The Carolina Jazz Festival will look a little different this year, but will contain the same spark and vibrancy. The festival will kick off with two livestreamed concerts: the UNC Faculty Jazz Concert on Feb. 18 and the UNC Jazz Combo Concert on Feb. 19.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, faculty members in Carolina’s music department had to do a new kind of musical improvisation: move the annual, in-person Summer Jazz Workshop for students and amateur musicians entirely online.
Longtime music professor Jim Ketch will retire July 1. Because of Ketch’s career of significant influence on and service to North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper recently conferred Ketch as a member of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.