november, 2020

21nov7:00 pm7:00 pmFeaturedDAY 2: VJC's 3rd Annual Emerging Artist Festival7:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Friday & Saturday
November 20 – 21, 2020

The Emerging Artist Festival for 2020 celebrates young musicians making an impact in today’s jazz scene. This year’s featured artists include Samara Joy McLendon, Pasquale Grasso and Lakecia Benjamin.

Alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin won the 2019 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Star Award as well as the Jazz Journalist’s Award for Up and Coming Jazz Musician of the Year. She recently recorded Pursuance, a tribute to the Coltranes (Alice and John) which was produced by her “god father” and mentor Reggie Workman (who also served as John Coltrane’s bassist). The sublime character of that recording is not that it is merely a tribute to Coltrane, but that she captures the spirit, the fire and the essence of their music, channeling their authentic tradition while infusing it with young energy and influences. Benjamin will be performing material from this recording in a pre-filmed, exclusive-content concert at the VJC. She says “Our job is to heal and spread joy throughout the planet. That’s the reason I play music.”

A new highlight for this year’s festival is the presentation of 5-minute videos from college, high school and youth jazz ensembles. We will present videos from approximately ten student groups performing in situations that reflect the creativity of working within the limits of social distancing.


(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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