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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival will not be held in June due to public health concerns surrounding Covid-19. While we hope to engage each artist in the future, all performances have been canceled.
If you are a ticket holder, we can return your tickets and process a refund. But, if you can, we ask that you consider donating the tickets back to the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival as a tax-deductible contribution, or transferring the funds to a Flynn gift certificate, which can be used for future events. Please use the online form, as soon as possible, to let us know how you would like us to proceed—whether a refund, donation, gift certificate, or a combination of these options. The Box Office can be reached at (802) 863-5966, our hours are 10 – 5 Mon – Fri and 11 – 4 on Saturdays.
“He’s probably the best tenor player in the world.” —Ornette Coleman
Following his bandleader and mentor John Coltrane into the enigmatic twists of the avant-garde, tenor sax legend Pharoah Sanders pressed on until his playing turned transcendent. His early records, such as Tauhid (1966) and Karma (1969), lend themselves to engagement beyond just listening. On them, Sanders explores the breadth of anarchic free jazz, wrestling with the sacred and profane via psychedelic beatitudes and sax hosannas. Prolific for over 50 years, Sanders’ influence is immeasurable. His later works are characterized by a cerebral mellowing of his more aggressive edge, an ebbing into mature gracefulness with no sacrifice of intensity. Sanders’ lyrical arabesques further adorn the Flynn’s Main Stage in an evening program bound to entrance, to unify, to transcend.
Opening the performance will be the Vermont All State Jazz Ensemble. The group is made up of some of the finest young jazz musicians in the state of Vermont. Auditioning in the Fall, the selected students then perform throughout the spring, culminating in an annual performance at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone; Benito Gonzalez, piano; Nat Reeves,bass; Johnathan Blake, drums
Lineup subject to change