The Vermont Jazz Center is an internationally recognized institution that provides jazz education, programming and outreach. Currently in its 37th year, it was founded 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.
Winter/Spring Classes are already starting here at the VJC! The Youth Jazz Ensemble (see below) is already in gear, but will accept additions on a rolling basis. Our official semester will begin on the week of FEBRUARY 17th.
Perhaps you're interested in learning how to play congas - then our Latin Rhythms class with Cuban percussionist William Rodriguez is an ideal opportunity. Guitarists will find expanded opportunities to study with Draa Hobbs in his Guitar Workshop! Our Youth Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jim Kurty offers young people (some who are new to improvising) a supportive environment to wail over jazz arrangements designed especially for them (notice a later starting date to accommodate the youth sports program). For a complete list of course offerings, go to our website and click on "year 'round educational programs." Feel free to contact Artistic Director, Eugene Uman with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.Accepting students in the following classes/ensembles:
- Monday 3:30 - 4:45 Youth Jazz (Jim Kurty)
- Monday 5:30 - 7:00 Jazz Choir (Tony Lechner)*
- Monday 7:30 - 9:00 Rock Choir (Tony Lechner)*
- Tuesday 4:00 - 5:30 Afro-Cuban + Caribbean Percussion (William Rodriguez)
- Tuesday 7:30 - 9:00 Jazz Ensemble (Draa Hobbs)
- Wednesday 4:15 - 5:45 Latin Jazz Ensemble (Julian Gerstin and Eugene Uman)
- Thursday 6:00 - 7:30 Saxophone Master Class (Larry Tutt)
- Sunday 2:00 - 3:30 Guitar Ensemble (Draa Hobbs)
Snarky Puppy isn't just a band, it's a phenomenon. a manifestation of youthful energy combining modern technology and old-school musicianship with clever writing and a huge, young fan base. Snarky Puppy are essentially a jazz-oriented, funk band who layer burning soloists over compositions that employ a broad range of dynamics and textural shifts. They have toured the world, selling out houses at jazz festivals in Japan, London, Germany, Paris, Australia and hundreds of venues throughout the United States. Their drummer and keyboard player have both won Grammy Awards: Robert "Sput" Searight (drums with God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin (keys with Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu). They are led by bassist/composer Michael League who was written up in the 2010 book called "The New Face of Jazz" by Cicily Janus.
This is a band that makes it virtually impossible to assign a generic label to represent all that it is. Call them instrumental, refer to their sound as progressive, but don't forget to include "pure genius" in your description of the band.
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