As the second event in HACPAC’s inaugural PAC the House series, this evening with two R&B superstars will heat up the stage. Known for her string of hits and solo career, Williams’ style complements that of pianist Adderley and his fabulous trio. Influenced by Chick Corea, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk, he has recently returned to his jazz roots. Together these two artists will blend R&B, jazz, and pop for a fabulous evening.
Alyson Williams is an R&B singer who had hits with songs like “Sleep Talk, “My Love Is So Raw,” and “Yes, We Can Can.” She started her career doing background vocals for artists including Melba Moore, BB&Q, Cashflow, Bobby Brown, and Barbara Mitchell before launching her solo career, which has produced numerous albums.
Nat Adderley Jr. is a pop and R&B pianist who spent much of his career as music director for Luther Vandross. The scion of a famed jazz family, which includes his father Nat Adderley and his uncle Cannonball Adderley. Nat Jr. began playing piano as a child. He performs his own works as well as tributes to his father and uncle with his trio, comprised of bass, piano, and drums.
Hackensack’s own Matthew Whitaker is a student of music. While greatly influenced by the past, he doesn’t intend on staying there, but rather he uses it to guide his playing, beautifully narrating his incredible journey and experiences along the way. His versatility and deep-rooted touch on piano and organ are slowly establishing him as a prominent young voice in today’s jazz scene.
PAC the House: Mission Statement
The mission of the PAC the House series is to present Bergen County audiences with an array of distinctive acts that may not appear on other area stages. The City of Hackensack and the Main Street Business Alliance, which co-sponsor the PAC the House series, carefully vet the performers to ensure a variety of cultural backgrounds and disciplines and to cultivate a hip ambiance for the redeveloping downtown. In the intimate Hackensack Performing Arts Center, the PAC the House series presents well-known performers as well as up-and-coming artists who promise to become new favorites.