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Eugene Uman

Vermont Jazz Center
Director
Eugene Uman is the director of the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, Vermont where he has produced hundreds of concerts of world-famous artists and supervised its educational programs since 1997. In 2014, the VJC received a Chamber Music America Acclaim award acknowledging his programming and outreach. He is currently spearheading the Archive Project for the VJC which will preserve and make accessible recordings, videos and ephemera dating back to 1955. As director of the VJC, Uman is particularly concerned with community building and creating small festivals, like the Solo Jazz Piano Festival and Emerging Artist Festival, that give opportunity for lesser known artists to mingle with acknowledged greats.

Uman received an MA from Queens College in Jazz Performance in 1990 where he was a recipient of a Eubie Blake Scholarship; he served as MacDowell Colony Fellow in composition in March of 2011 and was a resident at Marble House Project in May of 2014.

Uman has taught piano in New York City at the Third Street Music Settlement and is currently the jazz piano instructor at Amherst College. He has also taught piano and jazz studies (history, theory, composition) at UMass, Greenfield Community College, the Governor’s Institute and Marlboro College. He continues to foster a close relationship with the flourishing jazz movement in Medellín, Colombia, having taught at el Colegio de Musica, la Universidad de Antioquia and la Universidad EAFIT (where he designed the curriculum and initiated the Jazz Studies program).

Uman has written over 250 compositions including commissioned works for the Big Band de Medellín and the Windham Orchestra. He is currently working on a piece for the Juno Orchestra. Uman has recorded three CDs as a leader, two with the Convergence Project, a sextet he uses to present his own compositions that draw from jazz, rock and Colombian forms and rhythms. He has also recorded with the Bob Stabach Quartet, Derrik Jordan’s Braziliance, the Julian Gerstin Sextet, Jill Connolly, The Ambassadors of Light, Los Estados Alterados and numerous others; he served as a record producer many times over. Uman has performed with Sheila Jordan, Donald Byrd, Jerry Bergonzi, Freddie Bryant, Francisco Mela, Carlos Averhoff (of Irakere), Howard Brofsky, the Vermont Jazz Ensemble, Rhiannon, Karrin Allyson, Wanda Houston and many others. Three of Uman’s original compositions were recorded by Latin Jazz star Sammy Figueroa on his 2005 Grammy Nominated CD: In Walked Sammy.

Uman hosts a weekly radio show on WVEW FM that has given him the opportunity to interview and preserve 100 in-depth conversations with renowned jazz artists who have performed at the Vermont Jazz Center.

Eugene Uman can be reached at 802-258-8822 or by email at eugene@vtjazz.org

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, September 24
 

2:00pm EDT