The Vermont Jazz Center Spring semester runs 10 weeks, February 15- April 30, 2021. Work exchange opportunities are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Registration questions and work exchange information: firstname.lastname@example.org All Other Inquiries: email@example.com Private Lessons: Send summary of your musical background to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll match you with a qualified instructor. Schedule for Spring Education 2021 Mondays 5:00 - 6:00 pm Blue Note Ensemble (in-person, begins 2/15/21) Tuesdays 10:30 am - Noon Rhythm Lab (on-line, begins 2/16/21) 3:45 - 5:00 pm Youth Jazz Ensemble (on-line, begins 2/16/21) 5:30 - 7:00 pm Soubrette Recording Project (on-line, begins 2/16/21) Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:30 pm Ear Training Theory (on-line, begins 2/17/21) 4:00 - 5:00 pm NEW: Electric Bass in a Jazz Context (on-line, begins 2/17/21) 4:30 - 5:30 pm Latin Jazz Ensemble (Starting date postponed) 7:00 - 8:30 pm NEW: Music Around the World (on-line, begins 2/17/21) Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm Singing the Standards (on-line, begins 2/18/21) 8:00 - 9:00 pm NEW: Jazz and Spirituality (on-line, begins 2/18/21) Fridays 4:30 - 5:30 pm NEW: Hard Bop Plus, History (on-line, begins 2/19/21) Saturdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW: 5 Goals of Jazz Guitar (on-line, begins 2/20/21) Sundays 7:00 - 8:30 pm Zoom Tunes (last Sunday of each month) Tuition: • $200 per semester for ten 1 hour-long sessions • $250 per semester for ten 1 ½ hour-long sessions • Youth Jazz $100 for eight 1 ¼ hour-long sessions • Zoom Tunes $15 per 1 ½ hour-long session
Racers of all ages have two weeks to run "11 miles of trouble," or 5k! Help us honor the West River Trail and celebrate our community by joining this fun friendraiser to benefit The Collaborative!
Friday & Saturday, April 23-24, 2021 Six extraordinary artists representing a wide variety of piano styles come together to pour their hearts into their performances and communicate their unique ideas in masterclasses. A weekend of concerts and educational opportunities that celebrate the breadth and depth of solo jazz piano for music-lovers who want to dig deep into the piano’s unique capacity to convey a broad range of sounds, textures and rich harmonic options. This instrument gives artists an unparalleled medium to express feelings, concepts and emotions through its unmatched versatility. The VJC is offering the Festival by donation. Tickets are valued at $95 for the weekend or $20 per concert. Your contribution will go directly towards sustaining the Vermont Jazz Center’s mission of providing access to top quality jazz music to all as well as fair employment to jazz musicians. VJC Piano Festival Schedule: Friday, April 23 8:00 Harvey Diamond Performance 8:45 Harvey Diamond Interview 9:00 Elio Villafranca Performance 9:45 Elio Villafranca Interview Saturday, April 24 10:00 Masterclass- Harvey Diamond – Lessons from Tristano 11:00 Masterclass- Elio Villafranca- Music from the Root Up! 12:00 Masterclass- Kris Davis – From Monk to Ligeti 1:00 Lunch Break 2:30 Emerging Artist Performance & Interview- Camila Cortina 3:50 Emerging Artist Performance & Interview- Hidemi Akaiwa 4:00 Masterclass- Craig Taborn – Strategies for Improvised Performances 5:00 Juried Questions to Headliners 6:00 Dinner Break 8:00 Kris Davis Performance 8:45 Kris Davis Interview 9:00 Craig Taborn Performance 9:45 Craig Taborn Interview
In her debut solo museum exhibition, Jennifer Mack-Watkins explores history, recalls childhood memories, imagines joy, and acknowledges the importance of positive representation of African Americans. As a printmaker, parent, and educator, Mack-Watkins also shares how she examines her artistic process as a form of resistance against the erasure and invisibility of African American culture. Join Mack-Watkins, Daricia Mia DeMarr of Black Women in Visual Arts, and Novella Ford of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a spirited conversation about Children of the Sun, holding space for our own narratives, and what we can learn from the archives. ADMISSION: Free Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Jennifer Mack-Watkins lives and works in New York and New Jersey. She earned her B.A. in Studio Art from Morris Brown College, her M.A.T. in Art Education from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Pratt Institute. Mack-Watkins’s artwork investigates societal conventions that isolate and confine individuals into predefined identities. Daricia Mia DeMarr is co-founder of Black Women in Visual Arts. She served as assistant director at the NYU Kimmel Center Galleries, curated “Respectfully Yours” at the Queens Museum, Bulova Center, and founded Pi Arts Projects. DeMarr is currently gallery manager at Peg Alston Fine Arts and serves as an independent curator, arts administrator, and consultant. Novella Ford is the Associate Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of The New York Public Library. She connects diverse audiences to the archives and engages history through dialogue, performance, literature, and visual arts.
In this live Zoom presentation, NYC-based Dominican-American visual artist and musician Kenny Rivero (b. 1981) and Charles Moffett, Director of Charles Moffett Gallery, discuss Rivero’s work and his first solo museum exhibition, Palm Oil, Rum, Honey, Yellow Flowers, on view at BMAC through June 13, 2021. Rivero and Moffett are joined by artist Michael Jevon Demps, whose multidisciplinary work exploring the nature of being and Black interior lives echoes Rivero’s interests in identity, personal history, and memory.