Latchis hosts a jazzy benefit concert for Groundworks

BRATTLEBORO — Latchis Arts presents jazz vocalist Kendra Shank in the Circle of Love Benefit Concert for Groundworks Collaborative on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Hailed as “a supremely skilled vocalist” (The New York Times) with a “delectable voice” (Time), Shank has headlined at festivals, concerts, and clubs around the world.

She combines jazz originals, standards, world music, French chansons, folk/pop songs, and improvisation in an adventurous style that inspired jazz great Abbey Lincoln to call her “an original; a singer with a sound.”

Shank has been a champion of the songs of Abbey Lincoln, and the “Circle of Love” title of the concert is taken from a song of Lincoln's that Shank recorded on her CD A Free Spirit: Abbey Lincoln Songbook.

“'Circle of Love' also perfectly describes the spirit of this concert - a gathering of musicians who love playing with each other, performing at a venue they love, and giving back to the community by raising funds for Groundworks Collaborative, the Brattleboro-based nonprofit whose mission is to end hunger and homelessness for all people in our region,” according to a news release.

Joining Kendra will be an ensemble led by guitarist Draa Hobbs, including Michael Zsoldos on tenor sax, Berklee School of Music faculty member Rich Greenblatt on vibes, Steve Bulmer on bass, and Tim Gilmore on drums.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $100 for VIP seating. They are available at For more information, contact Jon Potter at 802-254-1109, ext. 3.

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