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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…

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…

Missed Our Labor Day Broadcast?

In case you missed our labor day broadcast, please visit www.npr.org/series/newport-jazz-festival.

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 –…

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…

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…

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 —…

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…

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…

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…

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