Events Calendar

November 2 and 3rd

Emerging Artist Festival

The VJC combines its two seasonal Emerging Artist concerts into one major event this year. The festival welcomes youthful audiences and performers through inclusive presentations, attractive pricing and Q&A sessions with the artists.

Friday, Nov. 2nd
Local youth ensembles will perform in numerous downtown venues as part of Brattleboro's monthly Gallery Walk night. Collaborators include area schools, BrattRock, Youth Services, the Boys and Girls Club, 118 Elliot, Echo, The Lounge and Strolling of the Heifers.

Saturday, Nov. 3rd
A full-day of showcases at the Jazz Center with college and high school ensembles performing on our stage. Each session will be followed by commentary from a panel of professional musicians. The late afternoon will include a Q and A session/clinic with members of our guest bands. The evening will conclude with a doubleheader concert featuring two exciting, up-and-coming youthful groups: Sonic Asylum, led by pianist Arcoiris Sandoval and King Klave, led by drummer, Amaury Acosta, both are from New York City.

Date:
November 2 and 3rd
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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.

Fri. December 7th

VJC's Annual Big Band Gala: A Tribute to Artie Shaw

Each year, the VJC Big Band performs a benefit gala for the VJC Scholarship Program. This time, it honors the legendary Artie Shaw by welcoming four affiliates of the Artie Shaw Orchestra to join in for the evening to perform dance music using original arrangements that he made famous. This very special dance concert will feature three current members of the Artie Shaw Orchestra: Sara Hayes on guest vocals, Artie Shaw Orchestra Director Matt Koza on clarinet, Kerry MacKillop on trumpet, and past orchestra member John Wheeler (who now plays for the VJC Big Band) on trombone. These musical guests will be swinging with VJC's Big Band under the direction of its music director Rob Freeberg.

Artie Shaw was in the top echelon of bandleaders during the Swing Era's height of popularity. Between 1935 and 1945 one could experience this music live and dance to the touring ensembles of Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman and the Dorsey Brothers. There is no substitute for listening and dancing to this music live--it wildly surpasses hearing it on record. Take advantage of the opportunity and come experience true bliss: spend the night reminiscing and dancing to beautiful, classic music: "Begin the Beguine," "Deep Purple," "Indian Love Call," "Stardust" and "Frenesi" are just a handful of the swinging jazz standards made famous by Shaw's Orchestra, and they will be performed at the Vermont Jazz Center by a full, swing band--all while raising money for the VJC Scholarship Fund. Not to be missed!

Date:
Fri. December 7th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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January 19th

Helen Sung: "Sung with Words"

This concert is a live presentation of a project funded by a 2014 Chamber Music America New Works Grant. It presents a collection of songs composed and arranged for eight musicians by pianist Helen Sung to the poetry of the former chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts and current California Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia. When Sung described her feelings about missing the meaning of poetry, Gioa (who has also collaborated with Dave Brubeck and Paquito D'Rivera) replied: "Poetry is meant to be read out lout, it's musical: listen to the rhythm of the words, the sounds - and the meaning will come." Together they created a jazz song cycle that "has New York City in the air." Sung assembled an ensemble of world class vocalists and instrumentalists, including renowned trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, to, according to Sung, "explore themes of the human condition - love, betrayal, wonder, mystery - bringing together the musical and literary worlds in a thrilling experience."

On one hand, Helen Sung with Words last night at the Jazz Standard was a chance to hear both multi-reedman John Ellis and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen blaze together in front of a tight Latin-flavored rhythm section, a treat not to be missed. On the other, it was an opportunity to witness the most cutting edge of vocal jazz, a tantalizingly eclectic, often harrowingly relevant work in progress bookended by a couple of real burners.
-Review by New York Music Daily

Date:
January 19th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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.

February 9th

Sullivan Fortner Trio

Winner of numerous accolades, including the Cole Porter Fellowship and the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, Sullivan Fortner is one of the top players of his generation. A New Orleans native, he was the valedictorian of his high school class and then went on to receive degrees from Oberlin and Manhattan School of Music. Fortner's vision honors the jazz legacy and moves it forward. The New York Times claims that he has "an extravagant amount of talent," a fact that is illustrated by the jazz luminaries who continue to feature him as a sideman: Billy Hart, Roy Hargrove, Gary Bartz, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, John Scofield, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Nicholas Peyton, Christian Scott, Donald Harrison and many others. He will appear at the VJC with his working trio.

Date:
February 9th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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March 16th

Russell Malone Quartet

The New York Times has called Malone "a guitarist of taste and tradition." As a young man, Malone toured with several artists fitting that mold including Nat King Cole's brother, Freddie Cole, Harry Connick Jr. and Diana Krall. But Malone is a guitarist's guitarist who has elevated the creativity of the bebop line to a sublime art-form. In response to listening to Malone during a Downbeat Blindfold Test, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel responded by noting "Obviously, we are in the capable hands of a master. Absolutely fluid touch and beautiful integration between moving lines and harmonic cadences... to play this stuff is extremely hard. This is an absolute master, the best of the best." Malone developed his sound to match the soul-drenched guitar sound common to his home state of Georgia before moving to New York where he honed his own, completely personal style. Malone is now one of the leading guitarists on the scene today, a mature and revered master. Perhaps he is best known more for his recorded work accompanying other jazz greats like Kenny Barron, Ron Carter or Jimmy Smith, but Malone has fourteen albums out as a leader of his own collaborations.

I've had some great sideman gigs, but you don't really hear Russell Malone until you hear the Russell Malone band. We're going to show you a good time.
Russell Malone

Date:
March 16th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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.

April 12 - 13

Solo Jazz Piano Festival featuring Joanne Brackeen

In Collaboration with the Brattleboro Music Center and the American Piano Association
Other pianists TBA

Our third annual solo jazz piano festival celebrates the VJC's 9' Steinway concert grand piano, a gift from the Mckenzie Family Charitable Trust. This festival honors the piano's immense contribution in jazz by presenting leading and upcoming musicians who have devoted their lives to mastering the instrument's creative potential and stylistic legacies. This year's headliner is NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, who is one of the most decorated pianists in the jazz tradition. With over 20 albums as a leader, Brackeen is also a veteran of the bands of Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson Joe Farrell, Freddie Hubbard, Toots Thielemans and Stan Getz, to name a few.

This year the VJC will be collaborating with the American Piano Association for the first time to present formally a laureate of the APA's Cole Porter Jazz Fellowship Award.

Concerts will be held at the Vermont Jazz Center on Friday and Saturday nights. Masterclasses, concerts of regional artists and panels will be held at the Brattleboro Music Center.

Date:
April 12 - 13
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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May 18th

Pedrito Martínez and Alfredo Rodriguez Duo

Two of Cuba's greatest young musical masters will come together in an incendiary duo performance. Pedrito Martínez (b. 1973) is the winner of the Thelonious Monk competition in percussion and Alfredo Rodriguez (b. 1985) has quickly emerged as one of the finest Cuban jazz pianists after being "discovered" by legendary producer Quincy Jones. Martínez' fame spread initially due to his work with the folkloric ensemble, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, which led to work with Jane Bunnett's Spirit of Havana in 1998. Since then he has become one of the most highly regarded Afro-Cuban percussionists in the world. Pianist Rodriguez attended three music conservatories in Cuba, winning classical piano competitions in each. After performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2016, he was invited by Quincy Jones to collaborate on a project that was presented at the Shanghai World Expo. These two Grammy-nominated artists first worked together on Rodriquez' 2012 release Invasion Parade. Since that initial session they have had the rare arrangement of performing together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing.

Date:
May 18th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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June 1st

Sheila Jordan with Cameron Brown, Eugene Uman and Friends

This concert celebrates NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan in her 90th year. It serves as an expression of gratitude to Jordan for her loving and generous 20-plus year involvement in our community as a mentor and performer. VJC director, Eugene Uman usually performs on this date with his Convergence Project. This concert is a golden opportunity to join forces with one of the vocal legends of our time in its stead. We will also welcome Jordan's muse, bassist Cameron Brown, and other friends (TBA) to enhance the festivities.

In her autobiography "Jazz Child, a Portrait of Sheila Jordan," Jordan tells of how the legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker "gave me courage by telling me I was unique in my sound and that I had million-dollar ears." Her 1963 debut on Blue Note Records, Portrait of Sheila, is considered a jazz classic. Since then she has recorded over 22 albums as a leader and appeared as a guest soloist on hundreds of others. Along with the NEA Jazz Master Award, Jordan has received an IAJE Humanitarian Award, a Mary Lou Williams' Women in Jazz Lifetime of Service Award and many others. Sheila has taught thousands of students around the world, helping them to realize their potential, and encourages us all to savor and delight in the immensity and swinging depth of jazz music.

One of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers.
Scott Yanow, All Music Guide to Jazz

Date:
June 1st
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Other ticket payment/reservation options:
In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Call the Jazz Center at 802-254-9088 to reserve tickets.

Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.
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