Apr
22
to Apr 27

NCCU Annual Jazz Festival

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Annual festival of concerts nightly with guest artists and renowned educators. Student concerts are on Monday and Tuesday, Special guest artist Carlos Bislip and Friends on Wednesday and the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble on Friday 4/26 and NCCU Big Band (Jazz Ensemble) on 4/27.

Visit www.nccu.edu/jazz for updates on full lineup

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Jun
7
to Jun 14

Lenora on Faculty of Jazz Institute @ Brevard - Jazz Camp

https://www.brevardmusic.org/institute/jazz/

Lenora will be the vocal jazz instructor, joining an all-star jazz faculty for two weeks in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Brevard Jazz Camp is one of the most popular in the country, and is under the direction of Michael Dease. Here is a short description:

The program will enroll up to 70 students, ages 14 to 29, who will participate in big band / combo classes and performances, private lessons, recording sessions, and mentoring opportunities with world renowned faculty and guest artists.

Our all-star faculty are some of the busiest working professionals in the music industry and their talent is equaled in their teaching ability. They are here for you – our students. The great Dizzy Gillespie once said, "I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons we're here is to be a part of this process of exchange."

Days are packed with events including big band, quintets – sextets – septets – octets, professional recording sessions, masterclasses with guest artists, private lessons, jazz history, jazz theory, jam sessions, outreach concerts, and performances at the Brevard Music Center. Topics of study reach across the entire music industry and provide insight to playing all styles of music. There is something for everyone at every step of the way. Time off in the schedule allows for hiking, rafting, tubing, cook-outs, and exploring the scenic forests and waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Application deadline: March 4, 2019. Applications will remain open until enrollment is complete.

Apply: https://www.brevardmusic.org/jazzinstitute/create/

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Sep
9
to Sep 19

GLOMUS Performing Arts Camp, Batumi GEORGIA (the country!)

“GLOMUS meets The Silk Belt”

Lenora and NCCU faculty and students attend a 10-day conference of workshops, performances, and academic leadership conference, co-sponsored by Tbilisi State Conservatoire and a collaborative unit of 25 internationally based universities (visit http://www.glomus.net)

About Glomus’ Camp

…Due to Georgia's location on the ancient Silk Road and to take advantage of Georgia’s historic position as a key link in the famous Silk Road corridor.  With the location of Batumi - as on one of the routes of China's proposed Eurasian Land Bridge and its historical location on the Silk Belt, it seems natural to put Batumi as a GLOMUS 2019 city where “GLOMUS meets the Silk Belt”. Glomus Camp 2019 in Batumi will add educational and cultural  dimension to the Silk Belt.

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Salon Concert - Florence Price: The Life of an Iconic African-American Composer

Lenora performs an evening about the great pianist/composer Florence Price at the Page-Walker Art & History Center, Cary, NC

In 1933, Florence Price was the first African-American classical composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra. Born in Arkansas in 1887, she earned a degree in piano and organ from Boston’s New England Conservatory, and soon after became head of the music department at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. The fascinating story of her life as a composer and educator and how she gained respect and prominence in classical music will be covered in a concert by acclaimed vocalist and composer Lenora Helm Hammonds. Using music interwoven with narration about the life and times of Florence Price, singer and instrumentalists present many of the most loved and some heretofore unfamiliar works of this great American artist.

Personnel:Singer, Pianist, Narrator, Cellist

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Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

Lenora in Concert: Live Recording of Big Band Album at Hayti Heritage Center

For the Love of Big Band - The Album

Be present at the live recording of the 7th recording of Lenora Zenzalai Helm. The concert will host a full compliment of musicians in a big band setting, including some of the most prominent jazz musicians today. The event will be fun and festive, and your participation at the concert will be on the final live recording. So come and clap hands and be happy with Lenora and the musicians to enjoy a rousing evening of big band jazz. The concert will feature arrangements from Stanley Cowell, Cecil Bridgewater, Lydia Salett Dudley, Maurice Myers, Brian Horton, Aaron Hill and of course Lenora. Special guests will include the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The entire concert is engineered by master engineer Rob “Wacko” Hunter. This event is not to be missed!

Tickets are $25 to attend the concert. (You can also elect to choose other levels of support for the concert and recording at the link below)

Tickets are ONLY available at this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nccuvje/for-the-love-of-big-band-the-album?ref=user_menu

Directions to purchase ticket to concert: Click above link to go to the Kickstarter page. Click on “Back This Project”( green button), then scroll down to find the $25 “Ticket to Live Concert Recording”.

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Feb
14
8:00 AM08:00

NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble Black History Month event at Trinity School of Durham. and Chapel Hill

North Carolina Central University’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Lenora Helm Hammonds will perform songs in commemoration of Black History Month, including short lectures on cultural icons of African descent.

Contact The Trinity School

Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
4011 Pickett Road, Durham, NC27705
919-402-8262 Phone
919-402-0762 Fax

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Feb
1
8:00 AM08:00

Black History Month event at The Duke School w/ NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble

North Carolina Central University’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Lenora Helm Hammonds will perform songs in commemoration of Black History Month, including short lectures on cultural icons of African descent.

Contact The Duke School if interested in attending.

The Duke School

3716 ERWIN ROAD, DURHAM, NC 27705  
PH:(919) 493-1827 • FAX: (919) 419-1185

www.DukeSchool.org

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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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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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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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