The new season of the Discover Jazz on Vermont PBS television series is airing now!
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival announces the premiere of a new season of its television series Discover Jazz on Vermont PBS with the first episode airing Saturday, October 1 at 9pm. The series features eight performances from some of the best established and emerging artists on the international jazz scene, recorded live in FlynnSpace at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. The second season of series was recorded in June during the 2016 festival and features: Marcus Roberts Trio, Charenée Wade, Jimmy Greene Quartet, Jenny Scheinman and Myra Melford Duo, Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde, Ingrid Jensen Quintet featuring Christine Jensen, Tyshawn Sorey: Koan Quartet, and The Rodriguez Brothers.
The inaugural series premiered in 2015 and returns this year with a new crop of remarkable artists. The series speaks directly to Vermont PBS’s involvement and participation in the various arts, culture, and entertainment offerings in Vermont. Demonstrating the mission of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival to broaden awareness and appreciation of jazz through quality live performances and contribute to the national jazz dialogue, the project expands access to the uniquely American art form that is jazz. The series will be available to PBS viewers via broadcast and streaming online, as an opportunity to experience some of the best musicians on the jazz scene, performing live in concert.
Vermont PBS has recorded eight performances during the 2016 festival, including profiles and interviews with the artists, to be aired in a multi-part television series. The Discover Jazz series continues the live music experience online with extended cuts and bonus material.
October 1-November 19
Saturdays at 9pm on Vermont PBS
Saturday, OCT 1 at 9pm – Charenée Wade – Watch full episode
Saturday, OCT 8 at 9pm – Jimmy Greene Quartet – Watch full episode
Saturday, OCT 15 at 9pm – Ingrid Jensen Quintet featuring Christine Jensen – Watch full episode
Saturday, OCT 22 at 9pm – Marcus Roberts Trio – Watch full episode
Saturday, OCT 29 at 9pm – Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde – Watch full episode
Saturday, NOV 5 at 9pm – The Rodriguez Brothers – Watch full episode
Saturday, NOV 12 at 9pm – Jenny Scheinman & Myra Melford Duo – Watch full episode
Saturday, NOV 19 at 9pm – Tyshawn Sorey: Koan Quartet – Watch full episode
About the Artists
Charenée Wade (Saturday, October 1) – Watch full episode
In her live performances, Charenée 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, Wade established herself as an obvious heir to Sarah Vaughn and Betty Carter. She 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.
Charenée Wade, voice / Lakecia Benjamin, alto saxophone / Oscar Perez, piano / Lonnie Plaxico, bass / Darrell Green, drums
Jimmy Greene Quartet (Saturday, October 8) – Watch full episode
Jimmy Greene’s most recent record, Beautiful Life, celebrates his six-year old daughter, Ana Márquez Greene, whose life was taken tragically at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Nominated for two Grammys, the album is not only the outpouring of a parent in grief, but a devotion to the sense of how Ana lived. Beautiful Life drifts above its solemn anchor to present a stunning exploration of experimental jazz, traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, and standard ballads. His live sound, captured on such recordings as Live at Birdland! and Live at Smalls, underscores Greene’s elemental power expressed in tones, ultimately, of hope.
Jimmy Greene, saxophones / Kevin Hays, piano / Doug Weiss, bass / Otis Brown III, drums
Ingrid Jensen Quintet featuring Christine Jensen (Saturday, October 15) – Watch full episode
In Ingrid Jensen’s hands, the trumpet reaches far beyond its expected potential. Her playing can be dense or breezy, playful or contemplative in performances of impressive spirit and range. Jensen’s resume of collaborators includes British singer-songwriter Corrine Bailey Rae, with whom she performed on Saturday Night Live, and Maria Schneider, who led Jensen in Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The evening will feature Ingrid’s sister, Montreal-based saxophonist Christine Jensen, “one of Canada’s most compelling composers.” (Globe and Mail)
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet & effects / Christine Jensen, alto & soprano saxophone / Jon Cowherd, piano & rhodes / Matt Clohesy, bass / Jon Wikan, drums
Marcus Roberts Trio (Saturday, October 22) – Watch full episode
Marcus 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 from prestigious institutions such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP. In 2014, Roberts received an honorary doctorate from the Julliard School. The trio’s sets play out conversations of tempos and mood, constantly testing and redrawing the limits of a trio, 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.
Marcus Roberts, piano / Rodney Jordan, bass /Jason Marsalis, drums
Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde (Saturday, October 29) – Watch full episode
Trombonist Jacob Garchick can be found just about anywhere you look. Originally from San Francisco, the composer and arranger has become a vital part of New York’s downtown and Brooklyn jazz scenes. He has contributed arrangements and transcriptions for the Kronos Quartet, worked with minimalist mastermind Terry Riley, collaborated with experimental composer Laurie Anderson, and performs regularly with saxman Lee Konitz and his nonet. His current project, Ye Olde, has lined Garchik up with an avant-garde supergroup bringing a fantastical and sublime work of the imagination.
Jacob Garchik, trombone / Brandon Seabrook, guitar / Jonathan Goldberger, guitar / Ava Mendoza, guitar / Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
The Rodriguez Brothers (Saturday, November 5) – Watch full episode
Co-led by pianist Robert and trumpeter Michael, The Rodriguez Brothers incorporate the Afro-Cuban music of Miami nightclubs into a mix of traditional and modern jazz. Individually, the brothers have worked with Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Quincy Jones, and Harry Connick Jr. Together, they have released several acclaimed records, including their latest effort, Impromptu, which was nominated this year for the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award.
Michael Rodriguez, trumpet / Robert Rodriguez, piano / Zach Brown, bass / Ludwig A
Jenny Scheinman and Myra Melford Duo (Saturday, November 12) – Watch full episode
Jenny Scheinman is a violinist, singer, and songwriter who interprets folk traditions in a deeply emotional context grounded in jazz. For this performance, Scheinman is joined by pianist and composer Myra Melford, who over the course of more than two decades has crafted a singular sound that harmonizes the intricate and the expressive, the meditative and the assertive, the cerebral and the playful. While Melford’s music continually reaches toward a state of transcendence, it still remains deeply rooted in the blues traditions she heard growing up outside Chicago. Together, the duo is sublime.
Tyshawn Sorey: Koan Quartet (Saturday, November 19) – Watch full episode
Percussionist and composer Tyshawn Sorey describes some of what he does as “intuitive music,” in which he composes without composing, navigating through space and sound without a roadmap. His influences trace not only to the great jazz predecessors, but also to the innovators of 20th century classical music, such as Morton Feldman, Karlheinz Staukhausen, and Pierre Boulez. Developing upon their avant-garde modernism, Sorey is in a minimalist’s universe of possibility. Last year, he wrapped up a week holding court at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York, a series of performances that earned high praise from the New York Times.
Ben Gerstein, trombone / Mat Maneri, viola & violin / Todd Neufeld, acoustic guitar / Tyshawn Sorey, drums, percussion, & piano