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ARTICLE: MEET THE STAFF

Meet Doug Collette

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Doug Collette's pedigree for crafting honest and carefully-considered music analysis lies in a nearly fifty year devotion to contemporary rock and roll, jazz and the blues. During this time, his zeal for writing has grown to (almost) equal his devotion to the musical experiences he has documented from his astute observations of records, videos, books and ...

John Fusco

John Fusco is the writer-producer of 12 motion pictures, including Crossroads, Young Guns, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, The Forbidden Kingdom, the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the Academy Award-nominated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

His upcoming film productions include The Shack starring Octavia Spencer, Sam Worthington, and Tim McGraw (March 2017) and the Universal Pictures action-adventure Spirit Animals. He is the creator and executive producer of the popular series Marco Polo currently in its second season on Netflix.

He is also the author of the novels Paradise Salvage, Dog Beach, and the award-winning children's book Little Monk and the Mantis.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Wood Brothers At The Flynn Center

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The Wood Brothers The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT February 6, 2020 It was only poetic justice for The Wood Brothers to headline their own show at The Flynn Center on February 6 2020. And not just because in 2009, they won over the audience in this venerable ...

Radio Underground

If Burlington, Vermont needed to boast of a supergroup, Radio Underground would make the short list. The band is fronted by Arty LaVigne (ex-John Tower Group) on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Mark Christensen (Brooklynn's Ghost Ghost, Stone Document and projects with Robert Fripp) on lead guitar and atmosphere, Chris Simard (The Proper, Chuck the Plains) on bass and Andrew Bedard (Intergalactic Taxi, Mob Barber, The Growlers) on drums. They combine forces to take roots rock and Americana into space and beyond.

Kyle Saulnier

Hailed as “a composer and arranger certainly worthy of considerable attention” (Bill Donaldson, Cadence), Kyle Saulnier writes music of dramatic intensity and immediacy, fusing orchestral techniques with modern jazz vocabulary into music described as “lush and inventive” (WNYC), and “fearlessly relevant” (NY Music Daily). For his Awakening Orchestra, Saulnier has composed two symphonies, a violin concerto, and scores of other compositions in addition to arrangements and orchestrations ranging from Copland to Nine Inch Nails. The orchestra’s debut was called “as rare an achievement as Carla Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill” (All About Jazz), and “a unique and masterful work.” (Cadence Magazine) Not limited to jazz or avant-garde music, Saulnier has written for the Metropole Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, National Geographic Television, BET Awards, and TURNmusic

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Peter Lind

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, trombonist Peter Lin has been recently described by Downbeat Magazine as “solid, fluid, and smooth”. He received his B.A. Music from William Paterson University and MM for Jazz Trombone Studies at Rutgers University. He is currently a faculty member at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ as well as Slide Hampton’s manager. Deeply rooted in the trombone tradition, he has studied with jazz luminaries such as Slide Hampton, Curtis Fuller, Conrad Herwig, and Steve Turre. As a featured soloist and sideman, Peter has performed with world-class jazz artists including Slide Hampton, Steve Davis, Winard Harper, Charli Persip, Anthony Nelson Jr., Wayne Escoffery, Johnathan Blake, Josh Evans, Valarie Ponomarev, Jack Jeffers, Kenny Davis, Steve Williams, and Radam Schwartz

Patricia Julien

Patricia Julien is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Vermont, where she teaches courses in music theory and jazz composition and arranging. Before arriving at UVM, she taught at Skidmore College, George Washington University, and University of Maryland, College Park. She received the Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Maryland, College Park, conducting research on the early compositions of jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Patricia has presented her continuing research at the national conference of the Society for Music Theory, at regional New York State and New England SMT meetings, and, by invitation, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and various U.S

Picture This

Picture This is Jerome Monachino (guitar/voice), Peter Engisch (keys), Marcus Copening (drums), and Gary Matthews ( bass). Since Picture This’ debut in 1993, the group has developed a loyal following and continues to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz. Immediately accessible, the group’s live performances are brimming with boundless energy and a certain synergy that demands your attention. The group’s influences cover world beat artists to traditional, modern, contemporary and pop (Bruce Hornsby, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Yellowjackets, and Mike Stern to name a few)

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Brian McCarthy

Truth Revolution Records recording artist and Selmer-Paris saxophonist, Brian McCarthy is an active player, composer and educator. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters from William Paterson University, Brian returned to Vermont to cultivate and expand the appreciation of jazz in his home state. A Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant recipient for his 9-piece ensemble project "The Better Angels of Our Nature," landed a two-night premiere in November 2015 and an album release on Truth Revolution Records (2017). His first album as a leader, “This Just In” (2013), received wide acclaim

Jamie Masefield

Since 1993, Jamie Masefield's Jazz Mandolin Project has been offering an entirely new concept of what the mandolin can do. Pushing the boundaries with a new innovative sound, "JMP" has toured throughout the US and internationally with a unique approach that has changed the mind of many as to the instruments potential. In its latest ambitious chapter, it's exploring the realm of working in multiple mediums. The name itself, The Jazz Mandolin Project suggests an ongoing experiment, and so it is that Masefield is currently steering his group away from the concert stage and moving it in front of a movie screen to shed light on classic literature and the ethics of Leo Tolstoy, (who has often received the title as the greatest storyteller in modern history)


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