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 9th 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.


Individual seats go on sale August 21: $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.


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The lineup for Season 9 (2018-2019):




Benny Hill Quartet

September 6, 2018, 6:30 PM

Season nine of Jazz @ The CAM series begins on a strong note with prolific area favorite and crowd-pleaser, saxophonist Benny Hill. Hill has been performing for over 25 years in a wide range of settings, venues, and as part of diverse musical groupings including cruise ships, with orchestras, and as a featured and solo artist across the US and abroad, he currently is a full-time professor at Cape Fear Community College. The Benny Hill Quartet will perform an eclectic set of tunes, including original compositions, music from the Great American Songbook and modern Jazz standards. Performing with Brad Merritt on piano, Doug Irving on Bass and Jon Hill on Drums, the musicianship and musical chemistry is evident.


Lynn Grissett Quartet

October 4, 2018, 6:30 PM

Returning to the series by popular demand, trumpeter and saxophonist Lynn Grissett brings a new version of his quartet to the series with Jason Foureman on bass, Jeremy "Bean" Clemons on drums and Ernest Turner on piano performing traditional and modern jazz, and original compositions. Grissett has performed around the world as both a solo artist and as part of elite level ensembles. His many musical accomplishments include performing with Winard Harper, Ellis, Branford and Delfeayo Marsalis, Nile Rodgers, Trombone Shorty, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi, Cyrus Chestnut, and Prince to name a few of the musicians on his extensive performance list.


FROG Project

November 1, 2018, 6:30 PM

It’s been quite some time since the series last had a concert by the FROG Project, a dynamic collective of keyboardist Kevin Kolb, flutist/saxophonist Teddy Burgh, percussionist Troy Pierce, and bassist Ryan Woodall. In late 2009, through the brainstorm and probing of Kevin Kolb, the four came together in his FROG (Finished Room over the Garage) and began to create. The chemistry was immediate, and the FROG Project was born. With influences from numerous musical genres, including but not limited to jazz, pop, and world music, the group performs original compositions and fresh innovative arrangements of familiar items.


Lenore Raphael Quartet

December 6, 2018, 6:30 PM

Season 7 sensation Lenore Raphael returns to the series! As a trio Raphael performed the series’ first December concert in 2016, upping the concerts from seven to eight per season. For season nine she has added vibes musician Steve Hobbs for a quartet. Critics, jazz hosts and jazz lovers agree that she is one of the most swinging mainstream pianists today. A jazz pianist/Steinway Artist, composer and jazz teacher who resides in New York City and the Raleigh-Durham area, Raphael is a classically trained bebop pianist who has been influenced greatly by Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Bill Evans and more, and has created her own recognizable style. As a performer, she has gotten rave reviews and standing ovations at such prestigious venues as Jazz At Lincoln Center, Birdland, Ronnie Scott’s in London as well as numerous jazz festivals in New York City and around the world.


La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet

*January 10, 2019, 6:30 PM

The series kicks off the new year with a Latin Jazz beat! La Fiesta was formed in 2010 by band leader, saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Gregg Gelb, the quintet includes: Beverly Botsford on percussion, Ramon Ortiz on drums, Jim Crew on piano and Andy Kleindienst on bass. The repertoire of this high energy group is authentic Latin Jazz made famous by renowned musicians that include Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Buena Vista Social Club, and Dizzy Gillespie, plus original tunes by Gelb. La Fiesta’s first recording La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet was released in September 2016.


Jon Hill Quartet

February 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

Making his first Jazz @the CAM appearance leading his own group, welcome the Jon Hill Quartet for an evening of original compositions and standards of the jazz idiom. Hill is the resident drummer for the Sunday Jazz Jam at Burnt Mill Creek hosted by Benny Hill and performs around the area with the Jon Hill Trio. An educator as well as musician, following his graduation from UNC Wilmington’s Department of Music, he was offered the position of Drum Set Instructor joining the faculty in the fall of 2018.


Ernest Turner Trio

March 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

Innovative pianist Ernest Turner is making his first Jazz @ The CAM appearance, Turner 's mantra is "searching for the ever illusive musical truth”. His professional career spans nearly twenty years including the recent “Monk @ 100” - a ten-day event presented by Duke Performances celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Thelonious Monk’s birthday. He has performed with many great artists including Steve Turre, Randy Brecker, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the Heath Brothers, Nnenna Freelon, Eve Cornelious, Christian Scott, and many others. In addition to his performance schedule he has been very active in Jazz education, doing numerous music clinics/educational performances and serving on the faculty at East Carolina University from 2006-2010. Turner is involved in various musical projects in the North Carolina area, including a recently released live album of trio and quartet music, and is working on an upcoming studio album. During the summer of 2017 his trio was selected as a finalist at the D.C. Jazz Prix Competition.


Brian Miller

April 4, 2019, 6:30 PM

Sought after by jazz, gospel and R&B musicians alike, saxophonist Brian Miller is new to the Jazz @the CAM series. An original member of the John Brown Quintet and both the John Brown Big Band and Little Big Band, Miller has performed with vocalists Eve Cornelious, Kim Burrell, Nnenna Freelon, Phil Perry and most recently Dee Dee Bridgewater; shared the stage with Terrence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, T.S. Monk Jr., Dr. Lonnie Smith, Vincent Gardner and saxophonist Frank Foster; performed at the Montreux and Vienne Jazz Festivals; for President Bill Clinton at the White House twice and recorded his original composition "Desmond Street" with the world-renowned North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble.




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