by Linda Little, BDJF Managing Director
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It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Three decades ago, the Fabulous Rotesians—a local jazz combo that included Steve Blair, Dave Grippo, and Peter Kriffs—played at the airport as the divine Sarah Vaughan came through the gate. This greeting marked the first-ever jazz festival performance, with Ms. Vaughan as our first headliner.
In the early years there was music at the airport, on the bus, and on every street corner; Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown performed in the Champlain Mill parking lot. Today, the festival has grown into a 10-day celebration hosting hundreds of events at over 25 venues, clubs, and restaurants. Every niche and alley in Burlington resonates with music and brings the city alive. In 1999, I had the pleasure of playing my first jazz festival as a member of the All-State Jazz Band opening for Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. I’m humbled to be able to lead the festival into its 30th anniversary as we entertain, educate, and celebrate jazz.
To help prepare for a landmark 30th festival, here’s some reflections on festivals past from some local jazz heads.
DAVID BECKETT (WWPV DJ)
2005 was a very memorable year for me because of luminous performances by the Bill Charlap Trio, and Kurt Rosenwinkel’s trio in FlynnSpace.
DAVE GRIPPO (Musician)
In 1988, I opened for Dizzy Gillespie at the Flynn with James Harvey and the H Mob. Following the performance, we held a 70th birthday reception for Dizzy at the now-defunct Déjà Vu restaurant. At the end of the night, my wife Kathy and I were honored to join the great Dizzy Gillespie for a casual walk down Church Street.
PAUL ASBELL (Musician)
I’m grateful for the opportunity to play with many music icons at the Contois Jazz Jams. James Carter, Joshua Redman, Kermit Ruffins, and the Rebrith Brass band all stopped by over the years. To live in Burlington, yet be able to play with icons of the jazz world, has been a wonderful aspect of BDJF for many of us.
JEFF PHILLIPS (BDJF Advisory Board President)
In 1998, Dianne Reeves was scheduled to perform with her mentor, Clark Terry. Clark’s flight from Chicago was cancelled and Lester Bowie, who was performing that year with his Brass Fantasy band, agreed to sit in for Clark. The change was announced onstage and Lester emerged from the wings in his trademark white doctor’s coat, to my delight. It was a special moment and a great concert. It was the last chance we had to see Lester before he passed away.
MICHAEL ROSENBERG (BDJF Advisory Board)
In 1995, as a last minute addition, we opportunity-booked James Carter at Club Metronome, whose first album as a leader, JC on the Set, had just been released. I’d never heard a tenor player use the percussive breathing techniques Carter subsequently became famous for. He literally blew the crowd away. Carter’s performance was iconic, and we quickly booked him as a headliner for the 1996 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
1984 – Sarah Vaughan, Modern Jazz Quartet
1985 –Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, Cramen Lundy,
The Barrett Sisters, Bobby Watson
1986 – Ella Fitzgerald, Abdullah Ibrahim
1987 – Count Basie All-Stars, Gary Burton Quartet, Ralph Towner, Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet, Vernon Jones
1988 – Dizzy Gillespie, Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Arkestra, Emily Remler & Mick Goodrick, Roomful of Blues, Lenny Pickett & the Borneo Horns, Vernon Jones Gospel Singers
1989 – Joe Williams, Geri Allen Trio, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Jerry Gonzales & the Fort Apache Band, Bob Telson & Little Village, Paradise City Jazz Band, Sonny Okosuns
1990 – Betty Carter, Randy Weston African Rhythms with Andrew Cyrille, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens
1991– Dave Holland Quartet, Cassandra Wilson, Frank Morgan & George Cables, Rebirth Brass Band, Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Avery Sharpe, Roomful of Blues, Bill Cole with Julius Hemphill & Abdul Wadid, Orange Then Blue, Kanza
1992 – Dorothy Donegan, The JB Horns with Maceo Parker/Fred Wesley/Pee Wee Ellis, Jane Ira Bloom, Carla Bley & Steve Swallow, Otis Clay & Ann Peebles with the Memphis Horns, Les Tetes Brulees, Attila Zoller Group
1993 – Tito Puente Latin Jazz All-Stars, Sheila Jordan, Don Pullen’s African-Brazilian Connection, The Skatalites, Don Cherry, Marva Wright
1994 – Joe Henderson (with John Scofield, Al Foster & George Mraz), Kenny Burrell Trio, David Murray’s Shakill Warrior Quartet, Roomful of Blues, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Belizbeha
1995 – Betty Carter, Joshua Redman Quartet, James Carter Quartet, Jacky Terrasson Trio, Leon Parker Quintet, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
1996 – Max Roach & M’Boom, James Carter Quartet, Trio 4 (Reggie Workman, Oliver Lake & Andrew Cyrille), Houston Person & Etta Jones, John Santos & the Machete Ensemble
1997 – McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Smith, Dr. John, Abdullah Ibrahim Trio, Myra Melford Quintet, Luther Allison, The Bronx Horns, Jireh Gospel Choir
1998 – Roy Hargrove Sextet, Dianne Reeves with Clark Terry, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Rebirth Brass Band, Cubanismo!, Gerry Hemingway Quartet, James Cotton,
Leon Parker Percussion Summit, Motion Poets, Jazz Mandolin Project, Combustible Edison
1999 – Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, David Murray Tenet, Danilo Perez Trio, Philip Hamilton, Lester Bowie with Fontella Bass, Terrance Simien, Sex Mob, The Toasters,
Nick Palumbo, Jireh Gospel Choir
2000 – Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, Dave Douglas Sextet, Chucho Valdes Quartet, Toots Thielmans, Shemekia Copeland, Henry Butler, Jazz Mandolin Project, Herbin “Tamango” van Cayseele, Corey Harris, Jeff “Tain” Watts Experience, Kenny Werner.
2001 – Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dave Holland Quintet, James Carter Sextet, Marcia Ball, Barry Harris, Los Hombres Calientes, William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Grupo Vocal Desandan, Matthew Shipp
2002 – Wayne Shorter Quartet, Regina Carter Quartet, John Scofield Band, Jason Moran Trio with Sam Rivers, David Ware Quartet, Avishai Cohen’s International Vamp Band, Son Seals, Olu Dara, Sandra Wright Band, Jerry Gonzalez Fort Apache Band
2003 – Sonny Rollins, Trey Anastasio, Dave Holland Big Band, Andrew Hill Quartet, Alfredo de la Fe, Ray Anderson, Jean-Michel Pilc, Matthew Shipp Trio, Matt Savage
2004 – Branford Marsalis Quartet, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Omar Sosa Trio, Jane Bunnett & the Spirits of Havana, Randy Weston’s African Rhythms, Chris Potter Quartet, Steve Coleman & Five Elements
2005 – Madeline Peyroux Quartet, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, McCoy Tyner Trio, Stanley Clarke/Bela Fleck/Jean-Luc Ponty Trio, Bill Charlap Trio, Sonny Fortune & Rashied Ali, Joe Lovano & Randy Brecker
2006 –Ahmad Jamal, Dianne Reeves, Vijay Iyer Quartet with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dafnis Prieto, Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Jennifer Hartswick, Irma Thomas & Henry Butler, Kilimanjaro, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Big Band
2007 – Eddie Palmieri, Esparanza Spalding, Kenny Garrett Quartet with Pharoah Sanders, Miguel Zenon, Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, Lee “Scratch” Perry, John Pizzarelli, Christine Jensen Quartet with Ingrid Jensen, Ryan Shaw, Magic Slim, Bettye Lavette, Naomi Davis & The Gospel Queens, Mary Lou Williams Resurgence Project, MaMaVig
2008 – Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Ledisi, Paquito D’Rivera, Joshua Redman Trio, hardcell, Trio 3, Lionel Loueke, Marcia Ball, Eek-A-Mouse, James Harvey
2009 – Diana Krall, Esparanza Spalding, Anat Cohen Quartet, Yusef Lateef, Branford Marsalis, Pink Martini, Belizbeha, Luis Perdomo Trio, Grace Kelly Quintet, Porter-Batiste-Stolz, Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher, Corey Harris, Pato Banton, Jennifer Hartswick
2010 – Sonny Rollins, Levon Helm, Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo, Allen Toussaint, Mose Allison, Arturo Sandoval, Stephane Wrembel, Jim Hall Quartet, Gerald Clayton Trio, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Michael Zsoldos Quartet, Jason Kao Hwang, Wailing Souls
2011 – Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Catherine Russell, Roberta Gambarini, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Ray Vega Latin Jazz Quartet, JD Allen Trio, Jay Clayton & Sheila Jordan, Myra Melford Be Bread Sextet, Matt Schofield, The Abyssinians, Les Doigts de L’Homme, Viperhouse, “Bitches Brew Revisited”
2012 – Bonnie Raitt, Ninety Miles (feat. Stefon Harris, David Sanchez & Nicholas Payton), Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio, Christina McBride & Inside Straight, Dianne Reeves, Lee Konitz Quartet, Jonathan Batiste Quintet, Vijay Iyer, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jimmy Cliff, Craig Taborn, Donny McCaslin Group, Tim Berne & Snakeoil, Mary Halvorson Quintet, Moon Hooch, Marco Benevento, Chicha Libra