Wilmington gives a warm welcome to all of the jazz lovers attending the 38th annual North Carolina Jazz Festival on February 1st to February 3rd! This historic city located on the bank of the Cape Fear River has many interesting shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants, as well as a movie studio, nearby beaches, plus Revolutionary and Civil War sites to explore during your days here.
We will fill your evenings with exciting performances by some of the greatest traditional jazz musicians from around the globe!
One of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast and a STS Top 20 Event, this musical weekend will feature Kevin Bales, Herman Burney, Adrian Cunningham, Conal Fowkes, Jim Fryer, Bruce Harris, Debbie Kennedy, Eddi Metz Jr, Nate Najar, Ed Polcer, Chuck Redd, Scott Robinson, Jonathan Russell, Cynthia Sayer, Rossano Sportiello, Dion Tucker
Friday and Saturday nights feature All-Star musicians in the traditional seven sets of six or seven players, each with a different leader. These concerts will be 41/2 hours of beautiful jazz by the most talented musicians. Patron Packages include a delightful musical brunch on Saturday.
The festival takes place at the Wilmington Riverside Hilton.
Jazz fans will not want to miss these world renowned jazz musicians who will fill the stage and the ballroom air with their music!
MUSICAL LINEUP FOR THE 38TH ANNUAL NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Thursday, February 1
7:30 – 7:35 Welcome
7:35 – 8:15 MANGROOVE – presenting A Tribute to Horace Silver (Mangroove is a local band, led by Manny Santos, a percussionist who moved here from Boston a few years ago.
Also in the group are Teddy Burg – flute and sax, Brian Miller – sax, Jack Krupicka – on piano, and Doug Irving – bass)
8:20 – 9:20 THE NICKI PARROTT TRIO bringing us their “road show”! Nicki, Rossano Sportiello and Eddie Metz will be coming off a tour of the South where they will have
been featuring songs from their cds. Individually these musicians are some of our favorites — together they will be sensational!
9:20 – 9:35 Intermission
9:35 – 9:50 ROSSANO SPORTIELLO – solo piano
9:55 – 10:30 As usual, for the Styles of Jazz evening, we will end with a set of a style that our event is best known for – The Traditional Jazz Jam, led by ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM, will feature some of our NCJF All-Stars.
NCJF ALL-STARS FOR FRI. & SAT.
* = new to NCJF stage
Banjo – * Cynthia Sayer
Guitar – Nate Najar
Violin – Jonathan Russell
Bass – * Debbie Kennedy & Herman Burney
Drums – Chuck Redd & Eddie Metz Jr.
Piano – Rossano Sportiello & * Conal Fowkes
T-bone – Dion Tucker & Jim Fryer
Reeds – Adrian Cunningham & * Scott Robinson
Trumpet/Cornet – Bruce Harris & Ed Polcer
Our Fri. & Sat. night 4 hour concerts feature 7 sets each, with 6 or 7 musicians in each set, and each set has a different leader. These are fantastic musicians from around the globe who get together to perform JAZZ, our truly American art form.
Single Night Tickets: Thursday: $40, Friday & Saturday: $60, Active Military: $25 & Students: $15 each night. Patron Packets: $200 Per Person for Friday & Saturday and Patron Brunch, $225 for Th, Fri, Sat and Patron Brunch.