Saturday, February 19, 2022
Joel Ross, vibraphone; Godwin Louis, alto saxophone; Jeremy Corren, piano; Kanoa Mendenhall, bass; Jeremy Dutton, drums.
Young jazz masters perform music that demonstrates how the jazz language has evolved using the rhythms and vocabulary of today’s generation
“Joel is not only one of the preeminent instrumentalists of this era, but he is one of the greatest musical visionaries of his generation.”- Don Was, president of Blue Note records
Downbeat Rising Star Award-winning Blue Note Vibraphonist Joel Ross Ross performing with his working quintet called Good Vibes.
For listeners familiar with the impact of the vibes in bebop and swing, Ross’ dynamic sound recalls jazz legends Red Norvo, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson and Gary Burton.
His approach is steeped in the tradition. In fact, he uses an old-school, two mallet technique similar to Milt Jackson rather than the four-mallet technique used by most contemporary vibes players.
“Not since Stefon Harris’ arrival 20 years ago has the jazz world heard a young vibraphonist intent on exploring so many dimensions.” -JazzTimes Magazine
Ross is a virtuosic leader, setting the tone, writing the compositions, developing the arrangements and leading by example.
Ross will perform selections from his highly acclaimed Blue Note albums, KingMaker, a musical tribute to his family, and Who are You.
The VJC is honored to host this young assemblage of master musicians and grateful to two dear friends of the VJC’s Educational Programs for sponsoring the artist’s fees for this concert.
The VJC also thanks the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Humanities Council and New England Foundation of the Arts for their support and increased efforts to stabilize the existence of arts organizations during the pandemic.
Please give generously and support live music.
“Gato’s Gift:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zKpHB5JgzM
Live at Smalls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itpzZMfoVtM
This concert will have both a limited in-person audience & a livestream component.
You may purchase in-person tickets, $20-40 sliding scale, and/or donate to the livestream. Please give generously and support live music.
Sponsored by Friends of VJC Educational Programs
Mask & proof of vaccination required.
802 258 9088
Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill #222
Brattleboro VT 05301