One of the state’s best festivals, Discover Jazz, is held every June in Burlington. A part of the festival is recorded live in the FlynnSpace's intimate, club-like setting, featuring an eclectic mix of established and emerging artists. Vermont PBS recorded these stellar performances, and we’re delighted to offer them to a statewide audience.
Again in 2016, we will be there to capture the action.
Our production staff will be at the Flynn Space recording some of the best artists at the 2016 festival. In the fall, we’ll air a series of shows on air and online, highlighting these great artists.
In the meantime, follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get a behind the scenes look at our time at Discover Jazz! Also check out the performances below from the 2015 series! Each episode in the series also offers brief interview segments with the individual artists.
The Discover Jazz Festival is a truly world-class event. Now folks everywhere have a chance to experience it, whether on air or online. Enjoy!
During summer of 2015, Vermont PBS recorded seven riveting performances from the 2015 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival’s Flynn Space series. Watch the episodes from our special seven-week series.
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."
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.
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.”
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.”
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."
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.
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.