Continuing in our efforts to bring different styles of jazz to the North Carolina Jazz Festival’s opening night each year, the NCJF will present a tribute to the great Brazilian Jazz musician Antonio Carlos Jobim on Thursday night, at our 34th annual event.
Headlining this segment will be Brazilian born vocalist Maucha Adnet, who sang with Jobim for 10 years. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she now resides in New York City, where she is a busy performer.
Joining Maucha for this salute to Brazilian Jazz will be NYC’s Harry Allen on tenor sax; Israeli born Ehud Asherie – piano; Tampa native Nate Najar – guitar; Australia/NYC’s Nicki Parrott – bass; and internationally acclaimed, U.S. born, Chuck Redd on drums. This great American Heritage, JAZZ, is loved and played world-wide, and we are proud to bring some of the best international jazz musicians together on our stage to perform a style of jazz nurtured in Brazil.
Just a few of the other all-star performers for our 2014 jazz weekend will be trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg, formerly from British Columbia, now living in NYC; Aussie reedman Adrian Cunningham, cornetist Ed Polcer (NYC & NOLA) and America’s favorite guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.
Friday and Saturday nights will feature our traditional 6 or 7 sets, each with a different leader.