The 23rd Annual North Carolina Central University Jazz Festival will feature performances by saxophonist Benny Golson and the Carl Allen Quartet. The festival, from April 15–20, will also include performances by the NCCU Jazz Ensembles, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the NCCU Jazz Faculty group, student combos and the UNC–Chapel Hill faculty jazz group.
Benny Golson, a legendary tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger, has performed all over the world in a career that began in the 1940s when he was a teenager in Philadelphia. Now 84 years old, he was inducted into the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009. He has played alongside Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, Art Blakey and other noted musicians. He is the composer of such jazz standards as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” “Stablemates,” “Whisper Not,” “Blues March,” “Five Spot After Dark” and “Are you Real?” Over the years, he has recorded more than 30 albums.
Carl Allen is a Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader and educator. Starting in the early 1980s when he was still in college, he joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, served as his musical director for eight years, and recorded several albums with him. He has also played with Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Herbie Hancock, and many others. In addition to maintaining a busy performing and recording schedule, he is currently the artistic director of jazz studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. In the Carl Allen Quartet, formed just in the past year, he is joined by Tim Green on alto and soprano saxophone, Xavier David on piano and Yasushi Nakamura on bass.
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Here is the schedule for the Festival:
NCCU Jazz Combos II, III & IV; Big Bands II
April 15, 7 p.m., B. N. Duke Auditorium – No ticket is required
Vocal Jazz Summit – NCCU Vocal Jazz Combo & Ensemble & High School Students
April 16, 7:30 p.m. – No ticket required
NCCU Faculty Jazz Group & UNC Chapel Hill Faculty Jazz Group
April 17, 8 p.m., B. N. Duke Auditorium – No ticket is required
Master Class Workshop
April 18 at 2:30 p.m. and April 19 at Noon, Jazz Band Room – No ticket is required
Meet & Greet
April 18, 7 p.m., Beyu Caffe, Durham – Complimentary – No ticket is required
Opening Performance featuring Benny Golson & NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
April 19, 8 p.m., B. N. Duke Auditorium – Purchase $15 Ticket/Combo Ticket $30
Opening Performance featuring Carl Allen Quartet & NCCU Jazz Ensemble
April 20, 8 p.m., B. N. Duke Auditorium – Purchase $20 Ticket/Combo Ticket $30