This traditional jazz festival is presented the third weekend in February at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside, in Wilmington, NC.
The 2011 event will be our 31st annual North Carolina Jazz Festival, featuring world renown traditional jazz players, and will run from Thurs. through Sat.
On Thurs. evening the festival will feature Styles of Jazz, starting with a set by the UNCW Jazz Ensemble, the second set will be big band singer Lynn Roberts with the Bob Alberti Quartet. Following a short intermission, the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet will take center stage, followed by a solo bit by guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, who will then be joined by the 15 yr. old jazz violinist Jonathan Russell for a string duet/duel. The evening will finish with a 30 minute set Jonathan & friends. Thurs. & Fri. performances will feature 7 thirty minute sets each evening, each with a different leader.
Directions: When driving south from VA, take I-95south to I-40, where you go east toward Wilmington. Continue on I-40 until you enter Wilmington, take a right on Martin Luther King Highway and continue about 5 miles to Market St. Turn right on Market, go two blocks to Water St., turn right and the Hilton will be on your left, just past Riverfront Park.
When driving north from SC take I-95 north to Rte.74, go east on 74 until you reach Wilmington and the Memorial Bridge. Go over the bridge and take a left on Third St.continue on Third St. to Market St. take a left on Market, go 2 blocks and take a right onto Water St. Hilton will be on your left, past the Riverfront Park.
From Raleigh take I-40 to Wilmington and from Charlotte take Rte. 74.