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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Tom Harrell Quartet

Trumpet Legend, Tom Harrell to perform with his quartet at the Vermont Jazz Center on October 14th

On Saturday, October 14th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will welcome the legendary trumpeter, Tom Harrell to the stage.  He will be touring with pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Joe Dyson in support of their new release, Moving Picture.

Although Harrell has recorded 30 discs as a leader, this current album is the first that features him as the sole horn in a quartet setting. Like Miles Davis before him, Harrell can most often be found in a quintet setting pairing
him with a tenor saxophonist (usually Wayne Escoffery), but, for this project, he has intentionally chosen to record and tour without another frontline instrument. This gives him room to work on unexplored textures and stretch out on his solos. In the liner notes of their current release he elaborates: “I wrote the arrangements with the instrumentation of the quartet and the specific players in mind. There’s a lot of ensemble writing on Moving Picture - concerted writing with piano and trumpet as well as unison writing with bass and trumpet. I think this brings interest, as it is different from my writing for previous records. Then too, when I write a melody I think of it as something for the globe. I try to make it accessible for everyone and capable of being played or sung by any combination of instrument(s) or voice(s).”

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An Indigenous Ballad

In fourteen hundred ninety-two

Columbus sailed the ocean blue

It was a courageous thing to do

But someone was already here.

 

Chorus:

Inuit and Cherokee,

Aztec and Menominee,

The Onondaga and the Cree;

Someone was already here.

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Oct. 1: "Viva la Voce!" with Raylynmor Opera Performers

Guilford, Vt. -  Now in its 52nd season, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) has a long history with "Stage Music Projects." These have ranged from musical theater song revues to concerts of arias and art song presented by some of the region's acclaimed operatic performers. Also in the mix were fully staged but less well-known Broadway or off-Broadway shows and premieres of one-act or full-length operas created by some of the organization's musically gifted founders, among other composers.
 
This fall, FOMAG is teaming up with New Hampshire's Raylynmor Opera for a concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, in the sanctuary of Guilford Community Church, a program of the singers' favorite arias. Since its founding in 1995, Raylynmor has presented 38 full-length operas at various locations in our "twin state." Raylynmor's artistic director since 2014 is tenor Benjamin Robinson, who has performed in professional productions and concert settings from Alaska to the East Coast. He was featured in Pirates of Penzance for Raylynmor in 2011 and has helped diversify and expand the organization's vision since taking the reins.

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BrattRock Is Here!

The official 2017 program and peformance schedule for all 18 bands performing at this year's Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival has now been posted on the BrattRock website. Check out all the band bios and get tickets and more info at www.brattrock.org!

See everyone at 118 Elliot this Saturday, September 23! Gates open at 4 PM. Performances take place on two stages (one indoor and one outdoor) between 4:30 - 10:30.

See you there!

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Anti-War Songs

Last night I kept waking up with a song in my head. A song about a WWI casualty named Willie McBride.

I searched this morning and found the original: “The Green Fields of France” (No Man’s Land)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkhBvO8_kM,
an anti-war ballad by Scotsman-turned-Australian Eric Bogle.

Bogle has written another which is perhaps the most poignant anti-war anthem ever: “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG48Ftsr3OI

One verse refers to “The legless. The armless, the blind, the insane”

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: The Cookers

The Cookers at the Vermont Jazz Center, Friday, Sept. 15th at 8:00 PM

The Vermont Jazz Center will kick off its season with an energetic blast. On Friday, September 15th at 8:00 PM, The Cookers—a septet heralded by Downbeat Magazine as “a group of the world’s best musicians”—will present two sets of jazz at its highest level. The musicians in The Cookers are Billy Harper (tenor Sax), Eddie Henderson and David Weiss (trumpet), Donald Harrison (alto saxophone), George Cables (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), and Billy Hart on drums. Each of these individuals is a major leader in their own right, but the unified force of this group is seen as a worthy personal and musical investment by each of its members.

As an enduring unit (they’ve been together for over a decade), The Cookers perform carefully arranged original music and have been called a “dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop [masters]” (Nate Chinen, New York Times). The rhythm section alone (piano, bass and drums) of George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart reveals star-power enough to attract any jazz devotee, but when the front (horn) line is added with its glorious combinations of colors and improvisational prowess, the opportunity to hear this group locally is almost too good to be true.

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Cheryl Wheeler plus Willa Mamet & Paul Miller at Next Stage on Saturday, September 9

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter and comedienne extraordinaire Cheryl Wheeler, plus Americana duo Willa Mamet and Paul Miller, at Next Stage on Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 pm.

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the microphone. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. As the poet and comic forces join, taking their separate turns and melding into the same artistic vision, Wheeler emerges as a delightful, gifted and openhearted performer.

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Ukulele Classes Start Up Soon!

Join the Ukulele-Wave and learn to play this fall, with instructor Lisa McCormick. Ukulele is a fun and easy way to get the joy music-making into your life! Beginners welcome, no musical background needed.

Classes begin the week of Sept, 17, and run for 6 weeks. There are many levels and times to choose from. Classes are held at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. Off-street parking, handicapped acccessible.

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Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival Announces 2017 Line-up - Advance Tickets On Sale Now

Eighteen youth rock bands and solo musical artists from around New England will take the stage at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont on Saturday, September 23 for BrattRock 2017, the second annual Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Performances will take place on two stages, one indoor and one outdoor, between 4:30 and 11:00 PM. Gates open to the public at 4:00 PM. In addition to six continous hours of live music, the festival will feature food vendors, arts and crafts activities, and games. All are invited to attend this fun-for-all-ages event.

The goal of the festival is to support youth musicians from Brattleboro and the surrounding region by providing a venue for them to connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. Registration opened in the spring to solo performers or bands with all members under 20 years of age. Performers submitted an online application including a sample performance video.

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Brattleboro Women's Chorus Open Rehearsals

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will begin its 22nd fall session on September 6 & 7, with a repertoire that will feature an eclectic mix of songs about Love and Music. Any woman or girl age 10 or older is welcome to participate in the rejuvenating power of singing with others.

Under the direction of Becky Graber, rehearsals are offered either Wednesday nights or Thursday mornings, though singers are welcome to attend both. The 10-week session will begin on Wednesday, September 6 from 6:30-8:30 at All Souls Church and Thursday, September 7 from 10:00-noon in the Centre Congregational Church parlor.

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Sept. 2 & 3: Friends of Music's 52nd Labor Day Weekend Festival at Organ Barn

Guilford, Vt. - As it has done for over a half-century, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) opens its annual music season with a concert in a rural barn on Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend. The famed Organ Barn is in an idyllic setting near the state line where Guilford meets Leyden, Massachusetts. The intimate Barn seats about a hundred concertgoers, and on Sunday afternoon, two hundred or more people flock to the lawn outside the Barn for picnics and an orchestra concert.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, guest organist Edwin Lawrence presents "A New England Organ Sampler," including compositions by Dudley Buck, George Whitefield Chadwick, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker, as well as original works; tenor soloist Thomas Gregg is featured on much of the program. Concentrating on music from late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lawrence explains that the composers on this program include the last generation to depend on European training and the first to be entirely "home-schooled." More modern repertoire refers back in some ways to older New England times. This Organ Barn performance, as others in the past, includes enlightening commentary from the stage.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Simba on Sunday, August 20

Twilight Music concludes its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 20 with funk and world beat band Simba. The seventh and final concert of the 2017 series begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.

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Ukulele-in-a-Day Quickstart Workshop for Beginners, Aug. 26 in Putney

UKULELE-in-a-DAY! Quick-start workshop for beginners, taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick.

Discover the JOY, EASE, and SWEETNESS of making music on the ukulele!  You will learn:

    •    How to tune
    •    How to strum
    •    Proper positioning for great tone
    •    Easy powerful chords that work magic together
    •    How to make smooth chord transitions
    •    All the skills you'll need to be able to play tons of fun and easy songs!

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Stockwell Brothers Band on Sunday, August 6

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 6 with contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

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VJC's 42nd Annual Student Summer Showcase Concert

The VJC's 42nd Annual Summer Jazz Workshop culminates with performances by participants. An evening of music with performers ages 14-85 and hailing from all over the globe!

Set 1: 3:30- 5:30 pm
Set 2: 8:00- 10:00 pm

Tickets: At the door, by donation.

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VJC's 42nd Annual Summer Faculty Showcase Concert

An evening showcasing the wide breadth of experience and talent of the VJC's Summer Program faculty members.

Featuring:

Brian Adler
Claire Arenius
Cameron Brown
Freddie Bryant

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Ukulele Flash Mob Friday, Pliny Park!

Come to Pliny Park on Friday, August 4, at 6pm for a FREE and SUPER-FUN Ukulele Flash Mob, led by Lisa McCormick. Smack in the middle of Gallery Walk, smack in the middle of downtown Brattleboro.

Music will be provided. Free and open to all, whether you play or not - just come and enjoy! We're celebrating the 1-Year Anniversary of Brattleboro's Ukultion! For more info about upcoming ukulele classes and events: http://bit.ly/svtuke

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The Seamus Egan Project at Next Stage on Friday, July 28

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present The Seamus Egan Project, featuring the founding member of the seminal Irish-American band Solas, at Next Stage on Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm. Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking 1996 album “When Juniper Sleeps,” which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through music from his 20-year career with that iconic band, and adding some brand new tunes, Seamus, with Moira Smiley (vocals, piano, banjo), Kyle Senna (guitar) and other musical friends, will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Gaslight Tinkers on Sunday, July 23

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 23 with The Gaslight Tinkers. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.

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The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on June 30

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass and folk music with The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm.

The Lonely Heartstring Band is Berklee College of Music graduates George Clements, Patrick M'Gonigle, Matt Witler, Gabe Hirshfeld and Charles Clements. Their music is a combination of old and new styles, melding the sounds of traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and arranging. Featuring soulful instrumental virtuosity and soaring three-part harmonies, the quintet has generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and venues since 2012.

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