NCJF Jazz Education

FREE MASTER CLASSES FOR STUDENTS! TRUMPET, TROMBONE, VIOLIN, REEDS/WOODWINDS, PERCUSSION, BASS GUITAR, GUITAR AND VOCALS!

Students must have basic knowledge of their instruments

FEB 1ST, 2019 FRIDAY 4PM-6PM

Classes held at the
Hotel Ballast Wilmington (formerly the Hilton Riverside Downtown )
301 N WATER ST
WILMINGTON, NC 2840

Masterclasses are held every year at the downtown Hotel Ballast Wilmington during our festival. The NCJF world class musicians give music students
2 FREE hours of teaching in a small setting. Twenty (20) students are selected for each class. Names will be listed as received, on a first-come basis. Once the Class List is full, all other incoming names will be added to the Reserve List, again, in order of receipt.

Students that have participated in the master classes will have opportunity to see a live jazz performance that Friday night for free!

For more information please contact Laura Crane lauracranebx@gmail.com

Click Here To Apply Online

Click Here To Print The Master Class Form

PROMOTING LOCAL JAZZ

NCJF joined with the Cape Fear Jazz Society (CFJS) and Gerry White’s Jazz Dining Co-op in an effort to support and enhance local jazz at an established “jazz mecca” here in Wilmington.

BURNT MILL CREEK WINE BAR AND BILLIARD HALL has been a dedicated Sunday night jazz scene for over a year now. The Benny Hill Trio hosts a “jam” there from 7 –11 pm every Sunday night—this gives local jazz musicians an opportunity to sit in and play with some of our best! During the evening you might hear UNCW jazz students, high school jazz students or well known jazz musicians who happen to be in town –all drawn to the “in spot” for jazz on Sunday nights.

The venue had the stage, the sound system, but no real piano. After a very short discussion among “die-hard” jazz lovers , the leaders of the above mentioned groups decided to do something about this need—a piano was found, movers were hired , as well as the piano tuner—and, voila! BURNT MILL CREEK WINE BAR AND BILLIARD HALL now has a piano!

BMC is not a restaurant, but a food truck is there to serve hungry jazzlovers!
Come join us for “jazz @ the pool hall” every Sunday night from 7 – 11pm.

 

 

This year, the NCJF had master classes in violin, bass, guitar, trumpet, trombone, woodwinds, vocals and percussion for local music students. Many students look forward to doing these classes with our all star musicians! Over 50 young musicians took part in our free 2 hour master classes, many of them stayed for the Friday night concert, at no charge. This was all made possible by donations from our attendees and grants from The Landfall Foundation and the NC Council of the Arts Grassroots Program.

 

Our musicians went to 3 local schools where they gave concert/workshops to a total of over 500 students! The first group lead by Adrian Cunningham went to Roland Grise middle school and performed for over 150 students. Adrian talked about how most of the jazz instruments are an acoustic instrument and no need for electricity. Ed Polcer played his cornet with plunger and showed how he adapts his instrument to the mood of the song. Jonathan Russell (violin) and Jim Fryer (trombone) demonstrated call and response with their instruments! Cynthia Sayer played the banjo and talked about the importance of banjo music in early jazz music.

 

The second group led by went to Snipes Elementary Academy where there were over 500 students in attendance! They learned about Duke Ellington and his music. Students were very excited to see the NCJF musicians play jazz and asked many questions!

 

The third group went to Glow (Girls Leadership of Wilmington), a new college preparatory school for girls. Cynthia Sayer ,Debbie Kennedy and Ed Polcer did a fantastic job teaching the kids about the instruments they play and how they played a role in jazz. Cynthia talked about the banjo and its early roots in jazz.
  

 

During the year, the NCJF brings jazz musicians to area schools. This year so far, Grenaldo Frazier played the piano and sang for 300 students at Sunset Elementary school. He talked about Louis Armstrong and his road to fame. He encourage the students to follow their dreams.

 

 

Masterclasses are held every year at the downtown Hilton Wilmington Riverside during our festival. The NCJF world class musicians give music students 2 FREE hours of teaching in a small setting. Twenty (20) students are selected for each class. Names will be listed as received, on a first-come basis. Once the Class List is full, all other incoming names will be added to the Reserve List, again, in order of receipt.

Contact Laura Crane for more information

 


We took our musicians to two local schools where they gave concert/workshops to a total of over 500 students! 75 young musicians took part in our free master classes, 55 of them stayed for the Friday night concert, at no charge. This was all made possible by donations from our attendees and grants from The Landfall Foundation and the NC Council of the Arts Grassroots Program.
Our thanks go to them!

7 of our NCJF All-stars, under the leadership of Dion Tucker, went to Snipes Academy of Art & Design, where they performed for about 300 2nd thru 5th graders. Dion explained that the instruments, like musicians, came from many different parts of the world. Drums from Africa, piano from Europe, strings and horns from other areas of Europe and Asia- and like the musicians, who came to our country to play JAZZ, our truly American Musical heritage, they unite to make music. He introduced the musicians & their instruments. Anita Thomas said “G’day! I am an immigrant from Australia and I brought a didgereedoo, which is a musical instrument played by the native Australian Aborigini”. At that point she began to blow some interesting sounds which led the group into Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”. This clip captures the sounds of the didgereedoo, but my camera ran out of space before they got really into the number. It was a spectacular experience for the students, one that I am sure they won’t forget.



Our other 7 all star musicians, led by Adrian Cunningham, went to Roland Grise middle school. There was about 250 excited students that attended! The musicians each took a turn to explain about the instrument that they played and its role in jazz. Our piano player Rossano Sportiello, an Italian immigrant, expressed how American jazz influenced him as a youngster. He encouraged the students to cherish and appreciate American jazz as it is their music! Well said! Adrian Cunningham talked about how each musician knows the standard songs of jazz and that they did not rehearse before coming. He talked about the importance of the rhythm section and the front line. It was a great concert and the jazz musicians were well received by the students!!!


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Special thank you to Mark Robbins, George Ball and Herman Burney for taking great photos of our festival! You make us look great!!!!