BRATTLEBORO -- The 2012 season of Sam’s Sunday Set & Shed mentor-protege concert series closes Dec. 16 at the Elliot Street Cafe, 134 Elliot St., with a 4 p.m., concert by Samirah Evans, along with five students who have studied jazz vocals with her.
Evans will begin the program performing a few songs with the trio of Jamie MacDonald (bass), Kate Parsons (piano) and Ben Carr (drums). Then each of the five vocalists will be invited to perform solo, with Evans joining for a few duets. The featured vocalists include two adults, Scott Sizer and BD Denhoff Dworkin, plus 17-year-old Bronwyn Hodgkinson, 14-year-old Christol Long and 10-year-old Arwyn Antinoro.
Evans says she asked MacDonald to lead the backing trio because Sizer and Dworkin have also studied at his Open Music Collective vocal workshop.
Following a break to share potluck food, the band will invite aspiring vocalists and musicians, as well as seasoned pros, to join them onstage for a "jazz woodshed" session to work on their improvisational skills.
Admission is by a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 18 and under, with proceeds going to the scheduled musicians. Guests are also encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share.