BRATTLEBORO >> The Vermont Jazz Center, Inc., a non-profit institution dedicated to promoting jazz music and education, recently announced the addition of two new board members, Lyndall Boal and Jed Blume.
Boal is a long-time social worker and advocate for children, health and education. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1957, and earned an MA from the Simmons School of Social Work in 1959. She then pursued a career as a social worker in hospitals and schools, and taught at Fordham University's School of Social Work. She retired to Vermont in 2012.
In addition to VJC, Boal is on the Development Board of Grace Cottage Hospital, a founding member of GunSenseVt, and a Guardian ad Litem appointed by Vermont Superior Court to advocate for abused, abandoned and battered children in state custody. She served on the Board of Leland and Gray Middle and High School in Townsend from 2013 to 2016.
Blume is a freelance nonprofit development consultant and world music composer living in Brattleboro. Blume has assisted the VJC with fundraising since 2014 and joined the Board in 2016.
As a development/grant specialist, Blume operates from Greenmountaingrants.com and Jedblume.com. As a musician, Blume has traveled abroad to study the rhythms of Africa and India. He draws on these influences as an accompanist and in his original compositions, specializing in Indian tabla drum and a newly invented instrument, the handpan, which combines melody and percussion.
The Vermont Jazz Center brings jazz and jazz education to southern Vermont. It presents an annual season of 12 high-quality concerts, featuring nationally and internationally known artists as well as up-and- coming musicians. Fall 2016 artists include guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (Sept. 17), pianist Caili O'Doherty (Oct. 1), saxophonist Chico Freeman (Oct. 15), saxophonist Javon Jackson with veteran drummer Jimmy Cobb (Nov. 12), and the annual Big Band Gala on Dec. 2, featuring singer Wanda Houston.
VJC's fall semester of community classes begins the week of Sept. 19 and includes Youth Jazz Ensemble, taught by Eugene Uman; Women's Jazz Harmony Vocal Ensemble, led by Anna Patton; bebop-based Blue Note Ensemble with Scott Mullet; Latin Jazz Ensemble with Eugene Uman and Julian Gerstin; and Latin and African Percussion Rhythms with Julian Gerstin.