Legends, modern voices, students highlight Carolina Jazz Festival

The 2011 Carolina Jazz Festival will showcase the musical wisdom of jazz legends Eddie Palmieri and Joe Chambers, the modern voices of Conrad Herwig and Marcus Printup and the exciting promise of student musicians.

Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Band will headline this year’s festival, Feb. 16-26.

Drummer, pianist, vibraphonist and composer Chambers, trombonist Herwig and trumpeter Printup also will be among artists in residence for the 34th festival, themed “Embracing the Past, Present and Future of Jazz.”

The artists in residence will perform with the UNC faculty jazz quartet, the UNC Jazz Band, UNC Jazz Combos, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and Charanga Carolina, a student ensemble that plays Cuban danzón and New York-style salsa music. The 440th Army Band North Carolina National Guard Jazz Patriots, directed by Sgt. Herb Bruce, also will perform.

Workshops and rehearsals with faculty and guest artists will be all day on Feb. 25 for middle school musicians and Feb. 26 for high school artists. The latter will be the North Carolina Regional “Essentially Ellington” festival hosted by UNC and Jazz at Lincoln Center, a New York organization that produces performance, education and broadcast events nationwide.

Many festival events are free; others are ticketed. For tickets, contact the Memorial Hall Box Office at 140 E. Cameron Ave., open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, email performingarts@unc.edu, call (919) 843-3333 or visit www.carolinaperformingarts.org.

Campus festival sponsors are the music department in the College of Arts and Sciences, Carolina Performing Arts, Office of the Executive Director for the Arts, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, Carolina Union Activities Board, Center for the Study of the American South, James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, Daily Tar Heel, Rizzo Conference Center and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonians, a student group in the music department.

Also sponsoring are Thomas S. Kenan; WNCU-FM, 90.7 FM in Durham; Jazz Foundation of North Carolina Inc.; Essentially Ellington; Jazz at Lincoln Center; Double Time Records; The Music Resource and Jamey Aebersold Jazz.