Fourth Annual JazzFest, June 20, 2015 noon till 8 p.m.
Foster Meadow Field (next to town library) in Hartland
Directions 1-91 to exit 9; Route 5 North; 1 mile to library entrance on left
Jazz Jam Session with Billy Rosen and Upper Valley Jazz Musicians at 12:00 p.m
Sol Food (Don Glasgo’s 2nd Line New Orleans/Funk Band) 1:00
Bob Merrill’s Tango Norte (Vermont’s Newest Tango Quartet) 1:50
Tim Gilmore’s Tonkin’s Toys (fabulous fusion from the Boston area) 2:40
Miro Sprague/Michael Zsoldos Quartet (Contemporary Jazz From Two Great Artists) 3:20
Natalia Bernal (Our Featured Vocalist This Year, Latin At Its Best) 4:10
Fred Haas and Sabrina Brown’s Interplay Jazz (The Remarkable Interplay Jazz Faculty With Surprise Guest) 5:00
The Vermont Jazz Ensemble (17 Piece Orchestra Playing Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington) 6:00
Latin/Pop Dance Party With Carlos Ocasio and Frydaddy 7:00
Food vendors on site; big tent; adjacent playground; an event for the whole family
Festival goers are invited to bring a picnic and chairs.
This year’s performers
From left to right, personnel is:
Don Glasgo, leader/arranger, valve trombone
Dave Ellis, trumpet
Bob Sparadeo, drums
Andy Bourke, electric bass & Sousaphone
Alex Barnett, keyboards/arranger
Kaitlyn Sheehan, vocals (Kaitlyn cannot be with us in Hartland)
Bob Merrill’s Tango Norte
Bob Merrill – Piano
“In live performance, my goal is to find joy in the music. When I find it, everyone else feels it.”
Bob began playing piano when he was 5 years old, and has played bass and piano professionally for more than 30 years, spanning a spectrum of styles. He can often be found playing jazz at local venues, or playing private engagements with the area musicians.
He has been performing in the Upper Connecticut River Valley for more than 20 years. He has accompanied ballet classes for Pacific Northwest Ballet, for Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute tour of New Hampshire schools, and for Michael Blevin’s artist-in-residence theatre projects at the Pomfret School. He has produced albums, jingles, and music for video and film, and has been composer/accompanist for Dartmouth Film Society’s silent films since 1989. By day he is a composer, producer, audio engineer, and technical consultant at his studio, Sweet Spot Digital. He grew up in Oregon, and now makes his home in South Pomfret, Vermont.
He has studied with Fred Haas, Tom McClung, Miro Sprague, and Latin-Grammy winner Gustavo Casenave.
He’s very excited about the new adventure, Tango Norte.
Jeremiah McLane – Accordion
Jeremiah is a composer, accordionist, pianist and teacher with a diverse musical background including blues, jazz, Celtic, Québécois, French and other roots influenced music.
In the early 1990s he formed The Clayfoot Strutters and Nightingale, two bands that have helped shape the sound of traditional New England roots music. He holds a Master’s in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music and is the founder-director of the Floating Bridge Music Camp.
He teaches regularly at summer music programs throughout the US including Ashokan, Centrum’s American Festival of Fiddle Tunes, Swananoah, Maine Fiddle Camp, Lark in the Morning, John C. Campbell Folk School, Pinewoods, Bay Area CDSS Camps, and many others. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including such venues as the Royal Festival Hall, the Picolo Spoleto Festival, the Carrefour Mondiale de l’Accordeon, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
In addition to teaching and performing, Jeremiah has also composed numerous pieces for film and theatre. In 2006, he received National Public Radio’s “favorite picks” award for his second solo recording, Smile When You’re Ready, and in 2013 the French music magazine Trad Mag’s “BRAVO” award for his fifth release, Hummingbird.
A multi-talented multi-instrumentalist, Thal is also a multi-genre specialist. He plays English Country Dance, Western Swing, Straight-Ahead Rock, and Straight-Ahead Jazz, as well as being a serious classical violinist and violist.
He has been a pillar in Carlos Ocasio’s Frydaddy, plays with Stone Cold Roosters, not to mention numerous contradances with some of the finest players around.
The founder and Artistic Director of the Hartland JazzFest, now in its fourth year, Peter continues to promote First Fridays at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland, where he performs with local and regional jazz musicians each month.
In 2014, he launched “Silo Jazz” on the third Friday of the month at Silo Distillery in Windsor, Vermont where he performs with pianists Fred Haas and Bob Merrill, and guitarist Billy Rosen, among others.
More recently he has joined Tango Norte, and looks foward to touring and recording with the quartet in the coming months.
Miro Sprague/Michael Zsoldos Quartet
The Miro Sprague Quartet/Michael Zsoldos Quartet is a soulful and dynamic jazz ensemble featuring original music and arrangements by two longtime musical partners. Pianist Miro Sprague and Saxophonist Michael Zsoldos met fifteen years ago at the Interplay Jazz Camp. Since then they have performed and recorded together in a variety of contexts, including concerts in Italy, New York City and throughout New England. Their music is known for it’s powerful swing, melodic creativity and soulful emotion. For this show Miro and Michael are joined by an outstanding rhythm section: drummer Tim Gilmore and bassist Wayne Roberts.
Miro Sprague is a pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. He is a recent graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, a prestigious jazz masters program directed by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Miro has toured the United States, Europe and Japan and has worked with many jazz masters including Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, Matt Wilson, Reggie Workman, Sheila Jordan, and many more. Miro has recorded on numerous albums as a sideman and recently released “Blue Dreaming” his fourth album as a bandleader. The album features Miro’s original compositions and arrangements and a band that includes Michael Zsoldos, Eric Miller, Marty Jaffe and Paul Wiltgen. He is currently based in Los Angeles where he is active as a performer and educator.
Based in Woodstock, Vermont, woodwind specialist, teacher, composer Michael Zsoldos has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Sheila Jordan, Kevin Mahogony, Steve Davis, Eguie Castillo, Houston Person, Bernadette Peters, and many others. Michael performs with Choro da Manhã, an NYC-based quartet specializing in Brazilian instrumental music, or Choro. He leads the Michael Zsoldos Quartet, featuring pianist Miro Sprague, and is a member of Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project an NYC-based group whose original music merges Colombian rhythms with jazz harmonies.
Michael is also the instrumental arranger for the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir and Dartmouth Idol, and he recently orchestrated the musical, “21”, based on the life of baseball legend, Roberto Clemente, which had its premiere in Pittsburgh in October 2014. He is on the teaching faculties of the University of Vermont, Interplay Jazz Camp, and Festival Internazionale Del Sassofono in Faenza, Italy.
Tim Gilmore (drums/percussion) lives in Lebanon, NH and teaches at Plymouth State University, Concord Community Music School and Interplay Jazz & Arts. He is an active clinician with Adventures with Jazz, playing Canopus drums and Bosphorus cymbals. His recording/performance credits include: the critically acclaimed 2012 Navona Records release “The Conscious Sleepwalker” by Alejandro Rutty, Richie Cole, Lester Bowie, Marion McPartland, Sheila Jordan, Tower of Power, Delfeayo Marsalis, Tiger Okoshi, Stanley Clarke, The Rod Levitt Orchestra, Pete Seeger, Shawn Colvin, Catie Curtis, as well as PBS documentaries: “Dying to Please, The Dolphin Dilemma”, “Birds of Prey”, and the HBO mini-series “Women in Prison”, as well as the feature film “Vermont is for Lovers”. He has appeared at many jazz venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Shenandoah Valley Jazz Festival, the Blue Note NYC and Ronnie Scott’s of London, to name a few.
Wayne Roberts (bass) was born in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of 7, he studied piano, guitar and voice. At 14, he took up the trombone and a year later, the electric bass. At age 19, he took up the double bass and eight months later he was accepted to the New England Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelors Degree. In 1980, he attended the Juilliard School where he studied with David Walter and Eugene Levinson, and received a Masters Degree. In the late 80’s, he led his own trio with John Colianni and Eliot Zigmund, and co-lead Grant/Roberts New-Bop with Darrell Grant. In 1994, he spent much of his time touring in Europe and lived in Berlin, working as sideman and leader. In 1998, Wayne returned to NYC and formed the Wayne Roberts Sextet, featuring the music of the John Kirby Sextet (1937-43). He transcribed 55 instrumental arrangements and received worldwide acclaim, recreating John Kirby’s intricate style of “little big band” jazz. After 30 years in NYC, Wayne Roberts now resides in Western Massachusetts. He is a member of the faculty at the Community Music School of Springfield where he directs the CMG Jazz Ensemble and Adult Big Band. Among the most notable musicians Wayne has worked with are Kirk Lightsey, Hal Galper, Howard Alden, Vic Juris, Jack Wilkins, Joe Cohn, Lew Tabackin, Ken Peplowski, Walt Weiskopf, Bill Mays, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, John Beasley, Billy Childs, Atilla Zoller, Chuck Wayne, Jaki Byard and Jo Jones.
Led by Carlos Ocasio, the Frydaddy band has been serving up a spicy gumbo of rockin’ soul in the Upper Valley for close to 30 years. A few members have changed throughout the years, but the attention to musical styles has not. With influences and covers ranging from James Brown to Carlos Santana, in addition to soulful originals, Ocasio and the band have enjoyed opening for national acts as well as playing for private venues across New England. Pegged sometimes as a crooner, Ocasio and the Frydaddy band can set the tone for romance as well as turn it up with a foot stompin’ good time!
Current members of the band have been performing music together for over 5 years.
Pete Henault- Lead Guitar
Bobby Sparadeo- Drums
Seth Barbiero- Bass
The Little Town Horns:
The Vermont Jazz Ensemble
The Vermont Jazz Ensemble is a 17 member instrumental music group that performs music, most of which is in the Jazz or “Big Band” style, although the repertoire also includes “Latin”, “Rock”, “Fusion”, and music which is currently “Popular”.
The instrumentation includes 5 WOODWINDS (usually 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, and 1 baritone sax – these players “double” on saxes, clarinet, and flute), 4 TROMBONES (one is a bass trombone), 4 TRUMPETS (these players “double” on flugelhorn), DRUMS, BASS, PIANO, and GUITAR.
The “VJE” maintains a performing library of approximately 300 selections, including music made popular by the bands and orchestras of COUNT BASIE, GLENN MILLER, DUKE ELLINGTON, STAN KENTON, WOODY HERMAN, TOMMY AND JIMMY DORSEY, MAYNARD FERGUSON, and many other “name” bands, as well as recently and currently popular music.
Every performance features ensemble work, sectional and individual solos, and improvisation.
The original idea of assembling an ensemble like “VJE” came about as early as 1974, when some of the current members observed that there were too few opportunities then available for musicians to express themselves through this type of group. So after considerable planning and organization, the first rehearsal took place at the Shelburne Middle School in April of 1976. Originally, the “VJE” was assembled to provide a means of expression and entertainment solely for its members, who agreed to meet every two weeks to rehearse and “jam”.
However, it was not long before “VJE” was providing entertainment for the public too! In May of 1976, the group made its first public appearance at the Vermont YMCA’s Camp Abnaki Jazz Weekend, an event developed by Mr. Norm VanGulden to benefit young students of music. Soon afterward, “VJE” was performing in concert with internationally famous jazz trombonist and recording musician Bill Watrous. A month or so later, “VJE” performed with Bob Hope in a benefit concert for the Medical Center Hospital in Burlington, and then “VJE” provided the music for Governor Snelling’s first Inaugural Ball.
“VJE” was first included on the Vermont Council on the Arts Touring Register in 1977, and every year since then “VJE” has done numerous concerts, workshops, clinics, and dances sponsored in part by the V.C.A Before the end of its first year, “VJE” was performing publicly on the average of once every week, an average still maintained to this day.
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2014 Interview on WNCK, New London: Peter Concilio and David Cooper Interview
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JazzFest is made possible by the generous support of our generous sponsors:
The Byrne Foundation
Toni Vendetti and David Singer
Hartland Recreation Center
Pat and Miles Mushlin
Shelley and Dan Jerman
Carol and Howard Trachtenberg