Duo performances, Wilson and Nash say, give them the chance to display their shared dedication to melody while exploring the freedom of unfettered interaction and creativity. They have put together a program built around song and melody, far from the edgy sound that a sax-drum duo might suggest (such as the mind-blowing Interstellar Space by John Coltrane and Rashied Ali). Their duo concept focuses on jazz standards and material from the Great American Songbook complemented by originals built on structured melodies.
Wilson and Nash are both highly in demand as sidemen; their playing is richly steeped in the history of jazz, they are leaders of their generation, continually charting new courses and moving jazz forward. Collectively, these two artists have been members of some of the landmark jazz bands in recent years, including the ensembles of Chick Corea, Betty Carter, Dave Holland, Tommy Flanagan, Mulgrew Miller, Ron Carter, Lionel Hampton, and Branford Marsalis. Separately, they each lead their own ensembles of some of the finest players on the jazz scene today.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $15 for students with ID (contact VJC about educational discounts). Tickets are available at In the Moment Record Store in Brattleboro, online at www.vtjazz.org or they can be reserved by calling the Vermont Jazz Center ticket line at (802) 254-9088, ext. 1.