Archive for March, 2008

WNCU and Hamilton Hill Jewelers Raise Funds With Fine Jewelry

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

To view samples of Hamilton Hill jewelry, please click here.

WNCU-FM, public radio station 90.7 FM will partner with Hamilton Hill International Designer Jewelry of Durham’s trendy Brightleaf Square shopping district to host its’ newest endeavor, The WNCU Diamonds & Pearls Jewelry Auction and Social Friday, April 11th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on location inside the jewelry store among cases of fabulous designer jewelry.

The WNCU All Stars featuring guitarist Baron Tymas will set the mood with jazz and keep the event lively. Sumptuous fare will be provided by Catering by Design of Cary. Attendees are in for an exciting evening in the atmosphere of a live auction with celebrity auctioneers, ESPN U sports announcer Dwayne Ballen, and Time Warner Cable talk show host Gayle Hurd. Hamilton Hill, known for top quality jewelry and accessories from around the world, will donate items to be auctioned as well as give attendees a chance to win a precious pearl ring from Gellner Pearls. Hamilton Hill gift certificates worth up to $1000 will be raffled with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the station. The event is free and bidding is voluntary. Non-auction items are also available for purchase, with a percentage of the auctioned proceeds and sales of the evening going toward WNCU’s fundraising efforts. Neither sale nor auctioned items may be purchased with Hamilton Hill raffle gift-certificates.

The WNCU Diamonds & Pearls Jewelry Auction and Social is an opportunity for listeners, sponsors and customers alike to support public radio and the important programming it provides. This pleasurable and elegant public radio fundraising experience is one in a series of efforts to raise non-traditional revenue streams for operational expenses at WNCU.

Details on the WNCU, Hamilton Hill and the jewelry auction fundraiser are available on the web at and . For more information please contact Gayle Hurd at 919-539-8235 or [email protected] or Edith Thorpe at 530-6122 or [email protected].

WNCU Gospel Brunch

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

WNCU Sunday Gospel Brunch will be a regularly scheduled event that will bring our listeners to the historic Pan Pan Diner for a great meal and foot stompin’, hand clappin’ Gospel music from 10am to 3pm for four Sundays throughout the year starting March 30, 2008. WNCU will host a fun and family-oriented gathering at the Pan Pan Diner located in Northgate Mall in Durham. For years the Pan Pan Diner has been known for its’ good food and friendly service. Patrons can not only enjoy a great meal, but down home gospel music as well. A local gospel group will perform inspirational music and will keep the event lively and add to the atmosphere.

Gospel recording artist Jennifer Evans will perform songs from her CD Delayed but Not Denied on March 30th.

WNCU gospel on-air announcers, Steve Satterfield, Carolyn Ryals and “Country Boy”, Walter Hatcher will host and conduct contests and giveaways. Twenty percent of the revenue generated in the restaurant during the WNCU Sunday Brunch will be donated to help WNCU with their fundraising efforts.

Co-sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact, Gayle Hurd at 919-539-8235 or [email protected]or Edith Thorpe at 530-6122 or [email protected]

NAJRI HBCU Jazz Conference/Jazz Festival

Friday, March 28th, 2008


The North Carolina Central University/African American Jazz Caucus Research Institute (NAJRI) will host the Second Annual NAJRI HBCU Jazz Conference/Eighteenth Annual NCCU Jazz Festival which will be held April 16 – 19, 2008 on the North Carolina Central University campus in Durham, NC.

The conference will have special meaning as a result of two significant events:

  • The Second Annual NAJRI HBCU Jazz Conference has been integrated with the Eighteenth Annual NCCU Jazz Festival. The featured festival artists will be tenor sax legend, David “Fathead” Newman and alto saxophonist, Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson.


  • NAJRI will launch its Jazz Hall of Fame with the initial induction of jazz giants who are natives of North Carolina: Max Roach, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Percy Heath, Dr. Billy Taylor, Lou Donaldson, Nina Simone and Tal Farlow. In addition, Jimmy Heath, Albert (Tootie) Heath and the Honorable Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), will also be inducted in recognition of their contributions to jazz. The legendary pianist Cedar Walton and his trio will perform in concert at the ceremony.

The four day power-packed conference/festival offers:

  • Symposia on issues uniquely affecting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) jazz education programs, the African American and Global communities.
  • Developing Interdisciplinary K through Higher Education Jazz Curricula.
  • Building a More Comprehensive Jazz Education Curriculum.
  • Jazz, the Church and Community – Sacred versus Secular.
  • The Role of Jazz Radio, TV, Print Media & the Internet.
  • Master classes
  • Continuing Education Credit workshops
  • Welcoming reception
  • Nightly jazz concerts
  • Photo exhibit of jazz greats
  • Nightly jam sessions
  • Noted speakers

This conference will be a memorable and exciting event that will enrich the lives of the general public; jazz fans; everyone involved in jazz education; presenters; performers; the media; and business.

For additional conference information, click here.

To view the conference schedule, click here.

WNCU Conducts A Town Hall Meeting

Friday, March 28th, 2008

As part of an ongoing initiative to serve our listeners in the public interest, WNCU 90.7 FM and The Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) invite you to listen to and participate in a community based program related to North Carolina’s participation in the upcoming elections. On April 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. we will air a live Town Hall Meeting moderated by Andrea Harris, President of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development. We will discuss what’s at stake for North Carolina citizens in the May 6 Primary with a panel of experts and allow input from our audience. The Town Hall Meeting will take place in the H. M. Mickey Michaux, Jr. School of Education auditorium on the campus of NCCU. We invite you to tune in or come and join us. This event is free and open to the public.

WNCU Fundraisers

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

WNCU Gospel Brunch

A WNCU Sunday Gospel Brunch is scheduled for March 30th, June 29th, September 28th and December 14th, and will take place at the Pan Pan Diner located in the Northgate Mall, Durham, NC from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. WNCU Sunday Gospel Brunch is a regularly scheduled fundraiser for WNCU. Performing live on Sunday, March 30th is gospel recording artist Jennifer Evans who will feature songs from her CD “Delayed but Not Denied.

Click here to view press release.

WNCU Diamonds & Pearls Jewelry Auction

WNCU will partner with Hamilton Hill International Designer Jewelry of Durham’s trendy Brightleaf Square shopping district to host one of its’ newest fundraising endeavors. The WNCU Diamonds & Pearls Jewelry Auction and Social will take place Friday, April 11th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on location inside the jewelry store among cases of fabulous designer jewelry.

Click here to view press release.

WNCU Congratulates NCCU Jazz Studies Major Antonio Parker

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

NCCU jazz studies major, Antonio Parker, has been selected in an international audition to participate as one of 20 singers in a workshop at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

During this week long Vocal Improvisation workshop, Parker will work with renowned vocalist, Bobby McFerrin.

Parker’s audition tape was prepared by Lenora Helm and Dr. Ira Wiggins and submitted to Carnegie Hall in February 2007.

Airfare and lodging will be paid by Carnegie Hall.

The week culminates with a performance in Carnegie Hall on Friday, May 2, 2008.

Click here to learn more about this event.

To read North Carolina Central University’s press release, click here.

Track from Terms of Art has been selected as Song of the Day at

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The “Children of the Night” track from Terms of Art has been selected as Song of the Day at Congratulations!

To view the permanent link,click here.

This will also be featured on for the next day.

Joe Henderson

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson born April 24, 1937, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Born in Lima, Ohio, he studied music at Kentucky State College and Wayne State University before playing in Detroit at the beginning of his career.

By eighteen, Henderson was active on the Detroit jazz scene of the mid-’50s, playing in jam sessions with visiting New York stars. The diverse musical opportunities prompted Joe to learn flute and bass, as well as further developing his saxophone and compositional skills. By the time he arrived at Wayne State University, he had transcribed and memorized so many Lester Young solos that his professors believed he had perfect pitch.

Joe Henderson

After a two years in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, Joe arrived in New York where trumpeter Kenny Dorham provided valuable guidance. Although Henderson’s earliest recordings were marked by a strong hard-bop influence, his playing encompassed not only the bebop tradition, but R&B, Latin, and avant-garde as well. He soon joined Horace Silver’s band and provided a seminal solo on the jukebox hit “Song for My Father.” After leaving Silver’s band in 1966, Henderson resumed freelancing and also co-led a big band with Kenny Dorham. His arrangements for the band went unrecorded until the release of “Joe Henderson Big Band” (Verve) in 1996.

From 1963 to 1968 Joe appeared on nearly thirty albums for Blue Note. The recordings ranged from relatively conservative hard-bop sessions to more avant-garde explorations. He played a prominent role in many landmark recordings: Horace Silver’s swinging and soulful “Song For My Father,” Herbie Hancock’s dark and densely orchestrated “Prisoner,” and Andrew Hill’s avant-garde “Black Fire.” In 1967, there was a notable, but brief, association with Miles Davis’s famous quintet featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. Although the band was never recorded, Henderson is reputed to have occasionally stolen the show.

Joe Henderson

Signing with Orrin Keepnews’s Milestone label in 1967 marked a new phase in Henderson’s career. It was during this time that Henderson began to experiment with increasingly avant-garde structures, jazz-funk fusion, studio overdubbing, and other electronic effects.

Henderson’s sound can float prettily like Stan Getz or Lester Young but he can also dig in with the bluesy fervor of T-Bone Walker or the intensity of John Coltrane. In a March 1993 Down Beat interview Joe noted the influence of literature in his playing. “I try to create ideas in a musical way the same as writers try to create images with words. I use the mechanics of writing in playing solos. I use quotations, commas, and semicolons.” The increasing complexity and ornamental nature of his current output suggests Henderson has created his own unique vocabulary of phrases, licks, and saxophone effects. Joe Henderson died on June 30, 2001 at the age of 64.