The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival announces a sneak peek at the 2016 headliners: Randy Newman, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Charenée Wade, and Marcus Roberts Trio. Opening the 2016 festival on the Flynn MainStage will be Randy Newman, who Rolling Stone called “one of the most brilliant composers and songwriters of his generation.” His art has moved generations of fans, from listeners drawn to 1977’s sardonic Little Criminals to those listeners’ children, enchanted by his many beloved film scores (the Toy Story series, A Bug’s Life, The Princess and the Frog, Monsters Inc., and others).
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones reunite for an exclusive summer tour, making a stop at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival to headline at the Waterfront Tent on Thursday, June 9. Formed in 1988, the multi-Grammy Award winning Flecktones soon established themselves as one of the most innovative supergroups in music history.
This announcement brings first glimpse of the 2016 FlynnSpace series set to feature vocalist Charenée Wade. Runner-up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenée Wade establishes herself as an obvious heir to Sarah Vaughn and Betty Carter with her project interpreting the songs of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson.
Headlining two sets in FlynnSpace, Marcus Roberts Trio also join the 2016 festival as Artist-in-Residence, a program that invites celebrated jazz musicians to spend time in the community, participate in local music education, and further engage festival goers, local groups, and social service agencies. In its fourth year, the program emphasizes the importance of a meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange in expanding jazz audiences.
All four shows on sale to $120+ members on Tuesday, March 8 at 10am; On sale to public on Monday, March 14 at 10am. More information about ticketing
2016 Festival Headliners
Friday, June 3, 2016
“One of the most brilliant composers and songwriters of his generation” – Rolling Stone
For over half a century Randy Newman has composed Grammy and Academy Award-winning music charged with his signature pairing of wry wit and tender empathy. His art has moved generations of fans, from listeners drawn to 1977’s sardonic Little Criminals to those listeners’ children, enchanted by his many beloved film scores (the Toy Story series, A Bug’s Life, The Princess and the Frog, Monsters Inc., and others).
Newman is the recipient of six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards. He has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Most recently, Newman was presented with a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in June 2014.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Doors and VT Nectar’s Grill at 5pm; Music at 6pm (opener TBA)
“It’s all fair game in the limitless musical universe of the Flecktones.” —NPR
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones formed in 1988 at the barren crossroads of bluegrass and jazz and soon established themselves as one of the most innovative supergroups in music history. Along with Fleck’s prodigious banjo playing, the Flecktones also introduced the world to bassist Victor Wooten, who has since become one of the most influential bass players since Jaco Pastorius; and to his brother, Futureman, whose drumitar redefined the possibilities of percussion. Harmonicist/pianist Howard Levy is now acknowledged as the world’s most advanced diatonic harmonic player. The original lineup of the multi-Grammy Award winning Flecktones reunites for this 2016 tour. Futureman likens the reunion to Star Trek, with “the original crew of the Enterprise coming together on a new mission.”
Thursday, June 9, 2016
“Ms. Wade is a jazz singer of commanding skill, an heir to the legacies of Betty Carter and Carmen McRae.” —New York Times
In her live performances, Wade incorporates the room’s energy as an instrument shared between the audience and the band. Interpreting the songs of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson on her 2015 release, Offering, Charenée Wade establishes herself as an obvious heir to Sarah Vaughn and Betty Carter. Her cool vocal fortitude on the record teases out, plays off of, and develops upon the band’s dense cycle of moods. Wade was the First Runner-up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, and is currently a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College, and with the Jazzmobile Workshop program. Wade performs internationally and regularly throughout New York City.
Saturday, June 9, 2016
“We call him ‘the genius of modern piano’ because he is.” —Wynton Marsalis
The Marcus Roberts Trio can alternate from a rhythm-led exploration of uncharted soundscapes to sunny funk propelled by Roberts’ piano. With Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis behind the drums, each of the three players takes turns at the helm with equal virtuosity. Their sets play out conversations of tempos and mood, constantly testing and redrawing the limits of a trio. Roberts has toured with Wynton Marsalis and is a mentee of Maestro Seiji Ozawa, with whom he and the trio have also collaborated. Roberts has received numerous commissioning awards, including ones from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP. In 2014 Roberts received an honorary doctorate from the Julliard School.