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9th Annual Ocean City Jazz Festival July 6 – July 8

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North Topsail Beach, NC – The Ocean City Community at North Topsail Beach and its non-profit organization, the Ocean City Beach Citizens Council, presents the ninth annual Ocean City Jazz Festival (OCJF). The community founded in 1949, is one of North Carolina’s first African American coastal communities. 

The festival will start with a kickoff party sponsored by Shoe Crazy Wine on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 7 pm. Donald DJ Smooth Jazz and jazz duo, Jazadeux will provide entertainment at the Kickoff Party. This event is free to festival ticket holders. The festival performances will take place July 7th and 8th, with performances in the historic Ocean City Community at the corner of Island Drive and Carver Street. All shows start at 5 pm.

As it has in previous years, the festival boasts an incredible lineup of talent that caters to both jazz purist and lovers of contemporary jazz. This year’s artists include the Skip Walker Band featuring Kia Walker, Derrick Gardner with the John Brown Quintet, Karen Briggs, Julian Vaughn, Warren Wolfe with the John Brown Quintet, Althea Rene and Elan Trotman.

The Ocean City Jazz Festival will again utilize a pavilion tent and provide comfortable seating for its attendees.

OCJF has become an annual celebration for jazz-minded adults where the components of great beaches, great food from food truck vendors, the historic community and the gold standard in jazz performers integrate seamlessly into what is call the “Ocean City Experience.”

The festival is the community’s signature event and proceeds are used for preservation of the historic Ocean City Community, promotion of the history of the Ocean City community and it significance to the state, foster music education by underwriting jazz workshops and mentoring programs with master musicians for local students, underwriting of festival costs including performances by local and national musicians.

William Hubbard, amazing poster artist, will be on site. William has been an art instructor at John T. Hoggard High School since 2006, as well as a professional painter and sculptor.

In addition to OCJF’s great lineup, the festival will provide an assortment of beverages and a silent auction. For tickets, lineup and additional information visit

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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