Founded in 1977, the Carolina Jazz Festival promotes a broad range of programming spanning performance, education, and scholarship. This year’s 39th annual festival features In addition to students and faculty from the UNC Jazz Studies program (UNC Jazz Combos, UNC Jazz Combos, Charanga Carolina) alongside performances by The Count Basie Orchestra with Dianne Schurr and the New York Voices and Artists-in-Residence Mark Whitfield (guitar) & Nat Reeves (bass). For additional information about the Carolina Jazz Festival, contact Festival Director Jim Ketch (

39th Carolina Jazz Festival (February 17–20, 2016)

We invite you to attend and enjoy the events of the 39th Carolina Jazz Festival. Our schedule includes many free events. For those events that do require tickets, please note that tickets are available at the Memorial Hall Box Office (919-843-3333) or at the door in advance of the concert. For information beyond what is listed please contact Jim Ketch at or 919-962-7560.