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Thanks to all those who made our 40th anniversary event the amazing smash hit that it was! From the work of our board of directors, volunteers, and the fantastic musicians to the supporters, sponsors, patrons, and ticket buyers---they gave us “sold out” performances all three nights!

Below are some excerpts from reviews of the event and then some.

"One of the treats for this reviewer was the performance of the "rising star" singer Veronica Swift with pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio; remarked in the excellent program notes, Cohen has been praised internationally for his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary” that he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences. It might very well be a description of the vibe for this jazz festival – already in the plans for next year."

Peter Ingram for CVNC.

This was clearly a dedicated audience. People came to the festival to revel in great jazz, and the evening’s artist-performers brought to their music everything one could have hoped for."

Barry Salwen for CVNC

"The goose bump moments came on Saturday, the final night of the festival. Nicki Parrot (bass) led a set backed up by Houston Person(tenor sax), Bruce Harris (trumpet), Champian Fulton (piano & vocals) and Chris Gelb (drums). Midway through the set, she “kicked” the “boys” off the stage and she and Champian performed a duet of what they called Blue Moon/Moonglow “mash-up”, trading lyrics from each song and finally blending their voices at the end. Standing ovation time.

The second goose bump moment arrived in the final set of the festival. Herman Burney called Houston back up to the stage to perform a duet of bass and tenor sax of “untitled blooz for the 40th anniversary of the North Carolina Jazz Festival” before bringing most of the other 2020 NCJF All-Stars on stage for a rousing series of final tunes. And just like that, the 2020 North Carolina Jazz Festival was over. Three nights of some of the best jazz in the country….until next year February 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2021."

Priscilla Life for the New Jersey Jazz.

Ken and Robin Gestal are the recipients of Elizabeth Singletary's art "New Orleans". Congratulations!


Hotel Ballast, Tapestry Collection By Hilton
HOTEL BALLAST is home of the North Carolina Jazz Festival @ Wilmington. Special room rate for NCJF attendees. $123 per night. For hotel reservations please call 910-763-5900 Special thanks for the hospitality shown to all attendees and musicians!!


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