Sneakers Jazz Band! Tuesday, 6/7 – Two Shows @ Club Metronome!
Sponsored by John Gouvin & Sneakers
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 @ Club Metronome
Bar & Restaurant: 5:00pm
21+ $17.50 ADV // $20 DOS
Sneakers Jazz Band
Sneakers Jazz Band
In March 1984, some of Vermont’s most talented jazz musicians began meeting every Tuesday night at a Winooski watering hole called Sneakers. The place was small and the pay wasn’t great, but they showed up anyway. For these musicians, it was an opportunity to sharpen their chops and play with some of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the area. These guys played in more lucrative bands the rest of the time, but Tuesday night at Sneakers was the night to play the music they wanted to play.
The roster of musicians sometimes included nationally-known jazz artists who were touring in the area. Their presence, along with the skills of the regular players, contributed to the feeling that Tuesday night at Sneakers was something special. Regular attendees included four UVM students who would later become the phenomenally successful rock band Phish. “We went every Tuesday for years,” guitarist Trey Anastasio said in a 1998 Good Citizen magazine interview. “We always had the front table, right in front of the band. I remember nights when it was amazing.”
Tuesday nights at Sneakers also served as a platform for trying out original compositions written by band members and other jazz artists in the Burlington music scene, providing a rare opportunity to test new compositions in front of an appreciative live audience.
In June 1989, White Crow Studios owner Todd Lockwood invited the Sneakers Jazz Band to make a live studio recording as part of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. An audience of thirty jazz fans accompanied the band in the studio, resulting in a high energy performance with all the benefits of studio sound. The tracks were mixed, but weren’t released until 2015, when the “Sneakers Band, Live at White Crow” CD officially dropped. The tracks sizzle with enthusiasm and virtuosity, making the point that this music was a matter of passion for these players, not just another gig. The Tuesday night tradition at Sneakers continued until March 1996. But the legacy of the music continues!