Past Concerts: 2012

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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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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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
Tickets:
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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
Tickets:
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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
Tickets:
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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
Tickets:
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Friday, September 14

Donald Harrison and Congo Square Nation

Donald Harrison

With his genre-bending new album "Quantum Leap", saxophonist/composer Donald Harrison establishes himself as a master of every dimension of the jazz trajectory, from early jazz to Bebop, and beyond. That shouldn't be a surprise - Harrison is uniquely qualified to represent the link between traditional and cutting-edge jazz.

Born in New Orleans in 1960, he was raised in the African-influenced Mardi Gras Indians' culture of brass bands, parades and rituals by his father, a Big Chief of four Indian tribes; then, just out of music school, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Always innovative, Harrison combined jazz and Mardi Gras Indians' traditional music on his critically-acclaimed 1993 album, "Indian Blues".

Now, as Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation, Donald Harrison summons the potency of his Indian heritage and his formidable experience in contemporary jazz to reconfigure musical boundaries. His gifted ensemble follows him over the edge, and back.

Date:
Friday, September 14
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, October 13th

Lionel Loueke Trio

Jazz meets African rhythms in this exciting concert. From street performer to world-class jazz star, the story of Bénin-born guitarist Loueke is an encouraging testament to perseverance, talent and disciplined study. Lionel's first guitar was strung with bicycle brake-cables; thirsty for music he moved to Ivory Coast and then went on to study at The American School of Modern Music in Paris, France.

After receiving full scholarships from Berklee and then the Thelonious Monk Institute, Loueke has moved on to become a Blue Note recording artist who frequently tours and records with jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Hancock states: "I'd never heard any guitar player play anything close to what I was hearing from him. There was no territory that was forbidden, and he was fearless!" Come find out why Downbeat Magazine claims that Loueke's music radiates a "feel-good sense of joy."

Date:
Saturday, October 13th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, November 17th

Jazz Drum Legend, Louis Hayes to visit the Vermont Jazz Center

The Vermont Jazz Center is proud to present the legendary drummer, Louis Hayes in concert with his New York-based Quartet on Saturday, November 17th at 8:00 PM. Hayes will appear with his Jason Curry, alto sax, Sharp Radway, piano and Alex Claffey, bass. Louis Hayes was the drumming pulse behind some of jazz's greatest luminaries including John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver and the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. From his mentorship at an early age with Papa Jo Jones through his stellar career, there is no drummer on the scene today who can boast such a star-studded résumé. At 75, Hayes continues to lead his own hard-swinging ensembles in which he mentors young jazz artists.

Date:
Saturday, November 17th
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 7th

The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band Gala and Dance Featuring Houston Person

The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band will be hosting its 10th annual big band gala and dance on Friday, December 7th at 8:00 PM. For this concert the VJC big band will perform with the legendary saxophonist, Houston Person, and vocalists Rebecca Holtz and Mark Anagnostopulos. Houston Person is renowned for his long tenure with the great singer, Etta Jones. He is also recognized for his masterful recorded work with Horace Silver, Charles Brown, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Lou Rawls and Lena Horne. Mr. Person's recorded output as a leader includes 75 dates with such heavy hitters as Ron Carter, Joey DeFrancesco, Russell Malone, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton and Paul Chambers.

Date:
Friday, December 7th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $25.00, Reserved table $28.00
Tickets:
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