Mark Burke

The Vermont Jazz Center has been honored with a national Acclaim Award from Chamber Music America. The award recognizes arts organizations around the country for “extraordinary cultural contributions” in the regions they serve.

The award was presented Saturday at a concert at the jazz center’s performance space at the Cotton Mill, an old Brattleboro factory. Vermont Jazz Center Director Eugene Uman says the space invites creativity.

Like many of you, my introduction to vocalist-composer Rickie Lee Jones came via the sly, sublimeswing of her hit single "Chuck E.'s In Love". It seemed as if everyone-friends, the butcher-the family doctor-was either singing, humming or whistling the song.   

They were not alone. I, too, was smitten.