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Saturday, March 28th

Emerging Artist Series (EAS): Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio

On March 28th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a concert with the winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Melissa Aldana. She will be performing with her Crash Trio, whose members also include Pablo Menares, bass and Francisco Mela, drums.

Melissa Aldana is the third generation in her family to follow the saxophone as her calling. Her father, Marcos Aldana, now considered one of the most important musicians in Chile, was her first teacher. She still performs on the Selmer Mark VI saxophone she received as a treasured gift from her grandfather, Enrique Aldana, who was her father's teacher. Marcos Aldana's teaching method was based on transcription: learn the sound quality and improvised solos of those you wish to emulate. Melissa began her studies on the alto saxophone at the age of six. Melissa stated: "My dad would choose a song that he really liked, so the first person I learned from was Charlie Parker. We would take one phrase, and listen. Then, I would play it really slow, over and over, hundreds of times, until it sounded exactly like him. I think it's one of the best ways to teach a little kid because 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." NPR's Alex Rodriguez states "When I first heard Aldana play, her virtuosity was impressive, but what really blew me away was the maturity of her sound. It manifests through clean, nuanced phrasing reminiscent of her early idol, Sonny Rollins."

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:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

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.

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:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

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.

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:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

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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