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NCCU Jazz Studies Program Presents Benefit Concert

North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Jazz Studies Program presents its Annual Fall Concert with performances featuring NCCU’s Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble on Friday, Nov. 17. The night of entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. at B.N. Duke Auditorium on the NCCU campus and is free and open to the public.

The concert is the ensembles’ last on-campus performance before the 9th Annual Jazz Educators Network Conference in Dallas, T.X., where they will perform with NCCU Artists-In-Residence and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo.

Other performances this academic year include:

  • NCCU Jazz Studies Program Faculty Holiday Concert at 7 p.m and 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at Beyu Caffe, 341 W Main St., Durham, N.C.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Celebration at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19, at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville St., Durham, N.C.
  • Annual Valentine’s Day Concert featuring the NCCU Jazz Ensemble, Duke University Jazz Band and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jazz Ensemble at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, at Duke University.
  • NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble performance at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex 213 North Main St., Roxboro, N.C.
  • 28th Annual NCCU Jazz Festival featuring guest artists and NCCU Jazz and Vocal Jazz ensembles running April 23 -28 with the Festival Concerts April 27-28.

NCCU was the first university in the state to offer the Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies. The program now includes a comprehensive vocal jazz component and offers a Master of Music in both jazz composition and jazz performance. Alumni from the Jazz Studies Program include professors at the college and university levels, teachers of primary and secondary music education, as well as production and performance artists.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Ira Wiggins at iwiggins@nccu.edu or 919-530-7214 and Lenora Helm Hammonds at lhelm@nccu.edu or 919-530-6653.

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