North Carolina Museum of Art: Jazz at NCMA: Gregory Porter

North Carolina Museum of Art 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, United States

The NCMA welcomes Gregory Porter, two-time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, for the kickoff of the third Jazz at the NCMA concert series. Seven-time Grammy-nominated duo The Baylor Project opens.

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART: JAZZ AT NCMA: Samara Joy and SuperBlue: Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter

North Carolina Museum of Art 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, United States

With her Verve Records debut, Linger Awhile, Samara Joy makes her case to join the likes of Sarah, Ella, and Billie as the next mononymous jazz singing sensation recorded by the venerable label. Her voice has already earned her fans like Anita Baker and Regina King, appearances on the Today Show, and millions of likes on TikTok—cementing her status as perhaps the first Gen Z jazz singing star. Grammy Award–winner Kurt Elling is without question today’s preeminent male jazz vocalist, renowned worldwide for his unparalleled virtuosity and flair for trailblazing artistic exploration. From his stunning reinvention of timeless standards to his own captivating original songcraft, the Chicago-based musician has fused his dazzling talents across a panoply of musical approaches.

Jazz at the Bechtler: Latin Jazz

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

From the fiery beats of Afro-Cuban jazz to the sultry melodies of bossa nova, Latin Jazz at the Bechtler offers an unforgettable musical experience. Experience the infectious energy and sizzling grooves as the talented musicians Jim Brock (percussion), Nelson Rios (Bass), and Ariel Mejia (trumpet) take the stage with the Ziad Jazz Quartet, led by Ziad Rabie, creating a captivating blend of Latin rhythms, melodic sensibilities, and improvisational brilliance. This unique fusion of cultures and musical traditions will transport listeners to a world where the boundaries of jazz are pushed and new artistic expressions emerge.

$25

Jazz at the Bechtler: Latin Jazz

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

From the fiery beats of Afro-Cuban jazz to the sultry melodies of bossa nova, Latin Jazz at the Bechtler offers an unforgettable musical experience. Experience the infectious energy and sizzling grooves as the talented musicians Jim Brock (percussion), Nelson Rios (Bass), and Ariel Mejia (trumpet) take the stage with the Ziad Jazz Quartet, led by Ziad Rabie, creating a captivating blend of Latin rhythms, melodic sensibilities, and improvisational brilliance. This unique fusion of cultures and musical traditions will transport listeners to a world where the boundaries of jazz are pushed and new artistic expressions emerge.

$25

Wilson Center: Herbie Hancock

Wilson Center, Cape Fear Community College 701 N. Third St., Wilmington, NC, United States

Now in the seventh decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960's. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s — with record-breaking albums such as "Headhunters" — that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. "Rockit" and "Future Shock" marked Hancock's foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P.

$66