Upcoming Concerts

Friday, December 2nd

The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band and Wanda Houston - A Tribute to Ella

The Vermont Jazz Center's 17-piece big band pays tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Ella Fitzgerald. We commemorate the centennial of Ella's birth (she was born April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia) by dipping into the deep well of her big band repertoire and presenting arrangements she sang with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and other illustrious orchestras. Wanda Houston is the ideal vocalist to front the VJC's Big Band for this project - her range, sense of swing, ease with improvisation and intimate familiarity with Fitzgerald's repertoire assure a perfect fit. Originally from Chicago, Houston grew up surrounded by music. She was listening to and singing the songs Ella made famous with her family's theater group as a young girl. Since then, she has led an active career as an actress and vocalist performing in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Broadway and Germany and earned a Grammy nomination as part of the gospel group Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV). Houston has shared the stage with Oleta Adams, Patti Austin, Eartha Kitt, Liza Minelli, Pattie Labelle, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. This concert will certainly appeal to many: legendary, hard-swinging arrangements alternating with familiar ballads, all sung and played with authenticity and passion.

Date:
Friday, December 2nd
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$25-$45 non-table seating, $30-$50 with table seating
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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Saturday, January 14th

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Presents Stretch Music

In New York's Village Voice, critic Aiden Levy summarizes Christian Scott's chameleon-like ability to represent his generation: "Scott jumps across a range of styles and sounds, channeling everything from hip-hop to On the Corner-style funk and African rhythms. His most recent album Christian aTunde Adjuah represents a step towards artistic self-creation that firmly establishes him as one of the new young lions of jazz." Like Chico Freeman and Adam O'Farrill, Christian Scott is another scion of a jazz family - his uncle is jazz master and Big Chief of the Congo Nation Donald Harrison with whom he apprenticed as a youth growing up in New Orleans. Under Harrison's mentorship, Scott learned the necessary skills to master his horn and the jazz language, but he also learned how to groove, how to shape a solo, how to arrange, how to develop one's own voice and how to move an audience. Scott refined his skills earning two degrees in two years at Berklee School of Music which he attended on a full scholarship. He has since moved on to become one of the most in-demand producers and performers in the business and is recognized for his flawless aesthetic choices and ability to seamlessly flow between jazz-related genres. His second recording as a leader earned him a Grammy nomination. Part of Scott's allure is the strength of his message: He uses music as a powerful medium to express his feelings regarding current and historical events. His compositions give voice to the disinfranchised by bravely taking on topics such as abortion, prison reform, police brutality and gay marriage all within the context of viscerally moving, compelling, melodically driven, high quality music.

Date:
Saturday, January 14th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
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Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.

Saturday, February 11th

Christian Sands Trio

Christian Sands epitomizes the phrase "rising star." Mentored by Dr. Billy Taylor, influenced by Barry Harris, Hank Jones and Oscar Peterson. He was then later pushed by Christian McBride, Steve Wilson and Bobby Sanabria, Sands is now everyone's go-to pianist in New York where he can be found performing and recording with Alicia Olatuja, Ben Williams, Stefon Harris, Warren Wolf, Jaleel Shaw, the Mack Avenue Super Band, Etienne Charles and many others. He is comfortable playing old-school stride piano like Fats Waller, stretching out in a post-bop setting like McCoy Tyner or re-arranging a hip hop anthem by Drake. His big break was being asked to play with Christian McBride's group at the Jazz Standard without a rehearsal. Several years later, Sands effortlessly navigates the piano chair in McBride's trio - his accompaniment (and burning solo) on the up-tempo tune, Cherokee from Live at the Vanguard, was a crucial part of the package that earned McBride a 2016 Grammy for "Best Improvised Jazz Solo." Sands is now riding the wave of his vast accomplishments after having been signed by Mack Avenue Jazz and focusing more on his own trio and quartet performances. He will appear at the Vermont Jazz Center with his working trio.

Date:
Saturday, February 11th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Call the Jazz Center at 802-254-9088 to reserve tickets.

Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.

Saturday, March 18th

Sheila Jordan, Alan Broadbent and Harvie S

Words cannot describe the impact NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan has had on generations of musicians who have been influenced by her singing, sense of time and commitment to keeping the living history of bebop vibrant. A consumate teacher who seems to fall in love with all her students (and visa versa), Jordan is indeed the "keeper of the bebop flame." She transmits her passion for bebop by introducing the complex melodies of Charlie Parker to anyone who will listen and infusing the music with the intimacy of someone who lived through the era and knew all the musicians involved in its creation. In her concerts Sheila encourages listeners to hear bebop's essence rather than its analytical derivative.

Alan Broadbent is one of Sheila's favorite pianists. He is a sensitive accompanist and brilliant arranger. Together they have worked on numerous projects including her highly regarded Heart Songs, a jazz trio plus string quartet album with arrangements by Broadbent that "realize a lifelong dream" of Jordan's to record with string quartet.

Part of the impetus of scheduling this concert is the release of a 1991 recording of a newly discovered live performance by Sheila Jordan, Alan Broadbent and Harvie S from Kimball's East in Oakland California. The CD, released in 2016, is called Better than Anything and has already received numerous accolades. What better way to celebrate this release than with a concert with the exact same musicians 25 years later!

Date:
Saturday, March 18th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
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Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Call the Jazz Center at 802-254-9088 to reserve tickets.

Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.

Friday and Saturday, April 7-8th

Solo Jazz Piano Fest

The Vermont Jazz Center will present a festival to celebrate the Steinway D nine-foot concert grand piano gifted to them by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust and rebuilt by piano technician Bill Ballard.

The objectives of this festival are to provide VJC audiences with two specific goals: 1)To hear the myriad ways that different pianists approach a solo presentation and, 2) to soak in the gorgeous tone quality of this newly acquired instrument.

The Solo Piano Jazz Fest will feature performances by Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Amina Figarova, Miro Sprague, Yoko Miwa, Franz Robert, Alki Steriopolis and VJC director Eugene Uman. We will also offer master classes tailored to a wide range of interests, including one for non-musicians.

Most jazz pianists find it essential to study early piano-based forms like ragtime and blues in order to inform their authentic approach to any jazz piano style. Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington are two pianists who developed the left-handed "stride bass" of Fats Waller and James P. Johnson and transformed it into a more modern sound. To this day pianists like Jason Moran and Christian Sands use stride and walking bass but they have put their own personal stamps on these techniques; solo piano vocabulary will always evolve and incorporate modern vocabulary. In this festival listeners will receive a broad view of how several different pianists take this rich tradition and mold it using into their own unique approaches. The pianists will explore the instrument's breadth of range and dynamics and utilize its percussive, harmonic and melodic capabilities. These unique approaches will be explained in detail in the educational, master-class component of the festival.

Audience members will be able to attend either Friday night's kick-off concert, Saturday's full day of events or purchase a pass that allows entry to include all events.

Date:
Friday and Saturday, April 7-8th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Call the Jazz Center at 802-254-9088 to reserve tickets.

Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.

Saturday, April 29th

Adam O'Farrill Quartet - Emerging Artist Series

Adam O'Farrill is a force of nature, a brilliant trumpeter who took 3rd place in the Thelonious Monk Competition and is the recipient of two ASCAP awards. His approach combines the bluster of his age (he'll be 22 years old at the time of this concert) with the finesse of a master and the wisdom of being surrounded by music 24/7. O'Farrill was raised in a family where music was inescapable. His father is Grammy award winning pianist/composer/arranger Arturo O'Farrill, his mother is classical pianist Alison Deane, his older brother is an in-demand NYC drummer and his grandfather was the legendary Chico O'Farrill who composed and arranged for Benny Goodman, Machito, Stan Kenton and Dizzy Gillespie. Adam's talent and abilities combined with his strong character and his father's continuous message to stay true to his vision have served him well. He is a focused, creative musician who has surrounded himself with other brilliant, like-minded individuals and has thus created a new paradigm, a new music, and a unique composing style that is musically engaging, energetic, surprising and humorous. The piano-less quartet O'Farrill will present at the Jazz Center includes his brother Zack on drums along with saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and bassist Walter Stinson. Their new album Stranger Days has received positive reviews from the New York Times, New York City Jazz Record and All Music Guide to Jazz.

Date:
Saturday, April 29th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Call the Jazz Center at 802-254-9088 to reserve tickets.

Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.

Saturday, May 6th

Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs is one of the leading pianists, composers and arrangers of our time. Thus far in his career he has earned thirteen Grammy nominations and four Grammy awards. He is also the recipient of Chamber Music America's Composer's Grant, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a music award from the American Academy of Arts as well as 17 classical music commissions. He has recorded and performed with numerous luminaries including J.J. Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Renee Fleming, Yo Yo Ma, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Ron Carter and many others too plentiful to mention. His most recent recording, Map to the Treasure, Reimagining Laura Nyro received two Grammy Awards and featured such artists as Sting and Diane Reeves. Jazz Critic Don Heckman writes: "Words fail in an effort to describe the complexities and the subtleties of Childs's musical imagination which is far-reaching...Childs' works do not simply place genres side by side. Instead they find a common, creative ground reminiscent of Rumi's 'community of spirit.'" He will be performing with his working quartet; most likely the group will include Steve Wilson (saxophone), Hans Glawischnig (bass) and Ari Hoenig (drums).

Date:
Saturday, May 6th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Call the Jazz Center at 802-254-9088 to reserve tickets.

Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.

Saturday, June 10th

Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

"I always love listening to Eugene's compositions; they make so much musical sense and bring you on a journey with a very healing, uplifting feel." - Jerry Bergonzi

After spending several years in Colombia, South America, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo with jazz harmonies. Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms. Uman continues to visit Latin America; his relationship to Colombia, its people, highly developed art and music will never be shaken. Still, his focus (and the repertoire of the Convergence Project) has morphed into a personalized amalgam of jazz-influenced styles. It continues to reference Colombian rhythms but has evolved to give a greater voice to Uman's love of vocal jazz, bebop, rock, gospel and funk roots. He states: "The music that I compose is a reflection of my accumulated experiences. It is affected by what I am currently paying attention to but is also strongly influenced by the listening and performing experiences of my formative years in rock, jazz, classical contexts." Each member of the Convergence Project brings their own highly developed personal approaches to Uman's music, uplifting it with original lines, hard driving grooves, attention to dynamics, acute listening skills and a group commitment to giving the music shape and substance.

Date:
Saturday, June 10th
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
Sliding Scale ticket fee: $20.00 - $40.00
Tickets:
Buy tickets on-line (secure server)

Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales. Please read our new TICKET PRICING POLICY.

Other ticket payment/reservation options:
In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Call the Jazz Center at 802-254-9088 to reserve tickets.

Please note: A surcharge of $1/per ticket will be added to all tickets purchased with a credit card.
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