Here's a cool concert that might fly under the radar of all but avid local jazz fans. On Wednesday, April 17, at the UVM Recital Hall, the renowned, Seattle-based trumpet sensation Thomas Marriott (right) performs works from his album East-West Trumpet Summit. That 2009 release was a No. 1 hit on jazz charts. Three more of the eight he's recorded since 2004 were in the top 10.
Marriott worked in New York City for about five years, first turning heads with his playing in Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band. He then went on the road with artists as diverse as Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Les Brown and Charlie Hunter. Marriott returned to his hometown in 2004 and performs with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
In Vermont, the West Coast trumpeter will be joined by his East Coast colleague and fellow awesome trumpeter Ray Vega, along with other members of UVM's jazz faculty, drummer Jeff Salisbury, bassist John Rivers and pianist Tom Cleary. The concert's at 7:30 p.m. Info, 656-7776.
By the way, this is science-y, not arty, but the title of a lecture earlier in the day caught my attention on UVM's weekly e-newsletter: "Many-Body Effects in the Quasiparticle and Collective Properties of Graphene." It's a physics colloquium by visiting prof Eugene Mishchenko from the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah (Jost Foundation Room, Davis Center, 4 p.m.). But, I dunno, maybe it could put you in the mood for jazz?