The Explorations in the Arts series is a unique mix of performances created with a recipe of live performance, stirred together with a pinch of Q&A and a dash of audience participation. We strive to bring artists to Craven County from throughout North Carolina that represent the very best in performance.

Orchestral members of John Brown's Little Big Band

John Brown's "Little" Big Band

Friday, June 3, 2022

7:30 p.m. - Orringer Auditorium
Tickets: Adults $25/Students $12
(Tickets issued for the original concert date, Friday, January 21, 2022, will be honored on June 3, 2022)

John Brown (bassist) and his “Little” Big Band will bring the sound of the 1940s swing band music to life in this evening show of instruments and BIG dramatic notes! The “little” comes from the number of people they have displayed on stage. Despite their 11-member size, this group packs a big band punch and is in high demand for feature performances at concert halls, educational residencies, concerts, and private events across North Carolina and beyond.

Brown, a bassist since he was 13, has several accomplishments including performing with the North Carolina Symphony and well-known artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Elvin Jones, Nnenna Freelon, Mark Whitefield, and others across the United States and abroad.

Watch a view preview here, or watch another one here.

Special thanks to our performance grant providers

The Explorations in the Arts series is funded in part by a grant from The Thomas B. & Robertha K. Coleman Foundation. The presentation of John Brown’s “Little” Big Band is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council. We are grateful to our grant partners for helping to make this series possible.

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