School of Music
The Billy Taylor Jazz Festival

About the Guest Artists

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This year's Dr.  Billy Taylor Jazz Festival featured artists include Dr. Delfeayo Marsalis, jazz trombonist and younger brother to Branford and Wynton Marsalis, ECU Jazz Studies graduate, jazz trombonist and former Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Eastbay, Dr. Mitch Butler, and Paul Carr, jazz saxophonist and Director of Jazz Studies at Gettysburg College and Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival. 

The guest artists will present a clinic/workshop with the ECU Billy Taylor Combo on Friday, April 21st at 11am in Fletcher Music Center room 105 and will be featured soloists with the ECU Jazz Ensemble-(A) in concert at 8pm the same evening in Wright Auditorium.  The guest artists will also "sit-in" with ECU Jazz Combos beginning approximately 10pm at the Starlight Café in Uptown Greenville in a relaxed jazz club atmosphere.  

Additionally, the Friends of Jazz organization will sponsor a Scholarship Gala Concert Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7pm in Uptown Greenville at the Martinsborough featuring Christie Dashiell, (jazz vocalist, NBC TV Show, "The Sing-Off" and Thelonious Monk Competition finalist) with her pianist, Nobel Jolley accompanied by the ECU Jazz Faculty.  This will be a ticketed concert that will feature music from Christie's latest compact disc that debuted at #7 on Billboard.