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We are eagerly looking ahead to the 2018 and the world renown jazz musicians who will fill our stage and the ballroom air with their music!


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.


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Artist For 2018 Fundraiser Raffle

Paul Stone is a local artist, new to North Carolina and from Vermont. His work is represented in galleries in New England and here in the Wilmington area and is in collections around the world. He attempts much innovation in his realist painting style that mirrors his attraction to the improvisational world of jazz.

Stone holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Tufts University, has served as a School Board member, chaired a Museum Board, served on many community committees and is an active bridge, squash, golf and pickleball player. His work can be seen at his website