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Thursday Jazz at Brandon Music

JAZZ AT THE CAFE
Brandon Music has teamed up with the highly influential and succesful NH Jazz Presents to introduce the best of jazz, with top artists from New York, Boston and farther afield, as well as the best of Vermont jazz and artists from even further afield. Concerts are now monthly, on Thursday, at 7:30 pm.

See list of concerts below:
See the 2012 Sunday series archive here and the 2012 Thursday series here

DINNER AND CONCERT: For Thursdays performances we are offering an early bird dinner special, from 4pm until 6:30pm (Last seating 6:00); Reservations are required. The special to include concert ticket and dinner is $30 (+$1.35 tax). The full daily menu is also available at varied prices including our chef's multi-award winning chili and a variety of local and British entrees and desserts.

Jazz CDs: we are starting to offer CDs by several of the visting jazz musicians: many to come: we start with four cool albums by The Bruce Gertz Quintet - here

Venue: Brandon Music Cafe. We recommend reservations but you can pay at the door. We have a capacity of 50 and some big names will draw capacity audiences.
TO RESERVE TICKETS AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD (visa or MC only) C
ALL 802-465-4071

 

JULY 11 - JOHANNES WALLMAN

The prolific performer and pianist, Johannes Wallmann plays at Brandon Music on Thursday, July 11 th at 7:30pm as part of the monthly jazz series.

Born in Münster, Germany, Johannes Wallmann grew up on Canada's Vancouver Island, where he was a student of piano and guitar. Deciding to pursue a career in music, Wallmann moved first to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, and then New York City where he earned a Master's and Ph.D. in jazz studies from New York University.

Wallmann is a two-time Canada Council artist grant recipient, and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has performed or recorded with Danny Gottlieb, Tim Horner, Gary Bartz, Seamus Blake, Pete Yellin, Ingrid Jensen, Dr. Francois Clemmons, Gabe Jarrett, and the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble.

Johannes will perform with trumpeter Russ Johnson, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Sean Conly & drummer Jeff Hirshfield.

This performance marks the last of the current series promoted by NH Jazz Presents. In the coming months, Brandon Music and their sister site, the Compass Music and Arts Center looks to develop a series in order to continue this popular jazz tradition.

Sponsored by Brandon Music and the Brandon Inn.

General Admission is $15. A dinner & show package is available for $30. Venue is BYOB. Reservations are encouraged. Call Brandon Music at (802) 465-4071.

Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, VT. More information can be found at www.brandon-music.net and www.NHJazz.com .

 

JUNE 27 - A TRIBUTE TO TADD DAMERON FEATURING PAUL COMBS

Saxophonist, Paul Combs will play a tribute to great jazz composer, Tadd Dameron, at Brandon Music on Thursday, June 27 th at 7:30pm.

Tadd Dameron is one of the most revered composers in jazz. In his lifetime he contributed several songs to the jazz canon, including "Good Bait," "If You Could See Me Now," "On a Misty Night," "Lady Bird," and many others. Saxophonist Paul Combs is Dameron's biographer, and he has uncovered even more of Tadd's tunes that deserve to be enjoyed. Along with guitarist Mark Michaels and bassist Scott Kiefner, Combs will perform a selection of Dameron's classics as well as some previously unknown gems. Paul's recent book “Dameronia - the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron” has received attention from NPR, the jazz press, and several radio station and internet sites.

Sponsored by Brandon Music and the Brandon Inn.

General Admission is $15. A dinner & show package is available for $30. Venue is BYOB. Reservations are encouraged. Call Brandon Music at (802) 465-4071.

Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, VT. More information can be found at www.brandon-music.net and www.NHJazz.com .

 

MAY 16 - CASWELL SISTERS

Brandon Music's partnership with NH Jazz continues with the Caswell Sisters on Thursday, May 16 th at 7:30pm.

The riveting performances of the Caswell Sisters, vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara, are the culmination of years of working together. Their seamless sound combined with their unique interpretation of repertoire ranging from the "Great American Songbook" to contemporary jazz, including their own compositions, is propelled by arresting improvisation.

Rachel and Sara co-lead the Caswell Sisters Quintet and have made such notable appearances as a weeklong After-Hours engagement at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and an enthusiastically-received set on the opening night concert of the inaugural 2010 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in St. Louis. Their debut album, Alive in the Singing Air, featuring jazz pianist Fred Hersch will be released in early 2013 on Turtle Ridge Records.

In addition to the musical partnership Rachel and Sara have shared since childhood, their development and experience as individual artists play an equally important role in their musical careers. Rachel often collaborates with bassist Jeremy Allen, their duo having been selected to perform at the 2006 International Association for Jazz Education's Annual Conference in New York. She has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, John Blake, Jr., Ingrid Jensen, the Billy Taylor Trio, and Curtis Fuller. Winner of the Hilton Head Jazz Society Scholarship, Rachel also placed in the top ten of 150 contestants in the jazzconnect.com 2005 vocal competition and has won many awards and first-place prizes as a classical cellist and jazz musician. She has given numerous jazz vocal masterclasses/clinics at colleges and universities throughout the US and has received rave reviews for her debut jazz CD Some Other Time .

Sara, recognized in both the 2011 and 2012 JazzTimes Readers' Poll as one of the top jazz violinists, regularly performs with several ensembles, including Roseanna Vitro's Randy Newman Project (album nominated for a 2012 Grammy) and Jody Redhage's Rose & the Nightingale. During 2010-11, Sara toured five continents with bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding (2011 Grammy winner for "Best New Artist") and has toured with violinist Mark O'Connor's American String Celebration and violinist Darol Anger's Four Generations of Jazz Violin. She has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Gene Bertoncini, Alan Ferber, Ike Sturm, Jon Gordon, Lynne Arriale, Charlie Byrd, and Skitch Henderson. A member of the New York Pops, Sara has made several appearances as a featured soloist with them in Carnegie Hall as well as on national TV. She studied classical violin with the legendary Josef Gingold, has won over 100 awards and first-place prizes in the jazz and classical competition worlds, and has released two highly-acclaimed jazz CDs: First Song (Double-Time Records) and the award-winning But Beautiful (Arbors Records). She teaches jazz violin at Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Arts Division (College and Pre-college).  

These talented siblings share much in common: both studied jazz from an early age with Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor David Baker, both attended IU on full scholarship as Wells Scholars and graduated with High Distinction in classical Performance and Jazz Studies, both went on to earn masters degrees in Jazz Performance (Rachel at New England Conservatory in Boston and Sara at Manhattan School of Music in New York), and both were invited to participate in The lonious Monk Institute's Summer Residency program in Aspen/Snowmass, CO, where they worked with major jazz artists.

The Caswell Sisters have given concerts nationwide and continue to provide audiences with electrifying performances through their unique combination of sound and artistry.

The jazz series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a five venue concert tour to Brandon, Laconia, Concord, Nashua and Portsmouth. The tour is sponsored by the Margate Resort, David Salzberg, the Saffron Bistro, Heat Pizza, Sanborn's Note-able Sound, the Landmark Inn, Carrie's Eco Spa & Boutique, Brandon Music, Nashua Community Music School, the Press Room, Seacoast Jazz Society, True Brew Barista, and the Brandon Inn.

 

APRIL 11 - NORTHEAST TENOR SAX SUMMIT

As part of the popular, monthly jazz series, Brandon Music welcomes the Northeast Tenor Sax Summit on Thursday, April 11 th at 7:30pm.

The Northeast Tenor Sax Summit is a unique band comprised of several of New England's professional tenor saxophonists backed up by a premium rhythm section. With a sound that recalls the great jam sessions of the swing era and especially Woody Herman's “Four Brothers,” this diverse ensemble demonstrates many approaches to playing jazz tenor saxophone. Though the line-up is ever evolving, the group has recently included saxophonists Richard Gardzina, Matt Langley, Charlie Jennison, Fred Haas and Jonathan Lorentz, with a rhythm section of bassist John Hunter and drummer Tim Gilmore. The group hopes to “pick up a few more tenor players on the road” and invites professional tenor saxophonists to sit-in.

The Jazz series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a five venue jazz tour to Brandon, Laconia, Concord, Nashua and Portsmouth. The tour is sponsored by the Margate Resort, David Salzberg, the Saffron Bistro, and the Brandon Inn.

 

 

MARCH 21 - JASON PALMER QUINTET

On March 21st at 7:30pm, Brandon Music will present the Jason Palmer Quintet as part of their monthly jazz series.

Cited as one of the "Top 25 trumpeters of the Future" by Downbeat magazine, Jason Palmer is one of the most in demand musicians of his generation. He has worked with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Phil Wood, Roy Hargrove, and Lewis Nash.

In addition to performing on over a dozen albums as a sideman, Jason has recorded three albums under his own name and is currently a Steeplechase Records Recording artist. His debut recording entitled "Songbook" features guest saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Greg Osby. The record garnered rave reviews upon its release and appeared on several "Best of 2008" lists including All Music Guide's list for best jazz album.

Jason has toured the world extensively, performing at jazz festivals in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Croatia, Serbia, Bratislava, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, France, Malta, The Netherlands, and numerous clubs and major jazz festivals in the United States. Jason's quintet has been the house band at Boston's historical Wally's Jazz Café for the past 11 years, and has been nominated as one of the "Best Jazz Act" by the Boston Phoenix. In addition to a heavy performing schedule, Jason Palmer continues to maintain a busy schedule as an educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Ensembles at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, has taught at the New England Conservatory and the New School, and has presented master classes in Portugal, France, the UK, and Mexico.  

Applying his trumpeting skills to the film medium, Jason is the lead actor in Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench , written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The movie received great reviews after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been screened in select theatres around the world.

Jason will be joined by Greg Duncan playing the guitar, Luke Marantz on the piano, Jared Henderson on the bass, and Lee Fish on drums.

The Jazz series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a four day jazz tour to venues in Brandon, Laconia, Nashua and Portsmouth. The tour is sponsored by the Margate Resort, Patrick's Pub, David Salzberg, the Saffron Bistro, and the Brandon Inn. Up to date schedules are available at www.NHJazz.com

 

FEBRUARY 7 - JONATHAN LORENTZ TRIO

As part of their jazz series, Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont will present the saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz on February 7 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $15 and reservations are encouraged. A dinner & show package is available for $30. Venue is BYOB.

For reservations call Brandon Music @ (802) 465-4071

Jonathan Lorentz plays with a sound that is warm in tone and rich in melodic complexity. He is a daring and creative improviser who blends modern jazz with blues, rock, and the avant-garde. Jon's recent album Borderlands (his first for the UK's Métier Jazz label) was released to critical acclaim in 2010, and is receiving airplay on radio stations throughout the world. In March of 2011 Fanfare Magazine's Lynn René Bayley remarked that "Jonathan Lorentz has really got it: a great style, an explorative mind, and a concept for this album that goes beyond the usual fare you hear from jazz sax trios."

Lorentz is celebrated for having a “real big sound on tenor” (by jazz legend Dave Liebman), and has performed with Dave Calarco, John Menegon, Judi Silvano, Bob Gullotti, Hezekiah Walker, Mike Dillon, Delfeayo Marsalis, Harry Allen, Bruce Gertz, John Lockwood and Yoron Israel. Jon holds a PhD in Jazz Studies from New York University and works as an arranger, transcriber and engraver for Jazzlines Publications. Jon is the founder and director of "NH Jazz Presents" and was recently elected to the board of directors of the Seacoast Jazz Society. 

Jonathan will perform in Brandon with bassist John Hunter and drummer Tim Gilmore. 

The Jazz series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a four day jazz tour to venues in Brandon, Laconia, Nashua and Portsmouth. The tour is sponsored by the Margate Resort, Patrick's Pub, David Salzberg, the Saffron Bistro, and the Brandon Inn.

 

JANUARY 17 - KENNY WERNER TRIO

Brandon Music Cafe, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont will host the pianist and composer Kenny Werner on January 17 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $15 and reservations are encouraged. A dinner & show package is available for $30. Venue is BYOB.

For reservations call Brandon Music @ (802) 465-4071

Kenny Werner's influence on the musical community is unsurpassed. A Guggenheim Fellowship Award-winner and celebrated recording artist (with records on Blue Note, Sunnyside, Concord, Steeple Chase, and Half Note labels) he has impacted an entire generation of musicians. His compositions and dynamic live performances have impacted audiences around the world for more than 30 years.

Kenny was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Oceanside, Long Island. A piano student from a young age, he first recorded (for television) at the age of 11. He played classical piano, though found joy in playing music he heard on the radio. Kenny studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music and later attended the Berklee School of Music.

After graduation and time in Brazil, where he played and studied with Joao Assis Brasil, Werner started his own trio with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Ratzo Harris. He has written many compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, and in the mid 1980's he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra (currently known as the Village Vanguard Orchestra). Werner's many musical partnerships include collaborations with Toots Thielmans, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, George Garzone, Brian Blade, Dave Douglas, David Sanchez, Ari Hoenig, Randy Brecker, Scott Colley, Antonio Sanchez, and Johannes Weidenmueller. 

Werner is an in-demand teacher and clinician. He serves as an Artist-in-Residence at New York University, and has been celebrated for his 1996 book "Effortless Mastery - Liberating the Master Musician Within." This groundbreaking work explores the emotional, spiritual, and psychological challenges that artists face. It is one of the most widely-read books on music and improvisation, and has been recognized by appreciative artists and musicians around the world.

Werner was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his work "No Beginning No End." This long-form composition is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, this album is an expansive composition with wind ensemble, choir and string section, and features Joe Lovano and Judi Silvano.

Mr. Werner will perform in Brandon with bassist Elliot Berman and drummer Jamie Eblen.

The Jazz series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a four day jazz tour to venues in Brandon, Laconia, Nashua and Portsmouth. The tour is sponsored by the Margate Resort, Patrick's Pub, David Salzberg, the Saffron Bistro, and the Brandon Inn.

 

Sponsored by the Brandon Inn, David Salzberg, Patrick's Pub, Margate Resort, and the Radisson Nashua.

Jazz Nights at the Cafe series is promoted by NH Jazz Presents, a company dedicated to the preservation and further evolution of jazz music. All NH Jazz shows have a listening policy which prohibits talking, and use of texting devices, cell phones, video/ audio recording, laptop computers, gaming units, and cameras.

Open 10 am - 6 pm daily
Café (table service) 12 noon - 5.30 pm daily

(both closed Tuesdays except for prebooked parties)
Phone: 802-465-4071