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Solo Jazz Piano Festival

April 12 @ 8:00 pm - April 14 @ 1:30 pm

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Our third annual solo jazz piano festival celebrates the VJC’s 9′ Steinway concert grand piano, a gift from the Mckenzie Family Charitable Trust. This festival honors the piano’s immense contribution in jazz by presenting leading and upcoming musicians who have devoted their lives to mastering the instrument’s creative potential and stylistic legacies.

This year’s headliners include NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Kenny Werner and Julius Rodriguez.

In Collaboration with the Brattleboro Music Center.  Concerts will be held at the Vermont Jazz Center on Friday and Saturday nights. Masterclasses, concerts of regional artists and panels will be held at the Brattleboro Music Center.

SCHEDULE:


FRIDAY EVENING FEATURE CONCERT: 
Time: 8 pm
Location:  Vermont Jazz Center

Solo piano performances by George Cables and Julius Rodriguez

 

SATURDAY DAYTIME ACTIVITIES:
Time:  10 am- 5:30 pm
Location:  Brattleboro Music School

10:00 am      Masterclass w/ Julius Rodriguez
11:00              Regional Pianist Concert, TBA
12:15 pm        Masterclass w/Joanne Brackeen
1:15                 Lunch (in house, pre-purchase during ticket ordering)
2:15                 Regional Pianist Concert feat. Franz W. Robert, Tom Cleary
3:30                Panel w/ Juried Questions feat. Fest Headliner Artists
4:30                Masterclass w/ George Cables
5:30                Dinner Break (on your own)

 

SATURDAY EVENING FEATURE CONCERT: 
Time: 8 pm
Location:  Vermont Jazz Center

Solo piano performances by Kenny Werner and NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen

 

SUNDAY DAYTIME ACTIVITIES: 
Time: 10 am- 1:15 pm
Location:  Vermont Jazz Center

10:00 am     Piano Forum with juried students w/ Kenny Werner and Julius Rodriguez
11:30             Coffee and Snack Break
11:45             Effortless Mastery Workshop w/ Kenny Werner
1:15 pm        Festival ends

Her powerful, two-fisted playing has absorbed all the major modern jazz piano styles... her improvisations whiz around the keyboard, undaunted by harmonic complexity or high speeds.

—New York Times

Daytime Masterclasses/Panel/Concerts (Saturday at BMC)
Kenny Werner Feature Concert---------(Saturday at VJC)
Joanne Brackeen Feature Concert-----(Saturday at VJC)
Kenny Werner Workshops-------------(Sunday AM at VJC)