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February 2018

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The N.C. Jazz Festival will bring together the sounds of more than a dozen musi- cians during the 38th annual festival in Wilm- ington in early February. The festival will take place Feb. 1-3, each night at 7:30 p.m., in the ballroom of the Wilmington Hilton Riverside at 301 N. Water St. "Ours is one of the longest run- ning festivals in the country," said Sandy Evans, president of the N.C. Jazz Festival. "Jazz is our one form of classic art that is truly Ameri- can." The first night of the festival includes local talent, a trio and a traditional jazz jam. Friday and Saturday nights include perform- ances by an all-star list of well- known jazz musicians that will per- form throughout the evening. "Thursday night will show dif- ferent styles of jazz," Evans said. "Friday and Saturday is more traditional jazz. "The thing we're trying to do is help people realize there are different styles of jazz." Mangroove, a local quintet, will perform Thursday, with the music focusing on a tribute to Horace Silver, an American jazz pianist known for his hard bop style of the 1950s. The Nicki Parrott Trio is also slated to perform, with Parrott, as singer and bass player, Eddie Metz, on the drums, and Rossano Sportiello, on the piano. Sportiello, an Italian who originally trained as a classical pianist before transi- tioning to jazz, will provide a solo piano performance and the evening will con- clude with a traditional jazz jam. Full of style The N.C. Jazz Festival will invite dozens of musicians, who play all styles of jazz, to the Wilmington Hilton Riverside ballroom to play the horns, tickle the keys and offer the audience a listen to all different styles of jazz. TOP: A jazz ensemble plays during a previous North Carolina Jazz Festival in Wilmington. RIGHT: Rossano Sportiello, an Italian pianist, will provide a solo piano performance. story continued on page 21 Story by Rochelle Moore

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