Archive for August, 2011

24th Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011
6pm-12 Midnight (gates open at 5pm)

Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street
Durham, NC

This event is free and open to the public.  Our way of saying thank you to the community for 24 year of unwavering support.

Click here to view the lineup.

Special Program Honoring Honeyboy Edwards

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Tune into WNCU on Saturday, Sept.3 at 9 p.m. for a re-broadcast from WXPN’s Blues and Beyond featuring Honeyboy Edwards – A Long Life in the Blues.

At 92, David “Honeyboy” Edwards was still touring and playing the blues, though he no longer hopped freight trains to get around. His new album “Roamin’ And Ramblin'” covered an amazing period of sixty-five years, from his 1942 Library of Congress sessions with Alan Lomax to sessions he did last year with Bobby Rush, Billy Branch, and others. The album also offered some previously unavailable recordings from the 1970s, featuring Edwards with the late and great Big Walter Horton on harmonica, and also Sugar Blue. We’ll feature “Roamin’ And Ramblin'” on this program.

We’ll also hear from Robert Johnson — Honeyboy was with Johnson when he died — from a new, sound-quality-improved reissue of his work, and we’ll hear pianist Jimmy Blythe, both from piano roll and 78 rpm record. The show also includes music from Larry Willis and Catherine Russell, and African sounds from Leni Stern and Lionel Loueke.

Thank You Concert

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

WNCU will air a special thank you concert for all supporters during our fall fund drive.  Tune in on October 11at 7 p.m.

Sing the Truth! is Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright singing together and taking turns on music by Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Tracy Chapman and more. The voices are amazing, and so are the songs. “Powerful” barely describes the impact. See a short video at

New Series on WNCU

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Tune in every Monday at 9:40 p.m. for Jazz Stories.

Jazz musicians refer to what they do as telling stories. We bring you backstage stories from jazz legends and those in the making. Hear what jazz sounds like when musicians put down their instruments. Each piece is approximately 10 minutes in length.

NCCU Offers Free Concert With The Harlem Quartet

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The Harlem Quartet, a world-class ensemble of string musicians from diverse ethnic backgrounds, is coming to North Carolina Central University on Sept. 8 for a special 7 p.m. performance at B.N. Duke Auditorium that is free and open to the public.

Praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, the Harlem Quartet is currently the resident
ensemble in the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet Program. Its mission is to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through a varied repertoire that highlights works by minority composers.

The Harlem Quartet has gained a wide audience since its acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 2006. That same year, the ensemble also appeared at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre with a well-received performance of Wynton Marsalis’s At the Octoroon Balls. In collaboration with New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey, the group performed at the Library of Congress in a concert employing the Library’s matched collection of Stradivari instruments.

Each member of the Harlem Quartet is a seasoned solo artist, having appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, National, New World and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, among others. As a quartet, they have performed in many communities across the country including Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston.

Dr. Timothy Holley, associate professor of music at NCCU, said the quartet’s program strikes a fine balance between the standard chamber music repertoire and that of African-American composers.

“Among the genres of operatic and orchestral music, chamber music—which includes the string quartet in particular–is still recognized as the backbone of classical music,” he said. “It is an interesting and challenging notion to have such an ensemble performing in concert, not just at NCCU but any performance space in the African-American community.”

Holley also noted the unique blend of culture created by the quartet’s lineup. Violinist Ilmar Gavilán is Cuban; violinist Melissa White is African-American; violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez was born in Canada but his family is from the Dominican Republic; and cellist Paul Wiancko is of Polish and Japanese descent.

The quartet opened its 2009-10 season as featured soloists on the national Sphinx Chamber
Orchestra Tour, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College, and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. In December, it gave two performances at the White House for guests of President and First Lady Michelle Obama, and made a Christmas morning appearance on NBC’s “Today Show.” The Quartet has also performed with the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and made its London debut performance at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to the U.K.

The Harlem Quartet performed during the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild 2010-2011 Masters Series. This year, the guild has partnered with NCCU’s Department of Music and University College to bring the ensemble to NCCU as part of a return performance in the Triangle Area. The Sept. 8 concert is funded through the Lyceum Series. The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild will host a ticketed show 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Fletcher Opera House in Raleigh. Tickets are available at the guild’s office, 919-821-2030 or

“The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild has done an amazing job in identifying and engaging young chamber music ensembles of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds in their annual chamber music series,” Holley said. “They have wanted for several years to partner with NCCU in hosting a concert beyond the city limits of Raleigh. It is also a very important charge of the RCMG that its guest performers have a close and direct connection to the community of their audience.”

He described the partnership as “a visionary undertaking” that helps challenge perceptions that only certain styles and traditions of music are presented at institutions such as NCCU.

Learn more about The Harlem Quartet on their website,

WHAT: The Harlem Quartet performs at NCCU
WHEN: 7 p.m., Sept. 8
WHERE: B.N. Duke Auditorium, 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham
COST: Free, open to the public.
INFO: Call University College at 530-6932

School of Business Names New Dean

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

D. Keith Pigues, a business executive, author and teacher, has been named dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University.

Pigues comes to NCCU from PlyGem Industries, a privately held building products company based in Cary, N.C., where he was senior vice president and chief marketing officer and member of the company’s executive committee. He previously held executive positions at CEMEX, RR Donnelley, ADP and Honeywell International. He also has been an adjunct professor at Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC–Chapel Hill, where he taught courses in leadership and served as an executive coach for the Leadership Immersion, a course on corporate leadership development.

“Our long-term goal is for the business school at NCCU is to be one of the best in the country,” Chancellor Charlie Nelms said. “Achieving that goal requires the expertise of a visionary leader who can establish strategic partnerships with the business community. I am confident that Keith Pigues has the passion and expertise needed to do just that.”

The author of Winning with Customers: A Playbook for B2B (Wiley & Sons, 2010), Pigues is past chairman of the Business Marketing Association’s board of directors and a member of the Executive Leadership Council. He began his career in sales and marketing with IBM and Hewlett–Packard, and has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning and sales leadership.

“We’re poised for transformative change and innovation,” NCCU Provost Debbie Thomas said. “With Pigues’ appointment, we’re shifting away from traditional leadership to one characterized by strong ties to both the corporate and educational sectors.”

Black Enterprise Magazine named Pigues one of its top executives in marketing and advertising for 2011. B2B Magazine recognized him as a leading senior marketing practitioner and a member of “Who’s Who in B-to-B” in 2007 and 2010. He received the Frost & Sullivan Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

“I look forward to partnering with the business community to increase awareness of the NCCU School of Business and position it as a leading global business school,” Pigues said. “This will be exciting.”

Pigues received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1984 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan–Flagler in 1993.

Betty Pierce Dennis Returns as Nursing Department Chair

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Dr. Betty Pierce Dennis, who chaired the Nursing Department at North Carolina Central University from 1999 to 2004, has returned to chair the department once again as it heads into a period of significant expansion in its new, state-of-the-art teaching facility.

Before her return to NCCU, Dennis was a professor of nursing and dean of the Division of Nursing at Dillard University in New Orleans. She was also the director and a professor at the Minority Health and Health Disparities Center, a collaboration between Dillard and Louisiana State University funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dennis assumed leadership of the department at NCCU as it has moved this month into its new building. The $25 million, 69,000-square-foot facility includes classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, skill labs with advanced simulation technology and facilities for expanded student services.

Although the new building is welcome, Dennis said, she plans to focus on motivating faculty and students. “Good facilities are great — they make your life easier,” she said, “but the real challenge is working with people.” The new building will pave the way for enrollment growth in the nursing program, she said, with a goal of elevating the status of the department to a School of Nursing. Such a step requires the approval of the UNC Board of Governors, and the pace of growth will depend on faculty and clinical resources and budgetary considerations, she said.

Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from N.C. A&T State University, a Master of Science in medical–surgical administration from Emory University and a Doctor of Public Health from UNC–Chapel Hill. Before she led the NCCU nursing program from 1999 to 2004, she held associate professorships at both NCCU and UNC – Charlotte. She is an Army veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, where she attained the rank of captain. She also has extensive international experience, as a teacher in Moshi, Tanzania, at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre School of Nursing, and as a consultant and staff member at the Ithusheng Community Health Centre in Tzaneen, South Africa. Working with the International Council of Nurses, she contributed to the development of a nursing documentation tool for international use.

She has written extensively for academic publications. Her research interests are primarily in community-based interventions supported by participatory models, global health issues affected by nursing education and nursing care, and the ethics of health care and health care delivery.

Award Winning Talk Program Added to HD2 Lineup

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.

Making Contact will air every Thursday, beginning August 25, following Inside NCCU, at 8:30pm.

Click here to view website.

Labor Day Special

Monday, August 15th, 2011

On Labor Day, Sept. 5, tune into WNCU to hear the best of the Newport Jazz Festival that took place on Aug. 6.  The Labor Day special will air from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. EDT.  Tell Me More and Democracy Now will air at its regular times.

The Labor Day special lineup includes the following:

  • 7 a.m., Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread in Concert
  • 8 a.m., John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble in Concert
  • 9 a.m., Joey DeFrancesco Trio in Concert
  • 10 a.m., Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet in Concert
  • 11 a.m., Ravi Coltrane Quartet in Concert
  • 12 p.m., Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio
  • 1 p.m., New Black Eagle Jazz Band in Concert
  • 2 p.m., Mario Castro Quintet in Concert
  • 3 p.m., Avishai Cohen’s Triveni in Concert
  • 4 p.m., Mingus Big Band in Concert
  • 7 p.m., Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue in Concert
  • 8 p.m., Miguel Zenon in Concert
  • 9 p.m., Mostly Other People Do The Killing in Concert


New Jazz Show Airing on Thursday

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

On Thursday, August 4, at 7pm, WNCU will air a new jazz show, The Loft.

Get ready to discover the universe of hard bop, free bop, and the avant garde.

The playlist will include the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Kahil El Zabar, Henry Threadgill, Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, Don Cherry and many more artists who explore free expression through their music.

Modern artists like Ken VanDermark, John Zorn and Brian Blade will be featured alongside the legends.

Tune in every Thursday at 7pm!

Thanks for listening to the home of jazz.