North Carolina Central University’s Jazz Studies program will present the 14th Annual Fall Guest Artist Series, featuring percussionist Joe Chambers, on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. in the B.N. Duke Auditorium. The NCCU Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will also perform. Chambers will offer a master class and lecture in the Jazz Band Room at noon the same day.
Born in Stoneacre, Va., Chambers is one of the most notable drummers and percussionists of his generation. His skills place him in the company of jazz innovators of the 1960s, such as Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson. Drummerworld describes his music as, “a trademark blend of cymbal-driven forward motion, deep rhythmic continuity, and explosive creativity.” He has worked and recorded with jazz greats Miles Davis, Harold Land, Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Eric Dolphy, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie. Chambers first album, “The Almoravid,” was released in 1974 and he has recorded seven additional albums.
In 1970 Chambers became an original member of Max Roach’s percussion ensemble M’Boom, starting a relationship that continued for more than 20 years. He later formed the Super Jazz Trio with Tommy Flanagan and bassist Reggie Workman and co-led a band with organist Larry Young. In 1986 Chambers wrote the score to Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” and the 1990 hit, “Mo’ Better Blues.”
Chambers studied music at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and American University. In 2008, he was named the Thomas S. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Jazz in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. He has also taught at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students with ID. For more information, contact Dr. Ira Wiggins, director of the Jazz Studies program, at 919-530-7214 or the NCCU Department of Music at 919-530-6319.