Jazz at CAM

Jazz is the original American music art form, born here and enjoyed throughout the world. Cameron Art Museum is proud to present the 14th season of Jazz@CAM.

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CAM Members: $35 individual ticket / $245

Non-Members: $55 individual ticket / $385 series package

Students or Educators (w/valid ID):
$15 individual ticket / $105 series package

Members save $20 off individual tickets and $160 off series package

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Contact Elizabeth Overton at [email protected] or call (910) 395-5999 ext. 1008

Upcoming Performances

Series 2024-25 Schedule

Lydia Salett Dudley

Lydia Salett Dudley
& Jazz Xpressions

Thursday, September 5, 2024, 7 PM
CAM Members: $35; Not-Yet Members: $55

Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz pianist, singer, composer and arranger in Raleigh, NC. She is the bandleader for the group Lydia Salett Dudley & Jazz Xpressions.  She and her band members including bassist Aaron Gross, Guitarist Lou Padro and drummer Donovan Cheatham are products of the North Carolina Central University Jazz Program.  In 2011 her passion for music education eventually led her to start The Salett Art Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music enrichment for underserved youth.  She has performed for many occasions and shared the stage with several national and international artists. This group’s music is rooted in jazz with a contemporary flair. The latest project “Rise Up”, released in October 2023, was funded by a  female-led ensemble grant from Chamber Music America of NY. Comments from venues include comments such as “Lydia Dudley is an incredible jazz singer, pianist, and songwriter with a storytelling ethos that audiences adore”.  Dave Fox, O. Henry Jazz Series. 

Jay Killman and the Constellations

Jay Killman &
the Constellations Quartet

Thursday, October 3, 2024, 7 PM
CAM Members: $35; Not-Yet Members: $55

Jay Killman & the Constellations is an impressive and exciting modern jazz quartet, led by guitarist Jay Killman. The band performs mostly original compositions by Killman, with some arrangements of jazz standards and traditional folk songs. Killman’s compositions are truly unique as he pulls elements from a multitude of genres and inspirations – swing, indie, tone poems, blues, R&B, modern jazz, hip hop, romantic classical, folk and more. Killman’s compositions are much deeper than merely “good tunes”, with most of his original songs being inspired by and dedicated to a certain person or event in his life. The compositions intimately capture the character and subtleties of the complex subject. Killman’s arrangements and compositions have been featured at the Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York to center stage at the Monterey Bay Jazz Festival in California. The Constellations brings Killman’s small group writing and composing to vibrant life. Along with Killman the band consists of Carlos Garcia on piano, David Canning on bass, and Jon Hill on drums; all of whom have been playing together for almost a decade. Because of the intimate connection and dedication of the band members each musician helps to elevate the other, push the music to new highs and actively engage the audience for a special performance each concert.

Teddy Burgh Trio

Teddy Burgh Trio

Thursday, November 7, 2024, 7 PM
CAM Members: $35; Not-Yet Members: $55

Born in New York and reared in North Carolina, Teddy Burgh started playing flute in junior high school. There was no money for private lessons, so Burgh diligently studied his band music and supplemented his appetite by learning to play along with songs on the radio. Jazz, blues, marches, R&B, soul, and gospel music filled the Burgh house and influenced his musical development. He furthered his studies at Hampton University. After graduation, Burgh found that most bands wanted him to play saxes in addition to flute, so he worked to develop his skills on these woodwinds as well. Burgh is grateful to have shared the stage with artists such as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Joe Chambers, Kathy Sledge, Yolanda Adams, The Manhattans, Tom Browne, and Ray Charles. In addition to being a Professor, Burgh is an active performer and composer. He also currently performs with the FROG Project, Mangroove, The Port City All-Stars, The Duke Ladd Trio, Vermillion Sands, and other local groups. He and fellow musician and songwriting partner Terry Thompson have recently formed 2 Nice Guys Music Productions.

Kevin Kolb is a jazz and contemporary keyboardist and composer residing in Wilmington, NC.  Cutting his teeth on the St. Louis jazz scene during the 70/80’s, he has resided in Wilmington for many years and has performed with local musicians and groups at leading jazz venues and festivals in SE NC. Kevin is also a gifted composer and enjoys collaborating with fellow creatives.

Greg Eavey has been playing drums and percussion in the Carolinas for several decades. His love of music has created a plethora of opportunities to work with many wonderful musicians and perform in a number of musical genres. Greg is grateful to share his gift of music.

Shanna Tucker and Christian Tamburr

My Favorite Things: Shana Tucker Sings the Holidays feat. the Christian Tamburr Trio

Thursday, December 5, 2024, 7 PM
CAM Members: $35; Not-Yet Members: $55

A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana Tucker is an accomplished teaching artist, with over 20 years’ experience with community engagement, workshops, lesson planning and artist residency facilitation. She currently serves as Executive Director for Kidznotes, an El Sistema-inspired music-for-social-change organization in Durham, NC. Shana’s unique genre of ChamberSoul weaves jazz, roots, folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B into melodies that echo in your head for days, engaging audiences of all ages through candid song-storytelling in performance.

Christian Tamburr is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, pianist, composer and arranger with touring and performances in over 73 countries around the world. Downbeat Magazine recognized him with the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performance” award and is a 5-Time “Critics Choice Top Rising Star” award recipient on vibraphone. He leads the critically acclaimed Christian Tamburr Quintet, which performs regularly venues such as at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Newport Jazz Festival and venues throughout Asia, Europe and the UAE.
Kevin Beardsley

Kevin Beardsley Trio

Thursday, January 9, 2025, 7 PM
CAM Members: $35; Not-Yet Members: $55

Musician, bassist, and composer- Kevin Beardsley is an in-demand musician ready to support any group he is a part of and help them sound their best, live or in the studio. 

Born in Sandwich, Illinois, Kevin’s family quickly moved to Apex, North Carolina in High School where he started to connect with the Triangle scene. He completed his Bachelors in Music at UNC Chapel Hill in 2019. (During which he won the UNC 360 Jazz Initiative with his composition “Connection”) 

Kevin has collaborated and shared the stage with a wide range of groups. From his original group GrayScale Whale and the versatile groups Al Strong and Ernest Turner lead, to opening for the Wailers with Africa Unplugged and playing with Slim Gambil from Lady A, Kevin has supported groups in all styles. As a part of the Ernest Turner Trio along with Jeremy Bean Clemons, the group went on to win the 2019 DC Jazz Prix. 

Recently, Kevin also joined Rahsaan Barber’s Everyday Magic on tour in 2023, and Music Directed Starsapien‘s record “Apes Scrapes and Bandage.” More artists Kevin has shared the stage with include- Keith David,  Eve Cornelious, Milton Suggs, Jason Marsalis, Stephen Riley, Jazzmeia Horn, and more.

The Dominican Jazz Project

The Dominican Jazz Project

Thursday, March 6, 2025, 7 PM
CAM Members: $35; Not-Yet Members: $55

The Dominican Jazz Project began when Dominican-born jazz artist, Guillo Carias, invited American jazz pianist and composer, Stephen Anderson, to perform with him and jazz artists living in the Dominican Republic for the 2014 Jazzomania Jazz Festival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic that was hosted by Tony Dominguez and Carlos Francisco Elías.  The concert and associated clinic went beautifully, and the drummer, Guy Frómeta, invited Anderson to return to Santo Domingo to perform with him in his group for the Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival a few months later.  It was there that Anderson met Sandy Gabriel, a nationally renowned tenor saxophonist.  Their collective friendship grew further with that experience, and following the festival, they agreed to record together.  The result was their 2016 self-titled CD release, The Dominican Jazz Project, that was recorded in the days following the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop where the artists served as guest faculty and where Anderson serves as director. Soon after, renowned Dominican percussionist, David Almengod, joined the group.  


Sandy Gabriel, saxophones
Mayquel González, trumpet
Carlos Luis, guitar/voice
Stephen Anderson, piano
Ramón Vázquez, bass
Guy Frómeta, drums
David Almengod, percussion, voice 

The Jazz Legacy Project

The Jazz Legacy Project presents Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child, feat. Maria Howell

Thursday, April 3, 2025, 7 PM
CAM Members: $35; Not-Yet Members: $55

Billie Holiday’s unique vocal approach and advanced sense of rhythm made her one of the most important and influential vocalists in American history. Her relentless fight to be treated as an equal – as a musician, a female, and an African-American – made her one of the most important American figures in the 20th century.

Join us as we detail how she developed her unique vocal style and how she blazed a trail for women and African-Americans that would pave the way for future generations.

This show features a multimedia experience of live music, narration, images, and video footage.


Created in 2015 after an epiphany Justin Varnes had while teaching Jazz History at Georgia State University, the JLP has an ongoing residency at the Velvet Note jazz club in Atlanta, where they have been selling out their performances for 6 years and counting. Ditching a traditional textbook in favor of playing records and telling stories about the artists to college kids who knew little or nothing about jazz proved to be a big success. It turned out that performing the artist’s music and telling their stories in between proved to be an even bigger success.


Maria Howell is an actor and vocalist who has appeared in The Color Purple, Hidden Figures, Hunger Games, The Blind Side, and the TV series Revolution.
Her singing career blossomed after her role as the choir soloist in The Color Purple, eventually sharing the stage with Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles, Earl Klugh, and Ronnie Laws.
A North Carolina native, Maria also devotes her downtime to teaching and working with Mothers without Students as well as several other charities.

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