Upcoming Concerts

Thursday, April 30th

VJC STUDENT JAZZ SHOW TO HIGHLIGHT INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

Vermont Jazz Center celebrates International Jazz Day 2015 with a concert featuring students from four of the VJC's student ensembles. On April 30th at 7:00 PM, at the Vermont Jazz Center you can listen to the Youth Jazz Ensemble, the Women's Jazz Harmony Ensemble, the Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Vermont Jazz Center Sextet. Each group will play a set that lasts approximately 30 minutes. The concert is free and open to the public. All donations will go directly to the VJC Scholarship Fund. This event will be a "snack potluck;" if you feel inclined, please bring an easy snack to share with your fellow jazz lovers.

PERFORMERS:
The Youth Jazz Ensemble features students of middle school age who are learning to improvise and interpret the jazz repertoire. They will perform tunes by Eddie Harris, Mark Levine, Sonny Rollins and Jimmy Heath. Each student will have an opportunity to improvise and demonstrate skills that they have learned. The Women's Jazz Harmony Ensemble, under the direction of Anna Patton will perform her tightly knit arrangements that blend close harmonies in the tradition of the Andrews Sisters and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. The Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform compositions and arrangements by directors, Julian Gerstin and Eugene Uman as well as Latin-Jazz favorites. This year's repertoire includes pieces influenced by the rhythms of Martinique, Cuba and Brazil. The Vermont Jazz Center Sextet is a performing group made up of VJC alumni and professionals led by board member Rob Freeberg. They perform complex , swinging music that is highly arranged and features improvised solos by all members.

The Vermont Jazz Center is happy to collaborate with the Thelonious Monk Institute and UNESCO to celebrate International Jazz Day. It's amazing to think that this concert will be part of a worldwide effort to promote the music of jazz and its power to bring people together in a creative, productive and joyful atmosphere. According to UNSECO Ambassador Herbie Hancock, "On International Jazz Day, jazz is celebrated, studied, and performed around the world for 24 hours straight. Collaborations abound among jazz icons, scholars, composers, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers who embrace the beauty, spirit, and principles of jazz, freely sharing experiences and performances in our big cities and in our small towns, all across our seven continents. I can't think of a better way to build peace and cultural understanding, the core principles of UNESCO."

Come enjoy an evening of jazz and excitement. Listen to youth, friends and family members navigate the rhythmical waters of jazz, swing and Latin jazz. Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 PM. Snacks are welcome.

Date:
Thursday, April 30th
Time:
7:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Free

Saturday, May 16th

Alicia Olatuja

Singer Alicia Olatuja wowed everyone at the 2013 presidential inauguration with her solo during the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir's performance of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." She's already earned raves from the New York Daily News and on the View, and with the Choir's album released on iTunes, and a single "In The Dark" released on March 5 from Alicia's own forthcoming CD, things are only looking up for her career.
 
Alicia Olatuja's reputation has been growing since her arrival in New York in 2005. The New York Times praised her performance with her husband, bassist Michael Olatuja, in their band The Olatuja Project, lauding her "strong, lustrous tone." The Olatuja Project, where Alicia sings in various African dialects such as Yoruba and Shona, recently released their debut album, the Promise.
 
Alicia has sung with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir since 2007, often performs as a soloist with the Juilliard Jazz ensemble, and has sung with various recording artists such as Christian McBride, Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans. She has recently released her solo debut album, titled Timeless, on which she is joined by such acclaimed jazz artists as 3-time Grammy©-Award winner McBride and husband Michael Olatuja (both on bass), Jon Cowherd and two-time Grammy ©-nominee Christian Sands (both on piano), Grégoire Maret on harmonica, Ulysses Owens, Jr., on drums and David Rosenthal on guitar.
 
Alicia Olatuja is also a voice teacher, a vocal producer, and teaching artist for the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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

Saturday, June 6th

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 music they play includes elements of jazz, rock and funk, and incorporates the rhythms of folkloric Colombian music such as pasillo, cumbia, curulao, puya and porro.

After the release of their second disk, "Six Elements," The Convergence Project is gearing up for the next phase of their development. The members are Michael Zsoldos (saxophones), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Sebastian Cruz (guitar), Uman (piano), Stomu Takeishi (bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums). Cellist Eugene Friesen appears whenever possible as guest artist.

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
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.

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