October 2012 Archives

By Scott Ainslie

Scott Ainslie is a touring musician specializing in traditional acoustic Blues and original songs with strong North Carolina roots, who now lives in Brattleboro, VT. He performs at festivals, clubs and community concert series and presents teaching concerts on the African roots of American music in educational settings. Ainslie is on the road 150 - 180 days a year and enjoys hearing other musicians play his town when his schedule allows.
For more information on his work, visit his new site http://ScottAinslie.com and http://CattailMusic.com.

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Photo by Eugene Uman

On Saturday, October 13th, Benin-born Jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke, Nigerian bassist Michael Olatuja, and Brooklyn percussionist/drummer Mark Guiliana treated a full house at Brattleboro's Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) to a diverse, virtuostic, dynamic and often beautifully lyric evening of music that pushed the boundaries of Jazz back across the Atlantic into the source cultures that fed and were impacted by the trans-Atlantic slave trade of the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

I had a front row seat.

Ain't No Party Like a VJC Party

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By Chris Lenois

Chris Lenois is a freelance writer and former jazz show host for WWOZ-FM in New Orleans. He can be reached at chris.lenois@gmail.com.
 

Donald Harrison, photo by Craig S. O'Connell

photo by Craig S. O'Connell

Moments before Donald Harrison, Jr. kicked off the 2012-13 Vermont Jazz Center concert season, the crowd was buzzing with curiosity. What kind of program were we going to hear from an altoist who has worked with jazz legends and hip-hop innovators alike, while also carrying forward the musical and cultural traditions of New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indian tribes? Was NOLA expatriate-turned-Brattleboro-resident, Samirah Evans, going to sit-in? Why are there congas on stage but no saxophone?

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