a terrific group of musicians that represent everything that is great about jazz – John Pizzarelli
Swing into the holidays with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra (NCJRO), presenting a distinct collection of holiday classics and jazz standards that are sure to add a little sparkle to the season. The NCJRO performs classic jazz and big band music from greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. Comprising 17 of the states finest jazz musicians, the band is led by co-founder Jim Ketch, Director of Jazz Studies and professor of music at UNC-Chapel Hill.
This year award-winning singer René Marie joins the holiday celebration. Unmistakably honest and unpretentious while transforming audiences worldwide with her impassioned vocals and powerful interpretations of jazz, soul, blues and gospel, René Marie has drawn a legion of fans who are entertained, encouraged and even changed by her performances.