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playlist #161 (6/6/11)-the jazz fest edition

June 6, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #161 – Featuring the great jazz artists of Vermont, and many playing at this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Bonerama: Epistrophy / Bringing it Home / MTP 1101 – (N’AWLINS) * playing 6/9 at the Waterfront Groove Tent
Catherine Russell: All The Cats Join In / Inside This Heart of Mine / World Village 468092 – (USA) * playing 6/8 at the Flynn Space
Ray Vega: Smile, You’re In Beirut / Squeeze Squeeze / Palmetto    2097 – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/5 at the Flynn Space
Will Patton Ensemble: Charanga / Flow / King’s Hill Music 511 – (MADE IN VT) * playing 8/10, 8p-midnight at Leunig’s
Roberta Gambarini: Centerpiece / Easy To Love / Kindred Rhythm 1122 – (ITALY) * playing 6/11 on the Flynn Main Stage
Myra Melford’s Be Bread: Yellow are Crowds of Flowers, ii / the image of your body / Cryptogramophone 131 – (USA) * playing 6/9 at the Flynn Space
Poncho Sanchez: Cantaloupe Island / Psychedelic Blues / Concord Picante 31526 – (MEXICO / USA) * playing 6/10 on the Flynn Main Stage
Jay Clayton: Sunshower / In and Out of Love / Sunnyside 12602 – (USA) * playing 6/7 at the Flynn Space
Les Doigts de L’Homme: I’ve Found a New Baby / 1910 / Alma Records 61312 – (FRANCE) * playing 6/12 at the Flynn Space
PoJazz: Things to Pray to in Vermont / Last Days: Live at the Black Door / (self-produced) – (MADE IN VT) * playing tonight (6/6) at half lounge, 7:30pm
Queen City Hot Club: Swing Gitan / Queen City Hot Club / (self-produced) – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/3 at Leunigs
Sheila Jordan: The Zoo / Jazz Child / High Note 7029 – (USA) * playing 6/7 at the Flynn Space
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Only Of A Season / East-West Trumpet Summit / Origin 82561 – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/5 at the Flynn Space
Jennifer Hartswick: Gentle Rain / True / Rubber Jungle Records 7 – (MADE IN VT) * with her quartet at Red Square, 7pm on 6/7
Myra Melford’s Be Bread: Knocking From The Inside / The Whole Tree Gone / Firehouse 12 04-01-012 – (USA) * playing 6/9 at the Flynn Space
Poncho Sanchez: Silver’s Serenade / Psychedelic Blues / Concord Picante 31526 – (MEXICO / USA) * playing 6/10 on the Flynn Main Stage
JD Allen: The Pilot’s Compass / Vctory! / Sunnyside 1280 – (USA) * playing tonight (6/6 on the Flynn Main Stage
Vorcza: A Call for all Demons / Corner of the Morning / (self-produced) 2005 – (MADE IN VT) * playing 6/8 at Red Square, 8pm
Catherine Russell: Slow as Molasses / Inside This Heart of Mine / World Village 468092 – (USA) * playing 6/8 at the Flynn Space
Les Doigts de L’Homme: Les Doigts dans La Prise / Les Doigts dans La Prise / Cristal Records 2008 – (FRANCE) * playing 6/12 at the Flynn Space
Guagua: Riff / Tres / 2009 (MADE IN VT) *playing 6/7 at Radio Bean, 6pm

playlist #151 (3/21/11)-viva la primavera!

March 21, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #151 – Springy songs for the first full day of the new season!
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Michi Sarmiento y sus Bravos: La Primavera / Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes / Soundway 8 – (COLOMBIA)
Emilie-Claire Barlow: O Pato (The Duck) / The Very Thought Of You / Empress Music Group 443 – (CANADA)
Enzo Avitabile: Canto ‘e Primavera / Napoletana / Edizioni Musicali 5378 – (ITALY)
Mariza: Primavera / Fado Curvo / Times Square Records 9033 – (PORTUGAL)
Delbon Johnson: It’s Always Springtime in Nassau / Calypso / Putumayo 205 – (BAHAMAS)
Jiang Ting: Spring in Tianshan / Dance / MA Recordings 66A – (CHINA)
Tom Jobim: Águas de Março (Waters of March) / Tom Jobim / Sem Limite 73145487642 – (BRAZIL)
Jane Monheit: Waters of March / Come Dream With Me / N-Coded Music 4219 – (USA)
Alon Nechushtan: Spring Soul Song / Words Beyond / Buckyball Records 24 – (USA)
Massak: World of the Living / Haïti Marketplace / Harmonia Mundi 54115 – (HAITI)
Lucho Bermudez y sy Orquesta Sabanera: Arroz con Coco / Cartagena! / Soundway 26 – (COLOMBIA) *NEW*
Hilde Hefte: Vakker Natt (Quiet Nights – Corcovado) / Bossa Nova Around The World / Putumayo 306 – (NORWAY) *NEW*
Zé Miguel Wisnik: Primavera / Pérolas aos Poucos / Maianga Discos    901 – (BRAZIL)
Mercedes Sosa: Gracias a la Vida (Thank you to Life) / The Best of Mercedes Sosa / Mercury 536234 – (ARGENTINA)
Queen City Hot Club: Swing Gitan / Queen City Hot Club (self-produced) – (MADE IN VT)
Tony Whedon: Things To Pray To In Vermont / Live at the Black Door / PoJazz    1 – (MADE IN VT)
Jason Anick: Nuages / Sleepless / Magic Fiddle Music 1 – (USA)
John Dodge: Toro Toro / Greetings From Bridgetown / Path of Stone Records 21010 – (USA)
Maryem & Ernie Tollar: Il Matar (The Rain) / Cairo to Toronto / ROM 9 – (CANADA)
Ismael Lô: Dibi Dibi Rek (The Wounded Heart) / The Best of Ismael Lô / Wrass    31 – (SENEGAL)
M.R. Shajarian & Kayhan Kalhor: Rain / Night Silence Desert / Traditional Crossroads 80702 – (IRAN)
Shawna Lenore & Darrell Kastin: Voz Que Se Cala / Mar Português / Vagabundo Music 2011 – (OREGON) *NEW*
La Fragua: Blackbird / de los Andes a los Beatles / Antara 758 – (ARGENTINA)
Rocky Dawuni: Sun is Shining / Tribute to a Reggae Legend / Putumayo 303 – (GHANA)
Café Tacuba: Las Flores / Re / Warner 967842 – (MEXICO)
Baster: Redemption Song / Kaf Gong Reggae / Baster Productions 7 – (LA RÉUNION)

playlist #139 (12/13/10)-listening to 2010, pt. 2

December 13, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #139 – The second of four shows dedicated to some of the best international music of 2010
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Mi Herencia Latina / Viva La Tradición / Concord Picante 32263 – (NY CITY, USA) * 2010 Grammy nominee: Best Tropical Latin Album *
Angélique Kidjo: Kelele / Õÿö / (demo) – (BENIN) * 2010 Grammy nominee: Best Contemporary World Music Album *
Lee “Scratch” Perry: Scary Politicians / Revelation / Megawave 342 – (JAMAICA) * 2010 Grammy nominee: Best Reggae Album *
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba featuring Harouna Samake: Torin Torin / I Speak Fula / Next Ambience-Out Here Records 1 – (MALI) * 2010 Grammy nominee: Best Traditional World Music Album *
Anadolu University Folkdance Ensemble: Adiyaman / Turkey-Traditional Music / ARC Music 2301 – (TURKEY)
The Cottars: Fare Thee Well, Northumberland & The Purple Wave / Feast / Rounder 7068 – (CAPE BRETON)
Soulive: Day Tripper / Rubber Soulive / Royal Family Records 1003 – (BUFFALO, USA)
Los Illusionistas: Colegiala / The Roots of Chicha 2: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru / Barbès Records 28 – (PERU)
Mayte Martin: Al Sur de Los Limones & En Aquel Tiempo / Al Cantar A Manuel / World Village 46087 – (SPAIN)
Trio Zamora: Vacilon / The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina / Ahi-Nama 1068 – (CUBA)
Eliades Ochoa, Toumani Diabaté & Friends: Mali Cuba / Afrocubism / World Circuit 525993 – (CUBA/AFRICA)
Red Baraat: Tunak Tunak Tun / Chaal Baby / Sin Records 110 – (NY CITY, USA)
Joan Soriano: Mi Último Llanto / El Duque de la Bachata / iASO 5 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)         4:47
Dota und Die Stadtpiraten: Ohrsteckermädchen / Bis Auf Den Grund / Kleingeld Prinzessin Records 12708 – (GERMANY)
Manicato: Familia / Familia / 2010 – (SAN FRANCISCO, USA)
Queen City Hot Club: Swing Gitan / Queen City Hot Club / (demo) – (MADE IN VT)
Michele Choinière: La Bergère / La Violette / – (MADE IN VT)
Guagua: Subterranean Subterfuge / Tres / – (MADE IN VT)
Swing Noire: Tchavolo Swing / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & the Quintette of the Hot Club of France / – (MADE IN VT)
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: It’s a New York Thing / East-West Trumpet Summit / Origin 82561 – (MADE IN VT)
Julio Boom y Ikano MC: El Boom Boom / El Boom Boom / TUMI 159 – (CUBA)
The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder & Lila Downs: El Relampago / San Patricio / Hear Music 31321 – (IRELAND/USA/MEXICO)

have wingtips, will tap.

June 12, 2010

Gypsy jazz guitarist Jim Stout

The Queen City Hot Club made its debut during last year’s Discover Jazz Festival. A year later, they have two Leunig’s appearances this weekend as the Festival wraps up: today, from 2-5pm and tomorrow from 1-4pm.

Keep an eye here for an interview with Jim Stout (leader of the Hot Club), coming soon. More pics too. We talked recently, and Jim shared a lot of interesting insights about his history playing Django-stlye jazz.

Leaving now to get back to the waterfront tent for the 5pm show with the Easy Star All-Stars and the Wailing Souls. And then Sonny Rollins tonight at the Flynn Center.

I’m on ‘great music’ overload this weekend!

discover jazz – day 3

June 7, 2010


Sunday, rainy and cool and just right for a few of the indoor-oriented happenings at the Festival.

JazzLab opened today, Discover Jazz’s annual mini-festival of educational sessions, creative exploration, and improvisation. JazzLab offers artists the opportunity to develop their art in the (very) public forum of the Firehouse Gallery on Church Street, while being streamed live on the air at Burlington’s community radio station, The Radiator. It’s quite a setup, and often provides some of the event’s most interesting and adventurous programming.

I  stopped by the Firehouse this afternoon looking forward to the scheduled “how to” demonstration with the iconic hip-hop producer and innovative DJ, 88 Keys. The write-up said he’d be sharing some of his moves and talking about his life as the producer of folks like Mos Def, and Kanye West. I arrived a little late for the session, and never did see him. Had he been there earlier? Was the person actually leading the demo someone who was introduced as a sub during the first part I missed? I didn’t find out the answers to either question.

What I did learn (from the unnamed DJ leading the talk) was how the standard “paradiddle” drumming figure translates into a comparable rhythm with the scratching technique used in turntable DJ’ing.

I found out what effects with names like “2-click flairs” (aka: “orbits”); “crabscratches”; and “stutter crabs” sound like in the context of a serious groove in progress. I’ve heard these effects before, of course, as has most anyone whose even moderately familiar with the popular music of the last 20 years or so. (Remember DJ Jazzy Jeff, and the Fresh Prince? Me too. And that was just the beginning.) But it never occurred to me the sounds I was hearing were stock patterns and moves, with commonly known names among those in the business. Turns out these artists have developed their own musical language, parallel to the conventional one we all know with common tempo and dynamic lexicon like “allegro” and “forte”, and standardized notation. But the terms and lingo for this kind of music-making is specific to the tools and moves they use. Unlike standardized musical terminology, “crabscratching” and “crossfade hits” don’t apply universally to music made with a diversity of instruments. Turntable DJ’ing is very much its own thing, with its own specific language. Who knew it was such a refined (and defined) art? Did you know there are schools to teach folks the ins and outs of  how to be an ace “scratch DJ”? All true.

Great afternoon with JazzLab learning about this world which, until today, I’d only experienced from the outside listening in.

From there it was on to a short walk around Church Street, a visit to the new Big Joe Burrell statue (its animated bronze sax gleaming with moisture in the afternoon rain), and a stop at Leunig’s to catch the first couple of sets with the Queen City Hot Club (guitarists Jim Stout and Jared Volpe), a group that debuted at last year’s Discover Jazz Festival. They kept the packed streetside tent swinging through favorite standards like All of Me and Daphne, and Swing Gitane.  The insistent splatter of rain on the outdoor patio tiles was right on cue when the duet launched into Django’s nostalgic classic, Nuages (“clouds”). It just wouldn’t have sounded right to hear that song on a bright, sunny day.

Mose Allison also held two shows tonight at Flynn Space, but I didn’t make it to either of them. I’m not a big fan, honestly. It’s not personal, I know Mose is a great songwriter and pianist. It’s that half-singing, half-talking patter style that doesn’t do much for me. (Though I do recall enjoying his performance years ago when he came to the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, where I was a student at the time. Has it really been 25 years???) And really, by the time the Flynn Space shows were starting this evening I’d already had a full day and didn’t need anything else to make it better.

Tomorrow evening: 7pm at the Firehouse, Alison Segar’s new film about local trombonist, drummer and composer James Harvey; and then at the Flynn Space  a late-starting show (8:30) with two acts; mandolinist Jamie Masefield and clarinetist Brad Terry followed by gutarist Stephane Wrembel & The Django Experiment celebrating the life and music of the late Django Reinhardt in his centennial birthday year.

playlist #115 (5/17/10)-at home in the world

May 17, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #115 – At home in the world – and vice-versa.
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Señor Coconut: Beat It / Fiesta Songs / Nacional Records 54212 – (CHILE)
Mo’ Horizons: Hit the Road Jack (Pé na éstrada) / Brazil Remixed / Groove Gravy 1102 – (BRAZIL)
Paname Dandies: Tout est Calme / Le Swing de L’Escargot / Volvox 703 – (FRANCE)
Lucrecia: Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps) / Álbum de Cuba / Warner Music Latina 521459 – (CUBA)
Jim Stout (Queen City Hot Club): Swing Gitan / (demo) – (MADE IN VT)
Jose Conde y Ola Fresca: Pititi y Titi / Revolucion / Mr. Bongo 54 – (NY, USA)
Karima Skalli: Habbînâ (In Love We Are) / Wasla / Moucharabieh 321077 – (MOROCCO)
Lokua Kanza: On Veut du Soleil (One Wants the Sun) / Nikolo / World Village 479043 – (BRAZIL) *NEW – released 5/11/2010*
Cairo Sound Clash: Chiftidelic / Cairo Sound Clash / 2009 – (ST. LOUIS, MO., USA)
La Caravane Passe: Karmen / Velkom Plèchti / Me & My Music 2006 – (HOLLAND)
Célia Mara featuring Amparo: Matriaméricas / Santa Rebeldia / Globalista 8 – (BRAZIL)
Bobby Valentin: Bad Breath / Bad Breath / Fania 77330344 – (PUERTO RICO)
Cesaria Evora: Sangue de Beirona / The Very Best of Cesaria Evora / Bluebird 63984 – (CAPE VERDE)
Rachid Taha: Ah Mon Amour / Diwan 2 / Barclay 9843375 – (ALGERIA)
Zafa: Tariki / Israel / Putumayo 268 – (ISRAEL)
Tinariwen: Nar Djenetbouba / The Radio Tisdas Sessions / Wrasse Records 130 – (MALI)
Mdungu: Afro What!? / Afro What!? / Zimbraz  3035 – (HOLLAND)
Claudia: Salve, Rainha / Black Rio 2 / Strut 45 – (BRAZIL)
La Otrabanda: Intro-Indigenas / Pueblo Vivo / Sanjonero Records 2004 – (VENEZUELA / WISCONSIN, USA)
Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze: Badingwoo / Sira / Obliq Sound 106 – (MALI / GERMANY)
Solas: The Maid on the Shore / Celtic Tides / Putumayo 141 – (USA)
Cacique ’97: Eu Quero Tudo / Cacique ’97 / Footmovin’ Records 20 – (PORTUGAL)
Ilhan Ersahin featuring Erik Truffaz: Bosphorous / Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions with Erik Truffaz / Nublu Records 23 – (TURKEY)
Umalali: Fuleisei (Favors) / The Garifuna Women’s Project / Cumbancha 6 – (GUATEMALA)
Kristi Stassinopoulou: Strong Winds Blockade / The Secrets of the Rocks / Tinder Records 861142 – (GREECE)
Guagua: Subterranean Subterfuge / Tres / 2010 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*

gypsy à deux

March 20, 2010

You know how much we love gypsy jazz, here at World of Music.

Just last week I picked up a couple of new (to me) recordings of very fine Django-style players from the Netherlands: Lollo Meier and Stocholo Rosenberg. There’s quite a thriving gypsy jazz scene in that area, and these folks are among the best.

Two of this area’s finest pickers came together for a dream-team pairing this past Tuesday. Jim Stout (Queen City Hot Club) and Mike Martin (Trio Gusto) traded off lead and rhythm roles in a few swinging, toe-tapping sets at Leunig’s.

Often in a restaurant setting I’ve noticed the dining experience is the focus, even when really great live music is cooking in the midst. While it’s hard not to spend some time lingering over the carefully prepared, colorful and elegant meals at Leunig’s (escargot, vegetable Napoleon, chili pomegranate glazed scallops…mmm), the music enjoyed an equal spotlight with generous applause after every number and folks lined up at the bar just to watch the music being made.

With this year’s Discover Jazz Festival just around the corner, I hope we’ll hear a lot more from Stout and Martin in the months to come!

playlist #99 (1/25/2010)-gypsy jazz swingin’

January 26, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #99 – Happy birthday, Django! Celebrating the guitar master’s life, music, and lasting legacy
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Django Reinhardt & Coleman Hawkins: Nuages / Nuages / Arkadia Jazz 71431 – (FRANCE)
Zotran Predin & Mar Django Quartet: Our Planet is a Dancer / Amant à Toutes Fins Utiles (All-Purpose Lover) / Levi Breg 2005 – (SERBIA)
Will Patton Ensemble: Valse 29 / 6th Street Runaround / King’s Hill Music 2008 – (MADE IN VT)
John Jorgenson: La Journée des Tziganes / Ultraspontane /  JJ 7050 – (USA)
Swing Noire: Tchavolo Swing / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & The Quintette of the Hot Club of France / 2009 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Paname Dandies: Les Chips / Le Swing de L’Escargot / Volvox Music 703 – (FRANCE)
Romane: Passion / Impair & Valse / Arco Iris 3001 821 – (FRANCE)
Benoît Charest & Béatrice Bonifsassi: Belleville Rendez-Vous / The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack / Higher Octave Music 96811 – (FRANCE)
Kruno: Spiderman / Gypsy Jazz Guitar / GJD 2006002 – (CROATIA)
Orchestre Tropical d’Haïtï featuring Ti Joe Zenny: Gason Total / 40 ème Anniversaire Vol. 1 / SOCD 6 – (HAITI)
Cedric Watson: Cochon de Lait / Cedric Watson / Valcour Records 4 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars: Watching All Your Ways / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW – to be released on 3/23/2010*
Frank Vignola: Swing Gitane / 100 Years of Django / Azica 72244 – (USA)
Twobadou: An Chime / en Folie / Antilles Mizik 9107 – (HAITI)
Lhasa: I’m Going In / Lhasa / Nettwerk 30844 – (CANADA) *Remembering Lhasa, d. 1/1/2010*
Hot Club of Detroit & Dave Bennett, clarinet: J’Attendrai / Night Town / Mack Avenue 1041 – (DETROIT, MI)
Rebati Kay-La: Rebuild the House / Konbit: Burning Rhythms of Haiti / A&M 5281 – (HAITI)
Hot Club of Cowtown: Orange Blossom Special / Continental Stomp /  Hightone Records 8163 – (AUSTIN, TX)
Hot Club of San Francisco: La Gitane / Postcards from Gypsyland / Lost Wax Records 501 – (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) *At the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre 2/6: “Silent Surrealism” (1920s silent Surrealist films with live music) – *
Hot Club of Detroit: Stompin’ at Decca / Hot Club of Detroit / Mack Avenue 1030 – (DETROIT, MI)
Biréli Lagrène: Swing 49 / Django Reinhardt NY Festival 2000 Live at Birdland / Division One 83498 – (FRANCE)
Ti-Loca & Wanga Nègès: An Tan Mango / Haïti-Colibri / Accordes-Croisés 127 – (HAITI)
Big Joe Burrell & Sandra Wright: I Love Him So/Three Times / Vermont Blues & Jazz Festival 1999 / The Creation Foundation 1999 – (MADE IN VT) *Remembering Sanda Wright, d. 1/11/2010*
Tchavolo Schmitt: Antsela / French Essentials / Burex Jazz 5 – (FRANCE)
Django Reinhardt & the Quintette de Hot Club de France: When Day Is Done / Classic 1936-1937 Recordings / Naxos 8.120686 – (FRANCE)

happy birthday, django!

January 21, 2010

Queen City Hot Club at the 2009 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Don’t we love those nice round anniversaries that end in “0”? Well, sure. And this weekend marks a big one, Saturday is the 100th birth anniversary of one of the greatest guitarists ever.

Jean “Django” Reinhardt was born to a Belgian Gypsy family on January 23rd, 1910. He played violin and banjo (his earliest known recordings made at around age 18 are with the banjo) but he’s best known as the guitar-playing pioneer of the Gypsy jazz or Gypsy “swing” style.

This music is crazy-great, whether it’s Django’s “Djangology” solos or later collaborations with violinst Stéphane Grappelli and the Hot Club de France, or the occasional partnerships with other jazz folks like Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins.

Django’s legacy is multifaceted. His original tunes like Nuages and Swing 42 are beloved standards, while the gypsy jazz style he created has influenced every successive generation of performers. And then there’s the “hot club” heritage, with towns as disparate as Detroit, Austin, Montreal, San Francisco, and – yes, Paris too – all claiming a Hot Club of their own to perpetuate the picking, strumming, hard-swinging, good times Django sound.

Burlington is the home of the newly formed Queen City Hot Club, and I’m happy to say they live up to every bit of their name in carrying out the considerable ‘hot club’ legacy. Ready to celebrate Django’s 100th? You can catch Jim Stout, Jim McCuen & Jared Volpe of the Queen City Hot Club at the downtown Bluebird Tavern in a set tomorrow (Friday) night, 9-11pm.

Happy birthday, Django!

throw a stone, you can’t miss

October 12, 2009
On Church Street

Last week on Burlington's Church Street

The thing about music in Vermont is that it’s everywhere.

Same with poetry, visual and performance art, and literary and learning events of one kind or another.

On a recent September Monday I reviewed the evening’s options and realized within an hour’s drive I could participate in an equinox stargazing party at a local library, see an internationally-recorgnized author speaking on worldwide food production, hear a piano trio performing Beethoven, or attend a reading of Robert Frost’s autumnal poetry.

Many days are like that.

Autumn’s already shaping up to be rich with offerings,  a few upcoming suggestions are below. You’ll notice most of these take place in Central/Northern Vermont. It’s because that’s where I live, and these are the ones I have the best chance of actually experiencing.

There are an equal number of  events and performances taking place in other areas of the state, so by all means look to your local arts/cultural scene and don’t just stop here!

Oct. 13, 8-10pm @ the Bluebird Tavern, Burlington: guitarist Jim Stout  and the Queen City Hot Club in an evening of gypsy jazz and gourmet cuisine. A fabulous combination.

Oct. 20 @ the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College: Indian classical musicians, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar

Oct. 23 @ the UVM recital hall (part of the Lane Series): German keyboardist Andraes Staier, whose Bach will make you wonder how you ever listened to that music before Staier came along.

Oct. 23-Nov. 1 @ Palace Nine Theatre, South Burlington: the Vermont International Film Festival

through Oct. 25 @ the Shelburne Museum: Nature by Design, an exhibit highlighting Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Art Nouveau creations

through Oct. 25 @ the FlynnSpace in Burlington: Opus – a play about what happens as a string quartet prepares for their highest profile performance ever, as the group’s personal dynamics create as much tension as there is on any violin’s bridge.

Oct. 25 @ Langdon Street Cafe in Montpelier: local blues man Dave Keller hosts a tribute to blues legend Koko Taylor

through Oct. 29 @ Club Metronome, Burlington: New Orleans’ own trombone funk band, Bonerama as the artists-in residence Thursday evenings through October

Oct. 30 @ the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College: the Ying Quartet in the final concert of their weeklong residency

all month (October) long @ the Black Door, Montpelier: pick a night, any night

Nov. 1 on the Flynn Main Stage: the extraordinary jazz/blues singer Dee Dee Bridgewater in a tribute program to Billie Holiday

Oct. 13-Nov. 25 @ the Fleming Museum: (exhibit) Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints, 1985-2008

the whole season at Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph: especially noting pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s Vermont return with an all-Bach program on January 23

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