Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.
Tickets: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP studentsWP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day
WP jazz alumnus, drummer Jaimeo Brown has had a career that crisscrosses jazz, rap and R&B, having performed with such musicians as Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Greg Osby, among others. His groundbreaking band Transcendance celebrates music of the African Diaspora, through melody, improvisation, rhythm and spoken word. Joined by saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and fellow WP alumnus, guitarist Chris Sholar and guests, this concert promises to be a riveting and deeply memorable experience.
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 in Shea Recital Hall. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.
WP jazz studies director Bill Charlap is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. His 2015 Jerome Kern CD with Tony Bennett won a Grammy Award. This year, he was featured on the acclaimed all-Gershwin CD with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall. This intimate solo performance showcases Charlap’s great inventiveness and pianistic command.
WP alumnus Roxy Coss is considered one of the leading young saxophonists on the New York jazz scene. She was recently listed asDown Beatmagazine’s “Rising Star” on soprano saxophone and is the first artist to be recognized by New York City’s American Federation of Musicians Local 802 Emerging Artist Award.
Ingrid Jensen is considered one of today’s leading trumpeters and has toured and recorded with a long list of jazz heavyweights. This program features Jensen as a soloist with the WP Jazz Orchestra and also includes premieres of several new arrangements created by WP masters jazz arranging students.
Ray Vega is a crossover artist, immersed in jazz and salsa. His distinctive trumpet brought him to perform and record with legends like Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Harlow, and many more. For this program, Vega will combine his unique sound and deep experiences with the WP Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by veteran faculty member Chico Mendoza.
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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