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We are eagerly looking ahead to the 2017 and the world renown jazz musicians who will fill our stage and the ballroom air with their music!

Thursday Night Special Event/Styles Of Jazz

The opening night for the 37th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival will feature world renowned jazz singer, composer, actress and 6 times Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon and her trio. Accompanying Ms. Freelon will be Micki Hayama from Kyoto,Japan -on Piano, Wayne Batchelor, from NYC,-on Bass, and Adonis Rose from New Orleans -on Drums.

Nnenna Freelon

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

Sea Pans – Opening Night

For the past ten years we have opened our festival with a group of local musicians playing a style of jazz that is different from the Traditional style of the festival. This year we are pleased to present SEA PANS, with a jazz style that has the "flavor" of Trinidad! Sea Pans founder, Vince Stout, meticulously hand crafts and tunes steel barrels to create authentic versions of steel drums (Pans). Vince, a Wilmington native, is a classically trained double bassist (graduated from ECU with a degree in music). He plays bass with the Wilmington Opera Co., several regional chamber music groups as well as jazz. Vince became intrigued with the sound of the steel drum … [Read More...]

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