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Saturday, February 13th

Steve Davis Sextet Celebrates the Music of J.J. Johnson Featuring pianist Harold Mabern and special guest, Scott Mullett

The VJC welcomes Steve Davis Sextet to perform on Saturday, February 13th in a concert celebrating the music of trombonist J. J. Johnson. Featured artists in Davis's sextet include one of bebop's foremost elder statesmen on the piano, Harold Mabern as well as the formidable tenor saxophonist, Scott Mullett. The other musicians who comprise this sextet include Josh Bruneau (trumpet), Harold Mabern (piano), Nat Reeves (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).

This concert was originally scheduled to highlight saxophonist Eric Alexander who gracefully bowed out to accept an extended European tour. This turn of events has evolved into a wonderful opportunity for the Vermont Jazz Center whose audience will now experience the exciting repertoire and tight arrangements of J. J. Johnson, one of the greatest trombonists in the history of jazz, interpreted by an all-star band. Steve Turre put it succinctly when he stated:

J. J. did for the trombone what Charlie Parker did for the saxophone. And all of us that are playing today wouldn't be playing the way we're playing if it wasn't for what he did. And not only, of course, is he the master of the trombone--the definitive master of this century--but, as a composer and arranger, he is in the top shelf as well.

Steve Davis (trombone)
Josh Bruneau (trumpet)
Scott Mullett (saxophone)
Harold Mabern (piano)
Nat Reeves (bass)
Joe Farnsworth (drums)

This group has already performed this repertoire several times and recorded a soon-to-be released CD (with Eric Alexander) at New York's "Smoke;" they will appear at the Jazz Center with local saxophone star, Scott Mullett.

Featured in this band is the legendary pianist Harold Mabern who has been described in the Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings as "one of the great post-bop pianists." He performed in the Miles Davis sextet for a 6-week stint in 1963 and toured or recorded with Cannonball Adderly, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Forest, Grant Green, Benny Carter's Jazztet, Betty Carter, Donald Byrd, Roy Haynes, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Sarah Vaughan, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and many others. The influence of his Memphis neighbor, Phineas Newborn, Jr. remains noticeable: Mabern employs Newborn's "manner of playing fast lines in a two-handed octave (or two-octave) unison, and uses this device in wildly imaginative ways."

The Vermont Jazz Center will present the Steve Davis Sextet featuring pianist Harold Mabern and special guest, Scott Mullett at 8:00 PM on Saturday, February 13th. Davis will celebrate one of his main influences and one of bebop's foremost trombonists and composers, J. J. Johnson in collaboration with the seasoned players who comprise his burning, New York-based sextet. The VJC is especially grateful to Janet and Jeremy Birch and a friend of the VJC's Summer Workshop for their generous sponsorship; we are also thankful for ongoing support from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Hospitality for our artists is provided by the Hampton Inn of Brattleboro. VJC publicity is underwritten by the Brattleboro Reformer, WVPR, WVEW and WFCR.

Tickets for the Steve Davis Sextet featuring Harold Mabern with Special Guest Scott Mullett are $20+ general admission, $15 for students with I.D. (contact VJC about educational discounts); available at In the Moment in Brattleboro, or online at www.vtjazz.org. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Vermont Jazz Center ticket line, 802-254-9088, ext. 1. Handicapped access is available by calling the VJC.

Sextet w/ Davis and Mabern
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CkPB5GcvGw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59sMPC2b25M

Interview Mabern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fco90G78AhM

Steve Davis other settings
Aebersold concert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnyIpEbe5uU
@ Smoke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdgS_xw5-Tg

Harold Mabern Trio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVys7hPfTRc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOCEyqgWaA0

J. J. Johnson videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVbY_cj94gg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6uT4WPbTz0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvtxjlTUZs8

Date:
Saturday, February 13th
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.

March 12th, 2016

Fred Hersch Trio

Pianist and composer Jason Moran claims "Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He's perfection." Hersch is a living master. His indelible, gorgeous stamp has been etched mindfully over a vast array of recorded works from the London Pops to Johnny Mathis, from Bill Frisell to Art Farmer, from Gary Burton to the Manhattan Transfer, from Renée Fleming to VJC founder, Attila Zoller (bootlegs recorded at the famed Moles Eye in Brattleboro). Add to this over 40 albums recorded under his own leadership and you've got thousands of stories that add up to a life enriched with music and illuminated by dignity. His story (some of which was the subject of a full-length, feature article in the New York Times Magazine) includes both persistent activism and tenures as a sideman with jazz luminaries like Joe Henderson and Stan Getz. Fred will be performing with his working trio including bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson.

Accolades for Fred Hersch:
Hersch received Grammy nominations in 2011 for Alone at the Vanguard (Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo). He has received other Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition, and two for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. In 2011 Hersch was voted Jazz Pianist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. His two-CD trio album, Alive at the Vanguard, was awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and was named one of the Best CDs of 2012 by Downbeat. In 2013, Hersch and guitarist Julian Lage were nominated for "Song without Words #4: Duet" (Best Improvised Jazz Solo) from Free Flying. Hersch was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Instrumental Album." The track "You & the Night & the Music", from Floating, was nominated for "Best Improvised Jazz Solo." National Public Radio named floating No. 11 on its list of 50 Favorite Albums of 2014. Hersch has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and seven composition residencies at the MacDowell Colony. Hersch has been a guest on a variety of radio and television programs.

Fred Hersch is singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz - a jazz for the 21st century.
The New York Times

In Walked Bud:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw58HK3GYAg

DVD-Trailer "Let Yourself Go - The Lives of/ Die Leben des Fred Hersch"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly9QWRVb_TM

Live at the Vanguard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRpJhELxfRM

You and the Night and the Music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2v2_TiBijE

Date:
March 12th, 2016
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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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.

March 26th, 2016

Under the Radar Series: Michael Zsoldos + String Quartet

Ralph Burns', Billy Strayhorn's, and Johnny Richards' lush mid-50s string arrangements from Ben Webster's "Music for Loving" and "Music with Feeling" serve as the crown jewels for this project. Saxophonist, Michael Zsoldos studied these recordings and transcribed the string-writing note for note as a self-prescribed assignment to learn from the masters he wished to emulate. Norman Granz, the producer of the original recordings, recalled the session: "I knew Billy [Strayhorn] wanted to write for strings, and he could do it, unlike most straight jazz guys...Since he never got the chance to write for strings with Duke, he jumped at it."

To showcase these beautiful arrangements, Zsoldos has put together a quartet of New England's top string players along with an empathetic and swinging jazz rhythm section including the sublime pianist, Miro Sprague. This concert will also feature a premier of an original Zsoldos composition employing these techniques. If you enjoy the big breathy sound of Ben Webster's tenor saxophone over the tapestry of exquisitely arranged strings, this concert is for you.

Examples of Webster's Original Recordings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzn-K_l0AI8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZtjJNgoeDc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb2QSqRYFX4

Michael with Saxart Ensemble:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp-DNW-6m5A

Michael with Choro de Manha (Choro ensemble)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp-DNW-6m5A

Michael with Samirah Evans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=balZHKp-fSs

Date:
March 26th, 2016
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.

April 16th, 2016

Renee Rosnes Quartet

Cited as "one of the finest pianists in jazz," pianist Rosnes brings her quartet with vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash to the VJC. Originally from Vancouver, Renee Rosnes has recorded and toured with a veritable "who's who" of jazz, being the pianist of choice for such legendary musicians as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson. In 1989, James Moody hired Renee for his quartet, and she remained a member of his band until his passing in 2010. From 2004-2009, Rosnes was a member of the all-star octet, the SFJAZZ Collective. From 2008-2010, Rosnes enjoyed her role as the radio host of The Jazz Profiles, an interview series produced by Canada's CBC.

Rosnes has released a series of 14 albums, four of which have garnered Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. Her recordings reveal her to be both a powerful and sensitive musician with a huge range. She has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from established masters such as Jack DeJohnette and tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, to younger giants such as Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton and Steve Nelson. She is a formidable composer and in 2003 was named SOCAN's Composer of the Year. Her works have been performed and recorded by Phil Woods, JJ Johnson, Lewis Nash, Joe Locke, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and trombonist Michael Dease.

Rosnes is now a respected leader in her own right, but aside from leading her own bands, she is currently a member of bassist Ron Carter's Quartet and often performs with her husband, acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap. A review from the Boston Globe sums up her place in the spectrum quite clearly: "Rosnes has carved out for herself a reputation as one of jazz's new bright lights. She has impressed veterans of the bebop and free jazz wars with a crisp, uncluttered approach to improvisation that respects, but doesn't genuflect to the music of the past. Her exposure to a variety of artists has prodded her to develop a clear voice all her own."

Videos
With quartet she will be performing with:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGkEubd2LSw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuWIn2PGioo

Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9-o_mU0vVU

Date:
April 16th, 2016
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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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.

May 14th, 2016

Ben Williams Quartet

Winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition on bass and a Grammy Award for his work with Pat Metheny's Unity Band, Ben Williams was voted as top overall rising star in Downbeat's 2015 Critic's Poll. His new album "Coming of Ages" affirms his vast abilities by incorporating a brilliant mix of what's hip into paying homage to the jazz lineage. Williams uses intentionally wide ranging musical structures, references and instrumentation to great effect: from a heartfelt tribute to Nelson Mandela to a lush string quartet, from a spoken word tribute to Lee Morgan to an acoustic bass cover of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. Williams seamlessly pulls together disparate and fascinating sources into a unified mosaic. Find out why Harvey Mason, Erik Reed, Pat Metheny, Terrell Stafford, Jacky Terrasson, Marcus Strickland, Sadao Watanabe, George Benson< Chaka Khan and many others have all chosen to record with Ben Williams. He recently performed the infectious tune, "Happy" with Pharrell Williams and Herbie Hancock at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and appeared with Don Cheadle in the upcoming movie, "Miles Ahead."

Ben Williams: world-class bass playing, an original approach to arranging and youthful vitality.

Coming of Age Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5_okFr-vDc

With Sound Effect (w/Gerald Clayton)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTkWlHCSEdA

Blues Solo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVnbOjAR8QI

Duo Bass with Yasushi Nakamura
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJFIQR7TsjA

NPR Tiny Desk Concert:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsMLQVRS3ho

Date:
May 14th, 2016
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.

June 11th, 2016

Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

The Convergence Project ends the season with VJC Director Eugene Uman's very own blend of new compositions influenced by Latin, Colombian and funk rhythms.  The arrangements intentionally travel far afield from traditional structures by incorporating odd meters and musical language from the worlds of jazz and rock. The Colombian rhythms retain their original folkloric essence while each member of the Project is encouraged to add his own voice to the big picture.  The Convergence Project takes us on a musical journey; an experience where the sum is truly greater than the parts.  The band continues to embody its foundational concept of synergy as each musician lends his personal style to the musical with the primordial pulse of the grooves. 

Promo Video for first Convergence Project CD:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ-1K77lbYQ

December Raga:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhEslKPqg4A

Isla Luna:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvWCnNP1CUE

Wheel of Time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOzaJ5LGQsY

Date:
June 11th, 2016
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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