Festival 2021

Dear North Carolina Jazz Festival Fans

In this rather unsettling time of the Covid 19 virus, we really don’t know what the future brings as far as what will be allowed for performances in the months ahead. We do want you to be assured that we are proceeding with our plans for the 41st annual NC Jazz Festival. We are thinking positive for the sake of our musicians and our fans! Of course we will follow the guidelines presented by our governor for the well-being of all! Our musicians have all been contracted and we look forward to presenting them and their music on our stage next February. If there is a need to make a change in plans, ticket purchasers will be given the choice of a full refund or a “roll-over” to the February 3, 4, & 5, 2022 date which has already been secured at the Hotel Ballast.

February 4, 5, 6 2021
Wilmington gives a warm welcome to all of the jazz lovers attending our 40th annual 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. 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 2021 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!