All concerts are Tuesdays or Thursdays at Common Hour (12:30pm-1:45pm) in Shea Auditorium and are Free! (unless otherwise indicated).
Big Beat is a 19-piece big band that was formed with one purpose - to make music that sounds good and feels good. The band is co-led by four WP jazz alumni arrangers: trombonist Caleb Rumley, bassist Charlie Dougherty, keyboardist Ryan Tomski, and saxophonist Phil Engsberg, plus eleven other WP alumni. With lead vocalist and WP alumnus Allison McKenzie singing jazz, R&B, and soul, they create a fresh big band sound. They have performed at numerous major New York area jazz venues including The Knitting Factory, Langosta Lounge, and WP’s Summer Jazz Room series. Guest artist collaborations include vocalists Karryn Allison and Vanessa Rubin, guitarist Peter Bernstein, saxophonist and WP faculty member Rich Perry, trumpeters Duane Eubanks and Freddie Hendrix, and the Shady Street Show Band.
The Atlantic Chamber Players are comprised of Andrea Herr, Lisa Pike, Sarah Davol, Jim Noyes and Anna Keiserman. As a quintet of experienced musicians, they will perform a mix of solo and group works by 20th century composers including Henry Brant and Michael Head.
Paul Meyers has been a busy freelancer, sideman and bandleader in and around New York City, as well as a WP jazz adjunct faculty. He led his own quartet and recorded a CD featuring the great saxophonist/flutist Frank Wess, andtoured with two of the greatest jazz singers Jon Hendricks and Andy Bey. Meyers has performed and/or recorded with a list of jazz greats such as Harry Allen, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eddie Gomez, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Mays, Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, and others. He is also very active player in New York's vibrant Brazilian jazz scene. Meyers leads his own Brazilian jazz group World on a String. He is also a member of Requite Trio. Hewas a member of the Terra Brasil, has performed with Tango-jazz pianist and composer Pablo Zeigler (Astor Piazzola's pianist). He has also worked with the great Paul Winter at his Winter Solstice concerts, featuring Winter with several great Brazilian singers.
Philippine-born pianist Charisse Baldoria fuses Western pianism with her Southeast Asian and Hispanic heritage, and integrates various art forms into a concert experience. Prizewinner of international competitions, she has performed in five continents, establishing a career as a pianist with multidisciplinary interests. She has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and Hindustani classical performers. Her latest CD Gamelan on Pianofeatures music inspired by Southeast Asia and her CD Evocación features music inspired by flamenco and tango.
Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts,” (National Public Radio) New York Polyphony is one of the foremost vocal chamber ensembles active today. The four men, “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure,” (The New Yorker) give vibrant, modern voice to repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to cutting-edge compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works, has not only earned New York Polyphony two Grammy nominations and wide acclaim, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream.
New York Polyphony
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470