Join us for the university's annual benefit concert and event!
Famed jazz drummer Greg Hutchinson will perform alongside North Carolina Central University (NCCU) percussion lecturer Thomas E. Taylor at the university’s annual benefit concert Sunday, Aug. 28.
Give the Drummer Some, which celebrates 10 years of jazz excellence and raises scholarship funds for jazz studies students, will kick off at 6 p.m. in the NCCU Student Center on campus. The event will honor NCCU alumnus and soul-jazz drummer and singer the late Grady Tate, a renowned self-taught session drummer and rim-shot syncopation expert.
Known as the “drummer of his generation,” Hutchinson is one of the few musicians today who had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the great originators of jazz music. He has also worked with a variety of who’s who in the jazz world, including Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove and more. His time signatures and beat compositions have also won him praise from the hip-hop community and led him to work with rapper and actor Common, producer Kareem Riggins and Questlove of the Roots.
The Give the Drummer Some benefit will also offer percussion and music workshops to the public beginning at 2 p.m. in the Old Jazz Band Room at B.N. Duke Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with donations to the jazz studies program encouraged at the entrance. Advance donations may be made at https://www.nccu.edu/institutional-advancement/giving-online. Please select “Jazz Studies Ensemble Studies Fund” from the drop-down box and include “Give the Drummer Some” in the notes section.