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October 14th, 2017

Tom Harrell Quartet, October 14th, 2017

Tom Harrell, trumpet; Danny Grissett, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Joe Dyson, drums

Tom Harrell is one of the most prolific trumpeters in jazz. His career spans more than 40 years and he has appeared on over 260 albums with artists such as Charles McPherson and Horace Silver. Harrell is also one of the most important forces for positivity in jazz and he surrounds himself with loyal friends who share his vision that music is a vehicle for healing, unity and peace. He also is perpetually creative; he composes as part of his daily routine, writing for numerous projects that reflect his desire to create using a broad range of pallets. Drummer and collaborator Johnathan Blake stated "one of the things that my time with Tom has taught me is [the importance of] living in the moment and letting the music play you, as opposed to forcing the music."

Tom Harrell twice earned trumpeter of the year in Down Beat Magazine. He has released 27 albums as a leader and has appeared as a sideman with important figures in jazz history including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones, Jim Hall, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano. His performance with pianist Bill Evans (on Evans' last commercial recording) earned the ensemble a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Jazz Performance" in 1981. He will be performing at the Vermont Jazz Center with his working quartet promoting their new recording called Moving Pictures.

"...one of the best composers, improvisers and bandleaders in jazz since the late '80s" -- Ben Ratliff, New York Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhhON0FiMiU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27V8ylNNKSo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YysHjtW-fog&list=RDYysHjtW-fog#t=49
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOic8qfJhUg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SZnhe4q5l4

Date:
October 14th, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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November 4th, 2017

Camille Thurman + the Darrell Green Trio, November 4th, 2017

Emerging Artist Series
Camille Thurman, saxophone and voice, Darrell Green, drums; bass and piano TBA

"Emerging" doesn't quite describe the artistry of Camille Thurman. Her journey to manifest her own dream appears to have occurred very quickly. Like a butterfly from the cocoon, Thurman seems to have skipped the awkward phase of adolescence. Through talent, grit, discipline and serious study she has proven herself to be a mature player, confidently living the music. Camille has three albums out under her own name and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Dianne Reeves, Russell Malone, George Benson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Alicia Keys, India Arie, Ciara, Missy Elliot and many others. Ms. Thurman has performed in the 2009 Women in Jazz Festival, the 2010 Ashdod Israel Festival, the Blue Note, Kitano, Iridium, the Jazz Standard, NJPAC and many others. She is a two-time award winning recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award and is a Fulbright Scholar. Thurman's compositions were featured in the ASCAP/ Kennedy Center "Songwriters: The Next Generation" showcase; she has also appeared on BET's Black Girls Rock.

"A first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place..." -- All About Jazz

"I'm scared of this lady's scatting!" -- Al Jarreau

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZQWbJZiUO0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSVeKVIeGhk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqexu3AtcOg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAI0ShdF2Yg


Date:
November 4th, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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November 18th, 2017

Elio Villafranca's Jass Syncopators, November 18th, 2017

Emerging Artist Series
Villafranca, a virtuoso on the piano, is a gifted musician who is able to deftly morph the compelling rhythms of his native Cuba by fusing them with the instrumentation, technique, and theory inherent in jazz and classical music. The concept of his group, The Jass Syncopators, is to re-imagine the effect of Cuban and African contributions on the evolution of jazz in New Orleans. It ties together the rhythms of Congo Square, where slaves of African descent danced and performed on makeshift percussion instruments, with Jelly Roll Morton's famous 1938 quote "if you can't put tinges of Spanish into your tunes you will never be able to get the right seasoning...for jazz." Morton was referring to the direct influence of Cuban culture and music on the emergence of jazz in the beginning of the 20th century. Villafranca's project puts an authentic spin on this project. He was a double major in both percussion and piano performance in Cuba's esteemed Escuela Nacional de Arte. He is also a professor at the Julliard School of Music in New York and has worked as a sideman for Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Henderson, Miguel Zenón, Cándido Camero and Johnny Pacheco among others.

"An inspired and visionary musician" -- Wynton Marsalis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz86Bed8ki0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyILzPxkPvU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVAxGy6dSQE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnsjKkFxdQQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVAxGy6dSQE&t=63s

Date:
November 18th, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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December 1st, 2017

VJC Big Band, December 1st, 2017

16 piece big band under the direction of Rob Freeberg
Guest artists: Kevin Mahogany on vocals and Dave Stryker on guitar.

This year the VJC annual big band dance concert reaches for the stars! The revenue from this annual gala serves as the primary source of funding to assist scholarship students attending VJC's educational programs. The VJC offers an average of $17,000 in scholarships each year to help students attend ensembles, private lessons and our annual summer jazz workshop. The big band gala is always a favorite for dancers and listeners alike. There is nothing like the energy created by a 16 piece big band--especially when fronted by two extraordinary guest artists! Kevin Mahogany's voice is reminiscent of Johnny Hartman's: sultry, big and beautiful. Originally from Kansas City, he has internalized that city's historic connection to swing and blues; in fact he played a character based on the legendary jazz great Big Joe Turner in Robert Altman's film Kansas City. Complementing Mahogany's blues aesthetic is guitarist Dave Stryker who traveled the US for two years with Brother Jack McDuff (organist) and then was with Stanley Turrentine for over a decade. Mahogany and Stryker have performed and recorded together on numerous occasions. We are in for a major treat to hear them perform with the VJC's big band under the direction of Rob Freeberg.

"Kevin Mahogany is unquestionably one of today's most exciting and musically adept jazz vocalists." -- Billboard Magazine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0cts5zqX3E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7WvCHGOfT8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px8UgKUS4bI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBKBJBVtenQ

Date:
December 1st, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Tickets WITH Table Seating: $30-$50 sliding scale; Tickets WITHOUT Table Seating: $25-$45 sliding scale
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January 13th, 2018

Wycliffe Gordon's International All Stars, January 13th, 2018

When we talk about the trombone in traditional and straight-ahead jazz, we talk about Wycliffe Gordon. The two are inseparable. Gordon's commitment to the music is demonstrated by the plethora of projects he is constantly working on; his latest album is a tribute to Louis Armstrong, and he has recently completed a series of workshops at colleges and festivals, a weeklong stint at the Blue Note with David Sanborn, and a tour to celebrate the centennial anniversaries of Ella, Monk, Mongo and Dizzy.  Also impressive is a recent performance and studio recording of Gordon's full-length soundtrack to a 1920 silent film by African-American director Oscar Micheaux. This landmark film deals directly with the Great Migration, racial relations, the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow.

The son of a piano-playing gospel preacher, Gordon came to prominence as an original member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and has been connected with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since 1989. He has 20 albums out as a leader and has appeared as a sideman in over 300 recordings including projects with Wynton Marsalis, Winard Harper, Anat Cohen, Sherman Irby, Roswell Rudd, the Herbie Nichols Project, Marcus Roberts, Jimmy Owens, Natalie Merchant, Paul Simon and many others.

Downbeat Critic's Poll winner, "Best Trombone:" 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Jazz Journalist's Association, "Trombonist of the Year:" 9 years running


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQRk7r6zubA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9omyVxmXx8Y
https://vimeo.com/150682271
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWqMhXbW-B8

Date:
January 13th, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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February 17th, 2018

Marquis Hill Blacktet, February 17th, 2018

Thelonious Monk Award Winner and trumpeter Marquis Hill crafts sound to fit his own personal vision of what he wants to hear. Hill's band is the Blacktet: a loyal, working ensemble that gives him the opportunity to write for the precise tone quality produced by each member while simultaneously sculpting a group sound. To Hill, the most important element of this band is its groove: The Blacktet swings super-hard and its grooves use elements of hip hop, hard bop and swing. The ensemble's touch is light and its use of dynamics and space makes the music very easy to listen to. An example of Hill's attention to the nuance of sound is his choice to use a vibraphone rather than a piano as the chordal instrument. He says he "wanted the music to be nice and open and free... and the vibraphone really adds that openness, a dryer sound that doesn't take up as much space." Hill's band presents the new Chicago sound but, even more, he has created something unique, compelling and very fresh. The Blacktet gives us a new paradigm of jazz that will take us into the future.

"A dauntingly skilled trumpeter" -- New York Times

http://www.npr.org/event/music/454861342/the-making-of-marquis-hill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhj-wXJni1A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1mRXtY41M4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu7wVQsO7_M

Date:
February 17th, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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March 10th, 2018

Jazzmeia Horn, March 10th, 2018

Emerging Artist Series

"My name is Jazzmeia Horn and that is not a mistake," says Horn. "God does not make mistakes." This powerful statement is backed up by the truth: Jazzmeia Horn is the winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Contest and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition. She is a natural who grew up in a family passionately rooted in gospel music; her grandmother, a jazz-loving pianist, gave Horn her name. "I guess she knew I was going to be a musical child" claims Jazzmeia. Time proved her Grandma right - Jazzmeia's innate musicality and hard work have earned her numerous awards along with the opportunity to perform as a side-woman with legendary musicians like Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, Ellis Marsalis and many others. Since moving from her native Dallas to attend the New School, Horn has fully embraced and become a symbol of the New York jazz scene. After graduating in 2009, New York became Jazzmeia's home base for traveling the world. Just the last 3 months of 2017 took her from Brooklyn to Bogota, South Korea, China, London, San Diego and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Her evolution from New York musician to festival-hopping jazz star happened quickly and is reflected by the success of her debut album, A Social Call, which quickly surged to Billboard's Top 10 Jazz Albums upon its release. This emerging artist is traveling on a rocket!

"Great story-telling and inspired message-giving, fluid vocals and scat-singing and spirited group performances--A Social Call features all one would hope to hear from a veteran vocalist of longstanding reputation. As such, the album serves as a clarion call, proudly announcing the arrival of a young, confident musical talent with a long history ahead of her, blessed with a name that carries its own destiny" - Ashley Kahn, jazz author


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyrI9xfPtyE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX_S9MfbxnA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5r53QWySko
http://mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com/p/a-social-call/video.html

Date:
March 10th, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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March 24th, 2018

Donny McCaslin Quartet featuring Jason Lindner, March 24th, 2018

Donny McCaslin (tenor saxophone), Jason Lindner (keyboards and piano)
Bass and drums TBA

McCaslin and Lindner have been cultivating a sturdy side-plot in the garden of jazz for years. Both musicians have solid roots in the language. They each have earned jazz cred many times over, playing standards and more familiar fare (Lindner was house pianist at Smalls during the mid-90s and McCaslin replaced Michael Brecker in Steps Ahead). But like Miles Davis, neither McCaslin nor Lindner is content to reiterate their past accomplishments. Listeners discover a forward-seeking restlessness permeating their music; non-stop surprises and unexplored textural landscapes emerge from their continual quest to provide soundscapes for the future. A lot of this has to do with the use of retro-analog sounds emitting from Lindner's arsenal of keyboards, but it is also because the band shares a penchant for rhythmically complex, hard-driving melodies that unfold into cathartic climaxes. David Bowie heard the quartet during their residency at the 55 Bar in lower Manhattan (along with electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Guiliana) and decided to use them as the core of his ensemble for his final record Blackstar. Thanks to their glorious collaboration with Bowie on his swansong, this band has been propelled into the public eye and supported by those enamored with their indefinable sound.

"The group has a bedrock relationship with groove, but also a genius for permutation" -- Nate Chinen, New York Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIbFjfH0erI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QPTosXHYk8
https://www.facebook.com/nowvsnow/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j-T_1x8_eA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrUu418i8MQ

Date:
March 24th, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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April 13 to 15, 2018

Solo Jazz Piano Festival, April 13 to 15, 2018

A festival celebrating the VJC's refurbished nine-foot Steinway D concert grand piano. Performances by jazz legends and regional favorites.

Date:
April 13 to 15, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
TBA
Tickets:
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May 12th, 2018

Trio da Paz, May 12th, 2018

Romero Lubambo, guitar; Nilson Matta, bass; Duduka da Fonseca, drums

The initial common bond of this trio was that they all share Brazil as their native homeland. But now, after over 30 years playing music together, they are recognized as the ultimate rhythm section in Brazilian jazz. They have been the perfect choice for jazz legends like Kenny Barron, Joe Locke, Claudio Roditi, George Garzone and Herbie Mann in their searches for an authentic samba and bossa nova feel. Each member of Trio da Paz is an accomplished master: Guitarist Romero Lubambo "may be the best practitioner of his craft in the world today" (Jazziz); 5 time Grammy winner and bassist Nilson Matta has been called a "virtuoso" by YoYo Ma, and drummer Duduka DaFonseca has been called "the Patron Saint of Samba jazz" (All About Jazz). "After 30 years together, we still bring the same energy, emotion and happiness whether we're stepping onstage or into a recording session," says Matta. "That's the secret to Trio da Paz, what captivates our fans and why we keep making new ones all over the world."

"As friends, Duduka, Romero and Nilson are utterly secure in their enduring triangle, and as musicians they tap well-established elements of bedrock Brazilian samba and bossa nova (the music of Jobim, Gilberto and Bonfá) as well as bebop and its developments." -- Jazz Critic, Howard Mandel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YduR3I2N1LQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV9jjcjchJ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7W6iBjgRXM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl9wXe6voZc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHINBlAo1dg

Date:
May 12th, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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June 9th, 2018

Eugene Uman's Convergence Project , June 9th, 2018

Eugene Uman, piano; Michael Zsoldos, saxophone; Jeff Galindo, trombone; David Picchi, bass; Jon Fisher, drums + special guests

Eugene Uman's annual concert at the VJC has become an opportunity for him to assemble a dream band that manifests his vision and unites his musical influences. Uman's compositions draw from a vocabulary of modern jazz, hard bop, rock, soul, Latin American rhythms and gospel; listeners can expect a "convergence" of the music he loves, a mash-up of styles where groove is king. Uman's energetic playing and writing style is flavored with the Latin rhythms that he has absorbed from numerous excursions to South America. Several of his compositions employ forms and grooves adapted from Colombian music such as cumbia, pasillo, puya, bambuco, and currulao. In the last several years, with the addition of Jon Fisher's drumming and David Picchi's bass work, the Convergence Project's focus has evolved to highlight their profound strengths in funk and soul. Uman's most recent creative venture is to mesh wordless vocals, sung by Wanda Houston, with the harmonized melodies of the horn lines and to add lyrics, penned by Verandah Porch and Patty Carpenter, to his Gospel-tinged compositions.

"I always love listening to Eugene's compositions; they make so much musical sense and bring you on a journey with a very healing, uplifting feel." -- Jerry Bergonzi

Date:
June 9th, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.
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