jazz at cam series

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

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The popular eight concert series enters its celebratory 10th 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 20: $17.00 for CAM/CFJS Members, $25.00 for non-members, $12.00 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. Members will need to login after clicking the links below (or create an account) at the upper right buttons in order to receive their member discounts applied at checkout.

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The lineup for Season 10 (2019-2020):

Sidecar Social Club

October 3, 2019, 6:30 PM

Welcome to Jazz @ The CAM series the spirited, stylish and engaging, Sidecar Social Club soars through numerous genres effortlessly, their energetic sets taking you to colorful and surprising places with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and a number of infectious originals sprinkled in for good measure. SSC delivers a fresh take on songs old and new including the gritty, riotous underbelly of speakeasy jazz, the bizarre cabarets of wartime Berlin, the sounds of Latin American dance halls and the big band era to soulful R&B and fifties rock. Come experience Sidecar Social Club with Lisa Veronica Wood on vocals, Jim Crew on piano, accordion and clarinet, FO Finch, III on saxophones, Aaron Bittikofer on bass and Ed Butler on drums and banjo, this group will have you swaying. Highlights from the past year include releasing a recording of all original material ("Mystery Island"), a live performance on WUNC's "State of Things," and appearing in and providing the soundtrack for a short film by Saturday Night Live producer Louis Leuci.

Ron Brendle Quartet

November 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

Ron Brendle, a freelance bassist has performed and recorded with many notable jazz artists of international stature, he is also the recipient of two North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grants. The quartet, which includes Ron Brendle on bass, Troy Conn on guitar, Keith Davis on piano and John Spurrier on drums is making their first appearance in the Jazz @ The CAM series. This concert is a tribute to the often-unsung heroes of the band, the bassists, drawing from his album "A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz Vol. I." Each of the songs is written by a different iconic jazz bass player, and each of these bassists has a distinctive style of playing and composing. The set will contain an amalgamation of jazz genres. This is a project Brendle has been working on for several years now and is looking forward to sharing this great music with CAM's wonderful audiences.

Willie E. Atkinson and the Transitional Jazz Trio

New Date: November 21, 2019, 6:30 PM

Enjoy area favorite and crowd-pleaser, New Bern vocalist Willie E. Atkinson, rescheduled from Sept. 5 due to Hurricane Dorian, performing with percussionist Michael Hanson, jazz guitarist Phil Owens and double bassist Doug Trammel. Atkinson is a Jazz/Blues vocalist born in the northern region of Johnston County, NC where he became a student of his kinfolk's musical voice, a music that would become known as the Piedmont Blues. He recalls his Grandmother teaching him how to tell the story of a song without losing the beat: "Just hold your head high, sing it like you mean it and pat your feet."

Paolo André Gualdi

December 5, 2019, 6:30 PM

Where jazz meets classical is Paolo André Gualdi who says "I always like to joke about the fact that, as a musician, I always felt a little bit like 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'." In the last three decades Gualdi has kept classical and jazz music as separate entities in his day-to-day activity as a performer. Recently he finally had an opportunity to blend those two elements into a very exciting project which this concert expands upon. Following the steps of the great Jacques Loussier, George Cables and others, Gualdi put together a program of works that represent the crossover between the classical and jazz genres. From Bach to Debussy, he will present jazz "reinterpretation" of famous classical compositions, with the invaluable assistance of Natalie Boeyink on bass, Jon Hill on drums, and Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi on violin. A very unique program, not to be missed! Paolo Gualdi started playing the piano when he was five years old and through his conservatory studies he was diligently focused on scales, etudes, classical works, and nothing else. Until… he was 14 and watched Clint Eastwood's "Bird," a biopic about the legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. It was love at first sight! Jazz has since been a very powerful force in his musical life.

Stanley Baird Group

January 9, 2020, 6:30 PM

Stanley Baird, is an acclaimed musician, composer and entertainer, who has not only become a household item in his home state of North Carolina but he has also achieved wide recognition as an educator. During his teaching tenure in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Stanley was able to quench his thirst for West Indian and Latin music, leaving an influence heard through his music. Throughout his career, Baird has covered every aspect of jazz, using his gift to create music with heart. Baird 's philosophy for both himself and his non-profit, Stanley Baird Youth Jazz Foundation, is "Listening to music is good for the soul and the mind...don't do drugs, get your high on soothing, inspirational music." In 1991, he formed the Stanley Baird Group and has released seven albums with "Slow Jams: I," being the latest release. This is the group's first CAM jazz series performance.

Andrew Berinson Trio

February 6, 2020, 6:30 PM

Popular pianist Andrew Berinson released his debut album as a band leader in April 2019, "Of Love" is a deeply inspired personal testimony, mixing the rich language of jazz with unique and uplifting original compositions and arrangements. This concert set will highlight a mixture of original compositions, straight ahead, and jazz standards. The trio is comprised of Andrew Berinson on piano, Paul Creel on bass, and Donovan Cheatham on drums. In 2018 Berinson won the Yamaha Award at the American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, FL, granting him an opportunity to record under his own name at Yamaha Artist Services in downtown Manhattan. His musical vision is joyful: "I want my music to be an expression of hope for all of humanity. I want it to bring people together and make them happy. As an artist I feel it is my responsibility to be as honest as I can be through my work. I want people to feel that their existence is intrinsically meaningful, that the God of this universe is one of unfailing love, and that there is always hope."

Lenora Zenzalai Helm

March 5, 2020, 6:30 PM

"Lenora Zenzalai Helm is a singer with all the right stuff: a musician in the broadest and most complete definition of the word, with an expansive vision that subsumes category. The breadth of her expression is staggering…her technical prowess is phenomenal…superb creative arranging skills…thoughtful composer. [She] has plenty in her arsenal of talents." -Stanley Cowell, Pianist
Zenzalai Helm is making her first appearance in the CAM jazz series joined by Ed Paolantonio on piano and Natalie Boeyink on bass. Throughout her 30+-year span of musical achievements as a Jazz Vocal Musician specializing in Classic, Traditional jazz standard, Lenora Zenzalai (ZenZAYLay) Helm has toured, recorded, and performed with renowned artists around the world. Her career as a vocal-musician has encompassed time as a lyricist, guest artist, background singer, composer, and educator at North Carolina Central University. Helm has earned recognition as: a quarter-finalist for the 2014 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award, a Salzburg Global Citizenship Fellow, a UNC Global Educator Fellow, a Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, and the former US Jazz Ambassador under the State Department and Kennedy Center.

John Brown Quintet

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John Brown is an accomplished and renowned bassist, composer, educator and actor who performs actively as a leader and as a sideman. He has a Grammy nomination for his performance and co-writing on Nnenna Freelon's 1996 Concord release, "Shaking Free" among his accolades. Closing out the concert series with flair and fanfare in addition to being his first jazz series appearance, Brown will be joined by CAM jazz series favorites Brian Miller on saxophones and Andrew Berinson on piano, with Evan Roberson on trombone and Orlandus Perry on drums. John currently serves as Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University and has served on the faculties of the UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, NC Central University and Guilford College (NC). Brown took piano lessons and began studying the bass at a young age, performing with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC) at age 13, and playing Principal Bass with that orchestra and performing with the Florence Symphony (SC) while still in high school. Brown is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.