Past Concerts: 2017

Saturday, January 14th

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Presents Stretch Music

In New York's Village Voice, critic Aiden Levy summarizes Christian Scott's chameleon-like ability to represent his generation: "Scott jumps across a range of styles and sounds, channeling everything from hip-hop to On the Corner-style funk and African rhythms. His most recent album Christian aTunde Adjuah represents a step towards artistic self-creation that firmly establishes him as one of the new young lions of jazz." Like Chico Freeman and Adam O'Farrill, Christian Scott is another scion of a jazz family - his uncle is jazz master and Big Chief of the Congo Nation Donald Harrison with whom he apprenticed as a youth growing up in New Orleans. Under Harrison's mentorship, Scott learned the necessary skills to master his horn and the jazz language, but he also learned how to groove, how to shape a solo, how to arrange, how to develop one's own voice and how to move an audience. Scott refined his skills earning two degrees in two years at Berklee School of Music which he attended on a full scholarship. He has since moved on to become one of the most in-demand producers and performers in the business and is recognized for his flawless aesthetic choices and ability to seamlessly flow between jazz-related genres. His second recording as a leader earned him a Grammy nomination. Part of Scott's allure is the strength of his message: He uses music as a powerful medium to express his feelings regarding current and historical events. His compositions give voice to the disinfranchised by bravely taking on topics such as abortion, prison reform, police brutality and gay marriage all within the context of viscerally moving, compelling, melodically driven, high quality music.

Date:
Saturday, January 14th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, February 11th

Christian Sands Trio

Christian Sands epitomizes the phrase "rising star." Mentored by Dr. Billy Taylor, influenced by Barry Harris, Hank Jones and Oscar Peterson. He was then later pushed by Christian McBride, Steve Wilson and Bobby Sanabria, Sands is now everyone's go-to pianist in New York where he can be found performing and recording with Alicia Olatuja, Ben Williams, Stefon Harris, Warren Wolf, Jaleel Shaw, the Mack Avenue Super Band, Etienne Charles and many others. He is comfortable playing old-school stride piano like Fats Waller, stretching out in a post-bop setting like McCoy Tyner or re-arranging a hip hop anthem by Drake. His big break was being asked to play with Christian McBride's group at the Jazz Standard without a rehearsal. Several years later, Sands effortlessly navigates the piano chair in McBride's trio - his accompaniment (and burning solo) on the up-tempo tune, Cherokee from Live at the Vanguard, was a crucial part of the package that earned McBride a 2016 Grammy for "Best Improvised Jazz Solo." Sands is now riding the wave of his vast accomplishments after having been signed by Mack Avenue Jazz and focusing more on his own trio and quartet performances. He will appear at the Vermont Jazz Center with his working trio.

Date:
Saturday, February 11th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, March 18th

Sheila Jordan, Alan Broadbent and Harvie S

Words cannot describe the impact NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan has had on generations of musicians who have been influenced by her singing, sense of time and commitment to keeping the living history of bebop vibrant. A consumate teacher who seems to fall in love with all her students (and visa versa), Jordan is indeed the "keeper of the bebop flame." She transmits her passion for bebop by introducing the complex melodies of Charlie Parker to anyone who will listen and infusing the music with the intimacy of someone who lived through the era and knew all the musicians involved in its creation. In her concerts Sheila encourages listeners to hear bebop's essence rather than its analytical derivative.

Alan Broadbent is one of Sheila's favorite pianists. He is a sensitive accompanist and brilliant arranger. Together they have worked on numerous projects including her highly regarded Heart Songs, a jazz trio plus string quartet album with arrangements by Broadbent that "realize a lifelong dream" of Jordan's to record with string quartet.

Part of the impetus of scheduling this concert is the release of a 1991 recording of a newly discovered live performance by Sheila Jordan, Alan Broadbent and Harvie S from Kimball's East in Oakland California. The CD, released in 2016, is called Better than Anything and has already received numerous accolades. What better way to celebrate this release than with a concert with the exact same musicians 25 years later!

Date:
Saturday, March 18th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Friday and Saturday, April 7-8th

Solo Piano Fest April 7-8, 2017

Summary:
On April 7 and 8, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a day and a half-long festival including eight concerts and five master-classes featuring solo jazz piano. This festival is a celebration of the Steinway D, nine-foot concert grand piano gifted to the VJC by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust and rebuilt by piano technician Bill Ballard. VJC's Solo Jazz Piano Fest is sponsored by a generous grant from the Thompson Trust.

Now that the VJC is home to a top-level instrument, it is the only venue in New England that supports a festival devoted exclusively to the art of solo jazz piano performance. Pianists presenting concerts and master-classes in this festival include world renowned players Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Amina Figarova, Miro Sprague and Yoko Miwa as well as local performers Franz Robert, Alki Steriopoulos and VJC director Eugene Uman.

Date:
Friday and Saturday, April 7-8th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Friday Concert Only: $20. Saturday Concert Only: $20. Total Fest Package: $80 (includes 5 master classes and 8 performances)
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Saturday, April 29th

Adam O'Farrill Quartet - Emerging Artist Series

Adam O'Farrill is a force of nature, a brilliant trumpeter who took 3rd place in the Thelonious Monk Competition and is the recipient of two ASCAP awards. His approach combines the bluster of his age (he'll be 22 years old at the time of this concert) with the finesse of a master and the wisdom of being surrounded by music 24/7. O'Farrill was raised in a family where music was inescapable. His father is Grammy award winning pianist/composer/arranger Arturo O'Farrill, his mother is classical pianist Alison Deane, his older brother is an in-demand NYC drummer and his grandfather was the legendary Chico O'Farrill who composed and arranged for Benny Goodman, Machito, Stan Kenton and Dizzy Gillespie. Adam's talent and abilities combined with his strong character and his father's continuous message to stay true to his vision have served him well. He is a focused, creative musician who has surrounded himself with other brilliant, like-minded individuals and has thus created a new paradigm, a new music, and a unique composing style that is musically engaging, energetic, surprising and humorous. The piano-less quartet O'Farrill will present at the Jazz Center includes his brother Zack on drums along with saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and bassist Walter Stinson. Their new album Stranger Days has received positive reviews from the New York Times, New York City Jazz Record and All Music Guide to Jazz.

Date:
Saturday, April 29th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, May 6th

Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs is one of the leading pianists, composers and arrangers of our time. Thus far in his career he has earned thirteen Grammy nominations and four Grammy awards. He is also the recipient of Chamber Music America's Composer's Grant, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a music award from the American Academy of Arts as well as 17 classical music commissions. He has recorded and performed with numerous luminaries including J.J. Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Renee Fleming, Yo Yo Ma, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Ron Carter and many others too plentiful to mention. His most recent recording, Map to the Treasure, Reimagining Laura Nyro received two Grammy Awards and featured such artists as Sting and Diane Reeves. Jazz Critic Don Heckman writes: "Words fail in an effort to describe the complexities and the subtleties of Childs's musical imagination which is far-reaching...Childs' works do not simply place genres side by side. Instead they find a common, creative ground reminiscent of Rumi's 'community of spirit.'" He will be performing with his working quartet; most likely the group will include Steve Wilson (saxophone), Hans Glawischnig (bass) and Ari Hoenig (drums).

Date:
Saturday, May 6th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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Saturday, June 10th

Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

"I always love listening to Eugene's compositions; they make so much musical sense and bring you on a journey with a very healing, uplifting feel." - Jerry Bergonzi

After spending several years in Colombia, South America, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo with jazz harmonies. Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms. Uman continues to visit Latin America; his relationship to Colombia, its people, highly developed art and music will never be shaken. Still, his focus (and the repertoire of the Convergence Project) has morphed into a personalized amalgam of jazz-influenced styles. It continues to reference Colombian rhythms but has evolved to give a greater voice to Uman's love of vocal jazz, bebop, rock, gospel and funk roots. He states: "The music that I compose is a reflection of my accumulated experiences. It is affected by what I am currently paying attention to but is also strongly influenced by the listening and performing experiences of my formative years in rock, jazz, classical contexts." Each member of the Convergence Project brings their own highly developed personal approaches to Uman's music, uplifting it with original lines, hard driving grooves, attention to dynamics, acute listening skills and a group commitment to giving the music shape and substance.

Date:
Saturday, June 10th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
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September 15th, 2017

The Cookers, September 15th, 2017

David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, trumpets; Billy Harper, tenor saxophone; Donald Harrison, alto saxophone; George Cables, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Billy Hart, drums

Downbeat Magazine sums up the essence of the Cookers in one easy phrase: "Some of the best composers, arrangers and musicians we have in jazz, and they're working together in one of the most exciting super-groups we've seen in a long, long time." It is hard not to go overboard praising this band - they are simply some of the best musicians in the business playing beautifully crafted, compelling arrangements. Each of the seven individuals provides a unique sound and crafts meaningful, improvised solos. Still, the ensemble work boasts a tight, unified blend with spot-on harmonized lines that project over one of the most experienced and responsive rhythm sections on the planet. Their repertoire is based primarily on original compositions of the band members and calls to mind the hard-bop era of the late 1950s and 60s: burning but with lots of soul.

"Sometimes the word 'super-group' is just unavoidable...[The Cookers are] an ebullient ensemble composed of supreme veterans, each who is a leader in his own right...at the pinnacle of his technical prowess." -- Jazzwise Magazine (London)

Behind the scenes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn01L73UfAc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fY7lRJ6h6g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CghKMuU0hTU
Live at Lincoln Center:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pohNagO_jQ


Date:
September 15th, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00, Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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October 14th, 2017

Tom Harrell Quartet, October 14th, 2017

Tom Harrell, trumpet; Danny Grissett, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Joe Dyson, drums

Tom Harrell is one of the most prolific trumpeters in jazz. His career spans more than 40 years and he has appeared on over 260 albums with artists such as Charles McPherson and Horace Silver. Harrell is also one of the most important forces for positivity in jazz and he surrounds himself with loyal friends who share his vision that music is a vehicle for healing, unity and peace. He also is perpetually creative; he composes as part of his daily routine, writing for numerous projects that reflect his desire to create using a broad range of pallets. Drummer and collaborator Johnathan Blake stated "one of the things that my time with Tom has taught me is [the importance of] living in the moment and letting the music play you, as opposed to forcing the music."

Tom Harrell twice earned trumpeter of the year in Down Beat Magazine. He has released 27 albums as a leader and has appeared as a sideman with important figures in jazz history including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones, Jim Hall, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano. His performance with pianist Bill Evans (on Evans' last commercial recording) earned the ensemble a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Jazz Performance" in 1981. He will be performing at the Vermont Jazz Center with his working quartet promoting their new recording called Moving Pictures.

"...one of the best composers, improvisers and bandleaders in jazz since the late '80s" -- Ben Ratliff, New York Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhhON0FiMiU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27V8ylNNKSo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YysHjtW-fog&list=RDYysHjtW-fog#t=49
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOic8qfJhUg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SZnhe4q5l4

Date:
October 14th, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
Tickets:
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November 4th, 2017

Camille Thurman + the Darrell Green Trio, November 4th, 2017

Emerging Artist Series
Camille Thurman, saxophone and voice, Darrell Green, drums; bass and piano TBA

"Emerging" doesn't quite describe the artistry of Camille Thurman. Her journey to manifest her own dream appears to have occurred very quickly. Like a butterfly from the cocoon, Thurman seems to have skipped the awkward phase of adolescence. Through talent, grit, discipline and serious study she has proven herself to be a mature player, confidently living the music. Camille has three albums out under her own name and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Dianne Reeves, Russell Malone, George Benson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Alicia Keys, India Arie, Ciara, Missy Elliot and many others. Ms. Thurman has performed in the 2009 Women in Jazz Festival, the 2010 Ashdod Israel Festival, the Blue Note, Kitano, Iridium, the Jazz Standard, NJPAC and many others. She is a two-time award winning recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award and is a Fulbright Scholar. Thurman's compositions were featured in the ASCAP/ Kennedy Center "Songwriters: The Next Generation" showcase; she has also appeared on BET's Black Girls Rock.

"A first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place..." -- All About Jazz

"I'm scared of this lady's scatting!" -- Al Jarreau

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZQWbJZiUO0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSVeKVIeGhk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqexu3AtcOg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAI0ShdF2Yg


Date:
November 4th, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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November 18th, 2017

Elio Villafranca's Jass Syncopators, November 18th, 2017

Emerging Artist Series
Villafranca, a virtuoso on the piano, is a gifted musician who is able to deftly morph the compelling rhythms of his native Cuba by fusing them with the instrumentation, technique, and theory inherent in jazz and classical music. The concept of his group, The Jass Syncopators, is to re-imagine the effect of Cuban and African contributions on the evolution of jazz in New Orleans. It ties together the rhythms of Congo Square, where slaves of African descent danced and performed on makeshift percussion instruments, with Jelly Roll Morton's famous 1938 quote "if you can't put tinges of Spanish into your tunes you will never be able to get the right seasoning...for jazz." Morton was referring to the direct influence of Cuban culture and music on the emergence of jazz in the beginning of the 20th century. Villafranca's project puts an authentic spin on this project. He was a double major in both percussion and piano performance in Cuba's esteemed Escuela Nacional de Arte. He is also a professor at the Julliard School of Music in New York and has worked as a sideman for Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Henderson, Miguel Zenón, Cándido Camero and Johnny Pacheco among others.

"An inspired and visionary musician" -- Wynton Marsalis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz86Bed8ki0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyILzPxkPvU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVAxGy6dSQE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnsjKkFxdQQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVAxGy6dSQE&t=63s

Date:
November 18th, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
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