38th Summer Jazz Workshops - Student Concert

On Friday, August 9th the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Workshop will showcase faculty coached student ensembles with numerous vocalists and several piano trios. This concert will be divided into two sections, the first will start at 3:30 pm and the second show will resume at 8 pm after a dinner break. Singers will be accompanied by a professional jazz trio and the piano trios will be assisted and perform with a faculty bassist. Also performing will be a number of faculty coached ensembles, usually comprised of horn, piano, bass and drums. For the student concert, a $5 donation is suggested.

For 38 years, the Vermont Jazz Center has presented its summer jazz workshop, encouraging students from down the street and around the world to hone their improvisational and musicianship skills while enjoying respite in a beautiful, country setting. The VJC's summer workshop attained non-profit status in 1974 when founding director, Attila Zoller officially organized the informal gatherings of guitarists he held at his home in Newfane. To this day, the VJC honors Zoller's spirit, attention to quality and emphasis on playing and late night jam sessions. There exists a natural, intergenerational balance where participants of all ages learn from each other, gleaning from both the wisdom of jazz's "old school" and today's system of jazz education.

The Vermont Jazz Center's summer workshop emphasizes the importance of improvisation and small group dynamics within the context of jazz, encouraging participants to find their own voices using the jazz language. The courses offered include jazz theory, composition, master classes in each instrument, focused listening and faculty led ensembles. The atmosphere is friendly and productive; participants and teachers alike form bonds that last a lifetime. The Summer Workshop stands as the highlight of the VJC's year thanks to a phenomenal faculty.

This year's program (its 38th official year) will feature approximately 40 instrumental and 20 vocal students under the tutelage of a dozen highly regarded musican/teachers. They'll meet and enjoy the excellent musical facilities at the Putney School; they will unite into instrumental and vocal ensembles and each day partake in master classes, formal performance groups, and classes in jazz composition and theory. In the evenings, evoking the Zoller spirit, students and faculty will jam until the wee hours of the morning. The students will offer a performance on the final evening of the workshop; the Faculty will deliver their own on Thursday evening. Both concerts will take place at the Michael S. Currier Center at the Putney School (418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney, VT)

The best indication of a program's success is the ardent support and return of its alumni. Gail Hunt Reeke who has attended the workshop for many years sums up her experience:

Thank you for a wonderful workshop! Among other things, I am grateful for... the spirit of VJC, the world-class faculty, the structure of the program, the energy and commitment of the participants, [and] the progress we all made. The week was inspirational, and I hope to be able to attend the workshop next year.

For information regarding this workshop and related concerts, please visit the VJC's website at www.vtjazz.org , or call 802 254 9088.

Friday, August 9th
3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Michael S. Currier Center at the Putney School (418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney, VT)
$5.00 Donation Suggested
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01 Roy Haynes Quartet
Roy Haynes Quartet
02 Allison Miller
Allison Miller
03 Billy Bang
Billy Bang
04 Jamie Baum
Jamie Baum
05 Henry Grimes Trio
Henry Grimes Trio
06 Carl Grubbs
Carl Grubbs
07 Jimmy Heath
Jimmy Heath
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