2020 Summer Concert Series
ALL SHOWS located at:
The Meeting House
53 School Street
East Fairfield, Vermont.
ALL SHOWS start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Doors - 6:30 p.m.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 per person at the door.
LITE FARE, WINE, BEER, and DESSERTS available for sale throughout the evening.
You may reserve your seats for any of the shows by calling
Will Patton, Thal Aylward, Clyde Stats and Dono Schabner have been playing their spirited stew of world music around the Northeast for over fifteen years. Drawing from Gypsy jazz and Brasilian choro styles, they create an improvisatory dialogue rich in melodic and harmonic invention. Mandolin Magazine in a cover story described the music as "elegant, memorable lines . . . powerful and sophisticated, perfectly capturing the essence of the style."
Will Patton Ensemble
Saturday, August 15
Will Patton has played his music all over the world, from Key West to Fairbanks, Alaska and from Paris to Rio. His collaborations with the manouche guitarist Ninine Garcia from Paris, documented in the cds "Peripherique" and "String Theory" have been enthusiastically reviewed both in the U.S. and abroad. He has taught jazz mandolin at Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's Ashokan Camp and the Django in June Festival at Smith College. His bands have shared the stage with performers such as Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Toots Thielemans and Van Morrison.
Thal Aylward grew up playing the violin in Boston, Massachusetts. His playing incorporates elements of classical, Gypsy, Contradance and bebop styles and has been described as “exquisite” and “eclectic.”
He is a regular with the Stone Cold Roosters (Americana from the Green Mountains), Trip to Norwich, playing for English Country dances around New England and New York, and with Tango Norte, a newly minted quartet playing the tango. He has performed with the Will Patton Ensemble for over 6 years in the U.S and Canada.
Dono Schabner was born in Germany and grew up in Pennsylvania and New York. He started playing professionally at age 12 with Italian wedding bands. At 17 he hit the road, playing R & B all over the U.S. and the Caribbean. After many years of travel, he settled near Stowe, Vt. with his photographer wife, Lauren. He performs with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble and is a first call guitarist for bands all over Vermont.
Clyde Stats has been a professional bassist for over 30 years, and has performed rhythm and blues, funk, bluegrass, and jazz throughout Vermont and New England for the past 21 years. He began his career in Chicago performing with blues greats Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, and Otis Rush He has studied with internationally known jazz bassists George Mraz and Santi Debriano, and has accompanied jazz legends Mose Allison, Bobby Watson, Joshua Redman, and James Carter in their Vermont appearances. An active jazz educator, he holds an M.A. in Jazz Studies from Norwich University and teaches courses in jazz and popular music at Johnson State College and the University of Vermont.