Now in its 34th year, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival presents yet another compelling lineup for this year’s 10-day soiree, which runs June 2-11. Following is a rundown of this year’s ticketed shows. Check out next week’s InViTe for a roundup of the festival’s free events and Queen City nightclub action. Here’s a look at this year’s ticketed shows:

— Friday, June 2: Pink Martini – One of the most lauded and popular jazz-pop groups around, the sizable and eclectic Portland, Oregon-based ensemble returns to the Flynn (with singer China Forbes) in support of its ninth studio album, “Je di oui!” — French for “I say yes” — which was released in November. The Associated Press called the album “an entertaining global jaunt in eight different languages and a whirling variety of styles.” This is the happiest album we’ve made in years,” said band leader Thomas Lauderdale in press materials. “And it affirms the band’s 22-year history of global inclusivity and collaborative spirit.” Flynn MainStage, 8 p.m., $25-$60.

Pink Martini also plays at 7 p.m. June 4 at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland; $45, $60; call 802-775-0903 or go online

— Saturday, June 3: Robert Cray — The ever-accessible singer and guitarist has been blurring the lines between blues, R&B and soul for four decades, garnering five Grammy Awards and cutting more than 20 albums in the process. Cray is touring in support of a new album, “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm,” released last month and recorded in Memphis with famed Memphis musician Steve Jordan. Elmore magazine called it “a classic soul album,” while the Associated Press praised Cray’s “expressive vocals and classy guitar licks.” Flynn MainStage, 8 p.m., $25-$55.

— Sunday, June 4: Sullivan Fortner Trio — The 30-year-old New Orleans native — who played with the Roy Hargrove Quintet at the 2011 fest — is a rising piano star on the jazz scene. His widely lauded 2015 debut album, “Aria,” is “full of assurance,” according to The New York Times. “His fundamentals as a player could hardly be stronger, and his instincts as a composer and bandleader are almost startlingly mature.” FlynnSpace, 8 p.m., $30.

— Monday, June 5: Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh – Iconoclastic German saxophonist/ clarinetist Brötzmann is a free jazz pioneer, while Leigh is a Scotland-based American pedal steel guitar player. The adventurous duo is performing a handful of U.S. dates in support of their first album together, “Ears are Filled with Wonder,” which All About Jazz called “a concise but compelling album.” FlynnSpace, 8 p.m., $30.

— Tuesday, June 6: Camila Meza Quartet – A rising star on the global jazz scene since moving from her native Chile to New York City eight years ago, Meza, 31, is a talented singer, guitarist and composer who the Mercury News said is “coming into her own as a composer and bandleader with a concept shaped by her singular skill set as a confidently swinging guitarist and pure-toned singer with a bright, crystalline voice.” Jazz Weekly called her excellent 2016 album, “Traces,” “a real charmer,” adding: “Meza draws you in with her sincerity and lack of guile, making you feel comfy by the fire on simple but not simplistic pieces.” FlynnSpace, 8 p.m., $30.

— Wednesday, June 7: Dom Flemons Duo – Flemons, a North Carolina-based singersongwriter who calls himself “the American songster,” is a former member of acclaimed acoustic trio Carolina Chocolate Drops who has been making a name for himself as a distinctive voice in folk/ Americana circles. The Grammy Award-winning artist, 34, is joined by singer and vocalist Dante Pope. FlynnSpace, 6 p.m., $30.

— Wednesday, June 7: Kamasi Washington – A longtime standout of L.A.’s progressive jazz scene, the 36-year-old sax titan took the world by storm with his 2015 opus, “The Epic,” a staple of best-album lists that year, jazz and otherwise. A nearly three-hour suite for a 10-piece band, backed by a 32-piece orchestra and a 20-person choir, the already-seminal album helped him emerge as “the most talked-about jazz musician since Wynton Marsalis arrived on the New York scene three decades ago,” according to The New York Times. “It’s 21st-century jazz, as accessible as it is virtuosic,” said the All Music Guide about the album, while Rolling Stone said it’s “clearly shaped by crate-digger funk and film scores, hiphop collage and gospel.” A new EP, “Harmony of Difference,” is scheduled for release this summer. 8 p.m., Flynn MainStage, $25-$60.

— Wednesday, June 7: Sidewalk Chalk – The Chicago-based ensemble, which fuses everything from jazz and funk to hip-hop and soul, brings its infectious and dance-inducing sound to Nectar’s five days after the release of its fourth album, “An Orchid is Born.” The album, produced by Grammy Award-winner Robert “Sput” Searight of funk-fusion group Snarky Puppy, is the band’s second for Ropeadope Records. 9 p.m., Nectar’s, $12 advance, $15 day of show (age 18 and older).

— Thursday, June 8: Trombone Shorty& Orleans Avenue – New Orleans sensation Troy Andrews, 31, and his powerhouse group bring their high-octane live show back to the Burlington waterfront, where they killed it at the 2012 festival. This time out, Shorty is touring in support of a kickin’ new album, “Parking Lot Symphony,” which the All Music Guide called “equal parts New Orleans R&B sophistication and loose, block party fun.” New Breed Brass Band and BlakDenim open the show. Waterfront Tent, 5 p.m., $40.

— Thursday, June 8: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque – Bunnett, a Toronto native who plays soprano sax and flute, has long been one of the most accomplished practitioners of Cuban music. Her latest project, Maqueque (pronounced “mah-keh-keh) — which means “the energy of a young girl’s spirit” — is a stellar all-female ensemble of Cuban singers and musicians. Exclaim called the group’s 2016 sophomore album, “Oddara,” “another solid and enjoyable addition to the large and impressive Bunnett discography.” FlynnSpace, 8 p.m., $30.

— Friday, June 9: Diana Krall – Quite possibly the most popular and best-selling contemporary artist in jazz, the sultry multi-platinumselling Canadian singer and pianist, 52, and a highlight of the 2009 fest, settles into the Flynn Center in support of her new album, “Turn Up the Quiet,” released three weeks ago. The album consists of jazz and American popular songs, and includes three different bands featuring such musicians as bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Marc Ribot, among others. The only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, Krall has garnered five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. Flynn Main- Stage, 8 p.m., $50-$100.

— Friday, June 9: The VT/ NY Collective – The stellar ensemble melds two Vermont standouts, Latin jazz trumpet great Ray Vega and bass master Robinson Morse, with two noteworthy New York City musicians, guitarist Will Sellenraad and drummer Victor Lewis. FlynnSpace, 10 p.m., $30.

— Saturday, June 10: Arrested Development – One of the most successful hip-hop groups of the 1990s, the socially conscious collective adds soul, blues and oldschool funk to its winning mix. Its Grammy-winning 1992 debut album delivered hit songs like “Mr. Wendal” and “Tennessee,” and went on to sell over 4 million copies. The Atlanta-based band has remained relevant, though, and last year released two well-received albums, “This Was Never Home” and “Changing the Narrative.” Opening the show is Operation: Prince, featuring Craig Mitchell& the Purple Ones, and Michael Mwenso & the Shakes. 5 p.m., Waterfront Tent, $35.

— Saturday, June 10: Terence Blanchard with E-Collective – The acclaimed trumpeter, 55, is a Grammy Award-winning artist and composer who is best known for his soundtrack work for multiple Spike Lee films. “Breathless,” Blanchard’s 2015 album with his groovedriven quintet, E-Collective, fuses funk, R&B and blues colors with stellar results. “Terence Blanchard has always been forward thinking, but with E-Collective he shoots straight into tomorrow,” said Downbeat. “The concept is still right now with a more modern edge and sound, vocals and all, but it’s still the tough-but-tender, timelessbut vital unique tone that marks Terence’s horn as one of the truly great and classic jazzmen.” FlynnSpace, 7 and 9 p.m., $40.

— Sunday, June 11: Nicky Cassarino’s Salvation Station – Best known for his soulful singing and stellar guitar work in Brooklyn-based band the Nth Power, the 30-year-old South Burlington native brings his band back home as “Salvation Station,” to deliver some original tunes and classic gospel with jazz elements. The Sunday Gospel Brunch at Nectar’s also includes such Southern staples as chicken and waffles and collard greens, and a Bloody Mary bar. Noon, Nectar’s, $15 for performance (all ages), $35 for performance and brunch (10:30 a.m.).

— Sunday, June 12: BassDrumBone – The tightknit trio of Mark Helias on bass, Gerry Hemingway on drums, and Ray Anderson on trombone is celebrating its 40th anniversary as BassDrumBone. All About Jazz called the group’s 2016 double-album, “The Long Road,” “a winning testament to their creative longevity.” FlynnSpace, 6 p.m., $30.


The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival starts Friday, June 2 and runs until Sunday, June 11. For tickets, call 863-5966 or go online to For information, go online to

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