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Anna Patton's Soubrette Jazz Choir and songwriter Ben Patton, May 23

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Tuesday, May 23, 7:30pm
Suggested Donation $10
for more info, contact Anna Patton

Siblings Ben and Anna Patton grew up singing harmonies with their parents, grandparents, friends, aunts, and uncles. Jazz, Mo'town, Beatles, Folk, Barbershop, and Mozart were all parts of their landscape, and they have both gone on to become creative and musically-obsessed adults. These days, Ben Patton is a recording artist and singer songwriter based in Burlington VT. Since 2004, Ben has written and produced seven solo albums of his own quirky retro-pop, five albums in the rock duo Muller and Patton and dozens of songs for other artists. Ben will give an intimate performance, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar with vocal harmony from his mother, Deb Patton, and special guests. The show will favor the jazzy, whimsical, sometimes poignant side of his diverse body of work.

VJC End of Semester Ensemble Concert to take place on Thursday, May 11th

The Vermont Jazz Center will present its end of the semester ensemble concert on May 11th at 7:00 PM. Six groups will perform a variety of styles, each in a 20-minute set. Admission is $5 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The VJC is located in the Cotton Mill Hill; enter the larger of the two buildings by the south (right hand) entrance (above the door is a sign that says "Main Entrance") and follow the signs to the second floor concert hall.

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Here is a list of the groups that will be performing and the approximate times of their sets:

7:00 The Blue Note Ensemble will perform compositions that were released by the legendary Blue Note record label during the classic, hard-bop jazz era (during the 1950s and 60's). Examples could include themes penned and performed by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and others.

7:20 The Soubrette Jazz Choir (formerly known as The Vermont Jazz Center's Vocal Jazz Ensemble) is a group of women from the Brattleboro area. A Soubrette is an opera or musical theater term for the non-leading lady - usually more worldly, instrumental in the plot intrigue, and funnier than the lead. We tend to sing these kinds of songs. We meet weekly in spring and fall sessions to work up a set of intricate close harmony arrangements in three-, four- and five part harmonies. This spring's program features songs by Dan Hicks, Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen, Ben Patton, and more!

7:40 The VJC Youth Jazz Ensemble is comprised of middle-school-aged youth led by Eugene Uman with a guest drummer. They will be performing (by memory) compositions by Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island, Lady Bird (Tadd Dameron), and Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham). These young people are fearless improvisers. During the semester they have been developing their ears and knowledge of chords and scales and applying these skillsets to improvising over the chords and melodies of their repertoire.

8:00 Latin Jazz Ensemble
- This large (10-piece) ensemble will be performing compositions whose rhythms are based on the grooves from South American and the Caribbean. They will be playing "Una Mas" (Kenny Dorham), "Baiao" (Eugene Uman), "Mine, Yours" (Judith Williams), "Woody n' You" (Dizzy Gillespie) and "Rhymes with Chicken" (Julian Gerstin).

8:20 Afro-Caribbean Percussion Ensemble - The students in this group are learning some of the immense variety and richness of African-based drumming in the Caribbean. We'll play three pieces from the folkloric repertoire of Cuba: rumba guaguancó, a flirtatious couple dance; bembe, music for the Afrocuban oricha deities; and rumba columbia, a virtuostic, competitive solo dance.

8:40 VJC Sextet - The VJC's flagship band is comprised of area professionals who have been rehearsing together for four years. Their repertoire gives members an opportunity to compose, arrange and perform complex three-horn arrangements. Their varied set features an original tune by Jay Elfenbein, an arrangement of Victor Feldman's "Secret of the Andes" by Bill Ballard, Jim Rotundi's "Too Soon to Tell," and Rob Freeberg's arrangement of "Jeannine" by composer/pianist Duke Pearson.

No reservations are required. Please come and enjoy an evening filled with a variety of jazz styles played by your friends, family and neighbors. The VJC looks forward to your presence at this special evening, Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Thank you for your generosity!

Dear Jazz Community,

Here at the VJC we are experiencing the power of the arts firsthand. Just the day after the elections, we gathered in rehearsals, classes, and jam sessions recognizing that in spite of everything, music brings us together, opens us up, and gives us a medium to relate with each other directly. Music transforms our angst into something both palpable and transparent that can lead to healing and action. We use art as a vehicle for critical expression, a pathway to memory and a conduit for joy and sadness.

In a letter to the community that can be found in our concert brochure, I quoted Curtis Reed, the director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity: "Now is the time not to anguish, but to act!" The Jazz Center's mission includes providing a safe space to act, to create and to listen to music that is both in the moment and connected to a venerable history. It gives voice to struggle and peace to the weary.

It seems odd during these times to be asking for your support, but sustaining arts and educational programs now feels more important than ever, especially for the future of our youth. Please join me in increasing our efforts to spread the positive message of jazz in our community and beyond.

Follow the link to donate to the Vermont Jazz Center. Your contributions are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you for sustaining our mission!

Gratefully yours,
Eugene Uman
VJC Director

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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.

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Concerts at the VJC are handicap accessible.

SEATING: For wheelchair or other handicapped seating at concerts, please call in advance, 802-254-9088 or 802-579-5515.

PARKING AND ENTRANCE: The Cotton Mill’s handicapped entrance is on the south side (on your right as you enter the parking lot). There is one van-accessible parking spot next to this entrance. Other handicapped spots are located along the west side of the building (facing you as you enter the parking lot. There is no handicapped entrance or elevator on this side.

ELEVATOR: To get to VJC on the second floor, you’ll need to use the freight elevator. At the handicapped entrance, pass the flight of stairs and go through the door on your left, into the building's loading area. The elevator is at the far end of the loading area. If you have someone to assist you, make sure they open and close both the elevator’s gate and main door, both from inside (to run it) and when you exit (so other people can use it). If you need assistance with the elevator, call us. We appreciate a call ahead of time but you can also call when you arrive, and we’ll send someone right down. 802-254-9088 or 802-579-5515.

RESTROOMS: Accessible restrooms are located at the far end of the building. As you exit our concert space take a left, and at the end of the hall take a right. They’re pretty far. Leave yourself time.

Please call to discuss arrangements to facilitate your enjoyment of this concert: (802) 254 9088, ext. 2.

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