film Series:
    IN GOOD TIME: THE PIANO JAZZ OF MARIAN MCPARTLAND

    Jul 21, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
    Location: Atrium Auditorium

    IN GOOD TIME: THE PIANO JAZZ OF MARIAN MCPARTLAND
    (2011) Directed and written by Huey (James R. Coleman, Jr.)

    Documentary videographer James R. Coleman, Jr. a/k/a as just Huey, captured the smile, and the voice we all recognize from Marian McPortland’s weekly National Public Radio program “Piano Jazz,” who opened every program with her improvised version of “Kaleidoscope” since 1979.
    Post-film commentary with Q&A hosted by TBA
    *3:00 p.m. Registration with light refreshments in the Atrium Lobby

    Film tickets sold separately from concert tickets.


     

  • The Bill Charlap Trio
    Jul 21, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    To cap the week, WP Jazz Studies Director and renowned pianist Bill Charlap will bring his stellar trio to a summer performance for the first time. Charlap has fronted this group with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington for nearly 20 years.  They have many best-selling recordings, have done multiple international tours, and have annual residencies at the Village Vanguard and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Their recording with the legendary Tony Bennett won a 2016 Grammy, and their more recent Notes from New York has drawn great critical acclaim. Join us for this rousing culmination to a wonderful week of music!

    Bill Charlap


     

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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