Jazz piano fest

George CablesJoanne BrackeenKenny Werner

BRATTLEBORO- The third annual VJC Solo Jazz Piano Fest is a celebration of the piano in jazz. It highlights the instrument’s ability to convey beauty and capture melody, harmony and rhythm, all at the same time. The Jazz Center’s weekend-long program runs from Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14, and includes eight performances, five master classes, a question and answer session, a piano forum for juried students, and a session on effortless mastery by Kenny Werner.
Now in its third year, this festival has become a treasure for lovers of music in general and is not just for pianists. Some of the greatest piano-jazz minds in the world will divulge their methods of preparation, learning, and teaching; they will also relay personal narratives where top-level jazz players weave in and out of their colorful stories. Attendees will communicate directly with these artists in a nurturing environment that gives the artists the space and freedom to express what they do through words (in master classes and panels) and music (in concerts).
Piano artists featured in this season’s festival include headliners NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Julius Rodriguez, Kenny Werner, and special guests Tom Cleary (UVM jazz piano instructor), Franz Robert, Cameron Campbell, and Rebecca Cline (Berklee School of Music jazz piano instructor).
The structure of the event emphasizes learning about the jazz piano idiom through narrative, educational master classes, and performances. On Friday and Saturday evening the VJC will present headliner concerts at 72 Cotton Mill Hill #222. The artists headlining these shows are some of the top jazz piano performers in the world.
For ticket information call (802) 254-9088, ext. 1, email ginger@vtjazz.org or visit www.vtjazz.org.

The Deerfield Valley News

797 VT Route 100 North
Wilmington, VT 05363

Phone: 802-464-3388
Fax: 802-464-7255

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