VJC Blog

by Louis Erlanger When I was in college in the early 1970s I had the good fortune to have as a classmate Phil Schaap, whose deep passion for jazz bordered on the weird. Phil had grown up in a neighborhood......

By Jon Dreyer The Vermont Jazz Center has a knack for presenting world-class musicians who are about to become even more widely recognized. On February 9, 2019, they hosted Sullivan Fortner just one day before he became a Grammy winner......

by Julian Gerstin Julian Gerstin, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicologist and percussionist specializing in music of Africa and the Caribbean. He has taught at Wesleyan University, Clark University, Marlboro College, and Keene State College. At the Vermont Jazz Center, Julian co-leads......

By Ricia Gordon Ricia Gordon has studied jazz piano with Eugene Uman and percussion with Russell Horton, Julian Gershin and William Rodriguez. She has played in several Vermont Jazz Center student ensembles, including a four-year stint on the congas with......

by Bill Ballard Bill Ballard, a piano technician in the area for over forty years, became a jazz devoteein 3d Grade after seeing Louis Armstrong and his All Stars. He and his alto saxophone, Sophie, are regulars at the Vermont......

By Rob Fletcher Rob Fletcher is a chromatic harmonica player based in Erving, MA. He plays chromatic, chord and diatonic in the harmonica trio The Harmaniacs. He also performs throughout New England in a variety of settings on guitar and......

Have a look at this great interview with Karrin by Richard Henke of The Commons. Read the interview at The Commons Online...

By Julian Gerstin, Ph. D. Julian is a percussionist specializing in the traditional music of Cuba, Martinique and Ghana. Julian’s base of operations was California and Martinique prior to moving to Vermont in 2006. He has performed and recorded with......