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Vermont.com Guide to Jazz Fest Weekend

by Vermont.com Staff

The 2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival has been filled with legends, prodigies, and rising stars, and you can count on that to continue throughout the second weekend! The shows have been unbelievable. From the inspirational performance by the ageless Mr. Tony Bennett, to the intense energy and funk delivered by Maceo Parker on the waterfront, each and every show has been hard hitting and on point. Haven’t been able to make it a performance yet this week? Do not worry – the lineup for the weekend is equally as impressive and guaranteed to knock your socks off! 

1. Big Chief Donald Harrison

Big Chief Donald HarrisonWe can almost guarantee that you’ve never seen a show quite like this. A larger than life personality, Donald Harrison is a New Orleans legend who brings a style that is merged from multiple genres (including, funk, jazz, hip hop, R&B) and combines them with traditional Afro-New Orleans music. With the exception of a trip down to the Big Easy itself, you will not see a show such as this any time soon!


2. Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cecile McLorin Salvant

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Speaking of prodigies and rising stars, Cécile McLorin Salvant is both. Having won the Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition in 2010 at the age of 19, Salvant has continued to impress by putting her own mark on songs from the 1920’s and 1930’s as well as an impressive array of original work. You can expect a soulful, beautiful show filled with pieces that you’ll be thinking about for a long time to come.


3. Belizbeha

BelizbehaWe don’t know if it’s technically possible to sell out a waterfront, but if there is anyone who’s up to the challenge, it’s these folks. Back together for their 20th Reunion, a Belizbeha show is always something that will leave you yelling for more, and we can’t even guess how nuts it will be for their first show in over five years! Jennifer Hartswick Band and Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band to open? Yeah, things are going to get crazy.


4. Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Eddie Palmieri Piano Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

What a way to close out another amazing Burlington Discover Jazz Festival! Having recently released the soundtrack for the award winning documentary, Doin’ it in the Park: Pickup Basketball NYC, this jazz master is still hitting strong. With his signature Afro-Caribbean Latin style, Eddie Palmieri is one of a kind, and not to be missed.


5. Everywhere in Burlington!

Burlington Vermont AirplaneIf you zoom in just a little more, you’ll be able to spot at least two bands playing on Church Street, several more in restaurants, and at least a couple in different parks. Seriously, there is music everywhere this weekend! Here is the lineup for Friday night playing in different bars, restaurants, hotels, and clubs around town. And here is the schedule for Saturday. Just walk out your door and give or take five minutes, you’ll run into a band somewhere – enjoy it!

For more schedules and details on who’s playing where and when, visit the Discover Jazz website, Facebook page, and Instagram. Cheers!




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