To broaden awareness and appreciation of jazz through quality live performances of national and regional scope; present educational activities that illuminate the art form for students of all ages and backgrounds; showcase Vermont and regional jazz artists, including students; and create a vital city-wide community festival that contributes to the national jazz dialogue.
Presented by Northfield Savings Bank and produced by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Burlington City Arts, the Festival – one of the largest annual events in Vermont – is made possible through the generous support of the business community and private donations. Please visit our sponsor page and support the people who support the Festival!
A native to the Northeast Kingdom, Linda earned a B.M. in Jazz Performance Studies from Berklee College of Music. She performed extensively as a professional saxophonist throughout the United States, England and Japan. Prior to joining the Jazz Festival, Linda was Managing Director of Kingdom County Productions, bringing world-class performing arts to one of the most isolated areas of Vermont. Her longstanding commitment to jazz presentation started while at Berklee where she formed the college’s first jazz record label and established a 10-week jazz concert series with Lyme Properties.
Steve MacQueen is the Artistic Director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT, a role he has occupied since June 1, 2012. He got his start in the field some 15 years ago by programming jazz at the internationally renowned Spivey Hall in Atlanta, GA, before moving onto directorships at the Porter Center for Performing Arts in Brevard, NC, and Florida State University’s Seven Days of Opening Nights in Tallahassee, FL. He likes to think that he balances the mainstream and cutting-edge, offering a wide range of works that are both popular and challenging and he hopes you think so, too. He’s commissioned new works from artists such as Kronos Quartet, jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. He’s also played guitar and written songs in a number of bands you haven’t heard of, such as Coldwater Army, Bag We Bag, Reba Seger and Star City. He has a master’s degree in something, but doesn’t really like to talk about it.
Chelsea Lafayette joins the festival after seven years with the Flynn Center of the Performing Arts as Program Manager. She is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where she studied Communications and Art History and worked with French Quarter Festivals on Satchmo Summerfest, an annual celebration of Louis Armstrong. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Chelsea serves on the steering committee for the Burlington Young Professionals through the Lake Champlain Region Chamber of Commerce, in addition to working on the annual campaign for the United Way of Chittenden County. Come join us this year for the festival and, as they say in New Orleans, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”