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WE ARE EAGERLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 39TH ANNUAL NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ FESTIVAL WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON JANUARY 31ST, FEBRUARY 1&2 2019 AT THE HOTEL BALLAST, ON THE BANKS OF THE CAPE FEAR RIVER IN DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON NC.

We are now eagerly looking ahead to 2019 and the world renown jazz musicians who will fill our stage and the ballroom air with their music!

Back by popular demand, on Thursday January 31st, will be Wilmington's favorite piano man GRENOLDO FRAZIER, who will give us a one man show that will rock the room! (or I should say "jazz up the room"). He is a composer, director, musical theater performer, former singer/pianist at The Windows of the World in NYC, educator, and recipient of a star on Wilmington's Walk of Fame! The evening's concert will open at 7:30 pm


BRAZILIAN JAZZ AT THE 39TH ANNUAL NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ FESTIVAL

Back in the late 1950’s and early 60’s there was a jazz phenomenom – a new style of jazz, from the South American country of Brazil, which made its’ way to the U.S. and the world with the help of American saxophonist Stan Getz. The creator of this new style of jazz was Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Continuing in our efforts to bring different styles of jazz to the North Carolina Jazz Festival’s opening night each year, the NCJF presents Brazilian Jazz on Thursday night, at our 39th annual event.
Headlining this segment will be Brazilian born vocalist Maucha Adnet and her husband Duduka da Fonseca. Adnet sang with Jobim for 10 years A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she now resides in New York City, where she is a very busy performer. Da Fonseca, also a native Brazilian, is a member of Trio da Paz, a renown Samba band revered from Rio to Lincoln Center!
Joining them for this salute to Brazilian Jazz will be NYC’s Harry Allen on tenor sax, re-creating the sounds of Stan Getz; Israeli born Ehud Asheri – piano; Tampa native Nate Najar – guitar; and internationally acclaimed, U.S. born, Chuck Redd on vibes. 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.

 

The closing set will be our Traditional Jazz Jam with some of our weekend All-Stars, led by Adrian Cunningham, and ends at 10:30pm

NCJF ALL-STARS FOR FRI. & SAT.

  • BANJO - Cynthia Sayer
  • Bass - Herman Burney & Katie Thiroux
  • Drums - Chuck Redd & Alvin Atkinson
  • Guitar - Nate Najar
  • Reeds - Adrian Cunningham & Harry Allen
  • Piano - Ehud Asherie & Rossano Sportiello
  • T-Bone - Dion Tucker & Jim Fryer
  • Trumpet - Bria Skonberg & Bruce Harris
  • Vibes - Chuck Redd
  • Vocals - Maucha Adnet, Cynthia Sayer, Bria Skonberg, Katie Thiroux
These concerts start at 7:30 and end at midnight! They feature 7 sets each night, with 6 or 7 musicians in each set, and each set has a different leader. A great weekend of jazz for all!


Hotel Ballast, Tapestry Collection By Hilton
HOTEL BALLAST is home of the North Carolina Jazz Festival @ Wilmington. Special room rate for NCJF attendees. $121 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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