Johnson Lexus’ Where Rivers Meet Summer Jazz Festival will take place at Tryon Palace’s scenic South Lawn on Trent River on August 23 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The festival is the first of its kind in eastern North Carolina and will feature three major jazz artists, headlined by Gregory Porter. Gregory is a Grammy Award-winning artist and has been heralded as “the next great male jazz singer” and “the brilliant new voice of jazz” by National Public Radio and Huffington Post.
The evening will also feature The Helen Sung Quintet and Elevations. Helen Sung studied classical piano from the age of five and then jazz at the Theolonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Today, she records critically acclaimed albums and tours worldwide. Elevations, the 2012 first-place winner of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz, will kick off the festival with their unique combination of rock, pop, classical, funk, R&B, hip-hop, and jazz.
The festival actually begins earlier in the day with free Youth Jazz Master Classes at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The classes, aimed at students grade 5 and up, will be held at Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center and will feature music demonstrations, seminar sessions, and a short performance. To register, call 855-380-3257 or visit whereriversmeet.net. There is no fee to register.
Festival tickets are $28 and can be purchased online at Eventbrite and at many locations in New Bern, including the Craven County Arts Council, Fuller’s Music, and the North Carolina History Center. Children 12 and under are free (maximum of three children per adult ticketholder).
East Coast Jazz Revue is a non-profit based in North Carolina whose mission is to cultivate jazz education and jazz appreciation through performances, lectures, and workshops. “East Coast Jazz Revue has worked very hard to cultivate a performance series recognized by jazz icons as one of the best in the country,” said Larry Turner, East Coast Jazz Revue President. “Johnson Lexus, with their reputation of excellence and commitment to community engagement, is the perfect partner to join our tradition of exceptional jazz performances to bring this inaugural world-class jazz festival to New Bern.”
Johnson Lexus of Raleigh and Johnson Lexus of Durham, title sponsors of Johnson Lexus’ Where Rivers Meet Summer Jazz Festival, are part of the Johnson Automotive family of dealerships, well known in Craven County for their series of billboards on US 70 and across North Carolina for the elevated dealership experience they provide.
“Johnson Automotive has very deep roots in the New Bern community and eastern North Carolina,” explained Sunny Johnson, spokesperson for Johnson Automotive. “We are grateful to our loyal guests here and remain committed to being a part of their lives. We celebrate with you in welcoming such world-renowned jazz talent to New Bern.”
Visit http://www.johnsonlexus.com for more information.
Name: Chad Chapman
Organization: Johnson Automotive Group
Address: 5839 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616