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Cooie's Jazz Ensemble plays at Brandon Music

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Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Drawing from the vast catalog of jazz classics of the 20th century, Cooie's Jazz Ensemble lures listeners deep into the music. Experience them at Brandon Music this Saturday, March 24.

Cooie DeFrancesco reaches the heart of a lyric and brings her own special blend of pathos and humor. Accompanied by veteran musicians Robert Gagnon (guitar), Andy Smith (bass), and Rob Zollman (drums), DeFrancesco will take you on a musical journey. You’ll hear songs like “Unforgettable,” “All of Me,” “Cry Me A River,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “As Time Goes By,” “All the Things You Are,” “Dream A Little Dream Of Me,” and a special “Route 66.”

Music has been DeFrancesco's lifelong companion, from harmonizing with her family in the car as a child, listening late at night to the artists that still inspire her, to finally following her heart and bringing her voice to others personally. DeFrancesco now touches her audiences, leading their emotional journey through the music that has always brought her comfort.

Guitarist Gagnon was raised not far from the Canadian border. He began playing and studying the guitar at the age of six, and learned Quebecois fiddle tunes and songs from the American songbook. After studying jazz guitar at Ithaca College, Gagnon returned to Vermont and formed the Bob Gagnon Trio in 1989. He has continued to play in various musical settings that reflect his wide-ranging influences.

Along with a successful teaching career, Smith has had an extensive performing career spanning 14 countries, 17 states and three continents. His recording credits include the Grammy nominated Mighty Sam McClain, Prydein, Jazzmosis, Swinging Vermont Big Band, The Main Street Quartet, and others. He performs regularly with Prydein, Small Change, The Bessette Quartet, Tiny Montgomery and other small jazz combos.

A performer for over 40 years, Zollman plays jazz, blues, rock, classical, Brazilian and other ethnic music. Currently he plays big band jazz with EnerJazz, original jazz with Chuck Miller's Seven Project, rock with The Keating Five, blues with Left Eye Jump, free jazz with John Fischer's Interface, and frequently plays drums and percussion in musicals. Earlier in his career, Zollman co-founded the Atmost Percussion Quartet, performed with the contemporary music group Relache, and was a classical timpanist and percussionist with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia.

Saturday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for an extra $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB.

Call (802) 247-4295, email [email protected] or visit brandon-music.net for more info.

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