Powerhouse pianist Harold Mabern has been a member of the William Paterson jazz faculty for an amazing 36 years. A veteran of bands led by Miles Davis, George Coleman and many others as well as recording numerous solo projects, Mabern continues to be in demand on the worldwide jazz scene, not losing an ounce of strength or energy. As part of the continuing 40th anniversary Jazz Room season, this quartet is entirely comprised of Mabern’s former WP students who have all gone on to build significant careers. The band will also feature two other special guests who are both WP alumni and Mabern's former students: trumpeter Fred Hendrix, and vocalist Alexis Cole will appear in a purview of her April Jazz Room concert.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8 WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 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.
Jen Chapin has been celebrated for "brilliantly soulfully poetic urban folk music" (NPR) that? "brings a jazzy edge to the folk form" (The New Yorker). Chapin's? music reflects her musical upbringing and a lifetime of passionate activism, through ongoing work with WhyHunger (founded by her late father Harry Chapin), and other food justice groups.
Junior Vega’s onstage presence combines with the high-energy WP Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by longtime faculty member Chico Mendoza. In what has now become a tradition at these concerts, the guest soloist shares the spotlight with the talented improvising soloists who make up the membership of the Latin Jazz Ensemble. The repertoire will consist of contributions from Junior Vega as well as arrangements from Chico Mendoza, in a concert that will certainly provide some heat on this winter afternoon.
Junior Vega Discography at Discogs
Saxophonist Joe Lovano is one of the major voices on today’s jazz scene. From his long relationships with the big bands of Woody Herman, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, to his tenure with the legendary Paul Motian-Lovano-Bill Frisell Trio, to his own best-selling recordings and touring bands, Lovano is one of the most influential saxophonists today. For this event, Lovano returns “home” (he taught at WP for many years) to collaborate with the students of the WP Jazz Orchestra, including premieres of four new arrangements for this concert by WP graduate arranging students.
The most authentic QUEEN live show since the days of QUEEN themselves. A deliberate four piece band, Almost Queen delivers a live performance showcasing signature four part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, Almost Queen recaptures the live energy and precision that is the penultimate Queen experience.
Admission: Orchestra $40.00 • Loge $35.00
Five time Grammy Award winning musician Victor Wooten has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. Wooten was named Bass Player of the Year three times in a row by Bass Player magazine and the first person to win the award more than once. In 2011, he was ranked #10 in the “Top Ten Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone. He is a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi instrumentalist and founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. His legendary live shows continues the tradition of funkified virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince.
Admission: Orchestra $35.00 • Loge $30.00
The WP Music Department presents I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies
Special guests Chris Butler of The Waitresses, original MTV VJ Mark Goodman, and SiriusXM’s 1st Wave host Lori Majewski join WP student tribute band Sweet Dreams in a fundraising concert for WP music scholarships. Showcasing the work of the best female artists of the early MTV years—from Madonna to the Pointer Sisters to Tina Turner, Grammy Award-winner (with Lady Gaga) Rob Fusari directs this celebration of the best in ‘80s music. Special video appearance by ABC’s Martin Fry.
All proceeds benefit WP music scholarships.
Admission: $25 General Public • $20 William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $10 Non-WP students • WP Students admitted free with ID
For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it’s all about the blues! His incredible musical journey spans over 50 years, and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.
Admission: Gold Circle $50.00 • Orchestra/Front Loge $45.00 • Rear Loge $40.00
Grammy-nominated Philadelphia-based organist Joey DeFrancesco has been a fixture on the jazz scene since his discovery by Miles Davis in the 1980s. He has recorded more than 30 albums since his 16-year-old debut on Columbia Records, and has played internationally with such luminaries as Arturo Sandoval, Larry Coryell, Frank Wess, John McLuaghlin, Elvin Jones, George Benson, Pat Martino, John Scofield, and many others. DeFrancesco’s swinging Philly exuberance will shine during this concert with his own working band – and as a bonus, his top-level trumpet playing will be showcased as well!
University Music Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell
Students of Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers perform a fully-staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war.
There is an additional performance of this event at 8:00pm on April 14, 2018.
Food for Thought Series presents The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra
The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra performs with freshly prepared instruments made out of vegetables like a saxophone-soundalike “cucumberphone”, pumpkin bass drums struck with lemon grass, various carrot flutes, Butternut Squashes that carry the sound of brass instruments, and other really cool inventions. Kids will never look at their vegetables the same way!
Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m. Appropriate for all ages
Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children
The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra
William Paterson jazz alumnus, drummer Mark Giuliana has become one of the leaders among modern drummers, bridging styles between jazz, swing, funk and hiphop with his tremendous technique and command. Giuliana was already a well-known member of the young jazz community, and his career skyrocketed when he was a member of the trio that backed the legendary David Bowie on Bowie’s final album. Giuliana continues our 40th anniversary alumni celebration as he brings his working jazz quartet to our stage, performing his own compositions and inspiring our students.
Award-winning vocalist Alexis Cole is at the heart of today’s New York jazz vocal and cabaret scene. After graduating from William Paterson in the mid-90s, she became a member and featured vocal soloist with the remarkable jazz big band ensemble at West Point Academy. Today, she has moved on to establish a major reputation as a virtuoso vocalist, in command of a wide array of repertoire and always in touch with the jazz traditions. Today’s backing trio also consists of fellow William Paterson alumni, including two recent arranging master’s degree recipients, pianist/musical director Scott Arcangel, and drummer Joe Spinelli.
James D’Amico Productions presents Battle of the Brits: The Concert That Never Was Featuring Classic Stones Live and The Cast of Beatlemania
It has been a hotly debated topic for fifty years: which group captured the hearts of more fans – The Beatles or The Stones? Experience the music that shaped a generation as the super tribute groups the cast of Beatlemania and Classic Stones Live square off for a Battle Royale!
Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge?
James D'Amico Productions
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470