come hear nc

Celebrate North Carolina's musical legacy from classic blues and jazz to contemporary classical/new music, soul and adult contemporary with six virtual performances at CAM. Part of the North Carolina Arts Council funded project Come Hear NC, these concerts expand upon and continue Come Hear NC's core message The Roots of American Music Run Deep in North Carolina through performances by musicians from throughout the state.

2020 Virtual Concert Schedule:

Ernest Turner Trio on Thelonious Monk

Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6 PM

As part of CAM's Come Hear NC concert series, funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, CAM welcomes award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer Ernest Turner with a virtual concert you don't want to miss

Turner's professional career has spanned 20 years, and has included performances and recordings with some of the biggest names in jazz and pop music, including Delfeayo Marsalis, John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. His latest album, My Americana (2019), offers an understated “ode to black American music” rooted in an innovative reimagination of pieces by Stevie Wonder, Fats Waller, and others, alongside original compositions. In addition to an active performance schedule, he has conducted numerous music clinics and educational performances, and was a former faculty member at Eastern Carolina University. Turner placed second in the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, and his trio was selected as the winner of the 2019 DCJazzPrix Competition.

"I say, play your own way. Don't play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you're doing -- even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years." -- Thelonious Monk

Shana Tucker

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6-7:30 PM

Join us for Shana Tucker, live and in-person at the CAM Cafe or live-streaming on CAM's Facebook page and YouTube Channel, as part of the Come Hear NC music series. To see Shana perform in-person, make a reservation for dinner at CAM Cafe. This performance is funded in part by North Carolina Arts Council and AARP.

Of her work, Shana says, “I’m intrinsically drawn to acoustic instruments because of their resonance, warmth, and intimacy. ChamberSoul brings the musicians and their audience close, and makes the music tangible, no matter how large or small the room is."

Photo of Shana Tucker by Chris Charles for Creative Silence

Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6-7:30 PM

Join Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen for a special virtual concert as part of CAM's Come Hear NC series, funded by the North Carolina Arts Council. Since the age of six, Pat was surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porch of her uncle’s house where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica.

Her first professional engagement came in the early 1980’s when she was asked to perform at a local club where she was attending college. “I had three days to find three musicians and put together 30 songs,” she said.

“They loved me—the rest is history because I’ve been singing the Blues ever since.”

For years, Pat sang in New Orleans six nights a week, performing at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Katrina destroyed her home. She relocated to North Carolina and has recently started touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. During her performances, “Mother Blues” unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes—women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James.

Benny Hill

Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Benny Hill is steeped in the tradition of many of the past greats including Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley, Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. His improvisations on the Alto Saxophone are reminiscent of these greats, yet he has a distinct style and voice of his own. Benny is a true crowd-pleaser and never fails to raise excitement and enthusiasm while on stage. This concert will also be livestreamed on CAM's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Come early for brunch at CAM Café. Call (910) 777-2363 for reservations.