Dear Friends of the Vermont Jazz Center, November 1, 2018
Our concert season is officially underway: it started out with a bang thanks to the carnival-like atmosphere created by Etienne Charles and Creole Soul. We then sold out our venue three days before showtime for Christian McBride's New Jawn. We are grateful to all our artists and teachers, pumped up for this new season of transformative music.
The Vermont Jazz Center staff and board members invite you to get involved with the new and exciting projects on our horizon. We ask you to consider giving an end-of-year gift in support of the Jazz Center's mission to sustain jazz music and enhance the cultural diversity of our community.
The newest addition to the Jazz Center's concert season builds on our success in presenting collaborative festival programming. With two Solo Jazz Piano Festivals behind us and a third on the way, the Jazz Center will inaugurate its first Emerging Artists Festival this November. We'll be piggybacking onto our town's monthly Gallery Walk and collaborating with high schools, colleges and numerous local businesses. The goal of this Festival is to promote youth involvement in jazz activities. All told, there will be a total of ten youth and six young professional groups showcased.
Our biggest current project is the creation of the Vermont Jazz Center Archives. We now have an archivist on staff, working with our treasure trove of recorded concerts spanning forty years and 250 concerts. Our archive will give jazz aficionados the world over the opportunity to listen to approved performances from the collection — a free educational resource and an indelible record of the legendary artists who have performed here. Our new website, currently in the design phase, will provide a direct portal to the archive, and will also serve as the digital home of the Attila Zoller Collection of jazz memorabilia.
We are grateful to you, our supporters who have helped build the Vermont Jazz Center into a robust community hub for education and creative expression. Thanks to your generosity, the VJC's mission is being fulfilled by activities lauded by concert attendees, students and performing artists. Etienne Charles described the VJC in his on-stage commentary as a "jewel to be treasured."
Please use the enclosed envelope to send in your donation. We also have made on-line giving easier through the "Support" tab on our website, www.vtjazz.org.
We appreciate your gift, thank you for helping keep our vision alive!
Yours in community and music,
Director, Vermont Jazz Center