Events Calendar

Saturday, September 20th

T.S. Monk to Perform at VJC with heralded sextet

The Vermont Jazz Center will present the T.S. Monk Sextet on Saturday, September 20th at 8:00 PM. The group will include T.S. Monk on drums and vocals, Josh Evans (trumpet), Willie Williams (tenor sax), Patience Higgins (alto sax), Brandon McCune (piano) and Belden Bullock (bass).

T.S. Monk is the son of the legendary pianist, Thelonious Monk, whose compositions, style and persona form one of the greatest archetypes in all of jazz. T.S. grew up surrounded by a pantheon of jazz artists: John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Mary Lou Williams, Johnny Griffin, Randy Weston and Bud Powell where all constant visitors to their New York apartment. As an indication of the inter-connectedness of the jazz greats of that time, Art Blakey gave T.S. his first drum set and Max Roach was his teacher. T.S. is known as Toot by those closet to him. This given name (taken from a children's book turned into a Disney movie) was immortalized in his father's composition: "Little Rootie Tootie." T.S. proudly served as Monk senior's drummer during his twilight years. Getting accepted to play with his father, Thelonious, was no small feat - Monk's challenging music is fundamentally driven by the propulsive energy of the drums; furthermore, it is essential for the percussionist to clearly mark the forms, support the melody and provide responses to Monk's musical "calls." "My father didn't cut corners or make any accommodations for me," says T.S., "he gave me the opportunity to earn my place on the bandstand. Fortunately, I did."

Date:
Saturday, September 20th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, October 18th

Dafnis Prieto's Si o Si Quartet

Dafnis Prieto is a Cuban drum set virtuoso who can play over a tumbao with the best of them (as he did for many years with Eddie Palmieri), but his destiny is much broader than that. The Library of Congress states that Prieto is "unquestionably one of the important leaders of the New Latin Jazz movement." He himself states: "I am definitely Latin, I play Latin tunes. Inside my playing there is a rhythmic Latin culture, rich in syncopation...[but], it's not the same Latin jazz you have been hearing."

Perhaps the reason he earned a MacArthur "Genius" grant (an award given to artists who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work") was because he's so curious, adventurous and willing to deviate from expected conventions. Prieto is "attracted to anything new. I don't want stay in the music that I came from, and so I like to play with people who know the music I come from, but also know something else."

He will appear at the VJC with his longtime collaborators in Peter Afelbaum (saxophones), Manuel Valera (piano), Johannes Weidenmueller (bass).

Sponsored by Diana Bingham

Date:
Saturday, October 18th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, Novenber 1st

Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet

Three time Grammy winner, Jeff Coffin is well known to fans of the Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He's the saxophonist in both of these genre-defying bands. In the context of the Mu'tet he's the ringleader, the daredevil saxophonist and composer who guides the Mu'tet on a roller coaster ride of stops and starts, twists and turns. Coffin really understands the marriage between funk and jazz and, like Cannonball Adderley, knows how to measure out just the right amount of hot stuff so that the audience literally cries out for more. Then Coffin delivers, giving generously, conjuring up clever, brilliantly paced arrangements that feature the high level of improvisation of each group member over a groove that doesn't stop. Plus he's got a band that absolutely kills it. The Mu'tet features Felix Pastorius on bass, Bill Fanning on trumpet, Chris Walters on keys, and guest drummer, Roy "Futureman" Wooten (of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones). Jazz Times writes: "Any band that jams like this has earned an exclamation point in the title of its live album...equal parts Galactic and Dirty Dozen Brass Band...(Coffin) enters like a spinning top, corkscrewing his phrases into a tightly wound circle that turns into a cyclone."

Sponsored by Dave Ellis of Ellis Music and Roger Wilken of Clear Solutions.

Date:
Saturday, Novenber 1st
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, November 15th

Emerging Artist Series: Sarah Charles Quartet and Integriti Reeves

We are fortunate that in music, the students evolve to become teachers and performers. For this concert we have two of Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton's former students from the VJC's Summer Jazz Workshop who are now professional musicians and rising stars. From the very beginning, both singers demonstrated their abundant talent and uncompromising dedication to living their dreams. They have both recently graduated from college (Sarah from The New School, and Integriti from the Peabody Conservatory and the Graduate Program at Howard University) and are intentionally advancing their aspirations further. Sarah has performed at The Apollo Theater with Geri Allen, the Blue Note, the Iridium, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Gillete Stadium and the International Bern Jazz Festival. She was a selected member of the 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency and performed at the Kennedy Center. Integriti was also a member of the Betty Carter Residency (2014), served as Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore (2013) and has performed at the Mid Atlantic Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Capitol Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn and was a member of Howard University's award-winning vocal ensemble "Afro Blue."

Sarah will be bringing her rhythm section - they've recorded two albums and have been together now for almost four years. Integrity will perform with Sarah's rhythm section and will add Brazilian guitarist Caio Afiune, who was with her while attending the Jazz Ahead Residency.

Sponsored by Gail Hunt Reeke in appreciation of the VJC's Summer Jazz Workshop

Date:
Saturday, November 15th
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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Friday, December 5th

The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band: Tribute to the Swing Era

Rob Freeberg, Musical Director
Scott Mullett, Guest Artist
Rebecca Holtz, Rob Fletcher, Guest Vocalists

This year's Big Band theme is a "Tribute to the Swing Era." We're excited about the hard swinging yet melodic music that was composed during this fertile period and performed by the bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Cab Calloway, Woody Herman, the Dorsey Brothers and others. Scott Mullett, director of the Keene Jazz Orchestra is an expert in the music of this era; he will be helping the VJC to develop our repertoire and perform it idiomatically so that it matches stylistically with the performance practices from this time period. He will also serve as soloist on clarinet and saxophone. For this concert we also welcome vocalists Rebecca Holtz and Rob Fletcher, two genuine swing aficionados who love to authentically reinterpret the parts of singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway. Be sure to polish your dancing shoes; gents - suit up; ladies - let those sequins shine!

Sponsored by Dianne Gallo and Steve Lieberman

Date:
Friday, December 5th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Clarence Penn Quartet

Now is Clarence Penn's time. He is the drummer in New York and around the globe. Our audience first heard Clarence at the VJC with Dave Stryker , then with Gregoire Maret, then some of use were lucky enough to hear him in Northampton with Dave Douglas. We found his musicianship so compelling, and his groove so irresistible (especially with Stryker, ow!), that when he approached us with his own project, we were already hooked. Penn's achievements include tenures with Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Stanley Clarke, Steps Ahead, Makoto Ozone, Michael Brecker, Dave Douglas, Maria Schneider, Luciana Souza, Richard Galliano, and Fourplay. His discography includes several hundred studio albums (including the Grammy-winning recordings 34th and Lex by Randy Brecker and Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue by Maria Schneider). His quartet includes NYC heavy weights Chad Leftkowitz-Brown (saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano) and Yasushi Nakamura (bass)

Dave Douglas states:
Clarence...really cares that everyone on stage sounds as good as they can. That explains why the results are so great with the extraordinary musicians he brings into his projects. Fireworks!

Maria Schneider states:
Clarence is... an intricate and heady drummer who thinks compositionally, but uses his gut and instincts towards the end result of making something exciting, that feels alive, and is full of energy and passion.

Sponsored by Dave Snyder and Gilford Sound

Date:
Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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Saturday, February 14th

Julian Lage Trio

Julian Lage is the guitarist on everyone's A list - receiving the highest reviews for recordings with luminaries Fred Hersch, Gary Burton, Anthony Wilson and Nnenna Freelon. He's also receiving accolades for a trio he recently formed with bassist Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen (drums). It is this group who cut their teeth at the Jazz Standard in mid-July, 2014 that will perform for us at the Jazz Center. A child prodigy, Lage performed with Carlos Santana when he was only nine years and recorded a duo album with David Grisman when he was 11. In 1997 he was the subject of an Academy Award nominated documentary, Jules at Eight that gazed a sympathetic eye on the life of a prodigy. Julian Lage gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton which resulted in the release of two recordings. Lage will be 27 at the time of his performance at the VJC. Youthful, yes, but also conceptually mature and exceedingly musical. We can't wait to hear!

Sponsored by Mark Anagnostopulos and Janet Zinter and Bill Schutt of Matcor Inc.

Date:
Saturday, February 14th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, March 14th

Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington

One of the world's premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, "Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved...no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence."
 
In 1997, Charlap formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. In 2000, he was signed to Blue Note Records and has since received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and most recently The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. 

Sponsored by a Friend of the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Workshop

Date:
Saturday, March 14th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, March 28th

Emerging Artist Series: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio

Melissa Aldana is a serious artist. The young Chilean tenor saxophonist is the first female instrumentalist to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. She is the third generation in her family to accept the saxophone as her calling. Her father was her first teacher, and his teaching method was based on transcribing. From the very beginning, Melissa (who started with Charlie Parker's music), would take one of Bird's phrases and "play it really slow, over and over, hundreds of times, until it sounded exactly like him... I learned everything by listening to the masters." Saxophonist (and Monk Competition judge) Jane Ira Bloom stated: "The thing that was apparent to us was that Melissa was a young artist, who, in addition to having embraced a great deal of tradition, has made important steps in developing her own personal sonic vocabulary. We all sensed that from her original music and in her interpretations of traditional material." During the last two years, Melissa has been playing and performing with bassist Pablo Menares (also from the Chilean jazz scene), and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, they are the Crash Trio. Melissa has finally found her band: "This is the first time I have met people who have the time to dedicate to writing, talking about, and working on compositions."

Sponsored by Julian Gerstin and Carlene Raper

Date:
Saturday, March 28th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, April 18th

Holophonor Septet feat. Miro Sprague

The members of Holophonor met in 2012 after being selected to attend the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. For two years, they lived, toured and studied together under the guidance of jazz legends Terrence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter. The function of the masters program at the Monk Institute is to select the very best young musicians fresh out of college or conservatory and form a solid, working band. They then instruct this assemblage of high level musicians in the best atmosphere possible in the art of performance and teaching techniques. As members of the Monk Institute, Holophonor has toured Israel, Japan, Sweden and Turkey and performed at the Kennedy Center. They have also taught in inner city and rural schools as part of their intensive program. After graduation, this group of seven musicians chose to stay together and continue to perform and teach as a working unit. Their repertoire features original music from each member of the group as well as collective compositions. Holophonor combines imaginative compositions with improvisational freedom while still staying accessible to the listener. The members are: Josh Johnson (alto saxophone), Mike Cottone (trumpet), Eric Miller (trombone), Diego Urbano (vibraphone), Miro Sprague (piano), Dave Robaire (bass) and Jonathan Pinson (drums).

Sponsored by Barbara Ween of Visage Salon and the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation

Date:
Saturday, April 18th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, May 16th

Carmen Lundy Quintet

Carmen Lundy is a true vocal master: she has released 14 albums under her own name, she is a highly regarded composer, an artist, an educator and an actress. The musicians with whom she plays include some of the best in the world: Ray Barretto, Kenny Barron, Bruce Hornsby, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Geri Allen, Robert Glasper, and the late Kenny Kirkland. For her concert at the VJC we are delighted that she will be playing with a quintet including pianist Patrice Rushen. Although extremely comfortable performing from the Great American Songbook, Carmen's own compositions form a significant part of her repertoire and have been recorded by such artists as Kenny Barron ("Quiet Times"), Ernie Watts ("At The End Of My Rope"), and Straight Ahead ("Never Gonna Let You Go"). Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times writes "Carmen Lundy, as beautiful inside as out, has accomplished the near impossible for a jazz singer by maintaining a solid, successful, three-decade career while focusing largely on original, self-penned material." It is an honor for the VJC to present Ms. Lundy.

Date:
Saturday, May 16th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, June 6th

Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

The music composed and performed by Eugene Uman, pianist and leader of the Convergence Project, achieves a difficult feat: it balances on an artistic tightrope between fresh, innovative and exploratory on one side, and accessible, understandable, exceedingly enjoyable and fun to listen to on the other. What keeps the project unified is the integrity of the compositions, the shared vision of the group's members and the careful balance of jazz harmonies with Colombian rhythms. The Convergence Project is aptly named. Led by Uman, artistic director of the Vermont Jazz Center, the group is a convergence of six extraordinary musicians, each of whom brings individual influences and flavors to Uman's rich compositions. The music they play includes elements of jazz, rock and funk, and incorporates the rhythms of folkloric Colombian music such as pasillo, cumbia, curulao, puya and porro.

After the release of their second disk, "Six Elements," The Convergence Project is gearing up for the next phase of their development. The members are Michael Zsoldos (saxophones), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Sebastian Cruz (guitar), Uman (piano), Stomu Takeishi (bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums). Cellist Eugene Friesen appears whenever possible as guest artist.

Sponsored by Michael McKenzie and the McKenzie Family Foundation

Date:
Saturday, June 6th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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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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