Past Concerts: 2013

Saturday, January 19th

Renowned Harmonica Virtuoso, Grégoire Maret to Perform with his quartet at the VJC

On January 19th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a concert led by Grégoire Maret, one of the greatest jazz chromatic harmonica players in the world. A dedicated collaborator, Maret, is an A-list musician who can be found on recordings by Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, David Sanborn, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Charlie Hunter, George Benson, Jacky Terrasson, Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lionel Loueke and many, many others. He will be performing with his working quartet on January 19th, a band that includes his long-standing collaborator/pianist, Federico Gonzalez Peña, Ben Williams on bass (winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition) and Clarence Penn on the drums. This is a stellar collaboration!

Maret receives accolades from everyone with whom he makes music - Herbie Hancock, his former boss, stated: "Gregoire is an amazing player...there's no one else out there that comes close on the harmonica and he rivals the best on any instrument." Marcus Miller claims "Gregoire Maret possesses the most original voice on harmonica since Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder. He is carrying the instrument into the 21st century with prowess, passion, and creativity." In 2005, Maret worked with Pat Metheny, recording the Grammy-award winning album, The Way Up. Metheny commented: "Gregoire has the special communicative spirit that is rare and absolutely essential to jazz itself, and yet within that spectrum he is able to find a timeless quality that speaks to any kind of listener and attracts just about every kind of musician to his playing."

Date:
Saturday, January 19th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, February 16th

Grammy winning Latin Jazz Trumpeter to lead his New York based Quintet at the Vermont Jazz Center

Ray Vega and his Latin Jazz Quintet will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro on Saturday, February 16th. Ray is one of the foremost Latin-jazz trumpeters in the world, an alumnae of the legendary ensembles of Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Ray Barretto and Tito Puente (includes three Grammy winning recordings). Appearing with Vega at the Vermont Jazz Center will be Zaccai Curtis on piano, Andy Eulau on bass, Diego Lopez on drums and Chembo Corniel on congas.

Ray Vega is one of the most accessible and generous people one could ever meet. Now a Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies at UVM, he's also in high demand as a guest artist, motivating young people in high school and college music programs. Ray grew up in the South Bronx where he found that having a strong musical identity gave him the self-confidence and respect to rise above the fray. He is a survivor who believes strongly in the power of faith and hard work, a communicator who knows that what has worked for him could be the missing piece for many others. He loves to share his inspiring stories and the response from young people is moving. Ray Vega has conducted master classes in trumpet performance, jazz improvisation, brass performance techniques and Afro-Caribbean jazz at many schools including the Manhattan School of Music, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Music Advancement Program at the Julliard School, The New School in NYC, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Notre Dame University/Lebanon. He has also served as Artist in Residence for the Flynn Arts Latin Jazz in Burlington.

Date:
Saturday, February 16th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, March 16th

Karrin Allyson - A World Tour in a Single Night

When vocalist Karrin Allyson steps to the microphone, you can't predict what style or language she'll be performing in. The best part is, it doesn't matter.

Allyson is referred to as a jazz vocalist, and has climbed to the pinnacle of the genre since recording her debut album, I Didn't Know About You, in 1992. She is now regarded among the top vocalists in jazz. Releasing her 13th album last year, Allyson has put together a career that has brought her to top stages around the world, performing at major jazz festivals in Brazil, Japan, Australia and Europe, as well as the most legendary venues in the United States, including regular appearances at New York's Blue Note and Birdland. Along the way, Allyson has garnered four Grammy Award nominations, most recently for her 2012 album 'Round Midnight.

Date:
Saturday, March 16th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, April 13th

Grammy Nominated Drummer, Matt Wilson leads his trio in a tribute concert honoring VJC Founder, Attila Zoller


The Vermont Jazz Center will present the Matt Wilson Trio in a concert honoring their founding director, Attila Zoller on Saturday, April 13th at 8:00 PM. Matt Wilson is a highly-acclaimed drummer who was particularly close to Attila, they performed together often during Zoller's final years. There was always a tremendous affinity between them; perhaps it was Wilson's deep groove, or his goofy yet powerfully confident persona that Zoller found compelling. Attila was a loveable, brilliant man; however, he wouldn't tolerate anything but the highest level of competence in the musicians with whom he shared the bandstand (and he wasn't afraid to speak his mind when those expectations weren't met!). Matt Wilson is a drummer who could match Attila's gold standard: skilled, talented, groove-oriented and deeply connected to the lineage of jazz drumming. Matt is also a person who knows how to find the joy inside the music and communicate that to both the audience and his band-mates.

Matt Wilson leads several groups capable of presenting a concert imbued with wit, heavy swing, beauty and mastery; but for his show at the Vermont Jazz Center, Wilson made the conscious decision to emphasize his connection to Attila Zoller by performing with musicians with whom they had previously joined the stage. He chose Fred Haas (saxophone and piano) and Dave Clark (acoustic bass). Since Zoller's passing, this trio of Wilson, Haas and Clark has maintained a close alliance. Each summer they serve as faculty for "Interplay," a jazz workshop led by Haas. One of Zoller's endearing traits was that he loved to host concerts where lots of his friends would gather to perform and celebrate. All three members of this trio were welcome guests at these festive collaborations. Together and apart they joined in performances with Zoller at his famed musical birthday events, at his numerous moon-themed concerts (often organized by Joy Wallens-Penfield) or as members of the faculty of the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Workshop.

Date:
Saturday, April 13th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, May 18th

Cornetist Howard Brofsky to appear with his New York Quintet on Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m., Vermont Jazz Center

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.--There is little that jazz master Howard Brofsky has not experienced in his varied and lengthy musical career. Due to his many years of living in Brattleboro, Brofsky's presence is familiar and welcome during his sojourns North. But in NY, he is a venerated maestro with stellar connections. This year he has mined one of the finest quintets imaginable, lifting them directly from New York's jazz scene to the Vermont Jazz Center on May 18th. The group will prominently feature a powerful, bass and drum team: David Wong and Billy Drummond along with VJC summer workshop pianist, Ray Gallon and tenor sax titan, Jed Levy.

It was after hearing the cutting-edge sounds of bebop legends Charlie Parker and Roy Eldridge in the 1940s, when Brofsky started playing the trumpet. He went on to join the burgeoning worldwide jazz scene, playing and recording in Paris, before eventually turning to classical music, earning a doctoral degree in 18th Century Italian classical music, and building a career in academia.

Date:
Saturday, May 18th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, June 8th

Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

The music composed and performed by Eugene Uman, pianist and leader of the Convergence Project, achieves a difficult feat: it balances on an artistic tightrope between fresh, innovative and exploratory on one side, and accessible, understandable, exceedingly enjoyable and fun to listen to on the other. What keeps the project unified is the integrity of the compositions, the shared vision of the group's members and the careful balance of jazz harmonies with Colombian rhythms.

The Convergence Project is aptly named. Led by Uman, artistic director of the Vermont Jazz Center, the group is a convergence of six extraordinary musicians, each of whom brings individual influences and flavors to Uman's rich compositions. The Convergence Project concert will take place on Saturday, June 8th at 8 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro.

Date:
Saturday, June 8th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $20.00, Students $15.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, September 21st

Steve Wilson - Lewis Nash Duo, A Musical dialogue; with bassist Nat Reeves

The Vermont Jazz Center will kick off its 2013-2014 season on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 PM with a performance by two of the most highly esteemed musicians in jazz. Along with their myriad other projects, saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer, Lewis Nash have been performing together as a duo since 2001. At the VJC they will be joined by bassist, Nat Reeves.

Duo performances Wilson and Nash say, give them the chance to display their shared dedication to melody while exploring the freedom of unfettered interaction and creativity. They have put together a program built around song and melody, far from the edgy sound that a sax-drum duo might suggest (such as the mind-blowing Interstellar Space by John Coltrane and Rashied Ali). Their duo concept focuses on jazz standards and material from the Great American Songbook complemented by originals built on structured melodies. Nash says they use familiar songs to give the audience a chance to observe their process and directly experience "the ways we can deconstruct that material." Another main objective is to create an actual dialogue with the audience: "we want to make it as much a casual, living-room kind of experience as we can."

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

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

The Vermont Jazz Center will present Cyrus Chestnut in a trio concert on October 19th at 8:00 PM. Called "the best pianist of his generation" by Time Magazine, Chestnut will appear with his current trio featuring bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Evan Sherman. Chestnut's repertoire is vast, varied and deep; his performances usually include selections from the Great American Songbook (such as East of the Sun, It's Alright with Me), gospel music (like Precious Lord, Swing Low...) and jazz standards (e.g. In a Mellow Tone, Giant Steps). Chestnut's superb original compositions, his soulful connection to the African-American gospel tradition and his extraordinary technique have earned him the highest regard from both his peers and jazz aficionados from around the world. A concert by the Cyrus Chestnut Trio is a breath-taking event: those in attendance will be privy to a manifestation of talent and intention, an experience that crystalizes the potential of the highest level of musicianship, craftwork and heart within the jazz tradition.

"A highly intelligent improviser with one of the surest senses of swing in jazz."
-- New York Times

Date:
Saturday, October 19th
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, November 2nd

Emerging Artist Series - Kavita Shah Quintet

"I haven't been so excited about a project like this in a long time. [Kavita] is a real, true musician. She's a great singer... but the way she writes music, she's not really thinking just about the voice. It sounds like it could be a horn player, a saxophone player..." - Lionel Loueke

The Vermont Jazz Center launches its new Emerging Artist season with a choice that perfectly fits their concept. The goal of the series is to present young musicians who deserve to be heard, individuals who are on the cutting edge, performing original, fresh, high quality music; artists with unfamiliar names whose personal statements are moving the music forward. Kavita Shah is all of the above and more. A talented singer, she is a tireless organizer with a vision and a body of work that challenges the definition of jazz while at the same time paying deep respect to its lineage.

Shah will be performing with her New York-based ensemble: Kavita Shah (USA) vocals and percussion, Yacouba Sissoko (Mali) on kora, Guy Mintus (Israel), piano, Or Bareket (Israel), bass, Kenneth Salters (USA), drums.

Date:
Saturday, November 2nd
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
General Admission $10.00
Tickets:
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Saturday, November 16th

Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express Quintet


photo by Jimmy Ryan

The Vermont Jazz Center will present Cuban pianist/composer Manuel Valera in concert with the New Cuban Express Quintet (NCE) on Saturday, November 16th at 8:00 PM. This international band is touring in support of a new, highly acclaimed recording, Expectativas, their second Grammy nominated disc in two years. Valera (Cuba) is on piano and keyboards, Joel Frahm (USA), saxophone, John Benitez (Puerto Rico), bass, Ludwig Alfonso (Cuba), drums and Mauricio Herrera (Cuba), percussion.

Although Manuel is barely in his mid-thirties, he's recorded seven highly regarded CDs as a leader and as a sideman has served with some of the music's most advanced and demanding luminaries. He appeared as pianist when drummer Dafnis Prieto performed at the Vermont Jazz Center in March of 2009. He has also recorded with Prieto, Paquito D'Rivera, Brian Lynch, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chucho Valdés, Samuel Torres and many others.

He leaves no doubt that he's destined to play a role in the future of jazz. Valera shows a keen jazz vocabulary, a gift for creating grooves that invite stellar solo flights from his collaborators and the nerve to romance a melody when it suits him. -- Billboard Magazine
Date:
Saturday, November 16th
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 6th

Kevin Mahogany with the VJC Big Band: VJC Scholarship Fund Raiser


photo by Lores

On Friday, December 6th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a Gala Performance with the VJC Big Band supporting internationally acclaimed vocalist, Kevin Mahogany. This is a dance concert and more than half the floor will remain open for people to move to the sounds of the VJC's 18 piece orchestra.

Kevin Mahogany is well acquainted to singing with big bands as he has his own repertoire and custom-made charts, some of them arranged by the legendary Frank Mantooth. According to the respected jazz website, allmusic.com, Mahogany's "swinging style is reminiscent, but not derivative of Joe Williams." He takes pride in his Kansas City roots and, just like another Kansas City resident, Charlie Parker, his delivery is deeply saturated in the authentic blues. In one recent performance, Kevin joked that the state law in Kansas City required a minimum of two blues numbers per set!

According to Newsweek Magazine, Mahogany is "the standout vocalist of his generation." Born in 1958 in Kansas City, Missouri, Mahogany grew up listening to the richly diverse musical sounds of his hometown where jazz and blues reigned supreme in the early 1900s. He was tutored at the Charlie Parker Foundation and graduated from Baker University with a BFA in Music, English, and Drama in 1981. After establishing himself as a singer, Mahogany recorded three well-received albums with Enja, before signing with Warner Brothers. His self-titled Warner debut received a host of accolades including Newcomer of the Year (Penthouse) and the first of four nominations as #1 Jazz Singer of the Year (Down Beat Critics Poll). The Los Angeles Times called him "one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years" and USA Today gave him four stars.

Date:
Friday, December 6th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Reserved Seating $30.00, General Admission $25.00
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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