Recorded live at the 2016 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, we're back with Season 2 of Discover Jazz on Vermont PBS, bringing you all eight of the festival’s FlynnSpace performances - an intimate, club-like setting that serves as the festival’s venue for an eclectic mix of established and emerging artists.

And this year’s line-up was extraordinary! Vermont PBS is delighted to offer these performances to a statewide audience.

The series premieres October 1 with Charenée Wade and her band, and runs through November 19. Click on performer's titles below fo air times and video on demand.

Season 2 - 2016

Charenée Wade

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Mesmerizing vocalist Charenée Wade has established herself as the heir to Sarah Vaughn and Betty Carter. She incorporates the room’s energy as an instrument as she teases out and builds on the band’s dense cycle of moods. Wade performs regularly in New York City and internationally. Wade was the First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, and is currently a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College, and with the Jazzmobile Workshop program.

  • Voice – Charéeene Wade
  • Sax – Lakecia Benjamin
  • Piano – Oscar Perez
  • Bass – Lonnie Plaxico
  • Drums – Darrell Green

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Jimmy Greene Quartet

Jimmy Greene’s work is an ongoing exploration of experimental jazz, traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, standard ballads and more. Greene’s most recent record, Beautiful Life, celebrates his six-year old daughter, Ana Márquez Greene, whose life was taken tragically at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The album and his performance is not only the outpouring of a parent in grief, but a devotion to the sense of how Ana lived. Nominated for two Grammys—Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, for When I Come Home.

  • Sax – Jimmy Greene
  • Piano – Kevin Hayes
  • Bass – Doug Weiss
  • Drums – Otis Brown III

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Ingrid Jensen

In Ingrid Jensen’s hands, the trumpet reaches far beyond its expected potential, ranging from soulful to breezy to contemplative. Along with her quartet, this performance features her sister, saxophonist Christine Jensen. After graduating from Berklee in 1989, Jensen went from playing subway stations in New York to the music halls of Japan, South America, the Caribbean, and almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia. Jensen‘s resume of collaborators includes British singer-songwriter Corrine Bailey Rae, with whom she performed on Saturday Night Live, and Maria Schneider, who led Jensen in Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Nominated twice for Canada’s Juno award, Jensen won in 1995 for her album Vernal Fields.

  • Trumpet – Ingrid Jensen
  • Sax – Christine Jensen
  • Piano – Jon Cowherd
  • Bass – Matt Clohesy
  • Drums – Jon Wikan

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Marcus Roberts Trio

Roberts’ renowned trio of piano, bass and drums travels from rhythm-led soundscapes to sunny funk propelled by Roberts’ piano, as each takes turns at the helm with equal virtuosity. With Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis on the drums. Roberts has toured with Wynton Marsalis and is a mentee of Maestro Seiji Ozawa, with whom he and the trio have also collaborated. Roberts has received numerous commissioning awards, including ones from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP. In 2014, Roberts received an honorary doctorate from the Julliard School.

  • Piano – Marcus Roberts
  • Bass – Rodney Jordan
  • Drums – Jason Marsalis

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Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde

Trombonist Jacob Garchick’s current project, Ye Olde, has lined him up with an avant-garde super group of three guitarists and a drummer that explores captivating improvisations. Composer and arranger Garchick has become a vital part of New York’s jazz scene. Garchick can be found just about anywhere you look. He has contributed arrangements and transcriptions for the Kronos Quartet, worked with minimalist mastermind Terry Riley, collaborated with experimental composer Laurie Anderson, and performs regularly with saxman Lee Konitz and his nonet.

"“Ye Olde easily transcends its fantastical origins, revealing a captivating suite of creative improvised music interpreted by some of Brooklyn’s finest." - All About Jazz

  • Trombone – Jacob Garchik
  • Guitar – Brandon Seabrook
  • Guitar – Jonathan Goldberger
  • Guitar – Ava Mendoza
  • Drums – Vinnie Sperrazza

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The Rodriguez Brothers

Co-led by pianist Robert and trumpeter Michael, the Rodriguez Brothers Band incorporates the Afro-Cuban music of Miami nightclubs in a mix of traditional and modern jazz. Individually, the brothers have worked with Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones, Harry Connick Jr. and others. Their latest effort, Impromptu, was nominated for the 2016 Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award. On it, the brothers capture the elements of their live sound, meandering between trumpet-driven measures of dizzying effect to eloquent bursts of melodious piano.

  • Trumpet -Mike Rodriguez
  • Piano – Rob Rodriguez
  • Bass – Zach Brown
  • Drums – Ludwig Afonso
  • Percussion – Samuel Torres

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Jenny Scheinman & Myra Melford Duo

Jenny Scheinman is a violinist and singer/songwriter who interprets folk traditions from a deeply emotional jazz context. Here, she is joined by pianist and composer Myra Melford, whose signature sound harmonizes the intricate and the expressive, the cerebral and the playful. Paired together, the duo is sublime.

Scheinman has worked extensively with some of the most innovative jazz artists in the world such as Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, and Marc Ribot and has toured and recorded with Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell, Lou Reed and Ani Difranco. While Melford’s music continually reaches toward a state of transcendence, it still remains deeply rooted in the blues traditions she heard growing up outside Chicago.

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Tyshawn Sorey Quartet

Through percussion, trombone, piano and composition, Tyshawn Sorey describes his work as “intuitive music,” navigating through space and sound without a roadmap. With his quartet, Sorey picks apart complexity to study the tonal capacity of each note and nuanced beat. Sorey’s influences trace not only to the great jazz predecessors but also to the innovators of 20th century classical music, such as Morton Feldman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Pierre Boulez. Last November, Sorey wrapped up a week holding court at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York, a series of performances that earned high praise from the New York Times for his “flowing sense of ritual and constant alertness.”

  • Drums, piano – Tyshawn Sorey
  • Trombone – Ben Gerstein
  • Viola, violin – Mat Maneri
  • Guitar – Todd Neufeld

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2016 season supported in part by the following contributors...

The Bissell Foundation, The Vermont Community Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, Burlington Free Press, and Peter Swift and Diana McCargo.


Season 1 - 2015

Aaron Goldberg Trio

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Aaron Goldberg is one of jazz’s most compelling pianists. His bread-and-butter jazz vocabulary and sense of invention on blues and standards is second to none. Joined by Matt Penman and Obed Calvaire, the Boston Globe call this "one of the era’s definitive piano trios."

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Mimi Jones Band

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New York bassist and vocalist Mimi Jones is stylishly eclectic, mixing jazz soul-pop, world beat rhythms, and chilled-out balladry. A positive and inspiring composer, Jones’ songs melt seamlessly from one to another while being warmed by her sultry voice.


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Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet

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Trumpeter, composer, and 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music finalist, Wadada Leo Smith is a boldly original figure in American jazz and one of the great trumpet players of our time. Smith’s classic Golden Quartet line-up features legendary improvisers Anthony Davis, John Lindberg, and Pheeroan akLaff, and AllMusic calls it “jazz that is so fresh and well executed as to define and remind what’s great about listening to the music.”



Melissa Aldana Trio

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Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana won the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and is the first female instrumentalist to take the prize. JazzTimes says of Aldana, “it’s not too soon to call her great. She owns the future.”

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Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld Duo

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Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld are known for their indie rock work as members of Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre, and Bon Iver, as well as for their acclaimed solo outings. Life is Noise call their debut full-length album "an incredibly moving combination that’s equal parts catharsis and soul destroying beauty."

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Christian McBride Trio

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The grammy-winning bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator has performed on over 300 albums in addition to collaborations with Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Sting, The Roots, and more. With pianist Christian Sands and drummer Jerome Jennings, McBride leads an energized and youthful unit that’s powered from the ground up.

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Joe Locke: Love is a Pendulum

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Preeminent vibraphonist and accomplished band leader Joe Locke has a style that’s “cool and funky, heady and relaxed” (The Times London). He has performed and recorded with artists including Dianne Reeves, Kenny Barron, Cecil Taylor, Ron Carter, and The Beastie Boys.


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2015 Major production funding from Northfield Savings Bank

2015 season made possible with additional funding from the Vermont Arts Council and The Oakland Foundation

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