Past Concerts

Saturday, January 15th

Gary Smulyan Trio

Gary Smulyan

Now that Gerry Mulligan, Harry Carney and Pepper Adams have left the planet, the mantle of most-heralded baritone saxophonist alive is now in the deft hands of Gary Smulyan. A seven-time Grammy award winner who has been named Best Baritone Saxophonist by numerous, prestigious jazz magazines and organizations, Gary can be found criss-crossing the world with Dave Holland, the Dizzy Gillespie All-star Big Band, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the small ensembles of John Faddis and Joe Lovano.

When asked who he will be performing with at the Jazz Center, Smulyan was quick to respond: he called for his favorite configuration, a piano-less trio of baritone, bass and drums which, he says, gives the greatest freedom to improvise and explore. Come find out why "Mr. LowBlow" has earned such high praise.

Date:
Saturday, January 15th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$20 general admission/$15 for students
Tickets:
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Saturday, February 12

Gretchen Parlato

When legendary saxophonist, Wayne Shorter heard young singer, Gretchen Parlato, his response was: "There is no one out there like Gretchen." Apparently he's not the only one who feels like this. Herbie Hancock calls this first place winner of the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal competition "a singer with a deep, almost magical connection to the music."

Perhaps it's her choice of songs, that range from Monk's "Ugly Beauty" to "Blue in Green," to lost gems from the Bossa Nova and Great American songbooks, perhaps it's her effortless delivery, but Parlato earns praise as easily as zucchinis grow in the rich, sunlit earth: First place with Jazz Journalists Association, Top 10 awards from NPR, Billboard, Downbeat, Village Voice, Boston Globe, sold out shows at the Montreal Jazz Festival...the list goes on!

Date:
Saturday, February 12
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$20 general admission/$15 for students
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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Saturday March 19

Gerald Clayton Trio

Clayton is a 2010 Downbeat Critic's Poll Rising Star, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and second place winner in the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition. This exciting, hard-swinging, 26 year-old pianist can now be found with the Henry Mancini Orchestra, the Clayton Brothers Trio (featuring his father, bassist, John Clayton), the Lewis Nash Quintet, Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove and many others. However, Gerald's secret weapon is the dedication to his own trio music and the longevity of his trio.

Despite their youth, this group (Gerald on piano, Joe Sanders, bass and Justin Brown, drums) has performed together for many years. In the promo for their acclaimed new release "Two Shades," they stress the honesty and depth that evolves from incessant touring and group interaction All About Jazz states that Gerald Clayton "embodies the...technique of Oscar Peterson, the rhythmic and melodic inventiveness of Monty Alexander, the compositional approach of Billy Childs, and the solid left hand underpinning of his father John - the results are not only stunning but fresh, original and distinctly the music of today."

Date:
Saturday March 19
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$20 general admission/$15 for students
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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Saturday, April 2nd

A Legacy of Voices: Past, Present and Future

Tribute to Sheila Jordon and Jay Clayton

Sheila Jordon and Jay Clayton

Support our scholarship program for future vocalists!

On Saturday, April 2nd at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a very special fundraising concert marking the 15th anniversary of its jazz vocal program. The event will celebrate those who have come through the summer workshop and moved on to become professional singers. It will shine a light on a generous handful of younger, talented singers who have chosen to make music a significant focus in their lives. The event is about the past, the present and the future of jazz vocals at the VJC and will introduce a few local high school students pursuing their love of jazz singing. The vocalists will be performing primarily compositions from the Great American Songbook, such as Fly Me to the Moon, The Nearness of You, and Dedicated to You as well as some classic Bossa Novas (Chega de Saudade) and a few bebop tunes (such as Miles Davis' Little Willie Leaps).

Date:
Saturday, April 2nd
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$15 general admission
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Saturday, April 16

John Abercrombie Organ Trio

A Tribute to Attila Zoller


This concert pays tribute to the Vermont Jazz Center's founder, the brilliant, Hungarian guitarist, Attila Zoller. Drummer Adam Nussbaum and legendary guitarist, John Abercrombie were Zoller's close friends and musical colleagues. Both will bring stories of their times with Attila while merging his music to the groove of Gary Versace's organ.

The seed for this concert was planted at a kitchen table just after Nussbaum played here with Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown in 2007. This time he'll arrive with an all-star trio including guitarist, John Abercrombie (Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, etc.) and the innovative Gary Versace on the Hammond Organ (Rising Star - Downbeat Critic's Poll, recordings with Maria Schneider, Lee Konitz, Matt Wilson).

Date:
Saturday, April 16
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$20 general admission/$15 for students
Tickets:
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Saturday, May 21

Howard Brofsky and Friends

Dr. Bebop's sublime sound is at the core of the Vermont Jazz Center's identity. Each year he chooses a band that best represents his high level of communication and artistry. It is worthwhile to reflect on the pithy liner notes to Brofsky's now decade-old album, "73 Down," in which Harry Bauld pinpoints the essence of his sound: Howie Brofsky (Dr. Bebop) holds limitless affection for the bebop idiom and the American standards. He possesses a warm tone, understatement, and the ability to improvise what Charlie Parker called "the pretty notes."

The phrases "affection for bebop" and "pretty notes" characterize our drive to listen again and again to Brofsky's lyrical excursions. He loves Bebop in an endearing manner, he does not abuse it (as many have) to prove that he is the fastest, but to coax serpentine melodies that employ leading tones that resolve as they approach their inevitable goal. Brofsky's objective is to find the beauty in life and then offer it as a gift to his listeners.

Date:
Saturday, May 21
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$20 general admission/$15 for students
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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Saturday, June 11

Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

VJC Artistic Director, Eugene Uman brings back the Convergence Project, the ensemble with which he recorded his acclaimed, new CD. Stomu and Satoshi Takeishi, one of the best rhythm sections on the planet will add their fire and authenticity. This music uses the language of jazz, the edge of rock and the lift of Latin rhythms as its inspiration.

Fully Sponsored by the McKenzie Family Foundation.

Dave Liebman says that the Convergence Project is "a fantastic recording revealing Uman's influences from immersion into the Colombian culture as well as the jazz tradition."

And Jerry Bergonzi states "Great sounds, I've always loved Eugene's compositions... a journey with a very healing, uplifting feel."

VPR Jazz Host, George Thomas says: "Terrific CD, I love it all: writing, performance, cover art and presentation. Thanks so much for this gem." Listen to this group performing newly composed material they are honing to record a new CD.

Date:
Saturday, June 11
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$20 general admission/$15 for students
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Thursday, August 11

Summer Workshop Faculty Concert

Please join us in celebrating jazz and enjoy the Vermont Jazz Center's Summer Workshop concerts held at the Michael S. Currier Center on the campus of the beautiful Putney School in Putney, Vermont. 
 
On Thursday, August 11th at 8 pm, we will be presenting our summer workshop faculty concert featuring vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton, Howard Brofsky on trumpet, Scott Mullett and Jake Whitesell on saxophone, Helmut Kegerer on guitar, Harvey Diamond, Ray Gallon and Eugene Uman on piano, Marcus McLaurine, George Kaye and James Robbins on bass, Satoshi Takeishi and Claire Arenius on drums and Julian Gerstin, percussion.  Ticket prices for this great event are $20 and can be purchased at the door.  Call (802) 254-9088 for reservations.

Date:
Thursday, August 11
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Michael S. Currier Center, Putney School
Admission:
$20 general admission
Tickets:
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Friday, August 12

Summer Workshop Student Concerts

On Friday, August 12th 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 pm and 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 number of faculty coached ensembles, usually comprised of two horns, piano, bass and drums.  For the student concert, a $5 donation is suggested. 

Date:
Friday, August 12
Time:
3:30 PM and 8:00 PM
Location:
Michael S. Currier Center, Putney School, VT
Admission:
Suggested donation - $5 at the door
Tickets:
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Saturday, September 24th

Chuchito Valdés Trio

Twice nominated for a Grammy, Chuchito Valdes is the archetypical Cuban pianist demonstrating acumen in rhythm, technique and swing. He approaches the instrument like a congero, with precision and intensity, yet his style is strongly influenced by classical training and years of transcribing the improvised solos of jazz masters.

Born in Havana, Chuchito's pedigree hails from one of Cuba's most distinguished musical families: his father is Cucho Valdes and his grandfather is Bebo Valdes (of the Buena Vista Social Club). Chuchito is a master of Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. In concert, his music draws on these Latin styles injected with knowledgeable references to a century of jazz piano - from Jelly Roll Morton to Art Tatum to Oscar Peterson to Keith Jarrett.

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune states: "In a sense, Valdes and his band reinvigorated age old Cuban musical forms, the venerable cha-cha-cha and mambo standards revitalized by the muscular virtuosity of a mostly younger generation of players. This was jazz improvisation of the most sophisticated kind..."

Sponsored by Jon Thatcher, honoring the memory of Helen Thatcher, an avid jazz fan!

Date:
Saturday, September 24th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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Saturday, October 15th

Kenny Barron Trio

After more than four decades at the top of the jazz universe, playing with many of the greatest musicians to grace the genre, pianist Kenny Barron has developed a range of expression and versatility of style that very few can claim. Known for his exquisite lyricism and masterful subtlety, Barron plays as if he is performing personally for each individual listener.

Kenny Barron broke into the jazz scene with Dizzy Gillespie's quartet in the 1960s, and collaborated with Stan Getz in the 1980s on several groundbreaking albums. As a bandleader, he has recorded more than 40 albums, landing atop countless critics' polls. He was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame in 2005 and was recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts as a Jazz Master in 2010. To hear Kenny Barron is to experience one of the consensus greatest jazz pianists in the world.

Will Wolf, NY Jazz Report, describes: "Whether he's performing solo, with a trio, or with a larger ensemble, he always communicates his musical message with an enlightened magic."

Sponsored by Guilford Sound
Co-sponsored by Ellis Music, Cultural Intrigue, Clear Solutions

Date:
Saturday, October 15th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Latchis Theater, Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Admission:
$35 Front Orchestra, $25 Back Orchestra, $15 Balcony
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Saturday, November 12th

Miguel Zenón Quartet

So many awards and accolades have been heaped on alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon in his brief-but-storied career, it's difficult to keep up--MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, multiple Grammy Award nominee, Jazz Times Magazine Best New Artist of the Year, four times top Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic's Poll. One thing is certain: Zenon creates a riveting musical texture with his melding of jazz and plena--a musical tradition of Puerto Rico, his home--his rhythmic innovation and the pure, graceful sound he commands from his axe.

It's no wonder Zenon has played with so many jazz greats, including David Sanchez, Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, The Mingus Big Band and many others. Zenon's latest album, Esta Plena, his fifth as a leader, received two Grammy nominations and numerous other honors.
 
Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune, writes: "As Zenon's songs unfold, audiences hear an ebb and flow of ideas between cultures, as if Caribbean music and its jazz offshoots were conversing."

Co-sponsored by Wakefield Talabisco International and the Law Offices of Cohen & Rice

Date:
Saturday, November 12th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
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Friday, December 2nd

The VJC Big Band salutes the Mambo Kings

The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band will host its annual big band gala on Friday, December 2nd. at 8:00 PM. For this concert they'll be adding a real twist: The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band will present a tribute to the Mambo Kings, performing the music of the original Mambo Orchestras: Tito Puente, Machito and Arsenio Rodriguez. To shake it up, the VJC has asked two of Boston's most influential Latin music performers to step in as musical directors: Timbalero, Eguie Castrillo and bassist, Alex Alvear. The music will be enhanced by vocalist Jesus Pagan and a Boston-area percussionist.

Be sure to mark your calendars and polish your dancing shoes to prepare for this fun evening of big band salsa, Mambo and cha cha cha. The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band is a 17-piece ensemble that rehearses for and performs one concert a year. This is it! For this special show, along with the VJC's treasure trove of soloists such as Charlie Schneeweis, Larry Tutt and Bob Stabach, the VJC is inviting guest saxophonists Michael Zsoldos and Scott Mullett and trombonist Ed Byrne.

The repertoire performed in this concert will be interpretations of the authentic charts played by the Tito Puente Orchestra with whom Mr. Castrillo performed for many years. Co-musical director Castrillo will be playing timbales given to him by Tito Puente and used on many of Puente's recordings. Now a professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music, Eguie Castrillo is considered one of the most important percussionists in the world. He has performed with such artists as Paquito D'Rivera, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Winwood, Arturo Sandoval and The Boston Pops.

Also acting as co-musical director is Ecuadorian bassist, singer, and composer Alex Alvear. Alvear has performed and/or collaborated with artists such as Celia Cruz, Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Johnatha Brooke, Paquito D'Rivera, Isaac Delgado, Larry Harlow, Raul Midon, and Jimmy Haslip, to name a few. His ensemble, "Mango Blue" has performed extensively throughout the US and the rest of the world. Written and arranged by Alvear, the rhythmically charged music of Mango Blue includes songs of celebration, love and social conscience. Alvear has been a driving force in the promotion of Latino arts and culture in the region through his work with Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.

The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band is comprised of trumpeters Charlie Schneeweis, Donald Anderson, Rick Anderson, Chazz Canney; trombonists Ed Byrne, Bob Thies, Dan DeWalt; saxophonists Scott Mullett, Bob Stabach, Larry Tutt, Michael Zsoldos, Sherm Fox; the rhythm section is Julian Gerstin (congas), George Kaye (bass), Steve Rice (drums) and Eugene Uman (piano).

A Tribute to the Mambo Kings has been in the works for a long time and would have been impossible without the generosity of a grant from the New England Foundation of the Arts and the persistence and generosity of band manager Sherm Fox. VJC friends, Dianne Gallo and Steve Lieberman and the Hampton Inn are also sponsoring the program.

Admission, which includes a delicious desert buffet, is $25 general, $28 for reservations that include reserved seating. For local high school students, there is a special fund available to subsidize admission. Purchase tickets online at www.vtjazz.org, at In the Moment Record Store in downtown Brattleboro, or call the VJC ticket line, 802-254-9088, ext. 1. Tickets can also be purchased at the door This concert is handicapped accessible, but please call in advance (802 - 254 - 9088) if someone in your party will require the use of an elevator.

Purchase your tickets early. It is anticipated that this exciting dance concert will sell out quickly! Dance the night away at the Vermont Jazz Center's tribute to the Mambo Kings, Friday, December 2nd at 8:00 PM..

Co-Sponsored by Diane Gallo and Steve Lieberman and the Hampton Inn

Date:
Friday, December 2nd
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $25.00, $28 for reserved seating (please call early if you want seating), Ticket price includes delicious dessert bar buffett.
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Saturday, January 14th

The Stryker Slagle Band

Guitarist Stryker, according to Pat Metheny, has "one of the most joyous sounds around." Voted "Rising Star" for the last 5 years in DownBeat's Critic Poll, his sophisticated jazz is infused with blues and soul. Stryker cut his teeth touring with Hammond B3 organ legend, Brother Jack McDuff and then spent 11 years with Stanley Turrentine. Now a respected leader, Dave tours the world with his own groups including this quartet with alto saxophonist, Steve Slagle (Joe Lovano, Mingus Big Band, Dr. John).

Together now for twenty years and a dozen recordings, their repertoire runs the gamut from compositions by Thelonious Monk to spinning Latin gems to down and dirty blues. Called "one of today's most inspired two-man teams" by JazzTimes Magazine, their simpatico and joy for the music will raise the roof. They'll be joined by drummer Clarence Penn and bassist, Ed Howard.

Sponsored by Janet Zinter and Mark Anagnostopulos

Date:
Saturday, January 14th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, February 11th

The Tia Fuller Quartet

Among today's hottest young musicians, saxophonist/flutist Tia Fuller combines her immaculate precision with harmonic exploration and endless energy that make her performances must-see events. A member of the band touring with R&B superstar Beyonce, Fuller is equally dynamic strutting on a funky pop riff on a stadium stage, or fronting her own quartet at a jazz festival. Her third album, Pillar of Strength (2010), gives an indication of Fuller's vast musical vocabulary as a composer while demonstrating her strengths as a bandleader and arranger, balancing the contributions of bassist Christian McBride, trumpeter Sean Jones and others.

Fuller has performed on five continents, touring with the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the T.S. Monk Septet, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, and her own group.

Terrell Holmes of All That Jazz Magazine, says: "Tia Fuller stakes her claim to being one of the finest new musicians on the scene. Her top-shelf chops are complemented by her formidable skills as a composer and arranger."

Sponsored by Diana Bingham in honor of Gary Snyder

Date:
Saturday, February 11th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.

Saturday, March 10th

"Hot Jazz for Warm Homes" Winter Benefit Concert

Gonzalo Bergara

The Vermont Jazz Center presents the "Hot Jazz for Warm Homes" Winter Benefit Concert, to assist struggling families and individuals with unmet fuel assistance needs throughout Windham County. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) and the Windham County Heatfund, both of which provide emergency fuel assistance to low-income households.

The featured artist will be the world-acclaimed acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. Native Argentinean Gonzalo Bergara is a guitar virtuoso who has forged his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. While heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, Bergara's "blazing quartet" (JazzTimes) performs meticulous arrangements of standards from the Gypsy Jazz canon as well as clever, soaring and inspiring originals.

Gonzalo's latest album, Simplicated (2011), follows his highly acclaimed 2007 release Porteña Soledad, which was named an Editor's Pick by Guitar Player Magazine and "a masterpiece" by Vintage Guitar Magazine.

The money raised from this event is especially critical this year, in light of funding cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at the federal level, in spite of the fact that the demand for fuel assistance his risen dramatically. Heating assistance cuts particularly put children, the elderly, and people with disabilities and illness at risk during the cold winter months.

Sponsors for Hot Jazz for Warm Homes include Jim Maxwell, Lawyer, Joe LoMonaco and the Butterfly Swing Band, James Plumbing and Heating, Allen Brothers, Judy Uman, Potter Stewart and Cota & Cota.

Would you like to be an event sponsor (a tax-deductible donation)? Please contact Eugene Uman at (802) 254-9088.

Date:
Saturday, March 10th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$20 general admission, $18 Students
Tickets:
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Saturday, March 24th

Sheila Jordan and Steve Kuhn Duo

Jazz Legends Sheila Jordan and Steve Kuhn to perform an Intimate Concert at the Vermont Jazz Center on March 24th

The Vermont Jazz Center is extremely pleased to present a concert with the Sheila Jordan - Steve Kuhn Duo on March 24th at 8:00 PM. Vocalist Sheila Jordan is a 2012 recipient of the nation's highest honor in jazz, the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Award. She has been on the faculty of the Vermont Jazz Center's Summer Jazz Workshop since 1997 and as such has positively influenced the lives of hundreds of members of our immediate community. Pianist Steve Kuhn is also a living legend. He emerged on the scene in 1959 and immediately began playing and recording with some of the very best artists of that fertile period including Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Stan Getz, Roy Haynes, Clark Terry and Scott LaFaro. He has been called "a major pianist of our time."

Sheila Jordan and Steve Kuhn have been performing together since 1979 when Jordan joined Kuhn's quartet (with Bob Moses and Harvie Schwartz). During this two-year chapter of their association, they recorded Kuhn's groundbreaking ECM album Playground, toured Europe and were featured in major clubs and festivals. After a long hiatus, their recorded career resumed in 1996 with Kuhn appearing as pianist on two of Jordan's recent albums (Jazz Child and Little Song). The two are now preparing to record a duo album in the near future. When asked who she wanted to perform with on this date, Sheila was quick to respond: "a duo with Steve Kuhn, he's my favorite pianist in the world!"

Sheila Jordan is an unassuming woman who has positively affected the lives of thousands of people. She chooses her performance and teaching options carefully and is extremely loyal to organizations with whom she has worked prior to the recent surge in her career. Her willingness to continue to perform and teach at the Vermont Jazz Center's intimate venue is not taken lightly. This performance is a gift to our community and should not be missed.

Date:
Saturday, March 24th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
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Saturday, April 21st

Jazz Guitar Summit - A Tribute to Attila Zoller

A Tribute to Attila Zoller - an all-star quintet interprets original music composed by the founder of the Vermont Jazz Center: April 21st, 2012 at 8:00 PM

The Vermont Jazz Center is pleased to present a very special tribute to its founder, Attila Zoller on April 21st, at 8:00 PM at the VJC performance space in Brattleboro, VT. In all the years that the Vermont Jazz Center has existed, this is the first concert that will focus primarily on the original compositions of its founder. This is a unique opportunity to listen to a magnificent quintet, all of whom were deeply connected to Attila Zoller interpreting his original material. The musicians performing will be: Don Friedman on piano, Draa Hobbs and Mitch Seidman on guitars, Ron McClure on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums.

The musical director for this event is Draa Hobbs, who studied with Zoller for many years and then went on to perform with him in a variety of settings. Both he and Mitch Seidman were amongst the first students to graduate from the Vermont Jazz Center when it was held at Attila's self-built house in a remote region of Newfane, Vermont. Although they never received the hand-designed diploma that Zoller had promised them, they are amongst a small handful of world-class guitarists who continue to bear Zoller's torch, drawing on his rich, beautiful style as a springboard for their own creations.

Date:
Saturday, April 21st
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
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Saturday, May 19th

Howard Brofsky to perform with special guest, NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Heath

Jazz Octogenarian Legends Jimmy Heath and Howard Brofsky to Meet on Stage Again Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m., Vermont Jazz Center

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.--The paths of longtime jazz masters, trumpeter Howard Brofsky and saxophonist Jimmy Heath, have crisscrossed frequently over the past 30 years. Both jazzmen have shared many commonalities dating back to the 1970s, including an appreciation for jazz and bebop, faculty posts at Queens College, and the same stage on numerous occasions.

They also share the same age. Both now 85, Brofsky's and Heath's paths will cross again when they take the stage together at the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) for a concert, "Howard Brofsky and Friends," on Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. at the center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill.

This year Howard Brofksy (cornet) and Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone) will be joined by pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Mike Karn and drummer Pete Van Nostrand, a band of New York heavy hitters that can often be found accompanying Mr. Heath on the bandstand.

Date:
Saturday, May 19th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
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Saturday, June 9th

Eugene Uman Project - Expect the Unexpected

Pianist Eugene Uman composes sizzling pieces of jazz that draw from a range of influences and cultural traditions. Embroidered through his works are heavy harmonic strands from Columbia and Cuba, with modal and rhythmic borders from India and regions of North Africa, all overlain with the format of jazz and free expression. The one constant coursing through Uman's music is energy, sometimes raw, other times refined, but always pushing forward, charting new territory.

Eugene Uman has served as artistic director of the Vermont Jazz Center since 1997, where he has produced more than 160 concerts and built the program to a renowned venue and educational hub. He has performed with a long list of jazz masters, including Sheila Jordan, George Mraz, Jimmy Heath, Donald Byrd and many more. Uman's Convergence Project melds the virtuoso talents of Jeff Galindo on trombone, Michael Zsoldos, saxophones, Stomu Takeishi, bass, and Satoshi Takeishi, drums, into a compelling amalgam of musical innovation.

Sponsored by the McKenzie Family Foundation

Date:
Saturday, June 9th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
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