The Jon Thomas Trio plus Ruben Fox and Jalen Baker offer a fresh take of the wisdom and deep passion of Mary Lou Williams, a woman who guided all of our understanding of music through her years as one the forward leading visionaries who also was pianist, composer and teacher.
When night falls, the party is just getting started. This year’s festival features an abundance of nightlife activities that extend into the early morning hours. For the 10 days, the Vermont Comedy Club transforms into an after-hours jazz lounge called Big Joe’s, in honor of renowned Vermont jazz musician, and key figure in the early days of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, saxophonist “Big Joe” Burrell. These evening gigs bring each day full-circle, creating a gathering space for the local artist community to convene, socialize, and collaborate, and presenting freeform sets that summon jazz greats through their music.
Shows run each night of the festival from 10 pm through 2 am. Patrons can arrive at any time for these late-night jam sessions.