The 2020 Carolina Jazz Festival is Thursday, February 20, 2020 to Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Festival Events

Thursday, February 20, 2019 

7:30 pm, Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall, UNC-CH
UNC Jazz Combos featuring guest artists Steve Wilson, alto sax, and Dave Stryker, guitar

 

Friday, February 21, 2019

1:25-2:15 pm, Room 1201 Kenan Music Building
Open rehearsal with the UNC Jazz Band, Jim Ketch, Director
With Guest Artists: Steve Wilson and Dave Stryker

2:30-4:30 pm, Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall
Workshop on Combo Playing and Improvisation
With Guest Artists: Steve Wilson and Dave Stryker

8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall
UNC Jazz Band, Jim Ketch, Director with guest artists Steve Wilson, alto sax, and Dave Stryker, guitar. Scholarship Benefit Concert. Admission $10.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Moeser Auditorium & Rm 1201 Kenan Music Building
North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival. A full day of adjudicated big band and combo performances, as well as, as post-performance clinics, and concerts. Free

8:00 pm, Memorial Hall
Headliner Concert: Maria Schneider Orchestra. Tickets available from Carolina Performing Arts.

 

Founded in 1977, the Carolina Jazz Festival (CJF) promotes a broad range of programming spanning performance, education, and scholarship. Our 2020 Carolina Jazz Festival will be the 43rd festival led by current Director of Jazz Studies Jim Ketch. Headlining the 2020 festival is the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Saxophonist Steve Wilson and guitarist Dave Stryker will serve as Artists-in-Residence for the festival. For additional information about the Carolina Jazz Festival, contact Festival Director Jim Ketch (jketch@ad.unc.edu).

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 (14 years) which has engaged student participation from North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., Georgia, and New Jersey. In addition to the Artists-in-Residence for CJF, the JALC also clinicians for the regional EE festival.

In addition to the performances by Christian Scott, the Jazz Faculty Ensemble and Artists-in-Residence Bryan Carter and Roland Barber, the EE festival will feature concerts featuring the UNC Jazz Combos and the UNC Jazz Band. The EE festival will feature performances by over a dozen high school jazz bands and a dozen high school jazz combos.

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 2020, 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: The Durham Jazz Workshop; Drs. Lewis and Olive Greenwald
The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill support: Carolina Performing Arts; Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC Jazz Studies; UNC Department of Music; Phi Mu Alpha – Sinfonia

 

Festival Guest Artists

Artists-in-Residence

Steve Wilson, alto saxophone

https://www.stevewilsonmusic.com/

Dave Stryker, guitar

http://www.davestryker.com

Headliner

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Performing 8:00 pm Saturday, February 22, 2020, Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Box Office: 919-843-3333, or www.carolinaperformingarts.org

 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jazz Faculty

Jim Ketch, Director of Jazz Studies, Professor of Music
Stephen Anderson, Professor of Music, Composition, Jazz Studies, Jazz Piano
David Garcia, Associate Professor Ethnomusicology, Charanga Carolina
Juan Álamo, Assistant Professor of Music, Percussion, World Music, Jazz Vibes and Marimba
Ed Paolantonio, Lecturer Jazz Piano and Combos
Jason Foureman, Adjunct Jazz Bass and Combos
Dan Davis, Adjunct Jazz Drumset and Combos
Aaron Hill, Adjunct Jazz Saxophone
Scott Sawyer, Adjunct Jazz Guitar

UNC Featured Ensembles
UNC Jazz Band
UNC Jazz Combos

 

North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival – 2019 Info Letter and Registration Form (2020 Letter Coming Soon)

 

 

 

 

Dear Colleagues:

The 2019 Carolina Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (year 42!) is proud to collaborate with Jazz at Lincoln Center to bring the internationally recognized and acclaimed Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival to North Carolina. On Saturday, February 16, 2019, The Carolina Jazz Festival will host the 14th annual North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival (EE). We invite you to complete the registration form found at the end of this letter as soon as possible, as we will fill our limited performance vacancies on a first-come-first-served basis. Make note, that we offer both a jazz band and jazz combo division. Our registration form and this letter will be placed on the www.music.unc.edu/jazzfest website. You may register to perform or to simply attend and observe the festival and workshops. We will make registration open to all NC high school jazz bands and jazz combos.

All jazz festival info will reside at this URL: http://music.unc.edu/jazzfest

Two Registrations: CJF and JALC
Registration for the Carolina Jazz Festival is $150 for either a jazz band or combo. Directors wishing to bring two to four groups may do so. We limit participation by one school to no more than two jazz bands (no more than 4 ensembles total from any one school). Registration for two ensembles is $250; three ensembles is $300; four ensembles is $325.

Checks are payable to: Carolina Jazz Festival 2019

Mail checks to James Ketch, Carolina Jazz Festival, Department of Music, Kenan Music Building, CB#3320, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320.

We will accept registrations until January 25, 2019 when we will begin to put together the festival schedule and program.

All high school ensembles participating in the festival are required to join Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2018-2019 Essentially Ellington program. By joining the free program, directors will receive original big band transcriptions from JALC. New members can join the program online by visiting jazz.org/ee and by completing an online membership form. For questions about the Essentially Ellington program contact Maegan McHugh at 212-258-9810 or ee@jazz.org.

Carolina Jazz Festival Rules – High School Jazz Band Division
High School Jazz Bands will be required to perform three selections as follows:

• One score must be a swing tune,
• One score must be a ballad,
• and one score to be a director’s choice from any genre.
• One of these three compositions, whether swing, ballad, Latin, etc., must be from either the current repertoire or previous titles listed in the JALC Essentially Ellington library.

• All eligible charts from the Essentially Ellington library are published by either Warner Bros Publications or Alfred Publishing Co. and prominently feature an Essentially Ellington logo on the cover of the conductor’s score. Remember directors, that in addition to the charts received through membership with the 2018-2019 Essentially Ellington program, you may also elect to perform any of the previously published EE charts.

For a complete list of all titles in the Essentially Ellington library, visit jazz.org/ee and select “Library” from within the red “Resources” tab on the right.

Procedures for Big Bands
Each band will receive 25 minutes total for their performance. This includes set-up, tuning, and exit from the stage. A warm-up room will be available to each band 25 minutes prior to their scheduled performance time. Adjudicators will provide a critique of your performance and provide numerical ratings on a festival adjudication sheet. Directors are not required to provide adjudicators with scores. We prefer our judges to listen and observe, rather than to be focused too much on viewing and studying a printed score.

We require that each director:

1. provide three copies of a program guide for the judges
2. provide a listing of the compositions and composers,
3. provide a listing of the soloists (name and instrument) for each selection, and the entire personnel for the band.
4. designate lead players so that we might be in a better position to identify students should they be considered for an award.

Post-performance clinic with judge
Each jazz band will receive a 20-minute clinic with one of our Essentially Ellington clinicians.

 

Carolina Jazz Festival Rules – Combo Division
High School Jazz Combos will be required to perform a minimum of two selections with one composition being a blues. A third selection is optional if placed within the performance time. We encourage everyone in the combo to improvise.

Procedures for Combos
Each combo will receive 35 minutes for their performance and post-performance clinic. This includes warm-up onstage, set-up, tuning, performance, clinic, and exit from the stage. Adjudicators will provide a critique of your performance and provide numerical ratings on a festival adjudication sheet. Directors are not required to provide adjudicators with scores. We prefer our judges to watch and listen, rather than be focused too much on a printed score.

We do ask that each director to:

1. provide a program guide for the judges. The program guide should list the compositions, composers and/or arrangers, the soloists for each selection, and the entire personnel for the combo.
2. If your two selections do not require the full thirty-five minutes on stage, we invite the adjudicators to work directly with each combo in a clinic setting. We imagine a 15-20 minute performance (2 tunes), followed by a 15-20 minute clinic.

 

Community Division Ensemble
Community jazz bands and/or combos are welcome to register and perform at the festival. These bands, selected from across a city or region are now (this is our first year to try this!) eligible for the Outstanding Big Band and/or Outstanding Combo Awards.

 

Adjudicators – Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Division and Combo Division
Serving as adjudicators for the Carolina Jazz Festival are the following artists:

Bryan Carter, drummer (Artist-in-Residence for 2018 Carolina Jazz Festival)
A second clinician TBA
Two Essentially Ellington clinicians sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center (TBD)
Stephen Anderson, Jazz Faculty (piano/composition), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Dan Davis, Jazz Faculty (drum set), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Jason Foureman, Jazz Faculty (bass), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Awards
We will present plaques to the following ensembles:

Outstanding High School Jazz Band
Outstanding High School Community Jazz Band
Overall Outstanding High School Jazz Band (selected from one and two above)
Outstanding High School Jazz Combo
Outstanding High School Community Jazz Combo

A $60 coupon redeemable by Jamey Aebersold Jazz will be presented to each of the 5 ensembles listed above. The overall Outstanding Jazz Band will be invited to open the evening concert of the UNC Jazz Band (7:50 pm Saturday, February 16, 2017) with their 3-tune set.

The judges will also identify Outstanding Soloists and Outstanding Performers during the festival. At the awards ceremony these individuals will be recognized and provided with a certificate signed by the guest artists.

The Christian Scott Quintet
We are pleased to announce that the Christian Scott Quintet will perform at Memorial Hall at 8:00 pm on Friday, February 15, 2018. Call 919-843-3333 for tickets. If you plan to bring a group ask for help at the Carolina Box Office when you call.

 

Tentative Schedule for Saturday, February 16, 2019 (14th annual) North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
All EE events to be held in the Kenan Music Building and Hill Hall.

8:30 am-Noon     Performances by High School Jazz Bands and Combos
Noon-1:00 pm     Lunch
1:00-4:00 pm       Performances by High School Jazz Bands and Combos
4:15-4:45 pm       Mini-Concert UNC Jazz Band featuring Dayna Stephens, tenor sax
4:50 pm               Awards Ceremony
8:00 pm               Evening Concert: UNC Jazz Band

Contact Information
If you have questions about the festival, please contact James Ketch at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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James Ketch, Director                               Office Phone: 919-962-7560
Carolina Jazz Festival                                Home Phone: 919-493-3378
Department of Music                                 Cell: 919-812-2142
Kenan Music Building, CB#3320          Email: jketch@email.unc.edu
University of North Carolina                  Fax: 919-962-3376
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320

North Carolina Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Registration Form (Deadline: January 25, 2019)

Name of Director: ___________________________________________________________________

Name of School:_____________________________________________________________________

School Address: _____________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________ Zip Code: ____________________________________

School Phone: _________________________ Cell Phone:___________________________________

Email: ___________________________________ Fax: _____________________________________

Enroll the following ensembles for the North Carolina Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival to be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

____ Jazz Band _____ Jazz Combo ____Additional Jazz Band or Jazz Combo (circle)

Enclosed is: $150 for 1 ensemble           $250 for 2 ens.           $300 for 3 ens.           $325 for 4 ens.

Checks made payable to Carolina Jazz Festival 2016.

 

___yes ___ no I have registered with the 2018-2019 Essentially Ellington program

We will travel to UNC by: ___cars ___bus

 

Mail completed registration and check to:

James Ketch, Carolina Jazz Festival, Department of Music, Kenan Music Building CB#3320, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320. Email: jketch@email.unc.edu

Registration Form may be faxed to: James Ketch at 919-962-3376 Questions: Jim Ketch, cell phone 919-812-2142

A complete schedule for the February 14-16, 2019 Carolina Jazz Festival

will reside at this URL: http://music.unc.edu/jazzfest

Tentative Schedule for Saturday, February 16, 2019 (14th annual) North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. All EE events to be held in the Kenan Music Building and if needed Hill Hall.

8:30 am-Noon Performances by High School Jazz Bands and Combos
Noon-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3: 30 pm Performances by High School Jazz Bands and Combos
3:30-4: 15 pm Remarks by our guest artists/adjudicators
4:15-4: 45 pm Mini-Concert UNC Jazz Band featuring Bryan Carter, drums & Roland Barber, trombone
4:50 pm: Awards Ceremony
8:00 pm Evening Concert: UNC Jazz Band featuring Bryan Carter, drums & Roland Barber, trombone Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall

 

Contact Information
If you have questions about the festival, please contact James Ketch at UNC-Chapel Hill.

James Ketch, Director                             Office Phone: 919-962-7560
Carolina Jazz Festival                              Home Phone: 919-493-3378
Department of Music                               Cell: 919-812-2142
Kenan Music Building, CB#3320        Email: jketch@email.unc.edu
University of North Carolina                Fax: 919-962-3376
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320