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Our 11th Anniversary Festival will be Sept. 3-4, 2022

More artists to be announced soon!

Wachovia Winds

Wachovia Winds

For almost 20 years the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble has given nearly 2000 young people from throughout the North Carolina Piedmont the opportunity to rehearse, perform and fellowship with talented, like-minded youth musicians. Members of the ensemble will open...

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Marlow Rosado

Marlow Rosado

Two Grammy Award-winning artists who have each embraced the cultural resonance of the Latin Jazz genre, bring the rhythm and swing to the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. Marlow Rosado, pianist, composer and  arranger will be joined by...

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Larry McCray

Larry McCray

The legendary Rust Belt bluesman, Larry McCray has joined the lineup for the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, performing on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. Known for his singing and guitar style, he is one of the last great blues shouters, in the...

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Aymée Nuviola

Aymée Nuviola

Two Grammy Award-winning artists who have each embraced the cultural resonance of the Latin Jazz genre, bring the rhythm and swing to the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. Internationally acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Aymée Nuviola will be...

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Chris Botti

Chris Botti

After circumstances forced his last minute cancellation of his previous engagement, Chris Botti, the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist, has arranged his schedule so that he can headline the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival...

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Christian McBride

Christian McBride

Jazz bassist Christian McBride took home his eighth Grammy Award at the 2022 ceremony. He won for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for his 17 piece Christian McBride Big Band album “For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver.” The project paid tribute to icons of their instruments, organist...

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Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle is such an entertainment force that regardless of the platform on which she may appear, she raises the energy and gains the attention of everyone in the venue. It is with great excitement that we anticipate the one and only Patti LaBelle to headline the...

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Marion Meadows

Marion Meadows

Marion Meadows, one of the most recognizable names in contemporary jazz, will perform at the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF) with the Masters of Smooth on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. Performing with him will be Alex Bugnon, Karyn White,...

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Gerald Veasley

Gerald Veasley

Surprisingly, Philadelphia born Gerald Veasley’s first musical influence was not the Philly sound. He was heavily influenced by gospel, blues and the soulful R&B recordings of the Stax Records roster of artists. The leading contemporary jazz bassist will perform...

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Jessy J

Jessy J

Contemporary jazz saxophonist Jessy J will perform at the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF) with the Masters of Smooth on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. She will join a renowned ensemble including Marion Meadows on soprano saxophone, pianist...

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Karyn White

Karyn White

Karyn White is instantly recognizable for distinctly strong vocals. She will add her unmistakable voice to the ensemble, the Masters of Smooth at the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. The group includes soprano...

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Poogie Bell

Poogie Bell

The sound of Poogie Bell’s drums can be heard on many of the world’s finest jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and hip-hop records. He is a performer, record producer, composer, and arranger. Poogie Bell will do the same for the Masters of Smooth as he joins Marion Meadows,...

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Alex Bugnon

Alex Bugnon

Alex Bugnon has been a prolific force within the contemporary music scene for almost 30 years. The renowned pianist, composer and bandleader will be a part of the Masters of Smooth at the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, Saturday, Sept. 3,...

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Cindy Blackman Santana

Cindy Blackman Santana

Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of Jazz and Rock. As a musician and bandleader, she is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She will perform at the 11th John...

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Kirk Whalum

Kirk Whalum

Grammy Award Winner and global recording artist Kirk Whalum returns for the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF) on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. Performing with Whalum will be pianist Keiko Matsui. Whalum performed at the first John Coltrane...

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Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui

Acclaimed pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui will perform with saxophone great Kirk Whalum on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, for the 11th John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF). KEIKO MATSUI The transcendent and haunting melodies she plays...

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