Past Concerts: 2015

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Clarence Penn Quartet

Clarence Penn plays Monk and celebrates release of new CD

On Saturday, January 17th, The Vermont Jazz Center will present drummer Clarence Penn in concert with his Quartet, "Penn Station" performing the music of Thelonious Monk. The group includes the leader with young New York heavyweights Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on saxophone, Matt Mitchell on piano and Yasushi Nakamura on bass. This working ensemble displays a telepathic level of communication, a mastery of dynamics and a remarkable degree of facility while playfully navigating challenging tunes, often in odd meters.

The quartet will feature the music of Thelonious Monk in a way listeners have never heard before. Clarence Penn has created arrangements of Monk's venerable gems that are new, fresh and adventurous, while still retaining and paying homage to Monk's indelible melodies and harmonic genius. These arrangements can be heard on the quartet's new, highly acclaimed CD: Monk, the Lost Files. Tom Wilkens of WBGO states: "The album's beauty is found in the way it unpacks the rhythmic potential inherent in Monk's compositions and infuses the band with this spirit." James Hale of Downbeat Magazine notes that these rearrangements of Monks music "reinterpret Monk as 21st century material...In the hands of Penn's quartet, Monk comes off sounding like dance music." Although purists may balk at the idea of Penn reinterpreting Monk's classic compositions, once they have heard the music, they will find Monk's melodies are treated with reverence and their essence is undiluted. In the end, the musicianship and hard-swinging, joyful performances will draw listeners to the original source material and honor Monk's deserved reputation.

Dave Douglas states:
Clarence...really cares that everyone on stage sounds as good as they can. That explains why the results are so great with the extraordinary musicians he brings into his projects. Fireworks!

Maria Schneider states:
Clarence is... an intricate and heady drummer who thinks compositionally, but uses his gut and instincts towards the end result of making something exciting, that feels alive, and is full of energy and passion.

Sponsored by Dave Snyder and Gilford Sound

Date:
Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, February 14th

Julian Lage Trio - Tribute to Jim Hall at the VJC Valentine's Day Concert

The Vermont Jazz Center will present the Julian Lage Trio at the Vermont Jazz Center on February 14th, 2015. Lage, at age 27 is one of the busiest guitarists on the jazz-infused scene today. He has released six albums as a leader and has played and recorded with many of today's most significant jazz musicians including vibraphone legend Gary Burton whose band he played in from age 12 to 17. He'll be bringing with him bassist and drummer Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. When asked about choosing this venerable team, for his own trio, Lage stated "I first met Scott and Kenny when I heard them play in Jim Hall's trio, I was eleven years old. Even then, I thought to myself - those are the guys I really want to play with! Now that we're all on the east coast, I called them up and it worked out. But the most important reason I chose Scott and Kenny is that they're both ridiculous."

Sponsored by Mark Anagnostopulos and Janet Zinter and Bill Schutt of Matcor Inc.

Date:
Saturday, February 14th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, March 14th

Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington

On Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center welcomes to its stage a piano trio that chooses to focus on the classic sounds of the Great American Songbook. The Bill Charlap Trio, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), represents the epitome of this particular style: elegant, lush, and swinging. This trio is renowned throughout the world for its work interpreting the lesser-known but equally beautiful songs that were written for musical theater and film. Charlap and his trio pay homage to the great songs that were written when Broadway and Tin Pan Alley provided the soundtrack to popular, North American culture. Charlap states: "The music I'm attracted to - music theater and film music is a different blueprint of American music and popular music... I'm still in love with that beautiful aesthetic of those lyricists and composers of that period."

Surely, Charlap's parents helped instill a love for this very specific music - his father, Moose Charlap was a respected Broadway composer best known for his work with Jules Stein in the 1954 musical, Peter Pan. Charlap's mother is Sandy Stewart, a noted singer known for her appearance in 60s variety shows with the like of Ed Sullivan and Perry Como. She's still singing, sometimes accompanied by her son, Bill Charlap. In 2013, the two recorded a well-received album called Something to Remember.

Sponsored by a Friend of the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Workshop

Date:
Saturday, March 14th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, March 28th

Emerging Artist Series (EAS): Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio

On March 28th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a concert with the winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Melissa Aldana. She will be performing with her Crash Trio, whose members also include Pablo Menares, bass and Francisco Mela, drums.

Melissa Aldana is the third generation in her family to follow the saxophone as her calling. Her father, Marcos Aldana, now considered one of the most important musicians in Chile, was her first teacher. She still performs on the Selmer Mark VI saxophone she received as a treasured gift from her grandfather, Enrique Aldana, who was her father's teacher. Marcos Aldana's teaching method was based on transcription: learn the sound quality and improvised solos of those you wish to emulate. Melissa began her studies on the alto saxophone at the age of six. Melissa stated: "My dad would choose a song that he really liked, so the first person I learned from was Charlie Parker. We would take one phrase, and listen. Then, I would play it really slow, over and over, hundreds of times, until it sounded exactly like him. I think it's one of the best ways to teach a little kid because I learned everything by listening to the masters." Saxophonist (and Monk Competition judge) Jane Ira Bloom stated: "The thing that was apparent to us was that Melissa was a young artist, who, in addition to having embraced a great deal of tradition, has made important steps in developing her own personal sonic vocabulary. We all sensed that from her original music and in her interpretations of traditional material." NPR's Alex Rodriguez states "When I first heard Aldana play, her virtuosity was impressive, but what really blew me away was the maturity of her sound. It manifests through clean, nuanced phrasing reminiscent of her early idol, Sonny Rollins."

Sponsored by Julian Gerstin and Carlene Raper

Date:
Saturday, March 28th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, April 18th

Holophonor Sextet feat. Miro Sprague

On April 18th, 2015, the Vermont Jazz Center welcomes the Holopohonor Sextet, a group of young musicians representing the future of jazz. The pianist of the ensemble, Miro Sprague is well-known in this area. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, he has earned the deep respect and admiration of the entire jazz community. Since leaving the Pioneer Valley, he has lived in New York and Los Angeles where his talent, ability and humility have contributed to his rising star status. The great pianist and educator, Armen Donelian says "Miro Sprague is among the most talented young composer/pianists of his generation." Other members of Holophonor include Josh Joshnson on alto saxophone, Eric Miller, trombone; Diego Urbano, vibraphone; Dave Robaire, bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums.

Sponsored by Barbara Ween of Visage Salon and the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation

Date:
Saturday, April 18th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, May 16th

From Gospel to Classical to Jazz, Alicia Olatuja brings it all to the Vermont Jazz Center on May 16th, 2015

The Vermont Jazz Center is delighted to welcome vocalist Alicia Olatuja and her quartet on May 16th at 8:00 PM. This sublime singer is best known for her soaring solo with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama's second inauguration. But even though she grew up in the church, loves the music and draws inspiration from it, Alicia's voice and persona are expansive. She uses her gospel roots as a springboard to investigate jazz, African music, classical and even well-crafted pop. In a recent interview, Alicia stated, "I blur the lines that some draw between genres. Along with the great jazz singers, I'm heavily influenced by Take Six, CeCe Winans [progressive gospel singer], Whitney Houston and vocalists from the classical world - not just their voices but also their history."

Date:
Saturday, May 16th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, June 6th

Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

Composer and pianist Eugene Uman and his Convergence Project returns for his seventh annual Vermont Jazz Center concert with a special night of high-energy original jazz compositions based on traditional Colombian music on Saturday, June 6th at 8 PM. Other members of the Convergence Project Joining Uman will be Michael Zsoldos, on saxophone, Jeff Galindo on trombone, Stomu Takeishi on electric bass, Satoshi Takeishi on drums and Adam O'Farrill on trumpet, who was the third place winner in this year's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

"The intention when writing these pieces was to combine the vocabulary of jazz with the edge of rock and funk and the inspiration of Colombian folkloric rhythms such as pasillo, cumbia, currulao, puya and porro," says Uman. The music of the Convergence Project balances an artistic tightrope between fresh, innovative and exploratory on one side, and accessible, understandable, exceedingly enjoyable and fun to listen to on the other.

Sponsored by Michael McKenzie and the McKenzie Family Foundation

Date:
Saturday, June 6th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Thursday August 13

40th Annual Summer Workshop Faculty Concert

Date:
Thursday August 13
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
The Putney School, Michael S. Currier Center, Putney, VT
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Friday August 14th

40th Annual Summer Workshop Student Concert

Date:
Friday August 14th
Time:
Set 1; 3:30-5:30 pm, Set 2; 8-10 pm
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Donation at the door

Friday, September 18th

Jamie Baum Septet +

Baum's awards include "Best Flutist," "Top Rising Star," a Guggenheim and many others. A focused artist with numerous, ongoing ambitious projects, for this tour she is traveling with the ensemble who recorded her most recent album. Each member is familiar with her personal language and the complex delicacy of her compositions. The music they will perform is from In This Life: Indian and Pakistani-influenced music filtered through Baum's jazz and classical aesthetic. Baum traveled South Asia where she was "touched viscerally by the sounds of tabla, bansuri flute and vocal music." She further deepened her knowledge by studying and performing with top Indian icons including Karaikudi Mani, V.M. Bhatt and Sandeep Das. Come listen to this driving and colorful blend of jazz and South Asian music performed with respect, intelligence and groove.

The New York Times, Ben Ratliff writes:
Ms. Baum...[is] into tone color and timbre and the blending of languages, jazz and the 20th-century classical and Afro-Latin music. But she's got an elegantly persuasive composing hand... There are no pedantic mixtures here; she makes what she takes from classical minimalism and Indian qawwali mix together and feel natural.

Date:
Friday, September 18th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, September 19th

Steve Wilson + Wilsonian's Grain


photograph John Abbott.

This quartet has been heralded as "jazz at its finest - in conception, execution and spontaneity." Famed alto-saxophonist, Steve Wilson will appear with his all-star quartet featuring some of New York's busiest sidemen: Orrin Evans on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and local favorite, Clarence Penn on drums. Wilson calls this group "Old socks with new shoes." They are currently riding a wave of success after releasing their new album, "Live in New York, the Village Vanguard Session" to high acclaim. It received 4 stars in a recent Downbeat review: "The deep sync of this driving quartet is indisputable, and this exciting live date is clearly enjoyed by the crowd at the Vanguard who whoop and holler." Come find out why Steve Wilson is regarded as one of the finest alto saxophonists on the scene today and why New York's Wall Street Journal claims: "Mr. Wilson is essential to this city's jazz landscape.

Date:
Saturday, September 19th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Friday, October 2nd

Emerging Artist Series: Carlos Averhoff, Jr. Quartet

The Vermont Jazz Center will present Cuban Saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Jr. and his quartet iRESI on Friday, October 2nd at 8:00 PM. This is a rare opportunity for the VJC's audience to hear a masterful and authentic conflation of North American jazz with Cuban clave. Averhoff's concept superimposes cutting edge post bop jazz language over the complex polyrhythms of his tierra nativa. The group, which he performs and records with, includes Aruan Ortiz on piano, Francisco Mela on drums and John Lockwood on bass. Each of these musicians brings a vast knowledge of both jazz and Latin idioms - they can improvise with relaxed nuance over sophisticated rhythms.

Cuban music often uses a repetitive two-measure phrase called "clave" which is inseparably woven into the fabric of the groove. This is closely related to the way in which the repeated pattern of the drummer's ride cymbal is a defining characteristic in swing and bebop music. Carlos, Aruan and Mela, who grew up in Cuba, have an internalized comprehension of the clave pattern. Like speaking in one's native tongue, no thought is needed for them to imbue their music with clave - it is inserted instinctively into the natural cadence of the music and is reflected in many of Carlos' compositions. The compositions often begin with an overt melody whose shape fits seamlessly over a clave rhythm played by the rhythm section. Listening closely, you can hear the slow but intentional rhythmical de-construction which stylistically occurs during the improvisational portion of his music. The clave rhythm dissolves while continuing to serve as an invisible thread that unifies the composition. The clave is embedded into the music and is felt and heard internally by the musicians; it serves as a reference without being explicit. In fact, at this point in its historical development, the evolution of clave-based music is more about the subtlety of dancing off of the clave then explicitly stating it.

EPK about recording his recent album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV35k9ytFPY

Guest with Paquito D'Rivera
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlM8x_Ug7Ns

Guest with Afro-Cuban All-starts at the Blue Note
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENlRi3_5LHo

Performance at New England Conservatory:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smtAo6J4iy8

Performance at Cambridge Jazz Fest:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgitb8u5ZSc

Date:
Friday, October 2nd
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, October, 17th

Carl Allen Quintet - The Art of Elvin

"My ultimate goal is to get to the level of [my mentors] Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones, and Billy Higgins ... every time they sit down behind a set of drums, they were swinging...." C.A.

Called "one of the most prominent drummers of the '90s," Carl Allen has laid down the groove for some of the leading titans of jazz. He was music director for Freddie Hubbard and drummer for the touring and recording groups of Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, Dewey Redman and George Coleman (among many others). Of the numerous lessons taught to Allen by his mentor Art Blakey, there are two that have most clearly shaped his life: First, one can never compromise or "coast" by taking the easy route; and second, "the power of swing is something else and once [you] get to that level, everything else falls into place." Allen epitomizes Blakey's honorable spirit on the bandstand and off. He is clear, generous and devoted to the jazz legacy. He believes in both swinging hard and an egoless submission to the music itself. Perhaps it is this proud bearing of Blakey's mantle that led Peter Watrous of the New York Times to identify Allen's playing as "aggressive without being intrusive."

Carl Allen will be performing with his working quintet including Tivon Pennicott, saxophone; Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Xavier Davis, piano; Dezron Douglas, bass.  

With Freddie Hubbard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Keu3FH8SXqo

With Kenny Barron:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZNdA894OFY

Masterclass:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq2u3LGsRfs

Date:
Saturday, October, 17th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Friday, October 30th

Sofia Rei - A collaboration with Next Stage

Called "one of the best Argentine singers ever" and "a song researcher with a vibrant voice," Sofia Rei is emerging as a star while still holding firm to the scholarly mission of discovering and performing song forms and rhythms rarely heard outside their native cultures. She comes to the Vermont Jazz Center with a quartet of like-minded individuals who share her passion for exploring the deep troughs of Latin rhythms.

Sofia Rei - vocals, charango
Eric Kurimski - guitar
Jorge Roeder - upright bass
Franco Pinna - drums, percussion

Come find out why Phil Lutz of the New York Times claims that Sofia Rei "has been embraced by New York City audiences from Carnegie Hall to the hippest downtown haunts."

Sofia is a restless artist. In a short period of time she has recorded, performed and collaborated with renowned musicians and groups such as John Zorn, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Folklore Urbano, Frank London, the Klezmatics, Guillermo Klein, Celso Duarte, Lionel Loueke, Geoffrey Keezer, Pavel Urkiza (Gema y Pavel), Russ Ferrante (Yellow Jackets), Bob Moses, Steve Lacy, Aquiles Baez, Samuel Torres Group, Pedrito Martinez, La Bomba de Tiempo, Alcatraz, and Avantango. She toured Europe with the Grammy award winning Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and premiered with the group Cerulean Skies, a piece commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. In May of 2008, she was featured with vocal giant Bobby McFerrin in Instant Opera at Carnegie Hall in a piece commissioned by composer John Zorn. Sofia is currently part of John Zorn's Song Project, along with vocalists Mike Patton and Jesse Harris. She is also the vocalist of Geoffrey Keezer's Aurea, whose self-titled 2009 release received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album.  In October 2009, Sofia  contributed her vocals to Ljova Zhurbin's Niña Dance, a song cycle inspired by the unsolved murders & disappearances of women and young girls in the city of Juárez, Mexico. Sofia was one of four featured vocalists chosen to premiere newly commissioned work as part of The Jazz Gallery's "New Voices" concert series.

Winner of 2013 Music Awards for best song and best album

Possesing a voluptuously full voice, comprehensive command of Latin American rhythms, an encyclopedic knowledge of folkloric forms from Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Uruguay, Sofia has become an essential creative catalyst on a scene teaming with musicians eager to blend jazz with its South American Siblings.
Andy Gilbert, the Boston Globe

Sofia Rei Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIrooyTDUGI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqJ9VTYWkF8

Date:
Friday, October 30th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Samba Jazz: a Tribute to Jobim with Brazilian Vocalist Maucha Adnet, featuring Helio Alvez and Duduka DaFonseca

Adnet performed, toured and recorded with legendary composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and Banda Nova for ten years. For this performance, she will be supported by Brazilian musicians Helio Alvez (piano) and Duduka DaFonseca (drums) and Austrian bassist Hans Glawishnig. Jobim was the most popular composer of bossa novas and has been "considered one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century." His compositions have logical chord progressions shaped like beautiful mathematical equations yet their perfection is enhanced by melodies imbued with feeling. Adnet toured and recorded numerous albums with Jobim, including the Grammy Award winning "Antonio Brasiliero;" he called her voice "deep, rich and mysterious." The trio accompanying Adnet is of the highest level: brilliant improvisers who understand the complex rhythms and song forms, because they too have been devoted to the samba since youth. The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes Brazil to Brattleboro.

Given his world-class chops, pianist Helio Alves should be famous, but he doesn't quite fit into any known category. He is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and sounds like it. But he also sounds like a pianist with years of classical training, and like a street-smart jazz musician. Alves emigrated to the United States in 1986, graduated from Berklee, and has worked with as many North Americans (Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton) as Brazilians (Airto Moreira, Duduka Da Fonseca). He performs rhythmically intricate, sensual music with the precision and harmonic sophistication of a classical musician and the edgy energy of a jazz player. It's a heady blend.

Da Fonseca mastered the drums as a fundamental player in Bossa Nova surge of the late 1950s. His career in Brazil and the U.S., where he landed in 1975, includes playing with Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, flautist Herbie Mann, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, pianist JoAnne Brackeen, bassist Eddie Gomez, guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Tom Harrell,saxophonists Joe Lovano and Gerry Mulligan, pianist Dom Salvador, bassist Rufus Reid, pianist Kenny Barron, and many more. The drummer works in many styles of music, but one of his goals is to keep alive and vibrant the jazz samba music and the compositions of the greats from that era, so many of which he has played with and befriended over many years.

Videos of Tribute to Jobim
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKvRAQo33a4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaG9Tx35aDY

Date:
Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Friday, December 4th, 2015

VJC Big Band and Guest Vibraphonist, Richard Greenblatt Pay Tribute to Terry Gibbs' Dream Band

December 4th (Friday), 2015 VJC Big Band Pays Tribute to Terry Gibbs' Dream Band

Rob Freeberg, Director
Richard Greenblatt, Guest Vibraphonist
Jill Connolly, Guest Vocalist, Mark Anagostopulos, Guest Vocalist

Put on your dancing shoes for this annual celebration to raise money for the VJC's scholarship fund: high-energy swing with challenging arrangements from one of the best big bands ever to feature vibraphone. If you haven't heard of Terry Gibbs' Dream Band, you're in for a treat. In 1959 the Dream Band, was named "Best Band in the World" in the Down Beat Critics' Poll. The VJC Big Band under the baton of Musical Director Rob Freeberg will perform the original Dream Band scores, beautifully arranged versions of familiar standards set for big band plus vibraphone. Invited musical guest soloist Rich Greenblatt, jumped at the opportunity to revisit this influential repertoire. Special guest vocal soloist will be Jill Connolly. All proceeds from this concert will go directly into the VJC scholarship program to assure that access to jazz education is available to all.

Terry Gibbs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0-Cl5ZmW1o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya966GUZlWs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYT2wq67DTE

Jill Connolly:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jillconnolly

Rich Greenblatt:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10Er8nGxhDY

Date:
Friday, December 4th, 2015
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: Without Table: $25.00 - $45.00, with Reserved Table Seating: $30-$50 (limited availability)
Tickets:
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