8PM: Britt Sawdon – Sawdon evokes a young Patty Larkin in her vocal quality, and also is blessed (or cursed) with the same eclectic style. While she veers toward folk, her ongoing stint as the singer with the Compaq Big Band — performers of great, American standards — informs her music with jazz and blues.
“I’m still kind of struggling with finding that (label),” Sawdon said. “I usually say something like it’s acoustic, folk, rock, blues… But then there’s jazz, too. I guess I would call it folk-rock as the bigger umbrella.”
10PM – JAZZ AT THE BLUE featuring Vol de Nuit
Vol de Nuit is southern Vermont’s premiere new acoustic jazz group, playing tunes from Django Reinhardt to Charlie Parker to contemporary originals. Started by violinist Phil Bloch and guitarist Zach Pierson, the group also includes Boston resident Jack Soref on guitar and Marlboro College student Mike Harrist on bass. Their douce ambience is the perfect accompaniment to an evening with art and friends.
Zach Pearson is a guitarist currently living in Brattleboro, Vermont. A native of Boston, Zach came to Vermont to study music at Marlboro College, and is now pursuing music and music education professionally. He is fluent in many different musical styles, from classical to jazz, bluegrass to R&B, and has studied with a broad range of teachers from locals Draa Hobbs and Keith Murphy to French guitarists Adrien Moignard and Mathieu Chatelain. Zach has worked in numerous jazz ensembles, and currently plays contra dances as a member of Wendy and the Lost Boys, and plays in the chamber group Ensemble San Genevieve and the acoustic jazz trio Vol de Nuit. He also teaches at the Open Music Collective in Brattleboro. Mike Harrist is a bassist and Marlboro college student who joined Vol de Nuit early in their history. He plays in several other groups and studies jazz independently while pursuing his studies. Phil Bloch is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, arranger, recording engineer, and teacher, residing in or near Brattleboro since 1983. He began studying the violin at age five, earned his B.A. in music at Yale University and has been a professional musician since the age of sixteen. Phil writes and performs in several genres. He currently performs regularly and contracts the players for Brattleboro’s Windham Orchestra; he also plays in the Keene Chamber Orchestra, often as Principal Second Violinist. He plays and tours with bluegrass groups including Banjo Dan and the Midnite Plowboys (of Vermont). Phil also plays jazz violin and viola and sings with groups including the award-winning Hot Club of Portland and the acoustic jazz trio Vol de Nuit. He also teaches at the Open Music Collective.