Billy Taylor Jazz Festival

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  • 1-800-ECU-ARTS


  • East Fifth Street
    Greenville NC 27835

The Billy Taylor Jazz Festival began humbly. High school and middle school jazz bands came to campus to perform at critiquing sessions, then to enjoy a performance by the ECU Jazz Ensemble A and a guest artist.

The festival quickly outgrew A. J. Fletcher Recital Hall. In 2003, Dr. Billy Taylor lent his name to the festival, and the Greenville Convention Center was retained to contain the audience who came for a gala evening, witness Mayor Don Parrott offer Taylor the Keys to the City, and hear him proclaim the day “Dr. Billy Taylor Day” on behalf of the City Council.

The festival offers three public concerts, a free jam session, critiquing sessions for eight or more high school and middle school jazz bands, and opportunities for Jazz Friends to mingle and celebrate.

Admission: Most events free; Christian McBride Trio $22 ($16 student)

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35° 36' 25.1994" / Longitude: -77° 21' 52.2"


East Fifth Street Greenville NC 27835

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