“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” – Louis Armstrong
But if you want to know what jazz is, you can find out when Cameron Art Museum in partnership with Cape Fear Jazz Society returns for its 11th year of [email protected]
[email protected] series will showcase the best in local and regional jazz the first Thursday evening of each month beginning in October and continuing through April 2022. The series will kick off Oct. 7 with Bajissima Latin Jazz and continues with Darryl “Soul Sax” Murrill, Nov. 4; Benny Hill Unplugged, Dec. 2. In 2022, the series will feature Brian Miller Quartet, Jan. 6; John Brown Quintet, date to be determined.;Ti Harmon and THRIO featuring Andrew Berinson, March 3; and concludes with the El Jaye Johnson Band, April 7.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit https://cameronartmuseum.org/.
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. Joining Boeyink in the quintet are trombonist Joe Dowdy, a retired member of the distinguished US Navy Band; Lynn Grissett, a masterful improviser; Carlos Garcia, a pianist; and Jon Hill, a drummer.
Darryl Murrill began playing saxophone at age 13. He masters the alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones. Murrill has shared the stage with greats like Tom Brown and Marcus Anderson. Murrill’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.
Hill has a bachelors of music from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a masters of Music from Northern Illinois University. He currently resides in Wilmington, N.C., and is an adjunct professor at Cape Fear Community College.
Hill 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.
Hill also has shared the stage with bassist Percy Heath, saxophonist Ron Blake, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band, roots rocker Edwin McCain and RatDog, legendary guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir, James Browns’ “Soul Generals” and many more.
Brian Miller, a native of Kinston, 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 North Carolina Central University he worked with jazz artists like Clark Terry, Lonnie Smith, Terrence Slide Hampton, Maceo Parker, Grady Tate, and Nicholas Payton. He played at the Montreux and Vienne Jazz Festivals. Brian performed with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble twice at the White House for Bill Clinton.
John V. Brown is vice provost for the Arts and Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University. A bassist and composer, he has taught at Duke University since 2001 and serves as the director of the jazz program. 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 Chapel Hill.
Brown has performed for Barack and Michelle Obama. He has also performed with artists like Wynton, Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis, Elvin Jones, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Cedar Walton, and Nicholas Payton.
Brown was nominated for a Grammy for his performance and co-writing on Nnenna Freelon’s 1995 Concord release, “Shaking Free.”
Equally gifted in classical music, Brown has performed as a substitute with the North Carolina Symphony since 1992, and performs with the Opera Company of North Carolina and the Carolina Ballet. John is a YAMAHA© Artist and has extensive performance experience including feature films, television, movies, theater, and recordings.
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 finishing her studies at New York University.
After moving to Paris, the Ti Harmon Project debuted at the Frontenay Jazz Festival in Frontenay, France. 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, France. 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, N.C.
Leonard “El Jaye” Johnson is an extraordinary talent and has earned the title of “one-man band.” He has been seriously involved with music since age 10, and wears many hats, both on and off the stage.
He is a bandleader and has successfully assembled some of the best musicians around to include in his many productions, including The Port City All-Stars.
Johnson is the founder and owner of EDJE Records, an independent record label, which is a subsidiary division of his business El Jaye Enterprises, based in Wilmington, N.C. Johnson has worked as a songwriter, arranger, producer, engineer, promoter and educator. Career highlights include opening up for the smooth jazz super group Fourplay at the BTI Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, N.C., and being one of the opening acts for the legendary Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. Johnson also opened up for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Lovin’ Spoonful and the classic R&B group The Manhattans.