Concert & Event Schedule
Program and artist roster for all concerts and events are subject to change.
Sunday, February 25, 4pm (doors 3:30pm)
Park Theatre ~ 19 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH
Featuring Cameron Brown and Brian Shankar Adler
Join us for a spectacular evening of jazz at the Park Theatre!
Savory charcuterie and sweet plates available for purchase.
VIP Theatre Seating
Tiered Theatre Seating
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Sponsored by Belletetes
This trio performs the compositions of Eugene Uman, many of which are based on the indigenous rhythms of Colombia, South America. All three of its members are on the faculty of the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Workshop and have distinguished careers as recording and performing artists. Listeners can expect to hear a diverse program that features original music based on Colombian rhythms such as cumbia, currulao, passillo, bambuco as well as Cuban rhythms including rumba and bembe.
Eugene Uman is the Artistic/Executive Director at the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) where, for twenty-six years, he has produced over three hundred concerts and overseen educational programming, including their Summer Jazz Workshop. While under Uman’s direction, the VJC received a CMAcclaim award from Chamber Music America, and a resolution of praise from the State of Vermont, honoring its impact on the community and jazz-music.
Uman received an MA from Queens College in Jazz Performance where he was a recipient of a Eubie Blake Scholarship. He has served as a Fellow in composition at the MacDowell Colony and at the Marble House Project. Uman lived for 4 years in Medellín Colombia where he initiated and designed the curriculum for the Jazz Studies Program at La Universidad de EAFIT and taught at El Colegio de Música and La Universidad de Antioquia. He continues to visit Colombia annually to perform and teach. Uman is the recipient of the 2022 Vermont Arts Council, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Arts Education Award. He has taught at the 3rd Street Music Settlement House in NYC, Marlboro College, UMass Amherst, Greenfield Community College and the Governor’s Institute of Vermont, offering classes and workshops in piano, composition, theory and harmony, improvisation, pedagogy, and jazz history and appreciation.
Over the years, Eugene has performed with George Garzone, Donald Byrd, Howard Brofsky, Nat Reeves, Freddie Bryant, Jerry Bergonzi, Sheila Jordan, Nancy Stagnitta, Marvin Stamm, Eguie Castrillo, Wanda Houston, Dave Stryker, Kevin Mahogany, Jay Clayton, Carlos Averhoff, Francisco Mela, Stacy Dillard and many others. He has released two albums of original music with his group, The Convergence Project which features compositions influenced by the rhythms of Colombia. Uman has also appeared as a sideman and producer on numerous recordings; three of his compositions were included on Sammy Figueroa’s Grammy nominated album, In Walked Sammy. Eugene’s work has been commissioned by the Big Band de Medellin, the Windham Orchestra, Juno Orchestra and 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.
Detroit-born bassist Cameron Brown has been playing jazz and free music professionally since the mid-1960s when he toured Europe with the bands of George Russell, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry and Donald Byrd. Career highlights include a fifty-year musical relationship with National Endowment of the Arts jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan, a tour of Japan with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and a long tenure with the legendary George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet.
Brown’s impressive discography includes six albums under his own leadership and over two hundred recordings as a sideman including appearances with Dannie Richmond, Joe Lovano, Connie Crothers, George Russell, Archie Shepp, Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Mal Waldron, Grover Washington Jr., Charlie Persip, Luicano Pavarotti, Ed Blackwell, Ronnie Cuber, Ricky Ford, Beaver Harris, Grady Tate, Mike Longo, Sheila Jordan, Jim McNeely, Steve Grossman, Betty Carter, John Hicks, Dewey Redman, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Jane Ira Bloom, and many others. All Music says of Cameron Brown: “Brown’s enormous technical gifts have always served him well in the often-demanding company in which he has spent much of his performing life. The solid rhythmic pulse he imparts, and his keen sense of time, have been very important in providing an anchor for the freewheeling complexities of the various bands of which he has been an invaluable part.”
Brian Shankar Adler is a multidisciplinary percussionist and composer. He was once described by JazzTimes Magazine as "a polyrhythmic force… still somehow capable of evoking the delicacy of a summer breeze.” Adler has performed in caves, forests and glacial ice fields as well as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and other prestigious venues. He appears on over 40 recordings, including several as a leader. His music video, Mantra, won best music video at the Transcinema International Film Festival in Peru and was an official selection at the Quiet City Film Festival in Brooklyn.
Shankar Adler has been featured in Jason Bivins' book Spirits Rejoice, Newsweek, NPR, Downbeat, and Modern Drummer Magazine. He has recorded and/or toured with Ballet Hispánico's Doña Perón, Chelsea Clinton's film Of Many, Kamala Sankaram's operas Thumbprint, A Rose and The Jungle Book, and Elizabeth Swados's latest theater productions, The Nomad and The Golem .
In 2013, Adler was a guest soloist with La Bomba de Tiempo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Adler traveled to Germany to perform with singer Sunny Kim and to Kuwait to perform with oudist Ahmed Alshaiba. He was composer-in-residence at Antenna Cloud Farm and was commissioned by Palaver Strings. Shankar Adler is a winner of the 2021 Lifetime Arts/National Guild Fellowship, and is published in A World of Percussion, a book that connects rhythm, language, mathematics, and the environment. He has worked professionally with: Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Guillermo Klein, Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Kate McGarry, Ray Vega and many others. He currently teaches at Bates College, Bowdoin College, University of Maine and the Vermont Jazz Center.
Friday, April 5, 6pm
Heberton Hall ~ Keene, NH
Histoire du Tango
Guitar performance, Argentinian Food, and Tango lessons!
David Ross (guitar) and Rohan Gregory (violin) will perform Astor Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango, an homage to the great dance form by one its greatest composers. The Histoire presents the history and evolution of the tango in four distinct movements, each tracing the musical and aesthetic elements that define the music through the ages. "Bordel, 1900" demonstrates the lively dance form as it originated in Buenos Aires in 1882, followed by a more concertized version in "Café, 1930", then a cosmopolitan, fusion version as tango meets bossa nova in "Nightclub, 1960", and finally, tango as high art, mingled with contemporary composition approaches of Bartok and Stravinski in "Concert d'aujord'hui". Piazzolla was in many ways the heart of the tango in the 20th century and the Histoire du Tango is a breath-taking display of his craft as well as the art and passion of tango itself.
Concert & Dancing
Concert, Dancing & Argentinian Appetizers
Cash Bar for Argentinian Wines
Sponsored by Keene Cookie Co.
David William Ross is a New England based guitarist, trained in both classical and jazz, recording artist, and educator. He performs regularly throughout New England and the broader USA, offering solo recitals, chamber music, jazz combos, and masterclasses. An advocate of new music, he has worked closely with composers from around the world in creating new works for the guitar including premieres of works by Frank Wallace, Ferdinando DeSena, Peter Dayton, Pierre Schroeder, Jordan Chase, among others. David’s playing appears frequently on the Ravello, Navona, and Naxos labels, his most recent album, a collection of new works by Swiss composer Georges Raillard, whom David has worked closely with since 2016.
David’s work as a session player has led to an extensive working knowledge of the recording studio. He has developed an approach to engineering and recording that not only serves as a means to capture and present music but also as an artistic tool in its own right. He creates organic and original recordings that elucidate the creative motive of the artist and clarify the underlying aesthetic of the music. According to Seven Days VT, “Ross does more than simply produce… he weaves a foundation of lush beauty and haunting sounds.” His engineering and mixing credits include classical music, jazz, song writers, indie rock, barbershop quartet, and more.
David holds degrees in music theory, composition, and guitar. He attended the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Southern California. As an educator, he has taught courses at Fitchburg State University, Keene State College, and the Vermont Jazz Center in jazz improvisation, music theory, ear training, composition, music history, and aesthetics, as well as individual instruction in guitar and recording/mixing. He is currently the Assistant Director of Music at The Putney School in Vermont.