40th Annual Summer Jazz Workshops, August 9th -15th
Now Accepting Registrations

Each year, the VJC hosts about 40 instrumental and 20 vocal participants from around the world for a challenging, invigorating weeklong summer workshop. The program is set up so that participants can focus intensively on the music: learning opportunities include classes in theory, composition and arranging, vocal studies, ensembles, listening, master-classes and jam sessions.

The VJC summer workshop provides participants the opportunity to study in small groups with world-class faculty. Students and faculty live, study, and eat on the same campus, so there is plenty of time for interaction and personal attention. A warmth pervades the experience for all, and there is a strong feeling of community.

The atmosphere is exciting and the quality of instruction is unparalleled. Former faculty members include Sheila Jordan, Jimmie Heath, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Jimmie Cobb and many other jazz masters.

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Franz Robert Trio to perform concert to help raise funds for his attendance at Manhattan School of Music

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Friday, July 24th at 6:00 PM Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro, VT

If anyone understands the art of the Jazz Piano Trio, it is 17-year-old pianist Franz Robert. He has been transcribing (listening to and learning improvised solos note for note) the piano masters in order to understand how they work their magic. From the creators of the "modern jazz style," like McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul to the "bebop masters" like Bud Powell and Barry Harris, even back to the pianists who came up through the stride tradition, like Monk, Ellington and Teddy Wilson, Franz has studied them all and absorbed their idiosyncratic vocabularies to create his own unique style.

Music is inseparable from Franz's persona, but what is truly remarkable is his commitment to learning, listening and getting to the heart of the musical essence and then conveying that distilled message to others using the piano as his means of expression. Franz Robert has worked hard to develop his astounding technique, yet he understands that virtuosity is only one of many tools that serve his ability to communicate through music. Ultimately, he presents a profound understanding of what is beautiful and shares this revelation with his audience using his almost mystical relationship with sound.

Franz will be performing with other young musicians that share his passion including bassist Gus Kohlin and drummer Benny Woodard. He has worked with this trio for a long time, so they share a special vocabulary and have the capacity to communicate telepathically at times.

This is a concert not to be missed. It is also an opportunity for us all to contribute to a most worthy cause: Franz Robert's Educational Fund. The performance will take place at the Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro on Friday, July 24th at 6:00 PM. This concert is free and open to the public; 100% of the donations will go towards helping pay for Franz Robert's attendance at the Manhattan School of music this fall and are strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Copeland at maryellen@svcable.net or 802 - 257 - 0012.

Artistic Director, Eugene Uman to be interviewed by Radio Personality/Musician/Activist Steve West at BMAC on Monday, June 1st Organized by Brattleboro-West Arts and the Arts Council of Windham County

Where do creative ideas come from? What inspires? How does one go from the first germ of an idea to a finished composition? Do artists, in their awareness of the creative process, have something to offer others as they create their careers and lives?

In the next public forum in the local Making it in the Arts series, musician Eugene Uman will offer his perspective on these questions at 7:30 p.m. June 1 at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Using specific musical ideas and pieces, he will explore the process of artistic creation and its relevance to all of us, whether we consider ourselves artists or not.

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
40th Annual Summer Workshop Faculty Concert
Thursday August 13, 8:00 PM
40th Annual Summer Workshop Student Concert
Friday August 14th, Set 1; 3:30-5:30 pm, Set 2; 8-10 pm
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