Valley Jazz Network
The VJN is an outreach arm of the Fine Arts Center, focused on preserving the legacy of jazz. The VJN achieves this through its programming designed to offer patrons a more intimate interaction with jazz and jazz artists. We serve as a network to promote jazz in the Pioneer Valley. We do this through programs and partnerships. We produce small concerts called “informances”, educational programs, and listening parties in various community venues in Amherst, Greenfield, Holyoke and Springfield.
2018-2019 VJN Events
NOV. 14 reception with MIGUEL ZENON AND SPEKTRAL QUARTET
FEB. 8, 2019 - AARON DIEHL • Week of FEB. 14 - CHRISTIAN SCOTT
MARCH 2019 - JANE BUNNETT: MAQUEQUE (Presented by Magic Triangle Series)
Listening Party, Post show reception and special community events presented by VJN in conjunction with FAC performances happen on or around the dates mentioned above.
More specific details are sent via email to VJN members. BECOME A MEMBER (see below)
VALLEY JAZZ NETWORK
BE A PART OF THIS VIBRANT COMMUNITY OF JAZZ ENTHUSIASTS!
COME TO OUR EVENTS!
Valley Jazz Network produces and sponsors special events each year that include salons we call "Listening Parties" where musicians perform and discuss their work, as well as pre and post show discussions at the Fine Arts Center and various concerts in venues throughout the Valley.
WHAT IS A LISTENING PARTY?
A listening party is a small and intimate event, where attendees have a chance to talk with jazz musicians, and listen to the music that has inspired them. VJN sponsored listening parties and intimate receptions with Tia Fuller, Jane Monheit, Emery Smith, Grace Kelly, Regina Carter, Warren Wolf, Ambrose Akinmusire, Sheila Jordan and more. The information sharing is fascinating. The event is always memorable!
WHAT IS AN INFORMANCE?
Informances are interactive gatherings, where audience members are encouraged to ask questions, and performers often demonstrate the answers through performance. Our past informances have included sessions on African Rhythms in Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Contemporary Jazz. Artists have included Bob Weiner, Felipe Salles, The Gonzalez Brothers, Jason Robinson and Miguel Zenon.
BECOME AN ACTIVE MEMBER
Membership in the Valley Jazz Network is free. If you are interested in being more involved, or serving on a Steering Committee, or helping to organize activities, see our Organizing Principles for more details.
For information on joining this cohort of jazz lovers whose mission promises to bring a positive influence on the presentation of “America’s Classical Music” (Dr. Billy Taylor), contact Yvonne Mendez at 413-545-4161 or email.
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PAST EVENTS 2017-2018 VJN Events
Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
RSVP required. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413.545.4161.
[Performance in Bowker Auditorium is Wednesday, November 15, 2017 BUY TICKETS]
Listening Party: TBA
[Performance in Bowker Auditorium is February 22, 2018. BUY TICKETS]
All events subject to change. For RSVP and info: email email@example.com or call 413.545.4161.
* These events are in conjunction with the FAC Center Series. For tickets visit fineartcenter.com
VJN Informance! JAZZ MUSIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE
• April 3, 2018 • Old Chapel, UMass Amherst
7:00 p.m. CONVERSATION & 8:30 p.m. CONCERT featuring Helen Sung; and then Christian Scott & his sextet.
Through their work, musicians often focus or dedicate their talent on giving voice to civil rights and social change, strengthening the breadth and depth of social activism. On April 3rd, the Valley Jazz Network hosts JAZZ MUSIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE a Conversation & Concert* creating a public platform for sharing and understanding how some artists use their talent to forward social issues and contribute a positive impact on society. At the table will be three world-class musicians: renown activist, lyricist and singer Toshi Reagon, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Asian American pianist Helen Sung.
* Concert featuring a short set with Helen Sung; and then a full set with Christian Scott and his band.
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Miguel Zenon at Holyoke Public Library
Listening Party: Willie Hill interviews Ambrose Akinmusire in Northampton, MA
"LIKE" OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: On the Valley Jazz Network Facebook page you will find all sorts of jazz-related events, workshops, lectures, etc. Jazz events throughout the Valley.