Tarheels, teachers, and all that Jazz

At the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop, students of all ages came together to learn and play jazz. This is their story.


  1. The first night of the workshop was capped off with a performance by percussion professor Juan Álamo and Marimjazzia in Moeser Auditorium on UNC campus. They wowed the audience with a Latin-tinged program.
  2. On the first day performers were assigned to 14 different combos. Workshop attendee and UNC-senior Laura Yang plays piano in the Jazz Fusion combo led by professor/workshop head Stephen Anderson. Here's a little bit about her:
  3. On day two of the workshop Professor Anderson and his jazz ensemble, 360 Jazz Initiative, played charts submitted by composers around the world.
  4. After the 360 concert some of the faculty and students went to Buns on Franklin Street for a jam session that went well past 11pm.
  5. Wednesday's concert came courtesy of Gregg Gelb (tenor sax), Jerald Shynette (trombone), vocalist Kate McGarry, and some of the UNC jazz faculty. Some of the jazz journalism class live tweeted the event; here's some of what they had to say:

  6. Thursday marked the last night of faculty-led concerts. UNC trumpet professor Jim Ketch led the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra in performances of several jazz standards, including C-jam Blues. Here's a clip:
  7. Friday was the last day of the jazz workshop. Students prepared for their combo concert in the afternoon, and faculty took to social media to say goodbye: