Eugene Uman

Alexis Cole

Celebrated vocalist to perform at benefit big-band concert

Scholarship Gala will raise thousands of dollars for musicians for whom Vermont Jazz Center’s offerings are beyond financial reach

The Vermont Jazz Center's Big Band will present its Annual Scholarship Gala - the primary fundraiser for the VJC Scholarship Fund - on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

This year, the band will feature guest vocalist Alexis Cole, a singer who has performed at celebrated venues including The Carlyle, Carnegie Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Blue Note. She has also sung as a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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A deep connection to gospel music and a resounding sense of swing

Jazz and gospel pianist Cyrus Chestnut brings trio to Vermont Jazz Center for Oct. 14 concert

The Vermont Jazz Center will present Cyrus Chestnut in a trio concert on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Called "the best jazz pianist of his generation" by Time magazine, Chestnut will appear with bassist Herman Burney and drummer Kelton Norris. Chestnut's repertoire includes selections from the Great American...

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Jazz Center launches season with cutting-edge Cuban jazz

Dayramir González ‘is the whole package — charisma, talent, good taste, fascinating concepts, and authenticity, all wrapped up in a grooving sound that makes audiences want to dance’

The Vermont Jazz Center kicks off its 2023–24 season on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. with exciting, cutting-edge Cuban jazz, featuring pianist Dayramir González and his Habana enTRANCé quartet, which includes James Robbins on bass, Juan Chiavassa on drums, and Taka Nikaido on percussion. With piano playing reminiscent...

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A collaborative journey

The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap, who will perform on two Steinway concert grand pianos at the VJC on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. A married couple, Rosnes and Charlap are considered among the finest jazz pianists of their generation. Charlap is an unparalleled expert on the Great American Songbook, and Rosnes is a five-time Juno Award–winning pianist/composer and artistic director of the Oscar Peterson Jazz Festival. Rosnes' and Charlap's devotion to the music and...

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Three come together as one

Three of the top musicians in jazz come together to perform as as one in an evening of adventurous and energetic music at the Vermont Jazz Center, Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Johnathan Blake’s Trion is a chord-less jazz trio (includes no chordal instrument such as piano or guitar) featuring three of the leading players of their generation: Chris Potter on tenor saxophone, Linda May Han Oh on acoustic bass and band leader Blake on drums. Reviewing their self-titled...

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Music beyond category

The Vermont Jazz Center's Big Band will present its annual Scholarship Gala on Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) Scholarship Fund, which grants an annual average of $27,000 in scholarships to students, offsetting fees for VJC ensembles, private lessons, and its summer jazz workshop. This year, the band will feature clarinetist/vocalist Evan Arntzen in a tribute to one of America's most important composers, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, as...

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A young master

The Vermont Jazz Center's fifth Emerging Artist Festival begins with youth jazz ensembles performing at 118 Elliot on Friday, Nov. 4, continues on Saturday, Nov. 5 with student groups performing, and culminates on Saturday, Nov. 5 with a clinic and a concert by Grammy-nominated guitarist Dan Wilson. The festival celebrates the contributions of up-and-coming musicians who have not yet acquired the name recognition of older artists but who strongly deserve to be heard - like Wilson, a talent whose career...

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Paying homage to early jazz and swing

At the Vermont Jazz Center, we are pleased to present vocalist Catherine Russell in concert on Saturday, Oct. 15. Russell will be performing with her working quartet, a group of musicians dedicated to creating energetic interpretations of blues and swing music, including Matt Munisteri on guitar, Sean Mason on piano, and Tal Ronen on acoustic bass. Russell has earned two Grammy nominations for Best Vocal Jazz Album and won a Grammy for her contribution to the soundtrack of the HBO...

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