The VJC Sextet
The Vermont Jazz Center Sextet is the VJC's community outreach ensemble. Through weekly rehearsals, the group has developed programs which are performed in schools, assisted-living homes, and libraries, bringing live jazz into less formal settings. Through these performances and clinics, people who might not attend concerts at the VJC are given the opportunity to hear and learn about the music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and others, with original music and arrangements often written by members of the ensemble.
The members of the VJC Sextet are: Mike Patek, drums; Rob Freeberg, trumpet; Cathy Martin, piano; Jay Elfenbein, bass; Jim Heffron, tenor saxophone; and Bill Ballard, alto saxophone.