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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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Apr 2019 Corey Wilkes trumpeter

Corey Wilkes talks about the heart of good music

One thing about trumpet. I don’t know anyone who picked trumpet. The trumpet picks you. We caught up with Corey Wilkes between his European tour and his standing Thursday gig in Chicago.

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Apr 2019 Music of Cuba in the Jazz Room

Latin Jazz is happy music, a language unto itself

If you’re bored with that “four on the floor” basic beat and want to feel some syncopation in your bones, you’re ready for some Latin Jazz.

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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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Ben Tozier

Student Ben Tozier Describes the Development of Confidence

Ben Tozier moved to Charlotte as a sophomore in high school, and has been a Youth Ensemble student ever since.

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