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HISTORY

       

     With its first concert presented in September 2003, WNC Jazz Society has since presented 55 performances in Asheville,  including vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway and Rene Marie, pianists Bill Charlap, Kenny Barron, and Monty Alexander, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and “Maestro” Ellis Marsalis and Mulgrew Miller, with repeat engagements by guitarist Larry Coryell and pianist Johnny O’Neal.  WNC Jazz Society has doubled its original membership from 125 up to an average of 220.

Esteemed journalist Nat Hentoff made our organization the focus of two columns in JazzTimes magazine, one entitled, “Growing Grassroots Jazz”, and the other entitled, “Building Local Jazz Communities”. Hentoff wrote, “Local and regional jazz societies have long been a valuable resource…. Not enough has been written about the importance of these jazz tributaries and how to increase their numbers across the land. A model of this kind of entrepreneurship is the Western North Carolina Jazz Society in Asheville.”

We were selected by Mayor Terry Bellamy’ to receive a City of Asheville Proclamation declaring April, 2008, Jazz Appreciation Month. The Proclamation stated, “…jazz has produced some of America’s leading creative artists and ranks as one of America’s greatest exports to the world. …jazz has become an international language that bridges differences and brings people of all races, ages, and backgrounds together….” We were honored by Mayor Bellamy’s statement as the Proclamation was presented: “The Jazz Society comes very highly recommended.”

 

 

 

 

  MISSION STATEMEN

 

        The mission of the WNC Jazz Society is to develop the roots of jazz, America’s original art form, through performances, education, and community outreach activities. We are committed to multiculturalism. We respect jazz’s African-American roots and the participation of persons of various ethnicities. This commitment is reflected in our choices of musicians and in our substantial efforts to achieve socioeconomic and ethnic diversity in all aspects of our organization. We believe the jazz art form has universal appeal and the transformational power to bring people of all ages, races, and ethnicities together. We take pride in our continual progress toward meeting this goal. 

 

 

 

FOUNDER &

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Bo Farson

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Previous WNCJS

JAZZ SERIES Artists

 

Takana Miyamoto

 2008

 

 

 

Ann Hampton Callaway

 2008

 

 

 

 

JAZZ SERIES 2010 

Diana Wortham Theatre 

 Downtown in Asheville, NC

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