WNCU 90.7 FM will host a community outreach effort called Sunday Jazz on the Lawn on Sunday, June 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the lawn of the historic White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Street in Durham. Music will be provided by the internationally renowned John Brown Quintet, the local talent of the Clif Wallace Trio, and bassist Jonathan Michel of Philadelphia, PA. This event is free and open to the public.Rev. Jean-Luc Charles, director of the Mission and Evangelism Ministry at White Rock, says that the goal of this event is three-fold: to offer a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-generational outreach to friends and neighbors through the gift of live jazz music; to present an enjoyable afternoon affair for family and friends alike; and to creatively promote African-American culture by celebrating the heritage of jazz music.
Since WNCU is committed to bringing the awareness of jazz to the community and to displaying jazz in new and unique venues, general manager and program director Edith Thorpe responded, “why not?” when approached about the idea of Sunday Jazz on the Lawn. Thorpe immediately recognized the idea as a fresh and innovative way of presenting this timeless music to a new generation of jazz listeners and as an opportunity for jazz lovers and loyal WNCU listeners to enjoy their favorite music in a fun, friendly, family atmosphere.
The community is invited to bring a blanket, lounge chair, picnic basket and a friend to Sunday Jazz on the Lawn. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the W. G. Pearson Elementary School. For more information, contact Rev. Charles at 919-688-8136, firstname.lastname@example.org or Edith Thorpe at 919-530-6122.