VJC Goal Reached

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Dear Friends of the Jazz Center,


Thanks to you, the response to the fund raising effort to replace stolen equipment at the Vermont Jazz Center has been overwhelmingly positive.  We have met our goals and exceeded the value of the stolen equipment.  We are so grateful to you for your part in this!  Prior to the VJC’s next concert, we will be purchasing high quality replacement equipment; we have already enhanced our security system. 

 

We have heard from friends, old and new, listeners who’ve come to one show and others who have been part of the VJC community for decades. You are friends, family, board members, volunteers, and colleagues, sympathizers with our cause, believers in the preservation of jazz and its use of jazz as a form of personal expression.  We have all experienced the power of jazz to “do good” in our world and your donations and other manifestations of generosity have clearly expressed your trust in the Jazz Center as a vehicle for this important work. I am amazed, humbled and grateful beyond words.  I have read and heard all your comments and they have warmed my heart. 

 

Clearly we are a resilient community.  Together, we are stronger than ever; the force of unity and positive energy has filled the VJC’s sails with optimism leaving us eager to ride with you on this wave of community spirit, to continue in our mission to provide unfettered access to jazz classes and concerts for all.

 

Thanks to all of you who have given from your pocket, to those who have offered to donate or loan us equipment and to the many who have expressed their sincere concern.  We feel appreciation to Frederic Noyes for the Go Fund Me video.  We are grateful to the numerous artists who have agreed to play at a benefit and to the businesses that have offered to cater and host such an event, and to the artists who shared their merchandise sales with us.  We are thankful for the services of Officer Washburn and Detective Carrier from the Brattleboro Police Department and Tim from the Cotton Mill. We are especially grateful to Max Adam and Klondike Sound for loaning us equipment and to the sound companies who have agreed to sell us equipment at reduced cost.  This outpouring of generosity reminds us vividly that we live in a terrific community that is enhanced by an influx of people who care. 

 

These feelings of gratitude emanate from all of our caring staff (Ginger and Robby), our faculty and our entire board of directors.  Thank you again.  We look forward to seeing you soon, keeping the vital essence of jazz burning in the community and beyond!

 

Sincerely yours,

Eugene Uman

VJC Director

 

“To be a jazz freedom fighter is to attempt to galvanize and energize world-weary people into forms of organization with accountable leadership that promote critical exchange and broad reflection.”

Cornel West, Race Matters
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Hello All!

The Mardi Gras Merci event was both a great time and a success! February is definitely a great time of year to dance the night away to some fantastic music! A big thank you to all who support us, to all who attended, and-of course- to all who provided the music. Thank you also to Pete Simoneaux for arranging the music. It was a full line up with Bayou X, the Celebration Brass Band, Samba Joy, Butterfly Swing Band, and singers Moonlight and Morningstar.
As many of you know, this event was not only to say thank you, but to raise funds for The Brattleboro Area Drop-in Center. We are pleased to have sent them a check for $350 at the end of the evening! Nothing better than supporting all of the members of our community!
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What better way to celebrate than by joining with friends and family at a Mardi Gras party! In New Orleans, people sure know how to get down; they know how to have fun, eat and drink well and get inspired by the flow of the music, the energy of the culture and the rhythm of it all! The Vermont Jazz Center will follow the New Orleans example on Saturday, February 28th. Come on, get out of the house - let’s “shake a tail-feather” and let’s do it together!

The Vermont Jazz Center in collaboration with our good friends from Bayou X will be hosting a Mardi Gras party on Saturday, February 28th starting at 7:00 PM. There will be music, lots of music. Bring your favorite New Orleans-style dish and your dancing shoes and join in for the pot-luck supper; beer and wine will be available by donation.

The reason for this party is to thank EVERYONE for being so generous in light of the robbery which took place in the fall at the VJC. The VJC is now in a great place, selling out most of its concerts, running fascinating classes and presenting thoughtful and inspiring concert programming. The stolen equipment has been replaced or ordered, the sound is back to awesome and the vibe is uplifted.

This party is a simple THANK YOU to you, our community; come on down and take advantage of the celebration. The party is FREE and open to friends of the jazz center. If you’re feeling the love during the show, there will be an opportunity give directly to the Brattleboro Area Drop-in Center.

The music was arranged by New Orleans native, Pete Simoneaux (thanks, Pete!). He will be presenting his two fun-filled bands, Bayou X and the Celebration Brass Band. Bayou X is all greased up thanks to a series of gigs rejoicing the Mardi Gras season. They specialize in authentic Cajun music (often sung in French) with fiddle and accordion soaring over a power-packed rhythm section. Celebration Brass Band revels in the tradition of New Orleans playing horns (including the big tuba), drums and percussion. They’re loud and they’re proud. Other music-makers performing that evening include a serious samba band (Samba Joy) led by Derrik Jordan and Margie Pivar with special guest Julian Gerstin (while we’re at it, let’s celebrate Brazilian Carnival). And, get this…. Northern New England’s very own Queen of New Orleans will make a very, special and not so secret Mardi Gras appearance. Yes, folks you can see her in person, she might even send one of her magical smiles your way! Yes, Samirah Evans will grace the stage in true New Orleans fashion playing the music of her soul-home town. Also livening up the party will be Butterfly Swing (re-named Butterfly Bayou for this event) and singers Moonlight and Morningstar who will reach for the stars as they sing gospel favorites accompanied by a big, brass band. There will be lots of people sitting in and keeping the candles burning bright.

The Vermont Jazz Center is so grateful to this community for the beautiful way in which everybody stepped forward and offered to help. So many of you gave money, time, the offer of your professional services, equipment loans, etc. Now it’s time to give back. The VJC is showing the love with a night of Mardi Gras. Come join us in our big celebration. In spite of what Mother Nature is trying to tell us “life IS a carnival."
Mardi Gras Merci!
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Dear Friends of the Jazz Center,

Thanks to you, the response to the fund raising effort to replace stolen equipment at the Vermont Jazz Center has been overwhelmingly positive. We have met our goals and exceeded the value of the stolen equipment. We are so grateful to you for your part in this! Prior to the VJC’s next concert, we will be purchasing high quality replacement equipment; we have already enhanced our security system.

We have heard from friends, old and new, listeners who’ve come to one show and others who have been part of the VJC community for decades. You are friends, family, board members, volunteers, and colleagues, sympathizers with our cause, believers in the preservation of jazz and its use of jazz as a form of personal expression. We have all experienced the power of jazz to “do good” in our world and your donations and other manifestations of generosity have clearly expressed your trust in the Jazz Center as a vehicle for this important work. I am amazed, humbled and grateful beyond words. I have read and heard all your comments and they have warmed my heart.

Clearly we are a resilient community. Together, we are stronger than ever; the force of unity and positive energy has filled the VJC’s sails with optimism leaving us eager to ride with you on this wave of community spirit, to continue in our mission to provide unfettered access to jazz classes and concerts for all.

Thanks to all of you who have given from your pocket, to those who have offered to donate or loan us equipment and to the many who have expressed their sincere concern. We feel appreciation to Frederic Noyes for the Go Fund Me video. We are grateful to the numerous artists who have agreed to play at a benefit and to the businesses that have offered to cater and host such an event, and to the artists who shared their merchandise sales with us. We are thankful for the services of Officer Washburn and Detective Carrier from the Brattleboro Police Department and Tim from the Cotton Mill. We are especially grateful to Max Adam and Klondike Sound for loaning us equipment and to the sound companies who have agreed to sell us equipment at reduced cost. This outpouring of generosity reminds us vividly that we live in a terrific community that is enhanced by an influx of people who care.

These feelings of gratitude emanate from all of our caring staff (Ginger and Robby), our faculty and our entire board of directors. Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you soon, keeping the vital essence of jazz burning in the community and beyond!

Sincerely yours,
Eugene Uman
VJC Director


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Dear Friends of the Jazz Center,

Thanks to you, the response to the fund raising effort to replace stolen equipment at the Vermont Jazz Center has been overwhelmingly positive. We have met our goals and exceeded the value of the stolen equipment. We are so grateful to you for your part in this! Prior to the VJC’s next concert, we will be purchasing high quality replacement equipment; we have already enhanced our security system.

We have heard from friends, old and new, listeners who’ve come to one show and others who have been part of the VJC community for decades. You are friends, family, board members, volunteers, and colleagues, sympathizers with our cause, believers in the preservation of jazz and its use of jazz as a form of personal expression. We have all experienced the power of jazz to “do good” in our world and your donations and other manifestations of generosity have clearly expressed your trust in the Jazz Center as a vehicle for this important work. I am amazed, humbled and grateful beyond words. I have read and heard all your comments and they have warmed my heart.

Clearly we are a resilient community. Together, we are stronger than ever; the force of unity and positive energy has filled the VJC’s sails with optimism leaving us eager to ride with you on this wave of community spirit, to continue in our mission to provide unfettered access to jazz classes and concerts for all.

Thanks to all of you who have given from your pocket, to those who have offered to donate or loan us equipment and to the many who have expressed their sincere concern. We feel appreciation to Frederic Noyes for the Go Fund Me video. We are grateful to the numerous artists who have agreed to play at a benefit and to the businesses that have offered to cater and host such an event, and to the artists who shared their merchandise sales with us. We are thankful for the services of Officer Washburn and Detective Carrier from the Brattleboro Police Department and Tim from the Cotton Mill. We are especially grateful to Max Adam and Klondike Sound for loaning us equipment and to the sound companies who have agreed to sell us equipment at reduced cost. This outpouring of generosity reminds us vividly that we live in a terrific community that is enhanced by an influx of people who care.

These feelings of gratitude emanate from all of our caring staff (Ginger and Robby), our faculty and our entire board of directors. Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you soon, keeping the vital essence of jazz burning in the community and beyond!

Sincerely yours,
Eugene Uman
VJC Director

“To be a jazz freedom fighter is to attempt to galvanize and energize world-weary people into forms of organization with accountable leadership that promote critical exchange and broad reflection.”
Cornel West, Race Matters
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Ginger Morawski
52 months ago

Thank you so much to everyone who has already donate! You're support and generosity lift us up and remind us of what a wonderful community we have!!

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Thank you so much to everyone who has already donate! You're support and generosity lift us up and remind us of what a wonderful community we have!!

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