October 2018

Dianne Reeves

Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and…

September 2018

Earl “Bud” Powell

Earl “Bud” Powell (1924-1966) is generally considered to be the most important pianist in the history of jazz. Noted jazz writer and critic…

August 2018

Branford Marsalis

Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis was drawn to…

July 2018

Nnenna Freelon

Six-time GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. In 2014, Nnenna starred in…

June 2018

Curtis Fuller

Curtis Fuller belongs in a first-rate group of trombone players who always make the trombone sound fluid and inviting. His ability to play…

May 2018

Cecil Taylor

Cecil Percival Taylor was an American jazz musician and composer, and the leading icon of free-jazz pianists from the 1950’s until his death in…

April 2018

Major Holley

Major Holley, also known as “Mule”, was best known for singing along in unison with his bowed, upright bass solos, and for his sense…

March 2018

Abbey Lincoln

March is Women’s History Month and Jazz icon, composer, lyricist and performer Abbey Lincoln is the featured artist at WNCU for March 2018….

February 2018

Nina Simone

She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller,…

January 2018

Lou Donaldson

Jazz critics agree that “Sweet Poppa Lou” Donaldson is one of the greatest alto saxophonists of all time.  He began his career as…

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