Upcoming Concerts: 2017

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:
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

December 1st, 2017

VJC Big Band, December 1st, 2017

16 piece big band under the direction of Rob Freeberg
Guest artists: Kevin Mahogany on vocals and Dave Stryker on guitar.

This year the VJC annual big band dance concert reaches for the stars! The revenue from this annual gala serves as the primary source of funding to assist scholarship students attending VJC's educational programs. The VJC offers an average of $17,000 in scholarships each year to help students attend ensembles, private lessons and our annual summer jazz workshop. The big band gala is always a favorite for dancers and listeners alike. There is nothing like the energy created by a 16 piece big band--especially when fronted by two extraordinary guest artists! Kevin Mahogany's voice is reminiscent of Johnny Hartman's: sultry, big and beautiful. Originally from Kansas City, he has internalized that city's historic connection to swing and blues; in fact he played a character based on the legendary jazz great Big Joe Turner in Robert Altman's film Kansas City. Complementing Mahogany's blues aesthetic is guitarist Dave Stryker who traveled the US for two years with Brother Jack McDuff (organist) and then was with Stanley Turrentine for over a decade. Mahogany and Stryker have performed and recorded together on numerous occasions. We are in for a major treat to hear them perform with the VJC's big band under the direction of Rob Freeberg.

"Kevin Mahogany is unquestionably one of today's most exciting and musically adept jazz vocalists." -- Billboard Magazine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0cts5zqX3E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7WvCHGOfT8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px8UgKUS4bI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBKBJBVtenQ

Date:
December 1st, 2017
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Tickets WITH Table Seating: $30-$50 sliding scale; Tickets WITHOUT Table Seating: $25-$45 sliding scale
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.
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