25th Annual Summer Jazz Room Series presents

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

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 7/16: The Jon DiFiore Trio
Tuesday 7/17: The Roxy Coss Trio
Wednesday 7/18: The Lintet
Thursday 7/19: The Kelly Green Trio
Friday 7/20: The Candice Reyes Quintet

  • The Jazz Workshop Faculty Quintet featuring James Weidman
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jazz on the Plaza 6:15 p.m. - The Jon DiFiore Trio

    The WP Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Quintet is proud to feature the music and piano expertise of long-time faculty member James Weidman. A much sought-after performer, Weidman has collaborated with jazz greats Max Roach, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Joe Lovano, among others. The quintet features trombonist Tim Newman, bassist Marcus McLaurine, saxophonist David Demsey, and drummer Winard Harper.

    Admission:  $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass

    James Weidman


  • Guitarist Diego Figueiredo and Saxophonist Ken Peplowski
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jazz on the Plaza 6:15 p.m. - The Roxy Coss Trio

    This explosive duo is comprised of two extraordinary, virtuoso musicians. Diego Figueiredo’s exciting and dynamic guitar playing encompasses his knowledge of jazz, western art music, and bossa nova. Ken Peplowski, a veteran clarinet master, is the one of the most versatile musicians you will find with a stylistic range from early jazz to the avant-garde, and classical to bossa nova.

    Admission:  $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass

    Diego Figueiredo
    Ken Peplowski


  • Trombonist and Vocalist Pete McGuinness with Big Beat
    Jul 18, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jazz on the Plaza 6:15 p.m. - The Lintet

    The multi-faceted WP professor, Pete McGuinness, takes the stage with Big Beat, an exciting, up-and-coming, WP alumni-led jazz orchestra. As a two-time Grammy nominee, McGuinness has played and recorded with Maria Schneider, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, among other accomplishments. For this performance, Big Beat will be directed by WP music professor Stephen Marcone.

    Admission:  $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass

    Pete McGuinness


  • The Angelica Sanchez Trio featuring Steve LaSpina and Kevin Norton
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jazz on the Plaza 6:15 p.m. - The Kelly Green Trio

    Pianist and composer Angelica Sanchez “likes building structures and breaking free of them,” said Nate Chinen in The New York Times. Sanchez has performed and recorded as a leader, also working in collaboration with a plethora of jazz veterans. For this performance, Sanchez teams up with percussionist and composer Kevin Norton, who has recorded, performed, and composed for an eclectic array of artists and groups. The trio is completed by longtime WP jazz faculty member Steve LaSpina, a stalwart NYC area bassist and composer who has performed and recorded with many jazz legends.

    Admission:  $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass

    Angelica Sanchez
    Steve LaSpina
    Kevin Norton


  • The Heath Brothers Quartet with Antonio Hart
    Jul 20, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jazz on the Plaza 6:15 p.m. - The Candice Reyes Quintet

    Saxophonist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Jimmy Heath’s 50-year career has included every leading jazz musician, from Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. A distinguished composer and arranger, his music has been in the repertoire of Clark Terry, James Moody, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, and numerous others. His regular quartet includes his brother and co-leader, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, pianist Jeb Patton, and bassist David Wong, and this year they will be joined by alto-saxophonist Antonio Hart. Don’t miss the William Paterson summer tradition.

    Admission:  $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass

    Jimmy Heath & the Heath Brothers
    Antonio Hart


  • Summer Jazz Student Concert
    Jul 21, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Enjoy this special free afternoon concert featuring the fresh sounds of student ensembles from our Summer Jazz Workshop.

    Admission: FREE


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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