Festival 2014

              February  6 – 8, 2014
Wilmington gives a warm welcome to all of the jazz lovers attending our 34rd annual North Carolina Jazz Festival!  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!

All evening concerts begin at 7:30 pm and held at the
Wilmington Hilton Riverside ballroom

Thursday Night Showcase
Thursday, Feb. 6, our  Special Event – Styles of Jazz will open with Brazilian singer Maucha Adnet and a Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim.  Ms Adnet sang with Jobim for ten years, and he  was quoted as saying “Maucha and I have traveled the world with the Banda Nova.  She is a marvelous singer.  Her voice is deep, rich and mysterious.  It makes me long for the Brazilian Forest.  She is a great artist.”  Accompanying her will be Harry Allen (saxophone), Ehud Asherie (piano), Nate Najar (guitar), Nicki Parrott (bass) and Chuck Redd (drums).

The second set of the evening will feature Wilmington’s own singer/piano-man/entertainer Grenoldo Frazier and his tribute to Louis Armstrong.

The evening will come to a rousing close with a traditional jazz jam of our six Thursday evening All-Stars, led by cornetist Ed Polcer. This will be a 2 ½ hour concert.

Friday and Saturday Nights
Friday & Saturday evenings will feature our thirteen All-Star musicians in the traditional seven sets of six or seven players, each set with a different leader.  These will be 4 ½ hour concerts.


Patron Brunch:
On Saturday from 10:30 until 2pm we treat our patrons to a musical brunch, when all of our All-star musicians play for their pleasure while everyone enjoys a delicious brunch.  During the last hour we have a “jam” when the patrons who are musicians have the opportunity to play with the All-stars.  Fun for all!