NCJF welcomes back violinist Jonathan Russell to the 35th Annual NCJF! Jonathan first played at our festival in 2007, when he was the 11 year old violin prodigy who amazed us all. This will be his 5th “return engagement” in Wilmington and we are very excited to hear him again! Check his bio page to see his accomplishments since he was here last – now at NYU studying among other things, film scoring. While here Jonathan will again hold a jazz violin masterclass/workshop for local violin students. This is a class that always fills up quickly, so if you know of anyone who would like to participate, please have them watch this website for our registration form for the workshops, or call Laura Crane at 297-7727.
The North Carolina Jazz Festival Education Program has expanded in yet another direction. We are sponsoring a jazz vocal workshop, conducted by well-known jazz singer and recording artist Stephanie Nakasian, during the UNCW Department of Music’s Summer Jazz Workshop for high school jazz musicians on July 16th. This will be their first time offering a jazz vocal session, and we are pleased to be its sponsor. www.stephanienakasian.com
Later that evening there will be a concert given by the UNCW Jazz Faculty Big Band, at which Stephanie and her husband, jazz pianist Hod O’Brien hodobrien.com, will be guest performers. This will be held at the UNCW Cultural Arts Center’s Beckwith Recital Hall at 7:30pm. Tickets are $6.00 (tax included) for the public, free to students with valid UNCW ID. Box office opens at 6:30pm. For more information on this event go to… www.uncw.edu/music
Later that week, on Friday July 18th, Steph and Hod will be performing at Delphina dos (5 S. Water St., Wilmington) from 5 – 7 pm. The cover charge will be $10 per person. Make your reservations early, as this will be a sell-out! Phone 762-0700 for reservations. For more on Stephanie and Hod go to www.stephanie nakasian.com and www.hodobrien.com