Archive for May, 2015

Published by Gregg Gelb on 19 May 2015

Next Guests: The NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra Sun., June 21 3pm


Here’s what they’re saying about the NCJRO:

“Repertory is an essential component of any serious art form, and it is a movement that has gradually come to jazz. Jim Ketch and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra are a vital artery in the perpetuation of the art form. It was a pleasure to play with such high caliber musicians.”
– Branford Marsalis

“The NCJRO does not take its swinging lightly. It is a terrific group of musicians that represent everything that is great about jazz. They run the gamut of styles flawlessly and the ensemble playing is tremendous.”
– John Pizzarelli

“The NCJRO is a big ol’ train with the swinging-est engine I ever heard! WHOO-WHOO, y’all!”
– René Marie

“Move over, Lincoln Center and Smithsonian Jazz Orchestras.”
– Owen Cordle, Jazz Critic and Writer
Downbeat Magazine
Raleigh News & Observer


Published by Gregg Gelb on 13 May 2015

4th Annual Father’s Day Jazz Concert

The 4th Annual Father’s Day Jazz Concert

In Honor of Uncle Paul Montgomery

Father’s Day, Sunday June 21, 2015


Sutton Theatre at the Raleigh Little Theatre

301 Pogue St.

Raleigh, NC 27607


The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra meets

The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra

with opening act by

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble


Tickets are all general admission $14 adults $7 students

Tickets available at Raleigh Little Theatre box office is 919-821-3111 or online at

For the 4th Annual Jazz Concert to honor Uncle Paul Montgomery, a legendary musician and TV/Radio personality, the featured group will be the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, directed by Jim Ketch.  Paul was the original pianist with this big band.  Also on the program is the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble both directed by Montgomery’s son-in-law, Gregg Gelb.  Kathy Montgomery Gelb, Paul’s daughter, is the vocalist for both the NCJRO and HOCJO.

Highlighting the concert are selections from a historic recording on which the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra played together.  After the opening act by TYJE, and sets by HOCJO and NCJRO, the finale will feature selections from the historic “Duke meets Count” recording such as “To You,” “Corner Pocket,” “Take the A train,” “Jumpin at the Woodside,” and “Segue in C”  performed by the NCJRO and HOCJO together!