|Christian McBride, Inside Straight to headline jazz festival Feb. 23-25|
|Tuesday, February 07, 2012|
Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride and the Inside Straight band will headline this year’s Carolina Jazz Festival Feb. 23-25 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Saxophonist Steve Wilson, a member of Inside Straight, will be the artist in residence for the 35th annual festival. This year’s festival, themed “Jazz: In Sound and Image,” also features a roving photography exhibit.
Workshops, concerts and late-night jams during the festival will showcase the guest artists, UNC Jazz Band, UNC Jazz Combos and Charanga Carolina. The Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Festival, presented in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center, returns for its seventh year. High school and middle school bands from North Carolina and Virginia will come to UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Student Union on Feb. 23 for a day of performances and clinics.
“Bassist Christian McBride is one of our nation’s great cultural and artistic ambassadors. He is a tireless advocate for jazz, jazz education, and the arts in our schools. His music is rooted in the jazz tradition, yet it’s fresh and new,” said Jim Ketch, festival director and music professor and director of jazz studies in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Steve Wilson is highly respected for his saxophone artistry, musicianship and wide-ranging experience in all facets of the music. His passion for jazz education and young people makes him one of the most outstanding artists we have ever invited to the Carolina Jazz Festival.”
A roving art exhibit by Durham photographer Steven Bromberg, “Portraits of Carolina Jazz,” will feature photographs of Carolina jazz faculty, students and guest artists. Jazz will be performed at exhibit openings.
McBride has performed and recorded with jazz artists McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis and Joshua Redman, as well as with hip-hop, soul, pop and classical artists such as Sting and soprano Kathleen Battle. He is former creative chair for jazz at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Wilson has played on more than 100 recordings with artists such as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Joe Henderson and Charlie Byrd, and has produced seven recordings under his own name.
Campus festival sponsors are the Office of the Executive Director for the Arts, Carolina Performing Arts, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, Carolina Union Activities Board, Center for the Study of the American South, department of music, UNC jazz studies and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonians, a music fraternity.
National sponsors of the jazz festival are Essentially Ellington, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Double Time Records, The Music Resource and Jamey Aebersold Jazz. Community sponsors are WNCU-FM, Jazz Foundation of North Carolina Inc., Art of the Cool Project and West End Wine Bar.
College of Arts and Sciences contact: For photos from the “Portraits in Carolina Jazz” exhibit, contact Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093,