Jazz festival will bring some famous names to Burlington

May 21, 2013 by  

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is taking over downtown Burlington for 10 days this spring. It will feature national and international jazz music superstars.

The festival will take place at several locations around the city, including the waterfront and neighborhood bars. There will be street parties, ‘meet the artist’ opportunities, cruises on Lake Champlain, master classes, free films, and workshops.

Some of the artists slated to appear this year are John Scofield, the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Helen Sung, Elaine Elias, and Branford Marsalis. There will also be many free performances during the Jazz on the Marketplace series, which will feature such performances as high school, middle school, and university bands, as well as the Vermont Guitar Ensemble.

The workshops are also free. A couple of topics are ‘The Intersection of Global and Creative Music’ by Brian Boyes and an ‘Improvisation Workshop’ by George Garzone. All free workshops will take place at FlynnSpace.

The Discover Jazz Festival will be a great opportunity for those who are not too acquainted with jazz music to learn about the genre and to enjoy some of the best jazz artists working today.

The festival will likely draw visitors from all over the state, including nearby Hinesburg. Organizers are probably working with local print companies to prepare for the festival. This might include designing and printing banners to draw attention to specific areas or advertising flyers to distribute throughout the area.

The 30th annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival will take place from May 31 to June 9. There are varying prices for the paid concerts. For more information, call 802-863-7992.