Announcing this Season's Concerts:

The VJC is excited about this year's offerings; please join us at each one to experience the rich array of different styles. Our aim in concert programing is to present music that is of high quality; music that is fresh and vibrant, stimulating yet accessible.
  • Sept. 20, 2014 - T.S. Monk Sextet
  • Oct. 18th, 2014 - Dafnis Prieto's Si o Si Quartet
  • Nov. 1st, 2014 - Jeff Coffin Mu' tet
  • Nov. 15th, 2014 - Emerging Artist Series: Sarah Elizabeth Charles Quartet and Integriti Reeves
  • Dec. 5th, 2014 - Big Band Gala - VJC Big Band
  • Jan. 17th, 2015 - Clarence Penn Quartet
  • Feb. 14th, 2015 - Julian Lage Trio
  • March 14th, 2015 - Bill Charlap Trio
  • March 28th, 2015 - Emerging Artist Series: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio
  • April 18th, 2015 - Holophonor Sextet feat. Miro Sprague
  • May 16th, 2015 - Alicia Olatuja
  • June 6th, 2015 - Eugene Uman's Convergence Project
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VJC STUDENT JAZZ SHOW TO HIGHLIGHT INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

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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.

Register Now for VJC's Summer Jazz Workshop - August 9th to August 15th, 2015

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Faculty notes:
This summer the Vermont Jazz Center welcomes trumpeter, Ingrid Jensen

Thumbnail image for tpt.jpgThe VJC is proud and delighted that the following faculty members will be returning:
Clarence Penn, Claire Arenius (drums), Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton (vocals), Freddie Bryant (guitar), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Scott Mullett (saxophone), bassists Cameron Brown, Marcus McLaurine, George Kaye and Dave Picchi, pianists Harvey Diamond, Ray Gallon, Eugene Uman and percussionist, Julian Gerstin.

Course Description: Vocal and Instrumental Music Tracks

Classes include 5 levels of Theory:

  • fundamental music skills
  • applied theory for vocalists
  • applied harmony and chord scales
  • advanced harmonic concepts
  • advanced rhythm theory

Master-classes

  • vocal, brass, saxophone, guitar, piano, bass, drums

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Faculty-coached ensembles
Jam Sessions (including one tailored for singers)
Special topics
Faculty and student concerts
Small class size, great facilities, lots of tuned acoustic pianos

Gorgeous, bucolic setting atop a Vermont hill farm.
Fabulous food.
Register now, limited numbers accepted.

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"This annual camp is the richest and most rewarding musical experiences in my life. Whatever your goal, it can get a head-start to being fulfilled at this summer camp. We have world-class jazz musicians...They are relaxed, encouraging, and fun to be with/jam with til all hours...Plus you can't beat the setting, the amazing food, the camaraderie and support. This camp feeds my whole body and I will be back every year."
-- Ann Marie McIntire (piano student)

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.

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Upcoming Concerts
VJC STUDENT JAZZ SHOW TO HIGHLIGHT INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY
Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 PM
Alicia Olatuja
Saturday, May 16th, 8:00 PM
Eugene Uman's Convergence Project
Saturday, June 6th, 8:00 PM
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