BURLINGTON — Burlington Discover Jazz speeds straight ahead in its 31st year.
Violinist Regina Carter christens the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts MainStage at 8 p.m. Friday, May 30.
Free performances jump off with Long Trail Live presenting acts including The Main Squeeze, Z3 and Organissimo beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Church Street Marketplace.
Saturday, May 31, is Big Joe Burrell Day, featuring Mike Tucker Organ Trio, Banda Magda and David Gerald at noon in City Hall Park.
Tony Bennett, set for Saturday, May 31, sold out six weeks ago. Artist-hold tickets are snatched up as quickly as they dribble out.
Though a Bennett concert may not be in the offing, there is a host of mainstream and edgy artists to satisfy the jazz aficionado and newbie.
“Personally, I have a couple of favorites,” said Linda Little, festival managing director and a professional saxophonist.
“My big favorite is the Ron Carter Trio and Bennie Golson Quartet. I’m really excited about the show.
“Bennie Golson was part of Art Blakely’s Jazz Messengers in the 1950s and 1960s and author of so many jazz standards we know. Ron Carter is one of the most prolific bassist, just a legend in the business.”
The artists are featured on the double bill Sunday, June 1, at the Flynn.
“I’m just excited,” Little said. “We didn’t get one of them; we got both of them. You get to see both of them with one ticket.”
Festival performers include Valerie June, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dawn of Midi and Linda Oh.
On June 5, Maceo Parker (band leader/saxophone/flute/vocals) will blow the canopy off the Waterfront Tent with band members Dennis Rollins (trombone), Will Boulware (keys), Bruno Speight (guitar), Rodney “Skeet” Curtis (bass), Marcus Parker (drums), Martha High (vocals) and Darliene Parker (vocals).