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BRATTLEBORO — An investigation into the connection between spirituality and jazz with Claire Arenius, and an exploration of jazz history starting from Hard Bop to the present day by Haneef Nelson are among the offerings in a 10-week session of classes beginning at the Vermont Jazz Center Feb. 15.

Due to the pandemic, most of the classes will be held online. In March, the center will reassess the situation and possibly shift to in-person classes.

Other offerings include a class demystifying rhythm offered by Brian Shankar Adler, and a Music Around the World overview by Julian Gerstin. Along with its bebop, Latin jazz and youth ensembles, the center will also offer a course in Ear Training that starts simple and goes deep with Michael Zsoldos.

Other new classes include a special guitar workshop with Freddie Bryant and electric bass with David Picchi. Vocal offerings include a choir open to anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary and whose vocal range comfortably includes the G in the middle of the treble staff, for an album project with Anna Patton, and the opportunity to work with jazz legend Jay Clayton in a small-group setting.

A full list of workshops and registration is online at

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. For information on scholarship and extended payment options, email

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