CAMDEN — Camden’s Jazz in June festival debuted in 2019 and had big plans for 2020: organizer Matt Brown was going to bring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration to the Camden Opera House, thanks to generous donations by First National Bank, Belfast Bay Radiology, Maine Chevy Dealers, Eric Grossman, Deb and Jeff Dodge (as well as Matt and Karyl Brown).

As we all know, the pandemic scuttled most 2020 plans. Two years later, that Brubeck Brothers concert is finally taking place. A one-night event for 2022, the Jazz in June show Friday, June 17, will open at 7:30 p.m. with a set by acclaimed jazz guitarists Martin Taylor and Frank Vignola.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, featuring Chris (bass, trombone, composition) and Dan (drums) Brubeck, Mike DeMicco (guitarist, composer) and Chuck Lamb (pianist, composer), have created a multimedia tribute to jazz giant Dave Brubeck. The quartet performs at concert series, colleges and festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl and Monterey jazz festivals, as well as collaborating with orchestras around the world.

Martin Taylor is a multi-award-winning guitarist whose solo shows combine virtuosity, emotion, humor and a strong stage presence. Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. Frank Vignola has become one of the most popular and sought-after guitarists on the international music scene. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents, and he also conducts clinics, masterclasses and workshops at music universities world-wide.

Tickets for this limited-capacity concert are $55 in advance and will be $65 day-of-show (if available). Jazz fans can choose their own reserved seats online at camdenoperahouse.com or by calling 236-3154 in advance; seats will be assigned on a next-best-available at the door. The opera house’s ticketing software inserts a pair of social distance seats at either side of each ticketing party.

The 2022 Jazz in June concert is sponsored by Camden Maine Stay Inn and 40 Paper. For more information and tickets, visit camdenoperahouse.com or call 236-3154.

Martin Taylor Photo by Robert Burns

Frank Vignola