jazz at the cam series


A concert series by the Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society


The popular eight concert series enters its eighth season! Presented by Cameron Art Museum (CAM) and the Cape Fear Jazz Society (CJFS) hear musicians from Wilmington and around the state performing a range of jazz genres for your listening pleasure.


The ongoing series concerts have enjoyed many sold out performances so don't miss out, purchase all eight to ensure you always have seat.


Full Series Seat Sales (8 shows): CAM/CFJS Members Only: $80.00 (tax and fees not included). Buy online here, by phone, and the Visitor Services desk. A limited number of full series seats will be sold.


Not a member of CAM or CFJS? Not a problem, become a member of either, or support both organizations, and enjoy the cost savings on the jazz series as well as other member benefits offered by each. To become a member of CAM to take advantage of all CAM programming discounts such as these, click here. Memberships begin at $50.



Individual seat sales: $12.00 for CAM/CFJS Members, $20.00 for non-members, $10.00 for students with valid college ID (tax and fees not included), purchase at the links below, by phone (910-395-5999), and at the Visitor Services desk.




The lineup for the 2017-2018 concert season:


Sept. 7, 2017 - Doug Irving Quartet

Bassist Doug Irving is a Wilmington area favorite who always brings an array of excellent musicians to offer audiences a range of jazz idioms to enjoy. Joining Doug in his return to the Jazz @ The CAM series will be Thomas Taylor on drums, Brad Merritt on piano and Jerald Shynett on trombone.



Oct. 5, 2017 - Al Strong Quintet

The Al Strong Quintet wowed the audience with his driving jazz during the 2015-16 season and is back by popular demand. Steeped in jazz, he is a co-founder of the Durham-based jazz presenting non-profit The Art of Cool Project which presents the annual Art of Cool Festival, Strong (Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Effects) takes the stage with Sean Mason on Keyboard, Alan Thompson on Saxophone, Butler Knowles on Bass and Jeremy "Bean" Clemons on Drums for an exciting evening of music.



Nov. 2, 2017 - Jazziando... Latin Jazz & More

Breaking away from the traditional "Salsa" formulas, the creative Latin Jazz ensemble Jazziando…Latin Jazz & More a is making music that is both relaxed and hot! Performing instrumental Latin Jazz, along with some Brazilian infused rhythms. For their first appearance as part of the Jazz @ The CAM concert series the group will showcase their style as a six piece with co-leader Alberto Carrasquillo on Trumpet, Serena Wiley on Tenor Sax, Phil Merritt on Keyboard, Paul Dobelstien on Electric Bass, Julio Correa on Congas and co-leader Billy Marrero on timbales.



Dec. 7, 2017 - Grenoldo Frazier

Crowd-pleaser and Wilmington favorite, pianist, vocalist and composer Grenoldo Frazier will be singing and swinging, including a few jazzy renditions of holiday songs to start off the season. Frazier's broad range pulls from his vast array of musical knowledge and experience crossing and combining many genres from jazz, show tunes, classical to contemporary. His presence and showmanship leaves audiences hoping the night never ends.



*Jan. 11, 2018 - Willie E. Atkinson and The Transitional Jazz Trio

"I feel a good song is defined by the story it tells through its lyrics or an unforgettable musical movement as spoken in Miles Davis' "So What" or Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments." ... Willie E. Atkinson, Jazz/Blues Vocalist, Composer
The extraordinarily smooth jazz vocalist Willie E. Atkinson makes his Jazz @ The CAM debut with his signature ability to create a unique and unforgettable experience for audiences with his fluid interpretation of jazz and blues standards. Whether exploring the syncopated rhythms of a swinging tune or telling the story of a lonesome, wanting heart, he offers a fresh approach and seizes every moment to make the song his own.



*Feb. 8, 2018 - Jo Gore

Jo (Josephine) Gore grew up singing in Spring Hill Baptist Church alongside her father who was the church pianist and deacon. Church audiences were enthralled with the four-year-old's ability to memorize an entire catalog of hymns and spirituals. She was the little girl with the big voice. Jo Gore mesmerizes audiences with her angelic voice and electrifying stage presence while remaining true to her love of classic, soul and jazz standards. Each performance is full of love, life, music, and story-telling. These days, she's the woman with the big voice and audiences are still enthralled.



Mar. 1, 2018 - The Light Under the Sun Featuring Serena Wiley

Serena Wiley (tenor saxophone/flute/vocals) returns to the series with new and continuing members of The Light Under the Sun: Theous Tyrell Jones (drums), Shavon Russell Jones (Vocals), Joe McPhail (Piano) and Ittai Korman (Bass) a combined group of emerging young artists who expressively create a great synergy of substance which is unique and lively specializing in Jazz, Hip Hop, and Rhythm and Blues. Serena is an accomplished saxophonist with many high profile dates with artists that include Branford Marsalis, Fred Wesley, Antonio Hart, Rene Marie, Nnenna Freelon, Carolyn Malachi, and many more while getting her bachelor's and a master's degree at North Carolina Central University in Durham. In addition to playing sax across different genres in some of the Triangle area's hottest bands, she's also a poet who has been known to grace the stage with her voice as a singer and a dynamic hostess. As a singer and poetess, some of her influences range from Michelle NdegeoCello, Michael Bublé, Count Basie to Sam Cooke.



Apr. 5, 2018 - Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

We're closing out the season on a big band note Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra is led by Gregg Gelb (who has made two jazz series appearances with his different groups), the concert will highlight the connection of jazz and Broadway for a delightful night of music to wrap the series up.





* Concerts are the first Thursday of each month except where noted * is the second Thursday