Legendary jazz vocalist performs with friends
BRATTLEBORO- The Vermont Jazz Center is delighted to present an evening of music with NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan on Saturday, June 1, at 8 pm. Jordan will perform the first set with pianist Eugene Uman, bassist Genevieve Rose, and drummer Billy Drummond. The second set will feature Jordan singing with several surprise guest performers and the rhythm section. This concert is one of many festive occasions throughout the world celebrating Jordan’s 90th birthday, which took place on November 18.
Jordan is a matriarch of the Vermont Jazz Center family. She joined the faculty in 1997, when the (then) new director, Eugene Uman, asked her to run a vocal workshop as part of the center’s newly revised summer workshop. She offered a small group of singers a three-day program that has now blossomed into a weeklong workshop with instructor Jay Clayton, 20 vocalists and two rhythm sections.
Jordan had a close relationship with one of jazz’s greatest giants, the legendary alto saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker. Bird, along with Jordan’s other friends Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, and Thelonious Monk, birthed the revolution of bebop music, the musical style whose improvisational language now forms the foundation of modern jazz. Bird became Jordan’s mentor: he heard her perform with her vocal trio (Skeeter, Mitch, and Jean) and told her she had “million-dollar ears.”
Tickets for Jordan and Friends on June 1 at the Vermont Jazz Center are $20+ general admission, $15 for students with I.D. (contact VJC about educational discounts). Tickets are available online at www.vtjazz.org, by email at email@example.com, and at In the Moment in Brattleboro.
Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Vermont Jazz Center ticket line at (802) 254-9088, ext. 1.
Handicapped access is available by calling the VJC at (802) 254-9088.