Craven Community College will host Willie E. Atkinson and the Transitional Jazz Quintet for “The Poetry of Jazz” on Friday, Feb. 15. This show begins at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in Orringer Auditorium, located on the New Bern campus. 

Atkinson uses his talents as a jazz vocalist to provide audiences with a fluid interpretation of jazz and blues standards. Whether exploring the syncopated rhythms of a swinging tune or telling the story of a lonesome, wanting heart, Atkinson offers a fresh approach and seizes every moment to make the songs his own.

Members of the Transitional Jazz Quintet include Stephen Anderson (piano), Phil Owens (guitar), Doug Trammel (bass), Michael Hanson (percussion), Jeff Bair (saxophone) and guest vocalist Liz Pina.

“Poetry of Jazz” is part of the Exploration in the ARTS series presented by the Craven CC Foundation’s Lifetime Learning Center. 

This program is made possible in part by a grant from corporate sponsors Jon Tait, CFP and Ashely Martin, Financial Advisor with securities offered by Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., New Bern.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for students and available by phone at 252-633-2618 or online at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.