Festival 2020

January 23, 24, 25 2020
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, January 23rd, our  Special Event – STYLES OF JAZZ:

  1. Jon Hill Ensemble
  2. Veronica Swift with the Emmett Cohn Trio
  3. Professor Cunningham’s Traditional Jazz Jam

Friday and Saturday Nights
Evenings will feature our 15 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!