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Since 1988 coordinators of the annual spring jazz festival at NCCU have added - to the public's delight - more jazz performances and entertaining events.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Steven Bromberg Jazz Photo Exhibit opens

  • Thursday, April 14, through Thursday, April 21

Kickoff Jam Session at Beyu Caffé

  • 7 - 9:30 p.m.
  • 335 W. Main St., Durham, NC

Friday, April 15, 2016

Clinic and lecture with guest artist, vocalist Mary Stallings

  • Noon

Sarah Vaughan Stamp Dedication

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and the U.S. Postal Service will come together to dedicate the newly released Sarah Vaughan postage stamp.

Concert with guest artist, vocalist Mary Stallings and NCCU Jazz Ensemble

  • 8 p.m.
  • Opening performance by NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Ticket Required

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Clinic and lecture with Javon Jackson and Jimmy Heath

  • Noon

NCCU Jazz Studies Program and Salett Arts Center 5th Annual Student Jazz Competition

  • 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Adjudicated performances will feature middle and high school instrumentalists.

Concert with international guest artist Sax Appeal,

  • 8 p.m.
  • featuring Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz and Donald Harrison. Opening performance by NCCU Jazz Ensemble
  • Ticket required

Monday, April 18, 2016

Jazz Combos Concert

  • 7 p.m.
  • featuring student instrumentalists from NCCU's jazz studies program

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

5th Annual NCCU Vocal Jazz Summit and Workshops

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Guest artist, vocalist Jeri Brown presentation

  • 1 p.m.

Middle and high-school adjudication

  • 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

5th annual Vocal Jazz Summit Concert

  • 7 p.m.
  • Featuring guest artist, vocalist Jeri Brown and NCCU Jazz Studies Vocal soloists

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

African-American Music Trail Panel Discussion

  • 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

“Straight No Chaser:” Jazz Listening with Robert Trowers

  • 7 p.m.
  • Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC

Additional Info


  • Friday Concert with Mary Stallings: $20
  • Saturday Concert with Sax Appeal: $20
  • Weekend Package: $35 - Save $5 with the purchase of tickets for both Friday and Saturday performances.)
  • Student Tickets with ID: $10
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All events are in B.N. Duke Auditorium unless otherwise indicated. All events except Friday and Saturday night performances are free unless otherwise indicated. Free secure parking and free shuttle!

  • B.N. Duke Auditorium is located at 1851 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27707.
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