Jazz Room Series Fall 2018 presents

The 41st Season!




  • Marlene VerPlanck Memorial Tribute
    Special Scholarship Concert

    Sep 23, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This all-star concert and scholarship fundraiser will celebrate the life and career of vocalist Marlene VerPlanck, who passed away last spring.  Her many solo recordings featured the American Songbook, and a stellar list of accompanists and collaborators; she also had a major career as a studio recording performer, singing backup vocals for such legends as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others, and recording familiar jingles such as "Mm'm Good" for Campbell's Soup, "weekends were made for Michelob," and "Nationwide is on your side" that put her usually uncredited voice in the ears of every U.S. household. Performers on this concert will include some of the New Jersey and New York jazz legends who collaborated with Marlene on her many recordings and live performances, plus representatives from the William Paterson jazz studies program who have been the proud recipients of the J. Billy VerPlanck Memorial Scholarship. All concert proceeds will benefit the VerPlanck Memorial Scholarship, appropriately renamed to honor both J. Billy and Marlene VerPlanck and their contributions to William Paterson University.

    Admission: $20 • WP students are admitted free with ID


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Barry Harris Trio with Larry McKenna

    Oct 14, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Jazz Room’s 41st season kicks off with the triumphant return of the legendary NEA Jazz Master after his unfortunate Jazz Room concert postponement from a year ago, leading his trio joined by the historic Philadelphia tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. Harris is a true bebop pioneer and a rare connection to that formative jazz era that is the foundation of so much of today’s music. He is a product of historic collaborations with such giants as Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Thad Jones, and countless others. His energy and musical strengths are undiminished by his age and will be showcased in this performance. 

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day
    NOTE: An original ticket stub from Harris’s postponed November 2017 concert will earn free admission to this event!

    Barry Harris
    Larry McKenna at All About Jazz


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    René Marie - Experiment in Truth

    Oct 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Vocalist René Marie has forged a reputation as not only one of the top singers in current jazz, but also as a versatile arranger, composer, and theater performer. Guided and tempered in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B, and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    René Marie

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    The engagement of René Marie is partially funded by the Jazz Touring Network of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Gene Bertoncini & Mike Mainieri Quartet

    Oct 28, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Guitarist Gene Bertoncini was an early protégé of Buddy Rich, was a member of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra, and has longtime associations with Tony Bennett and Benny Goodman, to name a few. Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri is an accomplished composer. He also produced three Carly Simon albums and recorded with Dire Straits, Laura Nyro, David Sanborn, and Michael Franks. This all-star duo will co-lead a quartet as part of a Bertoncini-led CD recording project. 

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Gene Bertoncini
    Mike Mainieri at NYC Records


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Renee Rosnes Quartet

    Nov 04, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. She has recorded 17 albums as a leader and worked with many of the great jazz masters. Rosnes has also appeared in concert and on recordings with her husband Bill Charlap, WP director of jazz studies. Her most recent recording, Beloved of the Sky (Smoke Sessions) features her all-star quartet with vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lenny White. 

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Renee Rosnes


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Jimmy Heath
    with the WP Jazz Orchestra dir. by David Demsey

    Nov 11, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A true national treasure, Jimmy Heath joins the powerful WP Jazz Orchestra in a program of his arrangements of his own original compositions such as “Gingerbread Boy,” “For Minors Only,” “CTA,” and “A Sound for Sore Ears.” The ageless virtuoso tenor and soprano saxophonist has played with a who’s-who of jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and many others. Heath returns to the Shea stage as part of his valued relationship with William Paterson’s jazz studies program.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Jimmy Heath


     

  • Jazz Room Series presents
    Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Quartet

    Dec 02, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Cynthia Sayer has taken on the rare status as a jazz banjo performer. As a virtuoso and spokesperson for the instrument, Sayer appeared on the PBS documentary “Give Me the Banjo.” She is one of the founding members of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band and has performed as part of four of his movies. Her fabulous playing cemented her place in the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame as a contemporary performer.

    Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist sessions are one hour prior to each concert in Shea Recital Hall.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP community and senior citizens • $8 non-WP students • WP students admitted fee with ID • $3 additional charge per ticket on show day

    Cynthia Sayer


     

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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