This festival welcomes all audiences, but especially encourages youth participation through inclusive presentations, attractive pricing and a Q & A session with the artists.
Local youth ensembles perform jazz in numerous downtown venues as part of Brattleboro’s monthly Gallery Walk night. Collaborators include area schools, BrattRock, Youth Services, the Boys and Girls Club, 118 Elliot, Echo, Tulip Cafe, The Lounge and Gallery Walk. Listeners stroll through town and listen free of charge as jazz music is performed by students and young pros.
Emerging Artist, 36 year-old Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa headlines the Festival with his quartet on Saturday, Nov. 2nd. Harold and his brother, drummer Ruy Adrián, were born into a highly respected family in the Cuban music world. In 2018, the Kennedy Center paid tribute to this family’s legacy. The music the López-Nussa brothers play is based on Cuban clave; it is thrilling, danceable and energetic. They will be joined at the Jazz Center by trumpeter Mayquel González and bassist Julio César González.
Within two days of release, López-Nussa’s newest album, Un Día Cualquiera was The Most Added on Jazz and College Radio in the United States. In the past year alone, López-Nussa has performed for sold-out audiences at the Kennedy Center and SFJAZZ and numerous jazz festivals.