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WE ARE EAGERLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 40TH ANNUAL NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ FESTIVAL WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON JANUARY 23rd- 25th 2020 AT THE HOTEL BALLAST, ON THE BANKS OF THE CAPE FEAR RIVER IN DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON NC.

We hope that you all can attend next year for our big 4 0, we think that it will be spectacular! The dates will be Jan. 23, 24, & 25, 2020 – that is right between the Jazzdagen jazz cruise and THE JAZZ CRUISE, so bring your land legs to Wilmington and celebrate with us! Our festival home is The Hotel Ballast (910-963-5900) and they are joining us in the celebration by making the room rates for NCJF attendees $109 per night! Make reservations before 12/23/19 and be sure to say that you are attending the NC Jazz Festival to get this rate!

Here Is Some Information About The Musicians

This year we are bringing you some jazz musicians new to our stage, along with some of our long time favorites . I would like to take this opportunity to “introduce” you to some of our new musicians.



Our opening night featured guests are Veronica Swift with the Emmet Cohen Trio. Veronica is one of the “Rising Stars” of the jazz world, and often performs at Birdland, Lincoln Center, Mezzrow , and other well known jazz spots in NYC, as well as having a busy jazz cruise and touring schedule. Veronica has been to the North Carolina Jazz Festival before----not as a musician, but as a youngster when her parents were performing here! Stephanie Nakasian and the late Hod O’Brien have been featured performers here several times. Veronica is definitely an “apple who has fallen close to the family tree”! Her style is her own, but the influence of her parents is there. Her repertoire is based on The Great American Songbook Standards , with some bebop and vocal classics as well.



The weekend All-stars also include some second generation jazz musicians – Ben Polcer will be joining Bruce Harris in our trumpet section. Ben is the son of Ed Polcer, who was a part of our festival for many years, and vocalist Judy Kurtz. Ben is now living in New Orleans and is involved in the jazz scene there and performs at many jazz festivals across the country.



Chris Gelb, a drummer from NYC who grew up in Durham, NC and studied jazz performance (percussion) at UNCG, is the son of Durham based jazz saxophonist Greg Gelb and vocalist Kathy Gelb. He will join Chuck Redd in the percussion section. We have included these fine musicians with some who are already among your favorites



Houston Person will join Adrian Cunningham in the reed section. We have been trying to get Houston back on our stage for several years, but the jazz cruise that he goes on was always on the same dates ---well, this year we are in January and that cruise is after our festival, so at last we have him! Rosssano Sportiello will again be playing our grand piano, and joining him in that section will be another newcomer to our stage Champian Fulton.



We love the fact that there are many wonderful female jazz musicians today, and we are happy to have Champian as the first lady jazz pianist to play at the North Carolina Jazz Festival. The fact that she is also a vocalist is a bonus for us. She joins Nicki Parrott in our vocal department (though we know that many of our male musicians are vocalists too). This is just a snapshot of our new people who will help us celebrate our 40 years of great jazz on the stage of the North Carolina Jazz Festival. Others who I know that you all will be happy to see/hear again are Herman Burney (bass), Nate Najar(guitar), Jonathan Russell(violin) and Dion Tucker(trombone).

We hope to see you on January 23-25, 2020 at the 40th Annual NCJF!


Hotel Ballast, Tapestry Collection By Hilton
HOTEL BALLAST is home of the North Carolina Jazz Festival @ Wilmington. Special room rate for NCJF attendees. $109 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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