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NCCU Brings Jazz Festival To The Triangle For 28th Year

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North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) 28th Annual Jazz Festival is drawing near, bringing five days of festivities featuring NCCU’s Jazz Studies Program. Jazz favorites Nate Smith and the Russell Malone Quartet are among the headliners named for the festival, scheduled for April 23-28. A ser

ies of musical concerts will be offered for jazz and music enthusiasts of all ages.

This year’s lineup will include jazz concerts with accomplished musicians from the NCCU Jazz Studies Program and the nation. All events are free and open to the public with the exception of Friday and Saturday night concerts, which require tickets.

The festival will kick off with the NCCU Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Combos Concert at 7 pm, Monday, April 23, at B.N. Duke Auditorium on NCCU’s campus. NCCU Jazz Program faculty will perform a live concert at 7 pm, Tuesday, April 24, in the B.N. Duke Auditorium.

At 7 pm on Wednesday, April 25, the NCCU Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Combos will perform a special concert in B.N. Duke Auditorium.

NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble will open for renowned jazz artists Nate Smith and Kinfolk at 8 pm on Friday, April 27, in the PSI Theater at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC.

The Russell Malone Quartet will conclude the festivities with a performance with an opening set by the NCCU Jazz Ensemble at 8 pm on Saturday, April 28, also at the PSI Theater.

Individual tickets for the Friday and Saturday night concerts can be purchased at the NCCU Box Office or via the link here. Weekend ticket packages are available for $40.

NCCU was the first university in the state to offer the Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies. The program now includes a comprehensive vocal jazz component and offers a Master of Music in both jazz composition and jazz performance. Alumni from the Jazz Studies Program include professors at the college and university levels, teachers of primary and secondary music education, as well as production and performance artists.

For more information, please contact Ira Wiggins, at or 919-530-7214, Lenora Helm Hammonds at or 919-530-6653 or Baron Tymas at

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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