Jazz Education

Jazz Education

The North Carolina Jazz Festival started a jazz education outreach program in 2007 by taking the Thursday evening all-star musicians to a local middle school on Friday to perform a concert/workshop, geared to introducing JAZZ to the children who would be the musicians and/or audiences of the future.  We have continued this practice each year, and have added a second school to the program. In 2016 we will be taking one group of musicians to D. C. Virgo Preparatory Academy and another to Snipes Academy for Music and Arts.


In 2008 we also presented a master class with bassist Herman Burney at Wilmington’s New Hanover High School.

2010 saw the start of our masterclass/workshops at the Hilton Hotel, where local music students and educators were invited to participate  in guitar, violin and trumpet workshops given by our All-Star musicians.

This practice is continued, through the generosity of the Wilmington Hilton Riverside, who makes the rooms for these events available. In 2012 we added Adrian Cunningham’s woodwind  instrument classes, which we have continued, in 2014 a trombone class was added, then in 2015 Chuck Redd offered a percussion masterclass bringing a total of 6 workshops on Friday afternoon. These masterclasses will again be offered in 2016, with the addition of a bass class, thus 7 master classes in all during the 36th annual NCJF. We appreciate the time and talents of our great all-star musicians, who are helping the North Carolina Jazz Festival at Wilmington present, promote, and preserve this true American heritage called JAZZ!

For more information in the Jazz Education Workshops please contact Laura Crane:  lauracranebx@gmail.com