Founded in 1977, the Carolina Jazz Festival (CJF) promotes a broad range of programming spanning performance, education, and scholarship. Our 2017 Carolina Jazz Festival will be the 40th festival led by current Director of Jazz Studies Jim Ketch. Headlining the 2017 festival is Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation. Tenor saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens will serve as Artist-in-Residence for the festival. For additional information about the Carolina Jazz Festival, contact Festival Director Jim Ketch (

The CJF links UNC-Chapel Hill to the educational wing of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC). The festival features the North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival (12 years) which has engaged student participation from North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., and New Jersey. Both the CJF and JALC provide guest artists and clinicians for the festival where concert performances, clinics, and adjudication abound.

In addition to the performance by Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation and Dayna Stephens, the festival will feature the UNC Jazz Faculty, the UNC Jazz Band, the UNC Jazz Combos, and Charanga Carolina.

The Carolina Jazz Festival also partners on the UNC campus with Carolina Performing Arts and a host of other organizations that provide financial and organizational support to the festival.

For 2017, the Carolina Jazz Festival wishes to thank the following:

Out-of-state support: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Essentially Ellington, Jamey Aebersold Jazz

In-state support: Jazz Foundation of North Carolina Incorporated; Drs. Lewis and Olive Greenwald

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill support: Carolina Performing Arts; Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research; Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (PASAF-Performing Arts Special Activities Fund); Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Center for the Study of the American South; UNC Jazz Studies; UNC Department of Music; Phi Mu Alpha – Sinfonia