New semester of classes at the jazz center

BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Jazz Center will host a new 10-week session of classes beginning the week of Feb. 12. Courses include Youth Jazz for ages 10 through high school, Anna Patton's Soubrette Choir, the Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Uke Ensemble, and new this semester is the Jazz Guitar Ensemble with instructor Draa Hobbs. The VJC also welcomes drummer Claire Arenius as the new instructor of the Blue Note Ensemble. Sadly, Scott Mullett, one of the VJC's favorite and most dedicated instructors, died on Jan. 3 (for more information about Scott visit

Consider joining a combo and learn how to perform classic jazz compositions while being guided by one of the VJC's professional faculty. If you've never improvised, that's no problem. There are opportunities for all including classical musicians intrigued by jazz's structure and improvisational opportunities.

Sessions are 10 weeks long (except for Youth Jazz which is eight weeks and will begin on Feb. 26). The classes will culminate in a concert on May 10 at the VJC. Prices and starting dates are listed below and at Sessions are $250 (excepting Latin Jazz which is $200 and Youth Jazz which is $100). Visit for further information.

Schedule for VJC's fall education opportunities:

Sunday, 2:30 to 4 p.m., New: Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Draa Hobbs, instructor. First class meets Feb, 18.

Monday, 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., Blue Note Ensemble. Claire Arenius, instructor. First class meets Feb. 12.

Tuesday, 3:45 to 5 p.m.Youth Jazz Ensemble. Eugene Uman, instructor;5:15 to 6:45. Uke Jazz Ensemble (At VJC)     Ben Carr, instructor. First class meets Feb. 27.     


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