On Thursday night, former student volunteer, Sean Crane, came back to play with our "Galen and Friends Gypsy Jazz" group!
Some expected and unexpected highlights at the Patron's Brunch on Saturday:
The "Bucket Bros." Logan and Casey Valleroy from Chapel Hill - ages 12 & 15, took masterclasses on Friday and stayed to perform at Saturday's Patron's Brunch!
Patron/Photographer George Ball was presented with a token of our appreciation for his ten years of photographing at our festival. Collages of each year were on view at the brunch.
Saturday evening local writer and NCJF 2016 artist, Clyde Edgerton, stated that his "DREAM" was to play with a REAL jazz ensemble - Nate, Herman & Quentin made his "Dream" come true -Clyde played Blue Monk with them!
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This year we had a concert at DC Virgo Middle school. There were about 100 students in attendance. Performing for the students were Herman Burney, Bria Skonberg, Jim Fryer, Adrian Cunningham, Nate Najar, and Quentin Baxter. The students were thoroughly entertained by the musicians. Each of the musicians spoke of jazz as compared to being on a sports team where each player knows their position. Bria explained that even though they did not practice beforehand they are able to perform as a band because they all know the jazz standards and that is the beauty of jazz! Will Smith, the band director, was thrilled at his students enthusiasm and curiosity about jazz. The students asked great questions of the musicians and even greeted them afterwards to check out the instruments up close! Thank you to DC Virgo Middle school and faculty for inviting us to perform.
NCJF MUSICIANS VISIT SNIPES ACADEMY OF ARTS & DESIGN
At noon on Friday six of our All-Star musicians, under the leadership of … Read
Landfall Foundation presented Laura Crane with a check for $2000.00 towards the NC Jazz Festival masterclasses which are given to local students.
On Feb 5th, 2016 we had 7 masterclasses for local students given by: Adrian Cunningham-reeds/woodwinds, Nate Najar-guitar, Chuck … Read
Ms. Freelon has toured with Ray Charles, Ellis Marasalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and others. She is greatly respected as an artist and for her passion for education. In 2011 the White House asked her to headline the Asia Pacific Economic Summit for 300 Presidents, Premiers and Heads of State from around the world. She also received the YWCA of North Carolina's inaugural "Legend Award" for her outstanding artistry and her dedication to education.
You can learn more about this talented artist and hear some of her music by going to her website www.nnenna.com
Opening Thursday evening's jazz concert will be a local group, SEA PANS, playing a style of jazz that comes fromt he island of Trinidad. We will tell you more about the group, their instruments and their music as we get closer to the date, as well as the other musicians and their styles of jazz who will play that evening.
Some of our musicians for the 2017 event have been chosen, and we are working on a very interesting list of others. Watch our website as the year progresses to see how we are progressing with the rest of our musical lineup for 2017.