Solo Piano Festival

April 20, 2024 10:00 am - 7:30 pm

Vermont Jazz Center
April 19-20

At this celebration of solo piano in the jazz tradition, a collaborative spirit imbues the presentations of four distinguished headliners and two emerging artists. The Festival includes performances, master-classes, a Q+A session plus interviews with the artists.

2024 headliners include Aaron Parks & Hey Rim Jeon (Friday concert) Alfredo Rodriguez & Jacky Terrasson (Saturday concert).

Emerging Artists are Yujin Han (Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, Global Jazz Institute) and Matthew Mueller (Amherst College).

The Solo Jazz Piano Festival is one of the cornerstones of the VJC’s annual programming. Now in its 8th year, this festival has presented 48 pianists, including some of the world’s top artists.

Headliner artists will each offer a 50-minute solo piano set and a masterclass, open to pianists and music lovers alike (no experience required). Each emerging artist will offer a 25-minute set.

All pianists will participate in a Q and A panel-session where questions will be accepted from the audience.

The VJC is grateful to Mike McKenzie for his gift of the VJC’s Steinway Concert Grand (D).

This tremendous instrument was inaugurated by Fred Hersch in 2016 and is maintained by Bill Ballard who donates his skillful mastery to the VJC.

Past performers of the VJC Solo Jazz Piano Festival include NEA Jazz Masters Toshiko Akiyoshi and Joanne Brackeen; jazz legends Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Helen Sung, Kirk Lightsey, Benny Green, Orrin Evans and George Cables.

Emerging artists have included Christian Sands, Julius Rodriguez, Myra Melford, Sullivan Fortner, Miro Sprague, Franz Robert, Kris Adams and Craig Taborn. Renowned piano-educators David Berkman and Kenny Werner have also been presented.

The solo jazz piano festival is for all music lovers, not just pianists and other musicians. Anyone interested in both the practical and spiritual aspects of jazz and improvised music will be delighted by the offerings.

Sponsored by Katy Oz, Friends of VJC Educational Programs, & Ellis Music

Friday night tickets $25-60 sliding scale
Saturday night $25-60, Saturday daytime $65
Full event $85-130

Livestream donations appreciated!
802 254 9088

Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill #222
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Leave a Reply