- Educational Program: August 9th to August 15th, Putney School, Putney, VT
- Faculty Concert: Thursday, August 13th at 8:00 PM, Michaels S. Currier Center, Putney School
- Student Concert: Friday, August 14th, Michaels S. Currier Center, Putney School - Set I at 3:30PM, Set II at 8:00 PM
The Vermont Jazz Center is preparing for its 40th iteration of the summer jazz workshop. The week-long program takes place on the beautiful campus of the Putney School in Putney, Vermont. This workshop encourages intermediate to professional level students from down the street and around the world; while in Vermont they polish their improvisational and musicianship skills while enjoying a hiatus in a beautiful, bucolic setting. The workshop began in 1974 when famed Hungarian guitarist, Attila Zoller formed the Attila Zoller Guitar Clinics. These informal programs were fundamental in the development of young musicians like Peter Bernstein and Helmut Kagerer andmany others who would come to Zoller's rustic home in Newfane and study with him and other masters. The program attained non-profit status in 1987 when Zoller took on a board of directors, registered with the state and conscripted friends like Joy Wallins, Howard Brofsky and Gene Rush to help with the curriculum and organization. To this day, the VJC honors Zoller's immense spirit and attention to quality.
The Vermont Jazz Center is an internationally recognized institution that provides jazz education, programming and outreach. Currently in its 40th year, it was founded in 1974 by the legendary guitarist, Attila Zoller and is now run by pianist, Eugene Uman.
The VJC features a summer jazz workshop, a monthly concert series, Wednesday night jam sessions, and frequent collaborations with area schools, arts organizations and businesses.
Mission: The Vermont Jazz Center is dedicated to creating and preserving jazz through the presentation of workshops, concerts, and instruction to a broad constituency of artists, students, and the general public.