Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2014


Announcing this years line up of gigs I’ll be playing in:

Friday 5.30 – Liptak/Evans Duo. Guitar/clarinet duo performing gypsy jazz. Performing at Radio Bean, 4 PM FREE!

Friday 5.30 – Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band. Performing on the Long Trail Live Stage, free show. We are sharing the bill with The Main Squeeze, Z3, Manner Effect, Organissimo, and Ikebe Shakedown. Big Bang plays at 11 PM

Saturday 5.31 – Dan Liptak Quartet. Performing at Leunigs Bistro with Andrew Moroz, Brent Thomas and Andy Gagnon. 9 PM

Sunday 6.1 – Jane Boxall Quartet. American Flatbread. 5:30 PM. Featuring Rob Morse, Jane Boxall and Randall Pierce.

Wednesday 6.4 – Liptak/Evans Duo with Brent Thomas. Leunigs Bistro, 3:30 PM.

Wednesday 6.4 – Wild Man Blues.  Red Square Alley. 7 PM. New Orleans Second line Dixieland. Featuring Kevin Avery, Burr Morse, Todd Watkins, Greg Evans and Peter Williams. Free!

Friday 6.6 – APEX. Performing at Club Metronome.

From the grooves of Snarky Puppy and the great San Francisco Bay 60’s Funk, to the great arrangements of the San Francisco Jazz Collective Stevie Wonder Project, Originals of Brian Boyes, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea and others, APEX represents the pinnacle of Instrumental music.  Blending the lines between funk, rock, fusion, jazz and even chamber music, APEX is is unique blend and mixture of music as diverse and the musicians performing.

Featuring an all star line up of the best Vermont has to offer from groups such as the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band, Saturn People’s Sound Collective, Movement of the People, Afinque, Kat Wright’s Soul Band, Trey Anastasio Band, The Grippo Funk Band, Vermont Jazz Ensemble, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, The Party Crashers and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble.  10 piece APEX is a horn driven musical experience sure to invigorate your mind, body and soul.

APEX is:

Dan Liptak – Tenor saxophone/Soprano saxophone

Barb Smith – Alto saxophone/Flute

Tom Cate – Bari saxophone/Bass Clarinet

Kevin Avery – Trumpet

Tom Morse – Trumpet

Lloyd Dugger – Trombone

Preston Murphy – Guitar

Andrew Moroz – Piano and keyboards

Brent Thomas – Bass

Keith Gibson – Percussion


More info on APEX show here.



Saturday 6.7 – Dan Liptak Trio. Leunigs Bistro. Featuring Brent Thomas and Don Einhorn. 11:30 AM.

Saturday 6.7 – Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band. Performing at Nectars with Barika. 9 PM.

The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band

Under the direction of noted Vermont musician and band leader, Brian Boyes, the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band is one HUGE party that combines the rich musical and dance roots of Indian Bhangra, Bollywood, New Orleans Brass Bands, and the 1930′s jungle swing of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.

From call and response singing to ripping horn solos, Big Bang Brass fuses the deep funk and swing grooves of New Orleans with the centuries-old Punjabi Bhangra grooves and dance moves reaching back 500 years. The result: a wild and colorful explosion of musical crossroads guaranteed to stir the soul, body, and mind.

Topped off with a troupe of Bhangra dancers, Big Bang Brass features some of Vermont’s best funk and jazz players from such favorites as Movement of the People, The Saturn People’s Sound Collective, ViperHouse, 35th Parallel, Money Jungle, and D’Moja.


More info on this show here.

Sunday 6.8 – Dan Liptak Quartet. Leunigs Bistro, featuring Brent Thomas, Andy Gagnon and Jacob Ungerleider. 7 PM




APEX returns to Positive Pie!


Excited to return to Montpelier with APEX this SATURDAY evening, for a show featuring some of Vermont’s best of the best. We play 10:30 PM.

Cost at the door is only $7!

First time with APEX? Check us out here.