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…

December 2017

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy began her professional career in Miami, FL as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and…

November 2017

David ‘Fathead’ Newman

David ‘Fathead’ Newman was born in Corsicana, Texas on February 24, 1933. His family soon moved to Dallas, where they settled and David…

October 2017

Tito Puente

By virtue of his warm, flamboyant stage manner, longevity, constant touring, and appearances in the mass media, Tito Puente is probably the most…

September 2017

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium. Fewer still have been rewarded with Broadway’s coveted Tony Award (Best…

August 2017

Woody Shaw

North Carolina native Woody Shaw, Jr. is today considered to be the last major innovator in the lineage of 20th-century trumpet that began…

July 2017

Kenny Barron

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with…

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