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Long ago, on a cold March day in 2004 (way before GleePitch Perfect and The Sing-Off), several members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus got together after rehearsal to sing some Gene Puerling arrangements of jazz and popular tunes. We were hooked! That first day, there were 15 of us: Then 12, then 10. You might say we "sugared off" until finally we arrived at just the right combination of sweet, jazzy, goodness. With almost 100 gigs under our collective belts, over the years we've delighted audiences at Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival, Sing for Peace Concerts, Burlington's First Night, Bristol's Best Night and scores of other events in Vermont, New Hampshire and Canada. In 2012 we completed our first CD Grade "A" Fancy. In 2017, after our tenor moved on to other interests, we decided to regroup as a seven-singer ensemble. We're not resting on our laurels - not by a long-shot! Expect to hear much more from us in the future!


Vermont Public Radio host Walter Parker notes, “I always enjoy listening to Maple Jam. Their clever -- often amusing -- arrangements, sweet close harmony, and jazzy swing make for an irresistible blend. It's a cap-pella singing in the finest tradition.” 


“ ...What an astounding, bravura performance! I feel blessed to have been witness to it. I'm sure I'll hear one of their concerts again, but I'll never again have the opportunity I had today, of being taken by surprise and blown away by their virtuosity. Thanks, Maple Jam!” ~ Eve Ness 


Brandon Music comments, “What an energetic and fun show. You can tell they love what they do. Maple Jam was spectacular.”


Maple Jam performs a wide variety of music, mostly from the jazz world including classics from the Great American Songbook, Big Band hits from the 30s to the 60s, and Be-bop. We have also been known to sneak in a couple popular and novelty tunes here and there. Our repertoire includes our own arrangements (*) and those made famous by such groups as The Swingle Singers, The Singers Unlimited, The Real Group, Manhattan Transfer and more.  As December rolls around, we have a treasure-trove of jazz and traditional holiday favorites to get our audiences in a festive mood. Here are just some of the songs we sing currently:



A Child Is Born* - Thad Jones

All the Things You Are - Jerome Kern

Birdland* - The Weather Report

Come Sunday - Duke Ellington

Girl from Ipanema - Anontio Carlos Jobim

Lament - Miles Davis

Misty - Errol Garner

Milonga del Angel - Astor Piazzolla

My Romance - Richard Rodgers

My Funny Valentine - Richard Rodgers

Moonlight in Vermont* - Carl Suessdorf

Night and Day - Cole Porter

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Manning Sherwin

Orange Colored Sky - DeLugg/Stein. 

Very Early - Bill Evans

When I Fall in Love - Victor Young

Waltz For Debby - Bill Evans

Big Band:

Flight of the Foobirds - Count Basie Orchestra

Four Brothers* - Jimmy Giuffre

Li'l Darlin' - Count Basie Orchestra

Snowfall - Claude Thornhill

Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones

Splanky - Neal Hefi, Duke Ellington

Straighten Up and Fly Right - Nat King Cole/Irving Mills

Viva Puente* - Shorty Rogers

What Is This Thing Called Love?* - Cole Porter


C'est Si Bon* - Henri Betti

Hey, Eugene* - Pink Martini

Emily - Johnny Mercer

The Look of Love* - Burt Bacharach

Lilly* - Pink Martini

Michelle - The Beatles

Penny Lane - The Beatles

Spain (I Can Recall)* - Chick Corea/ Al Jarreau

Where Is Love? (From the musical Oliver)


Baby It's Cold Outside* - Frank Loesser

Blue Rondo a' la Turk - Dave Brubeck (from 1959's Time Out)

Count Your Blessings - Irving Berlin

A Child Is Born - Thad Jones

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting...) - Mel Tormé

Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi

You're a Mean one, Mr. Grinch* - (from Dr. Suess' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)

Jingle Bells - traditional

Let It Snow - Sammy Cahn

Silent Night - traditional

Snowfall - Claude Thornhill

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town* - J. Fred Coots

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - Frank Loesser

Walking In The Air (From the animated classic The Snowman)

White Christmas - Irving Berlin