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I am a Vermont Artist: KeruBo

I am a Vermont Artist: KeruBo

Posted: November 19, 2020

Burlington Afro-jazz singer Irene Kerubo Webster, who goes by the stage name KeruBo, uses her voice to heal and inspire. Her latest song and music video, “Hakuna Lolote,” is a message of hope and comfort for the African and New American Vermonters she serves as a social worker. The… Read More
I am a Vermont Artist: Samirah Evans

I am a Vermont Artist: Samirah Evans

Posted: May 19, 2020

When Samirah Evans was displaced from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction, she had already made her mark as a vocalist in the worldwide heart of jazz and blues. During her career as a performing artist, Samirah has fronted her own band, toured internationally in top concert venues and festivals, and shared stages… Read More
This Lovely Summer Camp

This Lovely Summer Camp

Posted: September 15, 2016

I turn left at the Putney General Store, driving uphill and away from the village. I want to check out Jazz Camp, a weeklong event for intergenerational learners held at The Putney School. It's  Thursday; camp started Monday. I follow back roads amidst thousands of maples to the campus, to be offered a long view of hills layered in hazy green and blue. Eugene Uman, the director of the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC), shows me around. Eugene is gregarious, positive, and careful with language. He’s laid back and completely on purpose all at once. A big-time community builder, he stands in the center of all things jazz, then draws everyone in. Read More
The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Posted: November 3, 2015

Brian McCarthy is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He also says he is a Civil War geek. One more thing: Brian is the recipient of an FY2015 Creation Grant from the Arts Council—funding that provided him the opportunity to write a chamber jazz suite. For inspiration, he dug into the written words of Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address; these words came as the Civil War was looming. Brian says he found the words of a lawyer, a president, and a human in that address. In the words he found most human, he discovered the title for the suite. Read More