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The William Paterson University Organ Quintet Performs For Jazz Appreciation Month

Isaiah McClain
The William Patterson University Organ Quintet

The jazz program at William Paterson University has been helmed by Bill Charlap since 2015. There are 24 active ensembles, and Charlap, who serves as the school's Director of Jazz Studies, joined saxophonist and author Dr. David Demsey in bringing one of them to perform in our studio for Jazz Appreciation Month.

The William Paterson University Organ Quintet, under the direction of saxophonist Vincent Herring, performed four songs, including a version of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” sung by junior and New Jersey native Mollie Friedman; an original composition by tenor saxophonist Alex DeLazzari, called “Clear Cut”; Kenny Dorham’s “Short Story”; and Smokey Robinson’s “The Way You Do the Things You Do.”

The quintet features junior Tom Killackey (trumpet), freshman Alex DeLazzari (tenor saxophone), junior Will Gorman (organ), sophomore Noah Flint (guitar), and freshman Hank Allen-Barfield (drums).

Carolyn's career in radio spans well over two decades, most of which have been spent wrapped up in the world of Jazz. It always seems to start with college radio, and for Carolyn that was no exception. Little did she know then that the music she was being introduced to at the University of Wisconsin campus station would remain a near constant in her life. Upon moving to New York City in 1993, it just so happened that a temp agency placed her in a very sweet spot - at WQEW-AM where she worked in the programming department under the tutelage of Program Director Stan Martin and alongside Jonathan Schwartz and other legendary radio hosts. It was there where her love of jazz vocalists began, not just on the radio, but also by seeing many perform live.