On Friday, October 20th, The Bennington Center for the Arts is excited to host Michael Benedict’s ensemble, Jazz Vibes.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with jazz luminaries Gary Smulyan, Harry Allen, Dick Oatts, Steve Nelson, Sharel Cassity, Bruce Barth and Joe Locke. He has toured the United States extensively, performing at numerous concert halls, colleges, clubs and festivals and has performed in Europe. He is currently the leader of three ensembles; Jazz Vibes, BOPITUDE and The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble and has released five recordings to date. Downbeat Magazine rated BOPITUDE “Five and One” as one of the Best Albums of 2013 and his most recent release, “Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland”, was an Editor’s pick in Downbeat Magazine and listed as one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by National Public Radio and critics Ted Gioa and Scott Yanow. JAZZ VIBES features Michael on vibraphone, David Gleason on piano, Mike Lawrence on bass and Pete Sweeney on drums. The repertoire of the group includes straight ahead jazz standards, Latin American songs and original material. Come to the Bennington Center for the Arts to enjoy a high energy performance from the leading vibraphone group in the Capital Region!
On Friday, November 3rd, The Bennington Center for the Arts will present the roots jazz and blues group, Annie & the Hedonists.
Fronted by the captivating vocals of Annie Rosen, and backed by Peter Davis, (guitar, banjo, clarinet, piano, vocal), Jonny Rosen, (guitar, vocal) and Don Young, (bass, guitar, vocal), Annie & the Hedonists interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the ’20s, 30s & 40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Albany radio station WEXT named their album “Tonal Indulgence” among the best of 2015, and North Country Radio lauded the ensemble, which has played venues both large and small across the northeast, as having “great singing [and] great musicianship; authentic and real. Most of all, a heck of a lot of fun!“. At the Bennington Center for the Arts, Spirits of Old Bennington will be serving refreshments throughout the evening.
For both performances the house will open at 7:30pm and the performance will begin at 8pm.
Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge!
Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 to purchase tickets or visit our website to order online.
The Bennington Center for the Arts strives to provide fine arts, graphic arts, performing arts, and cultural arts to the residents, visitors, and students of Bennington and the surrounding area. It is a comprehensive arts center, featuring 7 galleries, art studios, a 315-seat theater, the Covered Bridge Museum, and an extensive collection of Native American and wildlife art. The Bennington Center for the Arts supports the artist community, specifically emphasizing representational art with themes rooted in the natural landscape. Its temporary exhibitions, studios, and events serve thousands of visitors each year in this world-class facility.
The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane in Bennington, VT and is open from 10am until 5pm every day except Tuesday.