Past Concerts: 2011

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
Tickets:
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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
Tickets:
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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
Tickets:
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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
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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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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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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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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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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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
Tickets:
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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
Tickets:
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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
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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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.
Tickets:
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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.
Handicap Accessible
Concerts at the VJC are handicap accessible. Please call to discuss arrangements to facilitate your enjoyment of this concert: (802) 254 9088, ext. 2.

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