BURLINGTON, VT - The 34th annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is thrilled to announce more additions to the lineup. New artists just added include the much buzzed-about saxophonist Kamasi Washington, ‘90s hip-hop stars Arrested Development, and Nectar’s performances by Sidewalk Chalkand Nicky Cassarino's Salvation Station. They join previously-announced performers Diana Krall,Trombone Shorty, Robert Cray, Pink Martini, and many more.
This year’s festival runs from June 2-11. Tickets for the newly-added shows go on sale to Burlington Discover Jazz Festival members at the Messenger level and above on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 am and to the general public on Friday, April 21 at 10 am.
Kamasi Washington: June 7 on the Flynn MainStage
As legend has it, the first time Kamasi Washington picked up a saxophone, he belted out Wayne Shorter’s Sleeping Dancer Sleep On note-for-note. With raw creativity and an uncanny ear in the vein of Pharoah Sanders, John Coltrane, and other astral jazz pioneers, Washington has become one of the most exciting jazz musicians of the 21st century. His already-seminal 2015 triple LP, The Epic, earned consistently ecstatic accolades from the usual suspects of music reviewers, including Pitchfork and NPR. Washington was also a member of the studio band that helped make Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly an undisputed rap masterpiece. Washington's forthcoming EP, Harmony Of Difference, comes out this summer.
Arrested Development: June 10 at the Waterfront Tent
Hip-hop trailblazers Arrested Development have proffered socially-conscious music since 1991. Their songs analyze and celebrate black reality simultaneously, resulting in fluid, beat-heavy works of equal force and funk. The Grammy-winning group’s song Tennessee is a quintessential hip-hop standard and was voted one of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock in Roll” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their hit song Mr. Wendal brought much needed attention to the plight of the homeless and the group gave half the single's royalties to the National Coalition of the Homeless. Profoundly influential in the ‘90s, AD continue their prolific career into the 21st Century in both music and activism. The group recently performed in Atlanta alongside Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis at the March for Social Justice.
Sidewalk Chalk with Yonrico Scott & Friends: June 7 at Nectar’s
Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul and jazz. Their roots are firmly planted in Chicago where all eight members bring their respective talents together to update a sound first heralded in the Native Tongues era, but never so musically diverse. The group’s unique arrangement allows them to incorporate numerous styles seamlessly: an MC and female vocalist; a trio of keys, bass, and drums; a horn section with trombone and trumpet; and a tap-dancer.
Southern Gospel Brunch with Nicky Cassarino's Salvation Station: June 11 at Nectar’s
Start your Sunday with a hallelujah and a side of chicken and waffles at this foot-stomping, napkin-waving good time. The Salvation Station features an all-star five-piece ensemble that will deliver originals and classic gospel with jazz elements. Before and during the show treat yourself to an amazing buffet featuring southern breakfast specialties and a heavenly Bloody Mary bar.
The 34th Annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is presented by New England Credit Federal Unionand produced by Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in association with Burlington City Arts. The festival is also sponsored by Lake Champlain Chocolates, Long Trail Brewing Company, WPTZ-TV NewsChannel5, Dealer.com, William Hill Vineyards, Nectar’s, Vermont Public Radio, Vermont.com,Vermont Tent Company, and Xfinity. Grant support comes from Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Jazz Endowment, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Surdna Foundation.
Begun as a grassroots event, the festival has grown into a 10-day celebration welcoming over 70,000 people into hundreds of events at venues, clubs, and restaurants. Every corner of Burlington resonates with music and brings the city alive.
The mission of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is to broaden awareness and appreciation of jazz through quality live performances of national and regional scope; present educational activities that illuminate the art form for students of all ages and backgrounds; showcase Vermont and regional jazz artists, including students; and create a vital city-wide community festival that contributes to the national jazz dialogue.