Mondre Moffett is the director of the Jazz ensemble and Black Music Studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He will lead the 2018 North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band for the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival.
The Coltrane All Star Band is one of the signature features of the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. Each year, jazz musicians who call the Triad home come together to rehearse and perform Coltrane’s music and the music made popular by some of his contemporaries.

In addition to being an educator, Moffett is a noted composer and Jazz performer who is an alumnus of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He received graduate degrees in Jazz performance and Music Composition from New York University, and also a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Boston University. He has published recordings as a trumpeter, composer and/or producer on more than 20 albums/CDs.

 

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Dan Hitchcock is a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist with a deep love for swinging jazz music. Hitchcock is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently lives in the city.

Chris Thompson is a vibraphonist and percussionist who uses his talents as a motivational performer who travels to churches and schools, to put on community programs, sharing his testimony and inspiring others to maximize their potential.

Vocalist Knolan Johnson is Philadelphia, PA born and Fayetteville, NC raised, where she received her musical training.  She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University last year where she was a featured performer with the A&T Jazz Ensemble under Moffett’s direction.  Currently a graduate student at South Carolina State University majoring in speech pathology, Knolan’s career goal as a vocalist is to master the American Songbook.  

Knolan Johnson
Lydia Salett Dudley

Lydia Salett Dudley sings with emotion, whether she’s belting a gospel tune or singing a jazz composition.  Her musical journey began in the local Baptist church in Cleveland, OH.  Her love for music led her to pursue a graduate degree in jazz composition from North Carolina Central University.  She heads the Salett Art Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music enrichment for under served youth. She regularly performs at various venues and festivals.

William “MoBetta” Ledbetter is one of the most in demand bassist on the Piedmont Triad jazz scene. Utilizing all of the principles of the Blues, Ledbetter has established a solid foundation for studying and performing Jazz. His work first emerged while enrolled in the North Carolina A&T State University Jazz Ensemble under Moffett’s direction and tutelage. Currently, he is a student of Steve Haines and attends the famous UNCG Miles Davis School of Music Jazz program.

Drummer/percussionist Chrishawn Darby is originally from Orangeburg, SC who currently lives in Greensboro. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in 2013. Darby received his undergraduate degree in Music Performance with a focus of jazz studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He currently works teaching private lessons and teaching percussion class at Greensboro Academy.
J. C. Martin didn’t have a musical background as a child. It wasn’t until the later years of high school that he decided to learn to play guitar as a way to impress a particular young lady. Though the girl was lost, the guitar stayed and he has been playing ever since. Martin’s musical curiosity began to thrive while attending North Carolina Central University. He began to focus all of his time and energy to emulating his heroes while developing his own unique voice.