Announcing this Season's Concerts:

The VJC is excited about this year's offerings; please join us at each one to experience the rich array of different styles. Our aim in concert programing is to present music that is of high quality; music that is fresh and vibrant, stimulating yet accessible.
  • Sept. 20, 2014 - T.S. Monk Sextet
  • Oct. 18th, 2014 - Dafnis Prieto's Si o Si Quartet
  • Nov. 1st, 2014 - Jeff Coffin Mu' tet
  • Nov. 15th, 2014 - Emerging Artist Series: Sarah Elizabeth Charles Quartet and Integriti Reeves
  • Dec. 5th, 2014 - Big Band Gala - VJC Big Band
  • Jan. 17th, 2015 - Clarence Penn Quartet
  • Feb. 14th, 2015 - Julian Lage Trio
  • March 14th, 2015 - Bill Charlap Trio
  • March 28th, 2015 - Emerging Artist Series: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio
  • April 18th, 2015 - Holophonor Septet feat. Miro Sprague
  • May 16th, 2015 - Carmen Lundy
  • June 6th, 2015 - Eugene Uman's Convergence Project
Latest News
Dear Friends of the Jazz Center,

Thanks to you, the response to the fund raising effort to replace stolen equipment at the Vermont Jazz Center has been overwhelmingly positive. We have met our goals and exceeded the value of the stolen equipment. We are so grateful to you for your part in this! Prior to the VJC's next concert, we will be purchasing high quality replacement equipment; we have already enhanced our security system.

We have heard from friends, old and new, listeners who've come to one show and others who have been part of the VJC community for decades. You are friends, family, board members, volunteers, and colleagues, sympathizers with our cause, believers in the preservation of jazz and its use of jazz as a form of personal expression. We have all experienced the power of jazz to "do good" in our world and your donations and other manifestations of generosity have clearly expressed your trust in the Jazz Center as a vehicle for this important work. I am amazed, humbled and grateful beyond words. I have read and heard all your comments and they have warmed my heart.

Clearly we are a resilient community. Together, we are stronger than ever; the force of unity and positive energy has filled the VJC's sails with optimism leaving us eager to ride with you on this wave of community spirit, to continue in our mission to provide unfettered access to jazz classes and concerts for all.

Thanks to all of you who have given from your pocket, to those who have offered to donate or loan us equipment and to the many who have expressed their sincere concern. We feel appreciation to Frederic Noyes for the Go Fund Me video. We are grateful to the numerous artists who have agreed to play at a benefit and to the businesses that have offered to cater and host such an event, and to the artists who shared their merchandise sales with us. We are thankful for the services of Officer Washburn and Detective Carrier from the Brattleboro Police Department and Tim from the Cotton Mill. We are especially grateful to Max Adam and Klondike Sound for loaning us equipment and to the sound companies who have agreed to sell us equipment at reduced cost. This outpouring of generosity reminds us vividly that we live in a terrific community that is enhanced by an influx of people who care.

These feelings of gratitude emanate from all of our caring staff (Ginger and Robby), our faculty and our entire board of directors. Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you soon, keeping the vital essence of jazz burning in the community and beyond!

Sincerely yours,
Eugene Uman
VJC Director

Early Jazz and Vocal Harmonies Ensemble Performance

Dec 16, 7:30-8:30 
Vermont Jazz Center,
 72 Cotton Mill Hill Brattleboro, VT
 Cost: Free!

An Ear Training Workshop, open to all, precedes the performance at 6pm 
(see below)
More info: Anna Patton: 802 275 2142,

The Vermont Jazz Center's "Jazz Harmony Vocal Ensemble" and "Early Jazz
 Ensemble," both directed by Anna Patton, will perform sets they worked up
this fall as part of the Jazz Center's year-round curriculum.

The Jazz Harmony Vocal Ensemble began in 2009 and specializes in uniquely satisfying and tricky
close vocal harmonies in the tradition of groups like the Boswell Sisters
and Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. Their program will include arrangements 
of standards with influences ranging from Sheila Jordan to Thelonious Monk
to early R&B, with a Lennon/McCartney composition, for good measure. The
 singers are: Harriet Tepfer, Elise Burrows, Kari Smith, Lani Wright, Pamela
 White, Andi Matthews, Ruth Sessions, Bidi Dworkin, Carrie Walker, Beth
 Kiendl, Annie Winkler, and Louise Zak


The Early Jazz Ensemble was a new offering in the Vermont Jazz Center's 
roster of classes this fall. The group has been studying and performing an
exciting program of tunes associated with some of the early innovators of
jazz, including Duke Ellington's "Old Man Blues,"  Sidney Bechet's
"Egyptian Fantasy," Hoagy Carmichael's "Up A Lazy River" "How Come You Do
Me Like You Do" as performed by Fletcher Henderson with Louis Armstrong,
"Singin' The Blues," famously associated with Bix Beiderbecke, "Digga 
Digga Do,"  and the traditional "How Long Blues." The members of the 
ensemble are: Tad Dreis, harmonica, Anna Patton, clarinet, Scott Sizer,
 trumpet, Becky Graber, piano and vocals, Mark Anagnostopolous, guitar and 
vocals, Tim Ellis, sousaphone, Janushka Fishell, percussion and vocals,
 and Jessie Fox drums.

AND, at 6pm that evening, a chance to check out Anna's approach to EAR
TRAINING (aka aural skills) It's a 1-shot workshop which will be offered
 as a full-semester jazz center class in the spring. $10 suggested donation.

For instrumentalists, singers, and curious listeners; a class to sharpen
the musical ears. We'll practice aural detective work: the most basic
skill behind harmonizing, improvising, composing, and finding chord
progressions. The class will be taught entirely by ear, through singing,
 playing, and listening to recordings. It will incorporate an intuitive,
applicable approach to basic music theory. We will practice hearing and
reproducing intervals, chords, bass lines, and rhythmic nuances. We'll
investigate popular, folk, and jazz idioms - whatever intrigues us, and
we'll dabble in the art of using musical ideas for our own compositions 
and improvisations.

The Vermont Jazz Center is an internationally recognized institution that provides jazz education, programming and outreach. Currently in its 40th year, it was founded in 1974 by the legendary guitarist, Attila Zoller and is now run by pianist, Eugene Uman.

The VJC features a summer jazz workshop, a monthly concert series, Wednesday night jam sessions, and frequent collaborations with area schools, arts organizations and businesses.

Mission: The Vermont Jazz Center is dedicated to creating and preserving jazz through the presentation of workshops, concerts, and instruction to a broad constituency of artists, students, and the general public.

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Upcoming Concerts
Clarence Penn Quartet
Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 8:00 PM
Julian Lage Trio
Saturday, February 14th, 8:00 PM
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