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3rd Annual Solo Piano Festival at Vermont Jazz Center, April 12-14
(Published: February 19, 2019)

Vermont Jazz Center
Third Annual
Solo Jazz Piano Festival 2019
April 12, 13, 14

Designed to appeal to lovers of jazz piano of all ages as well as professional and amateur musicians of all instruments.

Featuring world-renowned headliners:
Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Julius Rodriguez, Kenny Werner

On the weekend of April 12-14, 2019, the Vermont Jazz Center will present its 3rd Annual VJC Solo Jazz Piano Fest. The piano was critical to the establishment of jazz as an art form and has influenced jazz's development at every harmonic turn. This event celebrates the "orchestra of all instruments" by demonstrating how some of the finest jazz pianists living today approach jazz classics and their creative originals.

If you love ragtime, boogie-woogie, stride, swing, the Great American Songbook, bebop, free jazz or complex harmonic progressions, solo jazz piano provides a fascinating and authentic lens through which to listen to all of these styles.

The VJC Solo Jazz Piano Festival will feature world-class headliners including NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Julius Rodriguez, Kenny Werner as well as regional artists to be announced. The structure of the event emphasizes learning about the jazz piano idiom through narrative, educational masterclasses and performances.

On Friday and Saturday evening the VJC will present headliner concerts at their Cotton Mill Hill performance space. These headliners are some of the top jazz piano performers in the world. It is an honor to bring them to Brattleboro.

The VJC Solo Jazz Piano Fest has emerged into a joyful collaboration between the Vermont Jazz Center and the Brattleboro Music Center. All evening concerts as well as the Sunday Educational Emphasis will all take place at the Vermont Jazz Center. The day-time portion of the Saturday schedule-including masterclasses by all headliners, a Q and A panel with all the artists, and 25-minute concerts by regionally acclaimed jazz pianists-will take place at the Brattleboro Music Center.

This year's festival, the third of its kind, will build on last year's successful model that emphasized theory and practice interspersed with the beauty and spontaneity of performance. Throughout the weekend, master classes offer windows into the processes of playing jazz piano: touch, tone, technique, repertoire and lots of stories - these master classes are a playful doorway into the lives and fascinating minds of musicians.

These classes are designed to be enjoyed by all participants- not just pianists. Sunday Educational Emphasis portion will include a workshop on "Effortless Mastery," a learning process developed by Kenny Werner and laid out in his book of the same name.

Werner is now the Artistic Director of the Effortless Mastery Institute at Berklee School of Music. Berklee's website states that the goal of Effortless Mastery is "to help musicians play from the deepest parts of themselves and rediscover their connection to music." Four previously-selected students will also play in a "piano forum" for Kenny Werner and Julius Rodriguez while receiving valuable feedback, as the other participant glean information by observing this process in action.

The Annual VJC Solo Piano Fest, first presented in 2017, was inspired by the donation of a world-class quality Steinway Concert Grand piano to the Vermont Jazz Center. Through a generous gift from The McKenzie Family Charitable Trust, who also provided for it to be fully rebuilt and restored by technician William Ballard. This piano was initially owned by the concert pianist and virtuoso Lorin Hollander. The aims and effects of this event are well summed up by attendee Steve Merriman, who wrote about his experience that "The combination of master classes and formal performance was a truly wonderful way to organize this event. The opportunity to discover a community of kinship established through a shared love of the solo piano genre and demonstrations of that genre by a fabulous array of superlative players channeling their gifts through an extraordinary instrument make for a weekend of true piano jazz bliss."

The Vermont Jazz Center is grateful for the opportunity to present artists of historical significance in its third Annual VJC Solo Piano Fest, and encourages music lovers of all genres and styles to attend. This event is meant for all, and is definitely not only for piano players or jazzers. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Vermont Jazz Center is honored for the opportunity to present New England's only Solo Jazz Piano Fest on April 12- 14, 2019 and is particularly thankful to both Katy Oz and to a generous anonymous sponsor who is connected with the VJC's Summer Jazz Workshop for supporting this endeavor.

The VJC is thankful for the ongoing support from the Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Holiday Inn Express of Brattleboro. VJC publicity is underwritten by the Brattleboro Reformer, WVPR, WVEW and WFCR.

Tickets are available online at www.vtjazz.org, by email at ginger@vtjazz.org, or by calling the Vermont Jazz Center ticket line at 802-254-9088, ext. 1. Handicapped access is available by calling the VJC at 802 254 9088. All seats are general admission. Schools can contact the VJC for discounted vouchers.

More Information: http://www.vtjazz.org

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