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Band is boring. (Monk and Turner are not.)

“The thing I appreciate is that Thelonious Monk went his own path, all the time.” says Ernest Turner. Turner’s love for music finally sparked when a teacher in middle school allowed him to play off the page.

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Matt Lemmler, true New Orleans Jazz

An incredibleNew Orleans jazz pianist who once feared singing, it took the devastation of Hurricane Katrina for Matt Lemmler to share his soulful voice.

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Raised on jazz

High School senior Lovell Bradford Jr has had a memorable month. He received 3rd place in the coveted Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition and Wynton Marsalis knows him by first name. With a scholarship to UNC Greensboro in music, he is looking forward to keep up the momentum. Meanwhile, his experiences in music at his age are inspiration for all of us.

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The power to unite us and teach us

Recently, UNCG student and JazzArts Charlotte alumni Julia Whalen was honored to interview a musical hero, Herbie Hancock. We take this opportunity to discover Julia’s journey in music and beyond.

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Holland Majors

Jazz Requires a Different Kind of Thinking

Holland Majors doesn’t remember not playing an instrument. When he was young, he wanted to bang on drums like his dad does.

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