Jazz Festival includes concerts, workshops

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BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Jazz Center will present its third annual Solo Jazz Piano Festival this weekend, Friday through Sunday.

The festival celebrates the VJC's 9 Steinway concert grand piano, a gift from the Mckenzie Family Charitable Trust. This festival honors the piano's immense contribution in jazz by presenting leading and upcoming musicians who have devoted their lives to mastering the instrument's creative potential and stylistic legacies. This year's headliners include NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Kenny Werner and Julius Rodriguez.

In collaboration with the Brattleboro Music Center, concerts will be held at the Vermont Jazz Center on Friday and Saturday nights. Masterclasses, concerts of regional artists and panels will be held at the Brattleboro Music Center.

The schedule is as follows:

- Friday evening concert at 8 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center, featuring solo piano performances by George Cables and Julius Rodriguez.

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- Saturday daytime activities from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Music School will include a masterclass with Julius Rodriguez; Tom Cleary, Cameron Campbell - regional artist solo piano concert; masterclass with Joanne Brackeen; master class with Rebecca Cline; a panel with juried questions featuring festival headliner artists; Franz Robert, Rebecca Cline - regional artist solo piano concert; and masterclass witj George Cables.

- Saturday evening concert at the Vermont Jazz Center, beginning at 8 p.m., featuring solo piano performances by Kenny Werner and NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen.

- Sunday daytime activities from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. include a Piano Forum with juried students with Kenny Werner and Julius Rodriguez; and an Effortless Mastery Workshop with Kenny Werner.

Prices for the various events are as follows: $95 for a full event pass, $30 for the Friday and Saturday concerts ($20 for each one separately); and $40 each for the Saturday and Sunday daytime activities

More information is available at vtjazz.org.


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