• WBGO JAM Live: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

    April 12, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    William Paterson University's Jazz Septet, also known as "The Hawk Flies Septet," performed live in the WBGO studios, in the third of our series of student ensemble broadcasts for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

    The group is directed by pianist Mulgrew Miller, who has been William Paterson's director of jazz studies since 2005. They performed compositions by him and other former and current music faculty, including Thad Jones, Benny Golson and James WIlliams.

    The original manuscripts of several of these compositions are housed in the university's Living Jazz Archives, which houses the papers of Jones, Williams and trumpeter Clark Terry, among others. of More details on the set and personnel are listed below.

    Enjoy this live performance, check out links to past performances and join us again as we celebrate the rising generation of jazz greats on air and online all April for Jazz Appreciation Month!

    William Paterson University Jazz Septet - "The Hawk Flies Septet"

    Live at WBGO 4/12/13
    Set list and soloists:

    1. "Mean What You Say" – Thad Jones (WP Founding Jazz Studies Director)

    [Manuscript from the Thad Jones Archive on the WP campus.]

    Soloists: Daseul Kim, bass; Zach Gillespie, trumpet; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax

    2. "Stablemates" – Benny Golson (WP artist in residence, Fall 2012)

    Soloists: Peter Lin, trombone; Zach Gillespie, trumpet; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax

    3. "Deluge" – Wayne Shorter

    Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; David Zaks, piano

    4. "Soulful Mr. Timmons" – James Williams (WP Jazz Studies Director, 1999-2004)

    [Manuscript from the James Williams Archive on the WP campus.]

    Soloists: Ben Sigler, tenor saxophone; Peter Lin, trombone; David Zaks, piano

    5. "The Sequel" – Mulgrew Miller (WP Jazz Studies Director since 2005)

    Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; guest Mulgrew Miller, piano

    6. "Let's" – Thad Jones

    [This is the origin of Thad’s big band chart “Not Now, I’ll Tell You When” in WP Archive]

    Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax; Chris Brawley, drums


    Zach Gillespie – trumpet (junior, Phoenix, AZ)

    Ben Kovacs – tenor saxophone (senior, Franklin, NJ)

    Peter Lin – trombone (senior, Whippany, NJ)

    David Zaks – piano (junior, Hoboken, NJ)

    Charlie Sigler – guitar (senior, Baltimore, MD)

    Daseul Kim – bass (sophomore, Seoul, Korea)

    Chris Brawley – drums (sophomore, Sacramento, CA)

    All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

    4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

    4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

    4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

    4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

    4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

    4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

    4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

    4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

    4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

    4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

    4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band

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