Past Concerts: 2018

January 13th, 2018

Wycliffe Gordon's International All Stars, January 13th, 2018

When we talk about the trombone in traditional and straight-ahead jazz, we talk about Wycliffe Gordon. The two are inseparable. Gordon's commitment to the music is demonstrated by the plethora of projects he is constantly working on; his latest album is a tribute to Louis Armstrong, and he has recently completed a series of workshops at colleges and festivals, a weeklong stint at the Blue Note with David Sanborn, and a tour to celebrate the centennial anniversaries of Ella, Monk, Mongo and Dizzy.  Also impressive is a recent performance and studio recording of Gordon's full-length soundtrack to a 1920 silent film by African-American director Oscar Micheaux. This landmark film deals directly with the Great Migration, racial relations, the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow.

The son of a piano-playing gospel preacher, Gordon came to prominence as an original member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and has been connected with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since 1989. He has 20 albums out as a leader and has appeared as a sideman in over 300 recordings including projects with Wynton Marsalis, Winard Harper, Anat Cohen, Sherman Irby, Roswell Rudd, the Herbie Nichols Project, Marcus Roberts, Jimmy Owens, Natalie Merchant, Paul Simon and many others.

Downbeat Critic's Poll winner, "Best Trombone:" 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Jazz Journalist's Association, "Trombonist of the Year:" 9 years running


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQRk7r6zubA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9omyVxmXx8Y
https://vimeo.com/150682271
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWqMhXbW-B8

Date:
January 13th, 2018
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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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.

February 17th, 2018

Marquis Hill Blacktet, February 17th, 2018

Thelonious Monk Award Winner and trumpeter Marquis Hill crafts sound to fit his own personal vision of what he wants to hear. Hill's band is the Blacktet: a loyal, working ensemble that gives him the opportunity to write for the precise tone quality produced by each member while simultaneously sculpting a group sound. To Hill, the most important element of this band is its groove: The Blacktet swings super-hard and its grooves use elements of hip hop, hard bop and swing. The ensemble's touch is light and its use of dynamics and space makes the music very easy to listen to. An example of Hill's attention to the nuance of sound is his choice to use a vibraphone rather than a piano as the chordal instrument. He says he "wanted the music to be nice and open and free... and the vibraphone really adds that openness, a dryer sound that doesn't take up as much space." Hill's band presents the new Chicago sound but, even more, he has created something unique, compelling and very fresh. The Blacktet gives us a new paradigm of jazz that will take us into the future.

"A dauntingly skilled trumpeter" -- New York Times

http://www.npr.org/event/music/454861342/the-making-of-marquis-hill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhj-wXJni1A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1mRXtY41M4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu7wVQsO7_M

Date:
February 17th, 2018
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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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.

March 10th, 2018

Jazzmeia Horn, March 10th, 2018

Emerging Artist Series

"My name is Jazzmeia Horn and that is not a mistake," says Horn. "God does not make mistakes." This powerful statement is backed up by the truth: Jazzmeia Horn is the winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Contest and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition. She is a natural who grew up in a family passionately rooted in gospel music; her grandmother, a jazz-loving pianist, gave Horn her name. "I guess she knew I was going to be a musical child" claims Jazzmeia. Time proved her Grandma right - Jazzmeia's innate musicality and hard work have earned her numerous awards along with the opportunity to perform as a side-woman with legendary musicians like Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, Ellis Marsalis and many others. Since moving from her native Dallas to attend the New School, Horn has fully embraced and become a symbol of the New York jazz scene. After graduating in 2009, New York became Jazzmeia's home base for traveling the world. Just the last 3 months of 2017 took her from Brooklyn to Bogota, South Korea, China, London, San Diego and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Her evolution from New York musician to festival-hopping jazz star happened quickly and is reflected by the success of her debut album, A Social Call, which quickly surged to Billboard's Top 10 Jazz Albums upon its release. This emerging artist is traveling on a rocket!

"Great story-telling and inspired message-giving, fluid vocals and scat-singing and spirited group performances--A Social Call features all one would hope to hear from a veteran vocalist of longstanding reputation. As such, the album serves as a clarion call, proudly announcing the arrival of a young, confident musical talent with a long history ahead of her, blessed with a name that carries its own destiny" - Ashley Kahn, jazz author


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX_S9MfbxnA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5r53QWySko
http://mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com/p/a-social-call/video.html

Date:
March 10th, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
Tickets:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
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.

March 24th, 2018

Donny McCaslin Quartet featuring Jason Lindner, March 24th, 2018

Donny McCaslin (tenor saxophone), Jason Lindner (keyboards and piano)
Bass and drums TBA

McCaslin and Lindner have been cultivating a sturdy side-plot in the garden of jazz for years. Both musicians have solid roots in the language. They each have earned jazz cred many times over, playing standards and more familiar fare (Lindner was house pianist at Smalls during the mid-90s and McCaslin replaced Michael Brecker in Steps Ahead). But like Miles Davis, neither McCaslin nor Lindner is content to reiterate their past accomplishments. Listeners discover a forward-seeking restlessness permeating their music; non-stop surprises and unexplored textural landscapes emerge from their continual quest to provide soundscapes for the future. A lot of this has to do with the use of retro-analog sounds emitting from Lindner's arsenal of keyboards, but it is also because the band shares a penchant for rhythmically complex, hard-driving melodies that unfold into cathartic climaxes. David Bowie heard the quartet during their residency at the 55 Bar in lower Manhattan (along with electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Guiliana) and decided to use them as the core of his ensemble for his final record Blackstar. Thanks to their glorious collaboration with Bowie on his swansong, this band has been propelled into the public eye and supported by those enamored with their indefinable sound.

"The group has a bedrock relationship with groove, but also a genius for permutation" -- Nate Chinen, New York Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIbFjfH0erI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QPTosXHYk8
https://www.facebook.com/nowvsnow/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j-T_1x8_eA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrUu418i8MQ

Date:
March 24th, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00 Student Tickets $15 with valid ID.
Tickets:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
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.

April 13 to 15, 2018

Solo Jazz Piano Festival, April 13 to 15, 2018

Solo Jazz Piano Festival 2018

Designed to appeal to lovers of jazz piano of all ages as well as professional and amateur musicians of all instruments

The 2nd Annual VJC Solo Jazz Piano Fest is a celebration of the "orchestra of all instruments," an instrument that was critical to the establishment of jazz as an art form, an instrument that has influenced jazz's development at every harmonic turn. If you love ragtime, boogie woogie, stride, swing, the Great American Songbook, bebop, free jazz or complex harmonic progressions, solo jazz piano provides a fascinating and authentic lens through which to listen to all of these styles.

In 2017, the VJC presented its first annual festival to honor solo jazz piano. It was inspired by the donation of a world-class quality Steinway Concert Grand piano to the Vermont Jazz Center. Gifted by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust and fully rebuilt by technician William Ballard, this piano was initially owned by the concert pianist and virtuoso Lorin Hollander.

In 2018, the VJC will add several new dimensions to the festival. First, we will be collaborating with the Brattleboro Music Center to make use of their newly built, acoustically designed concert hall which houses their noble Hamburg Steinway Grand. The VJC will move its Steinway D to the BMC's venue so that these two 9' pianos can be nested. This will give performers the opportunity to explore two-piano pieces in addition to their solo offerings. Two of this year's artists, Kirk Lightsey and Harold Danko, recorded a jazz duo piano LP in 1983 that featured the compositions of Wayne Shorter. They will be presenting material from this album in their concert on April 13th. The second new development is the expansion of the program to include activities on Sunday that emphasize interactive educational options.

Participating Performers at the VJC's 2nd Annual Solo Jazz Piano Festival include:

Headliners:
Kirk Lightsey, Harold Danko, Helen Sung, Christian Sands and David Berkman

Regional Artists:
Joe Davidian, Franz W. Robert

The VJC's first annual festival in April of 2017 was headlined by Stanley Cowell, Amina Figarova, Yoko Miwa, Miro Sprague and Luis Perdomo. Here's what attendee, Steve Merriman wrote about his experience:

"The combination of masterclasses and formal performance was a truly wonderful way to organize this event. The opportunity to discover a community of kinship established through a shared love of the solo piano genre and demonstrations of that genre by a fabulous array of superlative players channeling their gifts through an extraordinary instrument make for a weekend of true piano jazz bliss."


TICKET INFORMATION:


  • Full Fest Package: $120

  • Saturday Day Time Activities Only: $80

  • Friday Feature Evening Concert: $20

  • Saturday Feature Evening Concert: $20

  • Sunday Feature Afternoon Concert: $10

The 2018 Festival willl include an enhanced educational program -

Schedule

Friday, April 13th- AT BRATTLEBORO MUSIC CENTER

8:00 PM Feature Concert: Kirk Lightsey and Harold Danko: Solo and Duo performances

Saturday, April 14th- AT BRATTLEBORO MUSIC CENTER

10:00 AM Harold Danko Q and A about Duo Performing

11:00 AM Joe Davidian, Performance

12:00 PM Harold Danko, Masterclass

1:00 PM Lunch break

2:00 PM Helen Sung, Masterclass

3:00 PM Headliners, Panel w/ juried questions

4:00 PM Franz W. Robert, Performance

5:00 PM Kirk Lightsey, Masterclass

6:00 PM Dinner break

8:00 PM Feature Concert: Helen Sung and Christian Sands

Sunday, April 15th- AT VERMONT JAZZ CENTER

10:00 AM Christian Sands, Masterclass

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
PIANO STUDENT FORUM with David Berkman and Christian Sands

2:00 - 3:30 David Berkman, Masterclass on Jazz Harmony + Reharmonization

4:00 Featured Concert David Berkman

This event was made possible by the generous co-sponsorship of A Friend of the VJC Summer Workshop.

Date:
April 13 to 15, 2018
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
TBA
Tickets:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
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.

The VJC is not responsible for changes in Musician's schedules. Please keep an eye on this website for up-to-date info on concerts

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