Beyu Cafe Holiday Concert
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Beyu Cafe Holiday Concert

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; Ginnae Koon; acoustic bass

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Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

Town of Cary 2019 Dreamfest @ Cary Arts Center

Lenora Helm Hammonds directs the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble for the 2nd annual DreamFest concert celebration to commemorate the birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.

We come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King as we carry his work forward. An evening of song and music featuring the Pleasant Grove Church Gospel Choir, harpist Winifred Garrett, and the North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Free concert

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Duke Performances: "In The Jazz Tradition" featuring NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Duke Performances: "In The Jazz Tradition" featuring NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Lenora Helm Hammonds, was named Best Choir at the annual HBCU Awards ceremony presented by HBCU Digest recognizing the excellence of more than 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the nation. The internationally-acclaimed NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1992 and is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students. The ensemble has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, with appearances at the White House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, and many others. Most recently, NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and NCCU Jazz Ensemble performed to packed audiences and standing ovations at the 2017 Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, TX. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s 2017 release, Take Note, covers tunes by artists such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, and includes original songs written for the ensemble.

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Duke Performances: "In The Jazz Tradition" featuring NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Duke Performances: "In The Jazz Tradition" featuring NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Lenora Helm Hammonds, was named Best Choir at the annual HBCU Awards ceremony presented by HBCU Digest recognizing the excellence of more than 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the nation. The internationally-acclaimed NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1992 and is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students. The ensemble has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, with appearances at the White House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, and many others. Most recently, NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and NCCU Jazz Ensemble performed to packed audiences and standing ovations at the 2017 Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, TX. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s 2017 release, Take Note, covers tunes by artists such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, and includes original songs written for the ensemble.

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Roots & Blues Festival, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Roots & Blues Festival, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC

Blues Women, 

Blues Women – is a multi-discipline program combining music, film, movement and song, while exploring six dynamic blues women that shaped American music.  Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Dinah Washington, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday and Mamie Smith will come alive as Lenora and live trio of musicians perform their songs and tell their stories in this interactive, audience participatory experience. The film installation, created by filmmaker Lana Garland, consists of archival and present day footage which interweaves with the live performance, tracing the contributions of these great women in contemporary music from then to now. Using the genres of Blues, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Pop, and Hip-Hop, this presentation is suitable for all ages. www.Hayti.org for tickets.

 

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