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A mini version of the North Carolina Jazz Festival will be available for all to stream (at no charge) on Saturday February 6, 2021 at 7:30pm (our original ending night of the 2021 festival).The link to that event will be announced in our Feb. Newsletter edition on February 1st.

We were sorry to have to postpone the 2021 event until February 2022, but we must abide by the governor’s directions, and hopefully help keep everyone Covid free. Our musicians of course were disappointed also! As were the many folks who purchased their tickets ahead of time! I am happy to say that most asked to have their tickets made good for 2022 instead of getting a refund.

The loyalty of our attendees means a lot to us and to the musicians, so with the help of Bruce Harris (our trumpet player) we have arranged to bring the 2021/2022 musicians, via live-streaming, to you in your living room (or wherever your computer/ipad/iphone is). Some of the musicians will be playing (masked and well distanced) on the stage at the Chelsea Music Hall in NYC, while others will be sending videos from their “bubbles” in CT, NC, MD, FL, NY, and even Barcelona, Spain! This event will be about 90 minutes long, formatted by Bruce, put together and filmed by Mirrorbox of NYC.

There will be directions on how you can make a donation, to go to these musicians, who have brought us much pleasure in the past and will continue to do so in the future! This has been a terrible year for them, with most of their gigs cancelled since March. We are really pleased that we will be able to bring them and their music to you in this way.

A few words about live-streaming:
Being able to stream music from musicians’ living rooms (like Rossano every Sunday at 5pm & Emmet Cohen on Monday at 7:30 pm)) and in patron-empty clubs (Nate in Florida) and others from a patron- empty Smalls and Mezzrow in NYC to name a few. These are “sanity saving” moments that have helped me in my “bubble” over the past 9 months, and continue to do so. I hope that you all enjoy the NCJF streaming of our musicians on Feb. 6th. Sandy

Dear North Carolina Jazz Festival Fans

Unfortunately the Covid 19 Pandaemic has put a damper on many things, and it has reached the 41st event of the North Carolina Jazz Festival. In following the guidelines for safety, we feel that it would be prudent to postpone our event until the first weekend in 2022 for the sake of the health of our attendees and musicians. The dates will be February 3, 4, & 5, 2022. Please put those dates on your calendar, with a note that this well be a very special “wecome back” to jazz in the Hotel Ballast ballroom! All of our musicians contracted for 2021 will be on our stage in 2022, plus we will have a special extra set for Thursday night to get us “back in the groove”. More on that as we get closer to the date.

February 3, 4, 5 2022 Wilmington gives a warm welcome to all of the jazz lovers attending our 41st 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 Hotel Ballast ballroom

Thursday Night Showcase
Thursday, February 4th, our  Special Event – STYLES OF JAZZ:
  1. The Steve Washington Trio
  2. Lenore Raphael Trio
  3. Surprise Bonus Set
  4. Professor Cunningham’s Traditional Jazz Jam
Friday and Saturday Nights
Evenings will feature our 13 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!

Our local artist for 2022 will be Barton Hatcher!

Mr. Hatcher was our NCJF artist in 2017, when his artwork “Kind of Blue” was a great hit with our attendees. We are looking forward to see what he creates for 2021, and thank him for again offering to create and donate a piece “jazz art” for our event. Barton Hatcher – ART FOR THE SOUL “Art should fill your soul with the pleasures that the eyes see” We can't wait to see what he will create for the NC Jazz Festival!

Hotel Ballast, Tapestry Collection By Hilton
HOTEL BALLAST is home of the North Carolina Jazz Festival @ Wilmington. Special room rates will be available. For hotel reservations please call 910-763-5900 Special thanks for the hospitality shown to all attendees and musicians!!


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