Eugene Uman

Artemis Quintet

Natural chemistry

Jazz supergroup Artemis to appear at the Vermont Jazz Center on May 18

BRATTLEBORO-On May 18, at 7:30 p.m., the Vermont Jazz Center will present Artemis, voted the Jazz Group of the Year in DownBeat's 2023 Readers' Poll. This supergroup was initially organized by pianist and music director Renee Rosnes. The other members are trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Nicole Glover, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller.

The first incarnation of Artemis was formed in 2016 when Rosnes put together a band for a European tour. In an interview with Don Was of Blue Note Records, she recalled, "We had so much fun playing together [...]. We realized then that we had something special and that there was a natural chemistry that you can't make happen."...

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A grand Brattleboro tradition

Six pianists share their artistry and their knowledge at the Vermont Jazz Center’s annual Solo Jazz Piano Festival

BRATTLEBORO-The Vermont Jazz Center celebrates the vital role of the piano in the history of jazz by hosting its annual Solo Jazz Piano Festival on April 19 and 20. The artists headlining this year's festival are Hey Rim Jeon, Aaron Parks, Alfredo Rodriguez and Jacky Terrasson; emerging artists are...

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Legendary sound

Fusion guitarist Mike Stern to perform in quintet setting at Vermont Jazz Center

The Vermont Jazz Center presents one of the greatest fusion guitarists in the history of the style. On Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., six-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern will perform with his wife, Leni Stern, on guitar, accompanied by Bob Franceschini on saxophone, Noam Tanzer on bass, and...

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Sonic sculptor

The Vermont Jazz Center is excited to present International Anthem recording artist, drummer/producer Makaya McCraven, in a Sunday afternoon concert with bassist Junius Paul, trumpeter Marquis Hill, and perhaps other guests on Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. McCraven is a sonic sculptor. His huge presence from behind the drum kit drives his band's sound and takes listeners on a journey of unexpected pathways. He uses his ability as a drummer to conjure polyrhythms that are unique, highly accessible, and deeply...

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Celebrated vocalist to perform at benefit big-band concert

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

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 Songbook, spirituals, jazz standards, and original music as well as surprising transformations from other genres. Along with his interpretations of jazz-related gems, his recordings include compositions by Elvis Presley, Erik Satie,

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Jazz Center launches season with cutting-edge Cuban jazz

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 of that of his Cuban compatriots Chucho Valdés and Alfredo Rodriguez, González developed blazing technique through rigorous practicing in the classical tradition. He's supercharged it by an embodied sense of internalized...

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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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