Jim Ketch is a Summit Records artist and Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His three CDs on the Summit Records label includes Next Set (2009), A Distant View (2012), and Distracted Society (2015). In 2012 he received UNC’s prestigious Chapman Award for outstanding teaching. He is a faculty artist for the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops and Associate Director of Swing Central Jazz for the Savannah Music Festival. Mr. Ketch is a Bach Trumpet clinician, and has served as conductor for numerous All-State and Honors jazz ensembles. He serves as Music Director of the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and is President of the Jazz Foundation of NC and a Board member of the Durham Jazz Workshop. He has performed internationally in England, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, and with such jazz artists as Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Eric Alexander, Gary Smulyan, John Pizzarelli, Rene Marie, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and the Manhattan Transfer. He is at work on a book titled Jazz Trumpet Essentials.