Just announced: Mavis Staples, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld Duo, Joe Locke’s Love is a Pendulum, Steve Lehman Octet, and Mimi Jones Band
Member Pre-Sale Starts Today: Wayne Shorter Quartet, Chris Botti, Christian McBride Trio and Melissa Aldana + Crash Trio
Members at the $120 level and above can purchase tickets today. Check out all the shows on sale here. To become a member, stop by the box office at 153 Main Street in Burlington, call at 802-863-5996 or become a member online here. If you become a member online, your pre-sale code will be emailed to you within 24 hours.
Find out more information and create your own festival schedule at discoverjazz.com/calendar.
Headlining the opening night of the Discover Jazz Festival will be NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter, a “true musical giant” (Los Angeles Times). Shorter first became prominent as the primary composer for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, then as a member of Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet, frequently cited as one of the most influential groups in the history of jazz. In the ‘70s, Shorter co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report, one of the earliest pre-eminent jazz fusion bands. The upcoming performance comes full circle for the Discover Jazz Festival’s Managing Director Linda Little, who performed with the Vermont All State Jazz Ensemble as the opening act for Shorter’s show at the Flynn in 1999. In his return to Burlington, Shorter is joined by pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, all virtuosos and bandleaders in their own right. The quartet is fueled by one of jazz’s most influential composers, still keen to venture into uncharted territory. (Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8pm, MainStage at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, $25-80)
Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana is winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the first female instrumentalist to take first prize. A teenage standout on the Chilean jazz scene before attending Berklee College of Music, Aldana has a big, fierce sound with range that’s “controlled and loose, old and new” (New York Times). For Crash Trio, the 27 year-old has enlisted fellow Chilean Pablo Menares on bass and the astonishing, Cuban-born drummer Francisco Mela as support for one of the most exhilarating jazz combos around. “It’s not too soon to call her great. She owns the future.”—JazzTimes (Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8pm, FlynnSpace, $25)
The annual Artist-in-Residence program continues this year with the Christian McBride Trio. As one the most recorded musicians of his generation, McBride has performed on albums with Sting, James Brown, Paul McCartney and Queen Latifah in addition to being a four-time Grammy winner. Performing with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., McBride leads an energized and youthful trio powered from the ground up. As the Detroit Free Press says “Christian McBride comes out swinging.” As Artist-in-Residence, McBride will be in town all week hosting Meet-the-Artist sessions and workshops, working with the Vermont All-State Jazz Band and maybe even appearing at some pop-up events like DJ-ing at a local venue. (Two performances: Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8pm & 10pm, FlynnSpace, $35)
Trumpeter Chris Botti, the world’s biggest-selling jazz instrumentalist, was never the same after hearing Miles Davis’ My Funny Valentine at age 12. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album, Botti is a masterful musician equally at home in both jazz and pop. Botti is renowned for his work with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, as well as being featured in multiple PBS specials, including his platinum-selling live DVD Chris Botti in Boston (not an easy feat in today’s record industry). A uniquely expressive and imaginative performer, Botti is at turns intimate and thunderous, as likely to play the second movement of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez as he is Al Green’s grooving Let’s Stay Together. (Sunday, June 14, 2015, 8pm, MainStage at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, $25-85)
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival announces a television series with Vermont PBS featuring live recordings of all eight FlynnSpace performances during the 2015 festival. Each performance will be filmed live, along with behind-the-scenes artist interviews, to be aired throughout the year on Vermont PBS. The FlynnSpace Series annually features a mix of established and emerging artists with a range of styles intended to exemplify the festival’s mission of music discovery. The series will increase access to these culturally and historically diverse jazz programs for communities across Vermont, in addition to being available to PBS networks across the country. The series is made possible in part by generous support from Northfield Savings Bank.
The first two FlynnSpace performances go on sale Monday, February 23 to members; Friday, February 27 to the public. Find out more and select your favorites at discoverjazz.com/calendar.
Join us tonight for Gregory Porter, live on the Flynn MainStage. You may even get a sneak peek at what’s in store for the 2015 festival. Check back tomorrow for more news!
“The brilliant new voice of jazz.” —Huffington Post
A big man with a big sound, Gregory Porter has quickly become one of jazz’s most important male vocalists. The 2014 Grammy winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album is a soul-drenched singer with star power, and has “what you want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know you wanted” (New York Times). A minister’s son with a deep love of Nat King Cole, Porter personifies the soulful spirit of the ’70s and combines gospel-shout power with the honeyed tone of a crooner. Prepare to be moved by this incredible live performer.
IT STARTS THIS FRIDAY, FOLKS! Get excited!! We can’t wait!!
If you’re counting down the hours (like we are) and want to get a taste of what’s to come, check out this video, made by our incredible presenting sponsor, Northfield Savings Bank.
The 31st annual festival runs from May 30 – June 8 and kicks off summer in Vermont, as always, with a monster lineup featuring legendary artists. Today the festival has grown into a 10-day celebration hosting hundreds of events at venues, clubs, and restaurants all over the city. Every corner of Burlington resonates with music, and the festival truly brings the city alive. Past festivals featured a veritable feast of jazz legends from Ella Fitzgerald to Dizzie Gillespie to Bobby McFerrin. Discover Jazz has its finger on the pulse of contemporary jazz, presenting the preeminent musicians and rising stars of today.
The festival leaps into full swing with a performance by violinist Regina Carter (Friday, May 30 at 8pm, Flynn MainStage). The 2006 MacArthur Fellow’s improvisational music – intelligent and daring – is a passport to other worlds, from jazz to classical to soul, and she “takes the listener into the future of jazz” (TIME).
The following evening, Tony Bennett (Saturday, May 31 at 8 pm, Flynn MainStage) will showcase his legendary vocals, charming stage presence, and signature tunes which form a part of the fabric of American culture. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes seventeen Grammy Awards, one of which is the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His daughter, Antonia Bennett, will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards.
Neither blues nor R&B, Grégoire Maret (Saturday, May 31 at 10pm, FlynnSpace) is a “harmonica virtuoso” (New York Times) whose style evokes the soul-searing expression of the legendary Stevie Wonder. Maret’s style is lyrical and progressive and stretches effortlessly across numerous musical genres.
Listenable and insane: that’s how Dawn of Midi (Sunday, June 1 at 6pm, FlynnSpace) describes their all-acoustic, electronica-inspired trance grooves, as red-blooded and rhythmic as a seamless DJ set.
On Sunday night the Flynn MainStage will be home to a double bill performance by NEA Jazz Masters Ron Carter and Benny Golson (Sunday, June 1 at 8pm).Grammy-winner Ron Carter is “living proof that integrity and clarity of artistic vision are alive and well” (EmArcy). Among the most prolific and influential bassists in jazz, Carter has more than 2,000 albums to his credit and was elected to the DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame in 2012. Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson’s playing career spans six decades: from his childhood days with John Coltrane, to years with Dizzy Gillespie’s band, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and as co-leader of the Jazztet.
Bassist and composer Linda Oh (Monday, June 2 at 8pm, FlynnSpace) draws upon her Chinese, Malaysian, and Australian roots to create music that’s “graceful and sometimes aggressive” (New York Times). A rising star in a fearless group of jazz progressives, Oh embraces her love of rock and classical in jazz compositions full of spirit, atmosphere, and creative depth.
Julian Lage (Tuesday, June 3 at 8pm, FlynnSpace) is a monstrously gifted guitarist, a one-time prodigy who turned pro at age seven. His unique style melds various genres with blinding technique, and has led him to be called “a giant in the making” (All About Jazz).
Supremely inventive and virtuosic pianist Geoffrey Keezer’s (Wednesday, June 4 at 8pm, FlynnSpace) unique compositions and acclaimed performances are famous for their exotically complex rhythms and harmonies. Keezer has the “wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole” (TIME).
The Nth Power (Wednesday, June 4 at 9pm, Nectar’s) – members of Dumpstaphunk, John Brown’s Body, Lettuce, Toubab Krewe, and Jennifer Hartswick Band – will inspire you to dance and groove with their gospel-tinged three-part harmonies and a merciless blend of world-beat, funk, gospel, and jazz. Alan Evans’ Playonbrother, brainchild of Alan Evans, the co-founder, writer, and drummer of Soulive, is chock-full of heady licks, booming drumbeats, and swirling organ.
Baltimore’s Warren Wolf (Thursday, June 5 at 8pm, FlynnSpace) is one of the premier vibraphonists of his generation, back for his own performance as a leader after stealing the show at the 2012 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival as a member of Christian McBride’s Inside Straight. Wolf creates a hypnotic sound that’s “spiced with harmonic ingenuity” (The Guardian), harnessing the power of bebop, blues, and swing.
The Waterfront Park Thursday Tent heats up with one of the most sampled musicicans in history, headliner Maceo Parker (Thursday, June 5 at 6pm). First as the lynchpin of James Brown’s band and then as a crew member of Parliament-Funkadelic, Parker’s soulful playing and vocals have established him as “one of the all-time great saxophonists” (San Jose Mercury News).
Big Chief Donald Harrison (Friday, June 6 at 8pm, Flynn MainStage) is Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group, a band that preserves the legacy of black New Orleans residents parading in incredible, Native American-influenced costumes at Mardi Gras.
Valerie June (Friday, June 6 at 9:30pm, Signal Kitchen) draws on the rich wellspring of American roots, blending folk and blues into a timeless sound that sits outside any particular musical era. Just off tour opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, she is a singular performer ready for the spotlight.
Waterfront Park Saturday Tent delivers serious homegrown grooves with the 20th Anniversary Reunion of Belizbeha (Saturday, June 7 at 4:30pm). Returning for their first local appearance since 2009, the acid-jazz/funk legends rocked Burlington constantly for close to a decade. The Jennifer Hartswick Band and Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band will open.
Cécile McLorin Salvant (Saturday, June 7 at 8pm & 10pm, FlynnSpace) is one of the most celebrated young vocalists in jazz, earning herself a Grammy nomination for her latest record. Revered for her unique interpretations of jazz compositions both familiar and obscure, she has a deep, velvety voice and a sublime feel for the blues – “Salvant has it all” (New York Times).
High-powered tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi (Sunday, June 8 at 6pm, FlynnSpace) has redefined approaches to jazz improvisation. A fixture of the Boston jazz scene, Bergonzi is a legendary live performer defined by his commanding grasp of chord changes and unbelievable musical imagination.
As a leading force in Afro-Caribbean music for more than half a century, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri was the last great bandleader to emerge from the Palladium Ballroom’s golden era. The beloved patriarch of Latin music is joined by his septet Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band (Sunday, June 8 at 8pm, MainStage)for gravity-defying grooves.
Visit flynntix.org or call the Flynn box office at 802-86-FLYNN to purchase tickets. We hope to see you there!
With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett (Saturday, May 31 at 8 pm, Flynn MainStage) is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes seventeen Grammy Awards, one of which is the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true international treasure. His signature tunes, such as Steppin’ Out With My Baby and I Left My Heart In San Francisco form part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, Tony Bennett is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers. Tony Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett, is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has been touring with her father. She will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards.
The Waterfront Park Saturday Tent delivers serious homegrown grooves with the 20th Anniversary Reunion of Belizbeha (Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 pm). Returning for their first local appearance since 2009, the acid-jazz/funk legends rocked Burlington constantly for close to a decade, bringing people onto the floor with soulful hip-hop sounds, funky keyboards, and a rumbling rhythm section. The Jennifer Hartswick Band and Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band will open.
As a leading force in Afro-Caribbean music for more than half a century, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri was the last great bandleader to emerge from the Palladium Ballroom’s golden era. The beloved patriarch of Latin music is joined by his septet Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band (Sunday, June 8 at 8 pm, MainStage) for gravity-defying grooves.
Listenable and insane: that’s how Dawn of Midi (Sunday, June 1 at 6 pm, FlynnSpace) describes their all-acoustic, electronica-inspired trance grooves. The Brooklyn trio has earned rave reviews for their mesmerizing live shows that are equal parts Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, and Can. This is a minimalist joint to shake your hips to, as red-blooded and rhythmic as a seamless DJ set—classical music, jazz, and indie rock combined in a deep, entrancing soundscape.
Tickets for these performances go on sale Monday, March 10 at 10 am to Members of the Discover Jazz Festival at the Messenger level and above, and to the general public Friday, March 14 at 10 am, at the FlynnTix Regional Box Office. Members of the Discover Jazz Festival at the Messenger level and above also receive a 10% discount on tickets to Big Chief Donald Harrison’s performance. For more information on membership, visit www.discoverjazz.com/friends.