Founded in 1977, the Carolina Jazz Festival promotes a broad range of programming spanning performance, education, and scholarship. Last year’s 39th annual festival featured 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 (

40th Carolina Jazz Festival (February 15–18, 2017)

Planning is underway for this festival. Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation will headline the 2017 festival with a performance at Memorial Hall at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017. On Saturday, February 18 the Jazz Festival will host the 12th North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center. More to follow.