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NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
March 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
NCCU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1992, and is comprised of undergraduate and graduate student vocalists with backgrounds from all over the globe. The award-winning ensemble’s sound is steeped in the American jazz tradition, and the group continues to be noted for their diverse repertoire and performance acumen. The North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble debuted their first full-length recording, Arrival, in 2010. Arrival emerged as a culmination of years of performing under the tutelage of then director, Mr. Arnold George, jazz studies department director, Dr. Ira Wiggins, and Lenora Helm Hammonds who joined in 2005. VJE is often accompanied by, and performs arrangements from NCCU jazz faculty pianist/arranger Ed Paolantonio. Other distinctions for the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble include being chosen as the first vocal ensemble invited to perform at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Additionally, the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble was the recent on-air guest, performing live on RealJazz on Sirius XM Radio in New York City with host Mark Ruffin. Finally, Members of the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble were featured guest artists at the 2015 and 2016 Aruba International Jazz. The 2015/2016 academic year marked the 10-year anniversary of VJE director Lenora Helm Hammonds with North Carolina Central University, and in celebration the ensemble will release a new recording in Spring 2017 entitled Take Note. The new recording includes favorites from the vocal jazz standard repertoires of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Take 6. Produced by Lenora Helm Hammonds and Dr. Ira Wiggins, Take Note will be a recording to celebrate the talented students of the NCCU Jazz Studies program
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