Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Turns 31

Apr 24, 2014

Burlington Discover Jazz has announced its lineup for the 31st Annual Festival, which runs May 30 through June 8.

The Queen City will play host to hundreds of events, ranging from legends like Tony Bennett, contemporary artists such as Maceo Parker and Regina Carter, jazz greats Ron Carter and Benny Golson and emerging artists like Valerie June and Warren Wolf.

And of course, Vermont artists and student musicians will be featured throughout.

So why has this tiny corner of New England become such a magnet for jazz artists?

Neal Charnoff speaks with VPR's Friday Night Jazz host Reuben Jackson about the festival, and about his own approach to presenting jazz.

Jackson says that Discover Jazz has a great job presenting the past, present and future of jazz, as well as balancing established artist with up-and-comers.

He compares the festival to a Botanical Garden, filled with flora and fauna of every stripe.