Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents Julian Gerstin Sextet

PUTNEY — Twilight Music continues its 17th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, zydeco, Celtic, jazz, blues, and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 28, with the Julian Gerstin Sextet performing original jazz influenced by rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain.

The Julian Gerstin Sextet features Caribbean drums, Balkan rhythms, jazz melodies, and “a world of imagination,” according to a news release.

A veteran of many African, Latin and jazz bands, percussionist/composer Gerstin studied and performed traditional music in Martinique for two years, and his experiences there form the basis for much of the sextet's music. In addition to working in a wide range of musical genres, he has published extensively in ethnomusicological journals.

Anna Patton (clarinet) performs with the band Elixir for contradances and works extensively in Bulgarian music, teaching at clinics across the U.S.

Don Anderson (trumpet) has performed with the Latin big band Creación, Vermont Jazz Center Big Band, and many other ensembles.

Eugene Uman (piano) has performed with notables such as Sonny Fortune, Sheila Jordan, Bobby Sanabria, and Bo Diddley. He is the executive/artistic director of the Vermont Jazz Center and teaches piano at Amherst College.

Wes Brown (bass) has worked extensively with jazz luminaries from Earl “Fatha” Hines to Wadada Leo Smith and Fred Ho's Afro-Asian Ensemble.

Ben James (drums) has worked with John Tchicai, Olatunji, Green Mountain Mambo, and many others.

The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit