The State of Things
10:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Spartan Jazz Collective Performs Music By Jazz Legend Max Roach

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The Spartan Jazz Collective from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is made up of students and faculty.

The group will perform a retrospective of work by percussionist composer and native North Carolinian Max Roach. The Spartan Jazz Collective is Chad Eby, Melvin Holland, Evan Ringel, Jonathan Wiseman, Thomas Linger, Aaron Gross, Kassem Williams, and Dr. Neeraj Mehta.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Roundtable Examines Issues Of the Week

Branford Marsalis, Arlie Petters, and Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abenyi join the State of Things for the roundtable conversation.
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Distinguished guest join our weekly roundtable

On this week’s roundtable, a jazz great, a leading string theory mathematician and an accomplished writer share their diverse perspectives on the latest headlines. They’ll discuss a range of issues from the latest Middle East update to the challenges facing minorities in higher education. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Evolution of the Music of Branford Marsalis

Jazz great Branford Marsalis joins the State of Things to speak about his work.
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Branford Marsalis about the evolution of his music

Grammy-award winning artist Branford Marsalis is one of the world’s leading jazz artists. In a career spanning more than three decades, the saxophonist has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music across an array of genres. 

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Foodie Musician Gathers Huge Ensemble, Releases Album

D-Town Brass Performance
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Composers Andy McGowan and Bob Pence talk about their band D-Town Brass and preview their new cd's

  Andy McGowan is making his mark on Durham with the restaurant Geer Street Garden, but by night, he and, sometimes, 15 of his closest friends form D-Town Brass and jam until the early hours. They’ve just released two albums, “UR” and “Golden Belt.”

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

North Carolina Central University Hosts Its 23rd Annual Jazz Festival

Benny Golson
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Jazz Department Director Ira Wiggins and musician Benny Golson talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a preview of the NCCU Jazz Festival

North Carolina Central University became the first university in the state to offer a jazz degree in 1977. The university has since been a force on a state and national level in keeping the jazz scene alive.

The university is now throwing its 23rd annual Jazz Festival this week. Ira Wiggins, director of their jazz department, founded the festival in 1990 with hopes of creating a space for students to meet and learn from seasoned jazz musicians. This year the festival features jazz artists Carl Allen and Benny Golson. Benny Golson is a world-renowned saxophonist, composer, and producers.  Ira Wiggins and Benny Golson join Host Frank Stasio to talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a sneak peek of the festival.

The State Of Things
10:08 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How Gary Brunotte Is Bringing Jazz To Durham

Gary Brunotte
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A conversation with and live performance by Gary Brunotte Jazz Trio.

Organist Gary Brunotte has been playing music since he picked up an accordion at age 9. He went on to study and teach at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has been writing, arranging, performing and recording ever since. 

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State of Things
10:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Celebrating Coltrane


John Coltrane’s music blossomed during his time in Philadelphia and New York, but his roots are in High Point, NC where he played music at church and in the high school band.

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State of Things
10:37 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Art of Cool


One year ago, a jazz advocacy program called the Art of Cool Project started having a monthly concert series at an art gallery in Durham.  Today, that project has expanded to Raleigh and is living up to its mission of creating spaces for jazz artists to perform and supporting musicians financially.

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State of Things
10:41 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Yolanda Rabun


There was never any doubt that Yolanda Rabun was cut out for the spotlight. She attended a performing arts high school in Atlanta, GA where she honed her singing and acting skills.  She continued to perform while attending law school where she soon learned that the courtroom is just another kind of theater.

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State of Things
11:52 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Marsalis on Mirth and Melancholy

Branford Marsalis
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Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is a living legend in the jazz music world. The Grammy Award-winner has been busy with composing original music for the Broadway production of “Mountaintop,” a narrative that imagines the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before his assassination in Memphis, TN.

Marsalis also just completed production on a new album called “Songs of Mirth and Melancholy,” a collaboration with pianist Joey Calderazzo, a fellow Durham resident. This week, Marsalis will be honored with a North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor.

He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the latest achievements in his esteemed career.

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