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North Carolina Central University
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NCCU is a comprehensive institution, which offers bachelor's degrees in more than 100 fields of study and awards graduate degrees in an estimated 40 disciplines. The university has a state-of-the-art biotechnology research institute, which collaborates wi
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â€˜Soul of Our Nation is on Trial,â€™ Civil Rights Leader William Barber Tells NCCU Grads | WNCU 90.7 FM Jazz Radio
Dr. Ira T. Wiggins, longtime director of NCCU's renowned Jazz Studies program, received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
North Carolina Central University plans ...
North Carolina Central University plans three new releases -- one each by the Big Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, said Ira Wiggins, director of NCCU's Jazz Studies program.
The new releases will be unveiled at the 11th Annual Fall Guest Artist Series concert, Nov. 19 in B.N. Duke Auditorium.
Ira Wiggins, director of ...
Ira Wiggins, director of Jazz Studies at NCCU, said various music concentrations were brought into one degree program called Bachelor of Music.
Those concentrations include music education and ethnomusicology, as well as jazz.
The realignment of the program will help enhance enrollment numbers and ensure the survival of the various music specialties according to UNC criteria, Wiggins said.
The changes go into effect in 2016-17.
While the standalone undergraduate jazz degree is being phased out, the master's degree remains.
The jazz curriculum is not being cut, and the faculty and staff remain intact, Wiggins
"continues to be dedicated to fostering a quality education, shaping the future of aspiring musicians, and maintaining the integrity of this great art form."
"He brought the New York vibe ...
"He brought the New York vibe here," said Ira Wiggins, director of jazz studies at N.C. Central University.
Mr. Jeffrey "took me under his wings," when Wiggins first came to NCCU in 1986, Wiggins said.
Issue 134, INTERVIEW with Dr. Ira ...
Issue 134, INTERVIEW with Dr. Ira Wiggins
As soon as the first few notes issued forth from my speakers, I knew that Ira was someone I wanted to interview... not only because he's the Director of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University (NCUU), but because his playing felt so "natural"...
I want to thank both the promoter and Dr. Wiggins
, not only for pulling this insightful and revealing interview together, but for doing it in such a short time span.
Read on and learn more about this excellent jazz educator & player!
Oh, you can purchase this CD, "When Freedom Swings", at CD Baby
(as well as Amazon
& other outlets)
Zzaj: Our readers love to get to know artists we interview here on a kind of "personal" basis; please give us a spontaneous "bio" of where you came from, where you grew up, where you've been & where you believe you're going.
: I grew up in small farming community in rural Grifton, North Carolina where my parents were sharecroppers.
: Most of these recordings happened after I returned to teach at NCCU
: In the current educational and cultural climate in the United States much of the emphasis is being placed on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines.
: Growing up, my strongest musical influence was the family.
: There are various levels of talent from genius to very little.
: There are plans to record the NCCU Big Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble during the 2013-14 academic year.
: My parents bought me a drum set at age five because they noticed that
I would often sit and watch Robert practice on the porch.
This was the equivalent of a toy set but it was functional.
From that point, every time that Robert would practice, I would set up beside him whether he
wanted me to or not (again, in the way).
Ira: I spent six years in Richmond, Virginia pursuing a Masters in Performance at VCU, teaching and performing in local clubs (1980- 86).
: I feel comfortable in the classroom and the stage equally especially when I am prepared.
: In many cases, music chooses you for a career.