Burlington Discover Jazz Festival reveals dates, Grammy-winning headliners for June event

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The Flynn announced the dates for the 2024 edition of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on Wednesday as well as the Grammy-winning performers who will open and close the five-day event.

Vocalist and composer Cecile McLorin Salvant starts the festival with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Flynn that will include support from Melanie Charles. Pianist Robert Glasper will close the festival when he and opener Aja Monet play the Flynn at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

The festival has employed musicians as curators in recent years, and this year’s curator is singer/bass player Adi Oasis. She will help guide the themes that tie together the festival’s goal of representing the present and future of jazz.

Grammy-winning vocalist/composer Cecile McLorin Salvant
Grammy-winning vocalist/composer Cecile McLorin Salvant

Singer/bass player Adi Oasis is curating the festival

“Curating a festival has been a dream of mine for many years and it was exciting to be given the opportunity,” Oasis said in a news release by the Flynn. “My hope is to share my vision of where jazz is today and bring joy while creating awareness.”

Tickets for the concerts by Salvant and Glasper are on sale now to Flynn members and go on sale to the general public Friday, March 29. Tickets for each concert are $42-$84.

Vocalist/bass player Adi Oasis, curator of the 2024 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Vocalist/bass player Adi Oasis, curator of the 2024 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

The Flynn plans on May 3 to announce its schedule of free concerts including Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 on the big stage at Waterfront Park. That announcement will also reveal artists playing the top block of the Church Street Marketplace on Thursday, June 6 and multiple days of student bands performing throughout downtown Burlington.

The Flynn will host a kickoff fundraising performance in FlynnSpace at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, featuring local group the Geoff Kim Organ Trio. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support the festival’s free programming.

Contact Brent Hallenbeck at bhallenbeck@freepressmedia.com.

This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: Burlington Discover Jazz Festival at Flynn to include Robert Glasper