The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in the Shea Center for Performing Arts on the campus. Prior to the concert, Wilson will be the guest for Sittin' In," an informal discussion about jazz, at 3 p.m. in room 101 of Shea Center. Tickets are available at the Shea Center Box Office in advance, 973.720.2371 or wplive.org, or on the day of the performance at $15; $12 senior citizens, William Paterson faculty, staff and alumni; and $8 for non-William Paterson students. William Paterson students may attend free of charge. Admission is free to all Jazz Room ticket holders.
The Jazz Room concert will feature the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra in premieres of new arrangements written for Wilson by the University's music arranging master's degree candidates. The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Pete McGuinness, associate professor of music.
Wilson has brought stylistic versatility and his distinctive alto and soprano saxophone sound to more than 100 recordings, including seven recordings under his own name. Last year, Wilson celebrated his 50th birthday with a six-night engagement, leading six different bands, at NYC's Jazz Standard. The all-star line-up included Mulgrew Miller, William Paterson director of jazz studies, as well as Bruce Barth, Lewis Nash, Jeff Tain" Watts, Geoffrey Keezer, Christian McBride, Ed Howard, Adam Cruz, Karrin Allyson, Carla Cook, Diane Monroe, Joyce Hammann, Nardo Poy and Troy Stuart.
Launched in 1978, the Jazz Room is one of the largest and most prestigious college-sponsored jazz events in the country. Performers include renowned professionals who encompass the complete spectrum of jazz, from practitioners of traditional jazz to avant-garde to bebop to swing to Afro-Latin jazz, as well as William Paterson's own student ensembles. The series has won numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 25 years of continuous support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its innovative programming.
Other concerts during the spring 2012 series include vocalist Roseanna Vitro on March 11 and Grammy Award winner Paquito D'Rivera with the William Paterson Latin Jazz ensemble directed by Chico Mendoza on April 1.