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READSBORO >> Readsboro Arts Summer Concerts presents The Darryl Kniffen Quartet on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m., in the EJ Bullock Building on Main Street in Readsboro.

The concert series, in its third year, is sponsored by Readsboro Arts, a locally grown nonprofit group founded in 2006. Funded through private donations, Readsboro Arts produces events, such as hands-on studio visits and workshops, the annual Arts Festival, and this Concert Series, for the benefit of residents of Readsboro and the surrounding counties. Its most recent project is the opening of Confluence, a fine art gallery in the Bullock Building.

Musicians and audiences alike appreciate the intimate setting for the Summer Concerts, held in a renovated hall of the historic EJ Bullock Building, with cabaret seating.

Kniffen and his group of young and talented all-star musicians will be performing pieces from their upcoming album "Dreamland," an exciting debut release that, according to Kniffen's website, pushes the boundaries of jazz/fusion From the explosive and uplifting "Peace Journey" to the dreamy and hypnotic "Midnight Drive," this group takes the audience on a wild ride, to quote the group's promotional material.

The Quartet features the talents of Matthew Steckler- saxophones/flute, Franz Robert- piano/keyboard, Jason Schwartz- upright bass, and Darryl Kniffen- drums/composer.

Eugene Uman, head of the Vermont Jazz Center, says of Kniffen: "He's one of the most sensitive drummers I've ever worked with." Of his compositions, Uman says, "He knows how to create an arc, to take listeners on a musical journey, with all the parts clear while maintaining a swinging pulse."


Kniffen currently teaches instrumental music and music technology at Arlington Memorial Middle and High School in Arlington, Darryl also instructs the Jazz Ensemble at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, N.Y.

Kniffen has performed with numerous artists including Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal, Emmy award-winning guitarist/composer Freddy Shehadi, pianist/composer Eugene Uman (Eugene Uman's Convergence Project, Vermont Jazz Center Big Band), pianist Peter Primamore (The Today Show), trombonist Maximillian Sholl (PitchBlak Brass Band), and alto saxophonist Jake Whitesell (Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band)

Readsboro is a small town located in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont along Rte. 100 between Bennington, Brattleboro, and North Adams Mass. The EJ Bullock Building is at 7012 Main St.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Cabaret seating. Refreshments on hand. Advance tickets are available by calling 802-423-5600 or

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Photos: Darryl Kniffen of the Darryl Kniffen Quartet, Readsboro Arts Summer Concerts August 20, Readsboro VT