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Grammy-Nominated Jazz Giant Joe Chambers to Appear at the NCCU Jazz Festival on Nov. 22

“Retire? You don’t retire from jazz . Some cats have died on the bandstand,” said drummer and educator Joe Chambers, during a phone interview from his home in Wilmington, North Carolina. “By the same token. I don’t have the desire to play the drums behind anybody that’s living today, with the possible exception of McCoy […]

Concord Records Set to Release Deluxe CD/DVD Titled Ray Charles Forever on Sept. 24

Ray Charles will be commemorated on September 23, 2013, his 83rd birthday, with a United States Postal Service Music Icons Forever® Stamp. Concord Records celebrates the occasion with the release of Ray Charles Forever, a deluxe CD/DVD collection on September 24th. In addition, Concord Records will be producing a special edition of Ray Charles Forever […]

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Labor Day Special – Newport Jazz

You can expect to hear the following on WNCU 90.7FM on Labor Day, Sept. 2. 7 am – Jon Batiste 8:15 am – Ray Anderson 9:07 am – Jim Hall 10:06 am – Terence Blanchard 11:03 am – Donny McCaslin 11:59 am – Dirty Dozen Brass Band 12:57 pm – Mary Halvorson 1:54 pm – […]

North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Salutes Romare Bearden Aug. 30

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A leading member of the Harlem Renaissance artists in the 1960s, Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, but moved to New York with his family when he was 4-years-old. Many of his collages and paintings were drawn from memories of his home state. Bearden will be remembered by his home state with […]

South Africa: Jazz Singer, Composer Sathima Bea Benjamin Dies

Cape Town — Renowned jazz singer and composer Sathima Bea Benjamin has died, the South African Broadcasting Corporation has reported. Sathima returned to Cape Town from New York in 2011, where she was born in 1936 – continuing to work as a vocalist. Benjamin had toured the world, first with husband and jazz legend Abdullah […]

Marian McPartland, ‘Piano Jazz’ Host, Has Died

Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider’s perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95. For more than 40 years, she hosted Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, an NPR program pairing conversation […]

Passing of NEA Jazz Master Cedar Walton

NEA Jazz Master Cedar Walton passed away this morning. He had early associations in the 50’s with Coltrane and Bird , but he first came to international prominence as the piano player and arranger for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in the early 60’s. After the Messengers, Walton was house pianist for Prestige Records […]

Albert Murray, Essayist Who Challenged the Conventional, Dies at 97

Albert Murray, an influential essayist, critic and novelist who found literary inspiration in his Alabama roots and saw black culture not as distinct from American culture but as essential to it and inextricably bound up in it, died on Sunday at his home in Harlem. He was 97. Lewis P. Jones, a family spokesman and […]

Labor Day Special

WBGO, NPR Music and WNCU are offering a holiday special on Labor Day, Sept. 2. The special will feature selected sets from the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. WBGO’s Josh Jackson will host sets from three stages. “How diverse was this year’s Newport Jazz Festival? One of my favorite solos … was by an oud player” on […]

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