Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.—POULTNEY—Stone Valley Arts will present the classic Jazz Cafe series featuring the New Kanon Jazz Trio with special guest saxaphone player Zachary Hampton on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Hampton is a career musician, teacher, and student himself. He is committed to the study, performance, and education of jazz, using it as a vehicle to explore all aspects of the human condition. Along with the talented music intellectuals and performers he surrounds himself with, Hampton is most known for his work in the ensembles Moose Jr. and Moose Crossing, in which he was a creative partner for over 10 years.
Hampton has directed elementary, middle, and high school music and bands for over 10 year, here in Rutland County. He has long been affiliated with district and Vermont All State competitions, serving as coordinator, adjudicator, and player, among other roles. Many of Zak’s students go on to be regionally and state recognized musicians who have an interest in music as a career path.
As an undergraduate, Hampton attended Green Mountain College, Berklee College of Music, and Castleton University, all of which offered him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of music performance, improvisation, education, and advocacy. Hampton went on to receive his masters of music education from Castleton University.
With over 13 years of experience on stage, Hampton hand-picks band members and charts for each performance that are exclusively tailored to the venue and listeners. Zak captivates kids and adults alike with his wild enthusiasm and passion for performing and teaching music. From The Wiggles, Rafi, and The Beatles, to Sonny Rollins, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, and many more, Zak’s background in jazz and his improvisational style makes each “familiar tune” sound new, fun, and engaging to listeners of all ages.
Hampton has selected a set of his favorite jazz charts for his appearance with The New Kanon Jazz Trio at Stone Valley Arts, which will include Gary Schmidt on piano, Ron White on bass and Nick Aloi on drums.
Listeners can expect to be indulged with works from the bebop and swing era of jazz performed with inspiration and knowledge taken from the great tenor saxophone players like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Stan Getz.
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