About Us


Our History

The Jim Ferris Trio, recently relocating to Wilmington, NC, has been a fixture on the Raleigh jazz scene since 2008, playing throughout the Triangle. They reached #1 on the Raleigh ReverbNation Jazz Charts in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, receiving outstanding recognition and accolades from jazz lovers of all types and ages. 

In Raleigh, the Trio performed for the 2016 Art of Cool Jazz Festival and locally at C.GRACE, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Irregardless Café, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse and Beyu Caffe' .


Our Sound

The Trio performs a wide selection of standard & contemporary jazz, funk and fusion featuring sax, flute, keyboards, piano, vocals and drums.  The group also performs as a duo, quartet or quintet.


Jim Ferris


Jim Ferris (sax/flute) recently relocated to Wilmington, NC where he debuted to a sellout performance for the “Jazz at the CAM” series.  Jim has been leading his own jazz group since the late '80's in New York and North Carolina.  He led the Jim Ferris Quartet in Rochester, NY, the Jim Ferris Trio in Raleigh, NC, and now the new Jim Ferris Trio in Wilmington, NC.  Jim has been performing for more than 35 years, playing Jazz, Funk, R&B, Top40, Rock and more.

Duke Ladd


Duke Ladd (piano, keyboards) has performed in some of the nation’s premier hotels in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and Atlantic City.  In the studio Duke has recorded three albums for renowned folk singer, John Golden and recorded a jazz album with legendary saxophonist Robert Williams.  Using his talents as both a pianist and composer, Duke continues to be called upon again and again where people demand the best.

Manny Santos


Manny Santos (Drums) has performed with such distinguished artists as Maya Angelou, Steven Tyler, Maurice Starr, Andre Ward, Donald Harrison and Sabby Lewis and is featured on a number of recordings. Manny has also performed with 6-time Grammy Award nominee Kurt Elling. After moving to Wilmington from Boston, Manny created his own band, “Mangroove”.  Manny is one of the most sought-after drummers in Eastern NC.