CAM announces its 11th year of Jazz@CAM featuring the best local and regional jazz. This series is presented in partnership with Cape Fear Jazz Society.
Bajissima Latin Jazz is the newest project from bassist Natalie Boeyink. Featuring musical talent nurtured in North Carolina, Bajissma’s sound is driven by the lively and infections rhythms of Latin America and the Caribbean. Each member of the group possesses considerable ensemble experience and limitless creativity. Joining Natalie in the quintet are trombonist Joe Dowdy, a retired member of the distinguished US Navy Band who spent his career playing in numerous jazz and salsa groups representing the United States at home and abroad; Lynn Grissett, a masterful improviser and in-demand multi-instrumentalist; Carlos Garcia, a pianist who seamlessly blends lush jazz harmonies with vibrant polyrhythms; and Jon Hill, a drummer whose inventiveness and impeccable grooves propel the sound of the band.
Darryl Murrill knows no boundaries when it comes to saxophone excellence. Murrill masters the alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones to the delight of his following. He began playing saxophone at age 13 and has morphed into a sensational musician, minstrel, and songwriter. He plays with such intensity, that the sounds penetrate even the faintest of hearts.
Sharing the stage with greats like Tom Brown and Marcus Anderson, Darryl knows the ins and outs of his woodwind instrument. Darryl Murrill travels throughout spreading the message of a wholesome sound which soothes the soul.
Darryl’s roots are musically inspired and began in the church. The uniqueness of his musicality is credited to that early exposure to hymns, negro spirituals, and Gospel music.
For the past twenty years, Benny Hill has performed in a diverse set of musical groups and engagements, ranging from orchestra pits to cruise ships to featured artist and soloist at numerous venues across the country and abroad.
Benny is well versed in the many styles and genres of popular and classical music and specializes in jazz performance. He 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.
Benny has shared the stage with such notable jazz musicians as Trumpeter Ray Codrington, Guitarist Melvin Sparks, Trombonist and Arranger Slide Hampton, bassist Percy Heath, drummer Winard Harper, Saxophonist Ron Blake, Trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band. He has also opened for roots rocker Edwin McCain and RatDog, with legendary Guitarist/Vocalist Bob Weir and Bassist Rob Wasserman and performed with James Browns’ “Soul Generals”.
Benny has a Bachelors of Music from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Masters of Music from Northern Illinois University. Benny currently resides in Wilmington, NC and is an adjunct professor at Cape Fear Community College.
Brian Miller is a native of Kinston, NC and is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. Brian was first exposed to music at his church and developed a strong passion for music at an early age. By the time he graduated from high school, he played saxophone, tuba, trumpet, snare drum, bass clarinet and valve trombone. While a student at NCCU, he worked with jazz artists like Clark Terry, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terrence Slide Hampton, Maceo Parker, Grady Tate, and Nicholas Payton, and played at the Montreux and Vienne Jazz Festivals. Brian performed with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble twice at the White House for President Bill Clinton, and the band has recorded his original composition, “Desmond Street.” He has also performed with Tom Browne at Blues Alley, performed “On-Air” live with Branford Marsalis for WNCU 90.7 FM jazz radio, played Dual Sax Battles with James “Saxsmo” Gates, opened up for “An Evening of Smooth Jazz” in Lansing , MI for headliner, Gerald Albright and remains in very high demand among jazz, gospel and R&B musicians alike.
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 6:30-8 PM
CFJS/CAM Members: $25; Non-Members: $30; Students: $15; Military: $15
The multi-talented John Brown brings his quintet to the CAM. A successful bassist, composer, educator and actor, John currently serves as Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. He has a long history of performance excellence. At the age of 13, he began performing with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. He was playing Principal Bass with that orchestra and performing with the Florence Symphony in South Carolina while still in high school.
Ti Harmon, hailing from Philadelphia, is a jazz vocalist, composer, and band leader. She began singing at age five, and began working as a vocalist in Madrid, Spain after finished her studies at New York University. In Spain, Ti performed with various groups and recorded for radio and television.
After moving to Paris, the Ti Harmon Project debuted at the Frontenay Jazz Festival in Frontenay, FR in 2009. In 2010, she recorded her first album entitled "Somewhere Between," featuring special guest Kirk Lightsey.
In 2011, the Ti Harmon Project won the “Priz de Public” at the Crest Jazz Festival in Crest, FR. In 2012, Ti recorded her second album, “Story to Tell”, with an independent French label, including original compositions.
Ti has toured Asia and Europe as a leader and featured artist. She has most recently completed her Masters of Jazz Studies in Composition and Arranging at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC.
Leonard “El Jaye” Johnson is an extraordinary talent and has earned the title of “One-Man Band”. El Jaye has been seriously involved with music since age ten, and has developed a deep passion for music and the desire to help others to appreciate music’s many benefits. El Jaye wears many hats, both on and off the stage. On stage you will see him energetically bounce around from guitar, to keyboard, to trumpet to singing and dancing. And although he is an accomplished musician in his own right, he likes to be considered an entertainer, rather than just a musician. He thrives on captivating his audience through his music and his dynamic performances and tries to reach not just their feet, but also their hearts.