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Dr. Ira T. Wiggins

Wrong Dr. Ira T. Wiggins?

Director of Jazz Studies

North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham , North Carolina 27707
United States

Company Description: 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....   more

Employment History


  • Ph.D. , Music Education
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B. A. , Music Education
    North Carolina Central University
  • Master of Music , Performance
    Virginia Commonwealth University
92 Total References
Web References
‘Soul of Our Nation is on Trial,’ Civil Rights Leader William Barber Tells NCCU Grads | WNCU 90.7 FM Jazz Radio, 6 April 2015 [cached]
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 ..., 20 Aug 2010 [cached]
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.
"He brought the New York vibe ..., 20 Mar 2015 [cached]
"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 ..., 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
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.
Ira: I grew up in small farming community in rural Grifton, North Carolina where my parents were sharecroppers.
Ira: Most of these recordings happened after I returned to teach at NCCU.
Ira: 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.
Ira: Growing up, my strongest musical influence was the family.
Ira: There are various levels of talent from genius to very little.
Ira: There are plans to record the NCCU Big Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble during the 2013-14 academic year.
Ira: 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).
Ira: I feel comfortable in the classroom and the stage equally especially when I am prepared.
Ira: In many cases, music chooses you for a career.
CD Reviews - Jazz Society of Oregon, 1 July 2013 [cached]
When Freedom Swings; Ira Wiggins, tenor sax and flutes. The title of this two CD set suggests that jazz, as an art form, equates to the ideals of democracy. It is improvisational music with contributions from various players, all within a certain established boundary. Wiggins, Director of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University, has gathered a group of outstanding players to play (mostly) his own compositions on CD #1, and those of others on #2. Wiggins possesses a classic, swinging approach on tenor and an understated, subtle touch on flute. He's the kind of tenor player who would have become "big time" in 1950s New York.
Wiggins is a "major league" player who just happens to be one of those guys who's quite content being the big fish in the small pond. His two cd set is really what the jazz art is all about. Twiggs Music; 2012; CD #1: appx. 44 minutes; CD #2: appx. 52 minutes.
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