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Annual NCCU Faculty Holiday Concert: 9:00PM SHOW

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NCCU‘s Jazz Faculty celebrates with an evening of music of traditional jazz holiday favorites. The NCCU Jazz Studies program – an NCCU Area of Distinction, “where Jazz still swings” – is known for developing some of the Jazz music’s most talented and emerging young artists. The faculty ensemble will perform selections from their release, Yule Be Swingin’ and original music and arrangements from the members. Personnel includes, Ira Wiggins, tenor saxophone/flute; Robert Trowers, trombone; Aaron Hill, alto saxophone; Al Strong, trumpet; Baron Tymas, guitar; Thomas Taylor, drums;

Lenora Helm Hammonds, vocals; Ed Paolantonio, piano; James Suter, acoustic bass

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The Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University is under the leadership of saxophonist/flutist Ira Wiggins. Dr. Wiggins is assisted by the following: Assistant Director, Baron Tymas – guitar, Robert Trowers -trombone, Albert Strong – trumpet, Arnold George – piano, saxophone, Lenora Zenzalai Helm – vocals, Maurice Myers, vocals, Ed Paolantonio – piano, Thomas Taylor – percussion. Aaron Hill – saxophone and Damon Brown – bass; and Artists- in-Residence Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo. There are nine ensembles in the program: two big bands, three combos, a guitar ensemble, a percussion ensemble, a brass ensemble and a vocal jazz ensemble. These ensembles have performed with major artists including: Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Ed Thigpen, Vanessa Rubin, Fred Wesley, Louie Bellson, Alvin Batiste, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Nnenna Freelon, Nicholas Payton, Steve Wilson, Geri Allen, Slide Hampton, David “Fathead” Newman and others. NCCU’s jazz groups have performed throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Major performances include the Montreux Jazz Festival, Vienne Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, New York City Jazz Festival (at Jazz at Lincoln Center), Annual Collegiate Jazz Festival at Notre Dame, the Newport Jazz Festival and the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) festival in Toronto. Ensembles have earned recognition at numerous college festivals, such as the Villanova Jazz Festival, where they garnered first place honors. The groups were invited to perform at a reception for the White House Staff and Congressional Aides and a week later for a National Press reception hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton, and most recently for the First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama. The Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University is dedicated to fostering a quality education, shaping the future of aspiring musicians, and maintaining the integrity of a great art form.

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