The Bebop Years

Miles Donahue Quartet

Presented by Town Hall Theater & Jazz Middlebury

Saturday, February 3 at 7:30pm

Regular Seats $25 advance; $30 at the door
Table seats $35 – Includes 1 free drink

Regular tickets $25 advance


$30 at the door


Table tickets $35


include 1 free drink ticket

Following the successful launch of The House of Jazz series with Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, Jazz Middlebury and THT will present the next installment: “Miles Donahue Quartet– The Bebop Years.”  

On Saturday, February 3, THT will be transformed into a candlelit night club ala Birdland with a choice of table or traditional seating. The evening’s swinging Bebop retrospective is curated by band leader Miles Donahue, a Middlebury College music professor, who is fluent in both saxophone and trumpet, and is a celebrated composer and recording artist. Donahue has been hailed as a jazz treasure and one of the best kept secrets of the genre.  

Donahue, alongside Steve Hunt (piano), Larry Finn (drums), and Gerson lanzo Quiroga (electric bass), will take audience members on journey of jazz favorites including the work of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis and more. The bebop era is uniquely encapsulated in this evening of music appreciation and celebration of
American jazz innovation. 

Seating options include table seat for $35, which includes a free drink coupon and regular seating for $25.

There will be a cash bar and the option to purchase drinks throughout the show.

Miles Donahue

Miles Donahue’s jazz career did not begin in earnest until the age of 45, although in the 60’s he performed at many venues with his own group that featured Harvey Swartz, Jerry Bergonzi, Charlie Banacos, Nick Goumas and Jack Diefendorf. One of these concerts in 1972, performed with Charlie Banacos and Jerry Bergonzi, became known as the famous Arlington Street Church Concert.

In the 1980s, Miles did two albums for which he wrote all the original material with New York Philharmonic flutist Paige Brook. These two albums were released on Tioch records.

In 1992, Miles first major recording as a jazz leader was released on Timeless Records. “Double Dribble” featured Kenny Werner, Bruce Gertz and George Schuller. A review of this recording in Saxophone Journal reads:“Very few musicians today have the diversity and hidden talents Miles Donahue possesses. His phrasing of tenor and trumpet, the harmonic sophisti- cation he plays with and his ability to swing with incredible beauty, all lead to a master musi- cian.This is one of the best CDs I’ve heard in years.”

“Discover a jazz treasure. Miles Donahue is one of the best-kept jazz secrets. Equally adept on trumpet and various saxophones and a composer of grace and originality…” 


Town Hall Theater

68 South Pleasant St

Middlebury, VT 05753

Miles Donahue Quartet

    Table tickets $35

    Regular ticket $25

    $30 at the door

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