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The William Paterson University Jazz Sextet Plays Monk and Ellington

William Paterson

William Paterson University has 24 jazz ensembles. Bill Charlap, the renowned pianist who serves as the school's Director of Jazz Studies, brought one of them to perform in our studio for Jazz Appreciation Month.

The ensemble, a sextet, performed three songs for us: "Eronel," by Thelonious Monk; "Sophisticated Lady," by Duke Ellington; and "Grew's Tune," by pianist Mulgrew Miller, who preceded Charlap at the helm of William Paterson's jazz program, before his death in 2013.

The William Paterson University Jazz Sextet, directed by Bill Charlap is (left to right):

  • Jesse Taitt, Boston MA: piano
  • Josh Dunn, Tasmania, Australia: guitar
  • Vincent Dupont, Hudson, NH: bass
  • Steve Kirsty, Glenville, NY: tenor saxophone
  • Leo Yucht, Shaftsbury, VT: drums
  • Tom Killackey, Torrington, CT: trumpet/cornet

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Williams brings a rich and extensive background in media to WBGO with a reputation as a creative, people-centric, and data-driven leader. He has held key leadership roles at top media organizations across a diverse range of markets including Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, New York City, and most recently Seattle. Williams is also a nationally recognized authority on best practices for jazz radio programming, research, marketing, and administration and content production. A jazz aficionado, Williams previously served as Director of Programming for WBGO.