26th Annual Summer Jazz Room Series presents

Individual tickets (Monday – Friday): $10
Weeklong pass (Monday – Friday): $40 (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

Please join us at 6:15 p.m. each day (rain or shine) 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). In the event of inclement weather, Jazz on the Plaza concerts will be held inside the Shea Recital Hall 101. Food trucks will be on site Friday, July 19 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

Here is the schedule for the pre-show plaza concerts:
Monday 7/15: The Ted Chubb Band
Tuesday 7/16: The Mike Lee Trio
Wednesday 7/17: The Cecil Alexander Group
Thursday 7/18: The Joe Spinelli Trio
Friday 7/19: The Abel Mireles Group

  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    The Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty and Staff Play
    the Music of Jimmy Heath

    Jul 15, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The traditional Monday night concert is bigger and better! Veteran workshop faculty members return to the Shea stage with Tim Newman on bass trombone, James Weidman on piano, and Steve LaSpina on bass. They will be joined by talented young staff who are integral to the workshop as teachers, mentors, and counselors: Abel Mireles on saxophones, Cecil Alexander on guitar, and Jon DiFiore on drums—plus, a few surprise guest artists. The group will honor jazz giant and iconic saxophonist, composer, and educator, Jimmy Heath, who was the artist-in-residence at the workshop from 2011-2018 by performing his music.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    Jimmy Heath


  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    The Anderson Twins

    Jul 16, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The music of the extraordinary virtuoso woodwind players Peter and Will Anderson “consistently brings a fresh perspective to classic jazz” [Washington Post]. Born and raised in D.C., the Andersons moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School.  Since then they have performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Vignola, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. They have headlined at clubs, festivals, and on tour and have nine recordings as leaders under their belt. They bring a quintet that is bound to delight Summer Jazz Room fans!

    Admission:  $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    The Anderson Twins


  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    Vanessa Rubin and Big Beat

    Jul 17, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Outstanding vocalist Vanessa Rubin returns to the Shea stage for a third performance.  Rubin trained under grandmasters like Frank Foster and Barry Harris in the 1980s, and went on to record with a wide array of artists such as Monty Alexander, Steve Turre, Herbie Hancock, James Williams, Etta Jones, and Toots Thielemans. She has toured with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Jazz Crusaders.  Rubin’s talents are not limited to vocals—she has experience as a producer, arranger, and music business consultant and facilitator. She will be accompanied by Big Beat, an exciting, WP alumni-led jazz orchestra, which just released their first recording.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    Vanessa Rubin


  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage

    Jul 18, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Nilson Matta is well known as the worldclass bassist of Trio da Paz, but his solo career as a composer and bandleader is equally noteworthy. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Matta was recognized at a young age and played with such luminaries as Joao Gilberto, Hermeto Pascoal, and Luis Bonfa, among others. Since his arrival in New York in 1985, he has performed and recorded with Joe Henderson, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton, Herbie Mann, and many others. With longtime friends Romero Lubambo and Duduka da Fonseca, he is a founding member of Trio Da Paz, which has earned accolades as one of the foremost Brazilian jazz groups in the world. “Brazilian Voyage” is an apt title for tonight’s group, as Matta’s expert knowledge of Brazilian jazz unfolds.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    Nilson Matta on Facebook


  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    Rufus Reid and Friends

    Jul 19, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    For five decades, Rufus Reid has been a consistent and formidable influence in the jazz world as a bassist and educator. His work with Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra and Quartet, Kenny Barron, Stan Getz, J. J. Johnson, Lee Konitz, and Jack DeJohnette, to name a few, has cemented his stature as one of the great living deans of the jazz bass. For 20 years Reid was director of the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University and was instrumental in building the program’s international reputation as one of the leading jazz schools in the world. He has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader, and authored the seminal text for bass methodology, The Evolving Bassist. Reid’s career continues to evolve. As a composer, he has written for strings, jazz ensembles of varying sizes, solo bass, symphony orchestras, and has received two Grammy Nominations for his compositions.

    Admission: $10 per evening concert • $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 11)

    Rufus Reid


  • Summer Jazz Room Series presents
    Student Concert

    Jul 20, 2019 @ 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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