McBride also works to educate students around the country in Jazz.
“McBride is so committed to jazz education, as he serves programs at the Thelonious Monk Institute at the University of Southern California and the Julliard Program in New York City,” said Jim Ketch, director of the Carolina Jazz Festival.
Similarly, the festival is working towards providing the University with the opportunity to learn from internationally-recognized musicians, he said.
“The festival nurtures our students and faculty via the artist-in-residence program that brings professionals to work with students and faculty and brings internationally recognized artists to campus for concerts and workshops,” he said.
James said the festival is a great way to bring recognition to all of the music that is being made around campus and to spread the excitement about it.
“Its one of those festivals that shines the spotlight on Carolina’s jazz department and all of the great music that is happening here,” she said.
Ketch said he is looking forward to McBride’s show.
“I am expecting to have fun, to be inspired and to be physically transported by the grooves of his music,” he said.
See the show tomorrow night at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Tickets are $10 to $39.