Jazz: Student Showcase

On Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro. Seven student ensembles.$5 suggested donation, to support scholarship fund. Information at eugene@vtjazz.org or vtjazz.org

Seven Student Ensembles: Youth Jazz Ensemble, Latin Jazz, Youth Jazz, Soubrette Jazz Choir, `Ukulele Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Blue Note Ensemble and the VJC Sextet

Cost - $5 suggested donations, all proceeds to support VJC Scholarship Fund.

The Vermont Jazz Center honors International Jazz Day 2018 with a concert featuring students from seven VJC ensembles at the Vermont Jazz Center, enjoy the sounds of the Youth Jazz Ensemble, the Soubrette Choir, the Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Vermont Jazz Center Sextet. Each group will perform a 20-minute set. Suggested donations of $5 will go directly towards the VJC Scholarship Fund. This event will be a "snack potluck;" if you feel inclined, please bring an easy snack to share with your fellow jazz lovers.

Student Showcase Performance Schedule for May 10th at the Vermont Jazz Center

The VJC Student Showcase will start of with a bang at 7:00 PM with a set by the Latin Jazz Ensemble. They will be performing original, Latin-influenced tunes by instructors, Julian Gerstin and Eugene Uman and wrapping things up with a rousing version of "La Negra Tomasa" by Compay Segundo (of Buena Vista Social Club).

At 7:20 p.m. the Youth Jazz Ensemble comprised of students in grades 8 - 10 will perform "Straight Life" by Freddie Hubbard, "Cariba" by Wes Montgomery and "Buzzy" by Charlie Parker. The group will also feature Ella Aquadro singing two jazz classics made famous by Louis Armstrong: "What a Wonderful World" and "When You're Smilin'." Performers include Ella Aquadro (piano and voice), Naomi Hed (trumpet), Michael McKinney (trumpet), Zach Thomas (trombone), Alex Beshay (guitar and piano), Noah Hed (bass) and Zinabu Ramstetter (drums).

At 7:40 p.m., The Soubrette Jazz Choir, led by Anna Patton, will present richly harmonized arrangements of swing, jazz, and blues numbers including works by local songwriters Kris Delmhorst, Anna Patton, and Peter Siegel. Instrumentalists joining the choir will be Anna Patton on tenor guitar, Lucy Kahn on bass, and Rebecca Jones on pedal steel. The Soubrette Jazz Choir will also be playing two house concerts this spring: One at the home of Annie Winkler and Sarah Pilser on May 11th and one at the home of Carlene Raper and Julian Gerstin on May 24th (both shows are at 7:30). For more information, contact the instructor, at anna@annapatton.com.

At 8:10 p.m., see how The Blue Note Ensemble has been opening up their creative portals this semester under the direction of instructor and professional drummer Claire Arenius. This group will be stretching out on Dizzy's "Manteca," Wes Montgomery's "Four on Six," "Estate" (made famous by Brazilian maestro Jo o Gilberto), and John Coltrane's beautiful ballad "Naima." The Blue Note Ensemble's front line of tenor and alto saxophones plus wordless vocals makes for a beautiful mix.

At 8:30 p.m., the VJC Jazz Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Draa Hobbs, will perform "Thadrack," music composed by Thad Jones, Wes Montgomery, "Full House" and J.J. Johnson, and "Ala Mode". The overall goal of this ensemble has been to learn music from the bop and post-bop eras, to improve listening skills, and to form a cohesive blend when playing with others.

At 8:50 p.m., the `Ukulele Jazz Ensemble, led by Ben Carr, will feature Steven Vannoy, Eric Bass, and Nancie Mclean. They will perform compositions and arrangement by Miles Davis, Benjamin Carr, Sonny Rollins, HM Lilio'uokalani, and Hoagy Carmichael.

The final ensemble scheduled to perform on May 10 at 9:10 p.m. will be by the VJC Sextet. This group is made up of area music professionals associated with the VJC who bring their tight arrangements to schools and assisted living communities. The VJC Sextet performs arrangements by Rob Freeberg and Bill Ballard. Their repertoire for Thursday night will include "One by One" by Wayne Shorter, "Una Mas" by Kenny Dorham, "Out of the Night Came You" by Horace Silver, and "Bolivia" by Cedar Walton. The members of the VJC Sextet are Rob Freeberg, trumpet; Bill Ballard, alto saxophone; Jim Heffron, tenor saxophone; Cathy Martin, piano; Wim Auer, bass; Mike Patek, drums.

Your attendance supports aspiring and established musicians developing their repertoire, groove skills and improvisational vocabularies. A $5 suggested donation is requested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To discuss or learn more about VJC educational opportunities please contact Eugene Uman at eugene@vtjazz.org or visit the VJC's website at vtjazz.org.


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