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2018 North Carolina Jazz Festival LogoWILLMINGTON, NC - Musicians & events have been announced for the 2018 North Carolina Jazz Festival, February 1-3rd.

We are eagerly looking ahead to the 2018 and the world renown jazz musicians who will fill our stage and the ballroom air with their music!


Thursday, February 1
7:30 - 7:35 Welcome

7:35 - 8:15 MANGROOVE - presenting A Tribute to Horace Silver (Mangroove is a local band, led by Manny Santos, a percussionist who moved here from Boston a few years ago. 
Also in the group are Teddy Burg - flute and sax, Brian Miller - sax, Jack Krupicka - on piano, and Doug Irving - bass)

8:20 - 9:20 THE NICKI PARROTT TRIO bringing us their "road show"! Nicki, Rossano Sportiello and Eddie Metz will be coming off a tour of the South where they will have 
been featuring songs from their cds. Individually these musicians are some of our favorites -- together they will be sensational!

9:20 - 9:35 Intermission

9:35 - 9:50 ROSSANO SPORTIELLO - solo piano

9:55 - 10:30 As usual, for the Styles of Jazz evening, we will end with a set of a style that our event is best known for - The Traditional Jazz Jam, led by ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM, will feature some of our NCJF All-Stars. 

* = new to NCJF stage
Banjo - * Cynthia Sayer
Guitar - Nate Najar
Violin - Jonathan Russell
Bass - * Debbie Kennedy & Herman Burney
Drums - Chuck Redd & Eddie Metz Jr.
Piano - Rossano Sportiello & * Conal Fowkes
T-bone - Dion Tucker & Jim Fryer
Reeds - Adrian Cunningham & * Scott Robinson
Trumpet/Cornet - Bruce Harris & Ed Polcer

Our Fri. & Sat. night 4 hour concerts feature 7 sets each, with 6 or 7 musicians in each set, and each set has a different leader. These are fantastic musicians from around the globe who get together to perform JAZZ, our truly American art form.

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