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Rubblebucket and Robert Randolph and The Family Band to headline Waterfront Park Tent

The final lineup has been announced for the 2015 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival including Rubblebucket and Robert Randolph and The Family Band as headliners for the Waterfront Park Tent shows.

Rubblebucket is a loud, sweaty party machine that blurs the line between psychedelic indie rock, dance, afro-beat, and radiant, out-there weirdness. The Brooklyn band with Vermont roots  is packed with horns, synth, guitars, and harmonies, and sound like “hippies who have taken over a city, hog-tied any uptight citizens, and painted all the buildings in neon war paint” (LA Music Blog). Their raucous live show includes giant robot puppets and love-tunnels, propelled by the band’s tight arrangements and hip shaking grooves. Paste Magazine calls Rubblebucket “instrumentally rich but catchy enough to ass-kick Katy Perry off the pop charts.”
Rubblebucket, Saturday, June 13, Waterfront Park Tent, Doors at 5pm with VT Nectar’s Grill, Music at 6pm; $30 (Limited Earlybird Tickets for $25)

Check out Rubblebucket’s video for Carousel Ride  on YouTube.
Led by a “sacred steel” guitarist who grew up playing gospel, Robert Randolph and The Family Band is one of the most intense live acts in the game. After being introduced to Stevie Ray Vaughan as a teenager, Randolph completely restyled his pedal steel playing into a ferocious wah-wah slide technique, and is now considered one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time by Rolling Stone. Made of equal parts funk, blues, rock, and soul, the band can switch between covers of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the Doobie Brothers, and Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile in an instant. Come see Robert Randolph and The Family Band play and feel like you’ve stumbled onto a raucous underground jam session.
Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Thursday, June 11, Waterfront Park Tent, Doors at 5pm with VT Nectar’s Grill, Music at 6pm; $25 (Limited Earlybird Tickets for $20)
Check out Robert Randolph and The Family Band’s video for Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That on YouTube.
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Just announced: Mavis Staples, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld Duo, Joe Locke’s Love is a Pendulum, Steve Lehman Octet, and Mimi Jones Band

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Announces Headliner Mavis Staples 
 
Over more than six decades, Mavis Staples has become a legend in American music. On Friday, June 12, she will take the stage at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts as one of the headliners of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. From delta-inflected gospel in the 1950s (Uncloudy Day), to the engaged protest of the ‘60s (Freedom Highway), to pop radio in the 1970s with a series of chart hits (I’ll Take You There, Respect Yourself, and Let’s Do It Again), to countless jazz and blues collaborations, Staples has done it all. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2011 for You Are Not Alone, her first album produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. On her new Tweedy-produced album, One True Vine, Staples serves a darker, nuanced collection of songs that includes covers of Funkadelic and Nick Lowe. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone—who described her voice as “a rich, liquid wonder”—called her one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. (Mavis Staples, Friday, June 12 at 8pm, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, $15-48)
 
The FlynnSpace Series Adds Four More Shows
 
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival announces four more shows to be added to the FlynnSpace lineup: Steve Lehman Octet, Joe Locke’s Love is a Pendulum, Mimi Jones Band, and Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld Duo. The FlynnSpace Series of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival will be filmed for 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 series is made possible in part by generous support from Northfield Savings Bank.
 
Sunday, June 7 at 8pm – Steve Lehman Octet– FlynnSpace – $25
Monday, June 8 at 8pm – Joe Locke’s Love is a Pendulum – FlynnSpace – $25
Thursday, June 11 at 8pm – Mimi Jones Band – FlynnSpace – $25
Sunday, June 14 at 6pm – Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld Duo  – FlynnSpace – $25
 
New York-born Steve Lehman is a remarkable saxophonist and composer who is quietly transforming jazz.  Lehman’s new album, Mise En Abîme, was named #1 in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. The New York Times call him “superb . . . immediately gripping . . . perfectly ultramodern.”  Named a Rising Star on the alto sax four years in a row by Downbeat, Lehman creates layered soundscapes that are fluid, funky, and fractured, leading his octet in a balance of thought-provoking concepts and nimble improvisation. Washes of horn float above vibraphone, electronics, and a kaleidoscopic rhythm section for a sound that’s “astonishing, and far beyond convention” (All Music Guide). 
Steve Lehman, alto saxophone Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Mark Shim, tenor saxophone; Jacob Garchik, trombone; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Jose Davila, tuba; Drew Gress, bass; Cody Brown, drums 
 
Joe Locke is the jazz world’s preeminent vibraphonist and an accomplished band leader whose style is “cool and funky, heady and relaxed” (The Times London). A soloist with stunning physical power and broad emotional rang, Locke has won numerous awards and polls, including the 2006, 2008, and 2009 “Mallet Player of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association. Locke has performed and recorded with artists including Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, and the Beastie Boys. In his Burlington debut, Locke brings the crystalline tone and warm glow of his quintet to FlynnSpace. 
Joe Locke, vibes; Robert Rodriquez, piano; Terreon Gully, drums; Ricardo Rodriguez, bass
 
New York bassist and vocalist Mimi Jones is stylishly eclectic, mixing jazzy soul-pop, funk, world beat rhythms, rock, and chilled-out balladry. A positive and inspiring composer, Jones’ songs melt seamlessly from one to another while being warmed by her sultry voice. Jones regularly appears with saxophonist Tia Fuller as part of the Fuller Quartet, and also recently appeared on Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning album Mosaic Project. Jones and her quintet perform music from the ambitious 2014 release Balance, an album that All About Jazz says “leaves little doubt that Jones is really doing it—and doing it well.”
 
Montreal duo Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld are known for their indie rock work as members of Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre, and Bon Iver as well as for their acclaimed solo outings. Together, they create rich soundscapes wherein violin, saxophone, and muted vocals combine to make music that straddles jazz, modern classical, ambient, and electronica.  Neufeld’s violin loops create urgent melodies against Stetson’s saxophone, whose knack for circular breathing helps create complex, enchanting compositions. The duo comes to Burlington following the release of their debut full-length album on Constellation Records, Never Were the Way She Was, which was recorded in a Vermont farmhouse. Life is Noise calls it “an incredibly moving combination that’s equal parts catharsis and soul destroying beauty.”
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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.

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First Look at the 2015 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Lineup

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)

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We have a television series!

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.

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Gregory Porter Tonight at the Flynn

 

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.

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IT ALL STARTS **THIS FRIDAY!**

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.

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