Renowned Harmonica Virtuoso, Grégoire Maret to Perform with his quartet at the VJC
On January 19th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a concert led by Grégoire Maret, one of the greatest jazz chromatic harmonica players in the world. Maret, is an A-list musician who can be found on recordings by Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, David Sanborn, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Charlie Hunter, George Benson, Jacky Terrasson, Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lionel Loueke and many, many others.
He will be performing with his working quartet on January 19th, a band that includes his long-standing collaborator/pianist, Federico Gonzalez Peña, Ben Williams on bass (winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition) and Clarence Penn on the drums. This is a stellar collaboration!
Maret receives accolades from everyone with whom he makes music - Herbie Hancock, his former boss, stated: “Gregoire is an amazing player…there's no one else out there that comes close on the harmonica and he rivals the best on any instrument.” Marcus Miller claims “Gregoire Maret possesses the most original voice on harmonica since Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder. He is carrying the instrument into the 21st century with prowess, passion, and creativity.” In 2005, Maret worked with Pat Metheny, recording the Grammy-award winning album, The Way Up. Metheny commented: “Gregoire has the special communicative spirit that is rare and absolutely essential to jazz itself, and yet within that spectrum he is able to find a timeless quality that speaks to any kind of listener and attracts just about every kind of musician to his playing.”
Come enjoy a show that will demonstrate what is new in jazz today, experience an evening of inventive yet highly listenable compositions performed by young musicians of the highest caliber. Grégoire Maret at the Vermont Jazz Center is made possible with generous financial support from William Schutt of Matcor Inc. as well as ongoing support of the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hampton Inn of Brattleboro and VPR and WFCR.
Tickets for Grégoire Maret at VJC on January 19th are $20 for general admission, and $15 for students with I.D. (contact VJC about educational discounts). Tickets are available at In the Moment Record Store in Brattleboro, online at www.vtjazz.org or they can be reserved by calling the Vermont Jazz Center ticket line, 802-254-9088, ext. 1.
Next up at the Vermont Jazz Center will be Ray Vega’s Latin Jazz Quintet on Saturday, February 16th at 8 p.m.
Vermont Jazz Center Eugene Uman, artistic director
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