NCCU Jazz Studies presents "Keep The Vision Alive," A Jazz Benefit Concert featuring Ellis Marsalis & Marcus Anderson. Also appearing are the NCCU Jazz Ensemble and NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
NCCU was the first university in the state to offer the Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. The program has now evolved to add a comprehensive vocal jazz component and the Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance. This concert will support the continuing activities of a historical and cultural landmark of North Carolina.
The Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University is under the leadership of saxophonist/flutist Ira Wiggins. NCCU Jazz Studies program offers study leading to the bachelor of music and master of music
Tickets go on sale Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10 am and start at $50. Visit www.carolinatheatre.org for more details.
Ellis Marsalis is known as both an accomplished, original jazz pianist and a jazz instructor who has helped shape some of the genre's most important new musicians. A figurehead of the jazz music revival in New Orleans in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Marsalis has enjoyed a career spanning almost four decades. After years of success playing in New Orleans clubs, Marsalis won nationwide recognition in the 1980s and 1990s when appreciation for his teaching skills led to numerous recordings. Patriarch of an internationally acclaimed musical family, Ellis Marsalis has become one of the most renowned music educators in the U.S. and is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans. Many leading jazz artists today such as Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Harry Connick, Jr., as well as his sons Wynton Jason, Delfeayo, and Branford all studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with Ellis.
One of the premiere saxophonists in the world, Marcus Anderson is not only a sought after solo artist, with eight albums to date, who performs to audiences all over the world, and who accompanies other great artists such as CeeLo Green and Judith Hill, but he is also known as being a featured saxophonist with the late Prince's New Power Generation. In addition to being a sax maestro, Marcus plays the flute, sings, writes, dances, produces and arranges music; his talent is undeniable to most audiences and to his peers. As if that wasn't enough, his recent accomplishments include ranking #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and SirusXM Radio Watercolors.
Marcus recently became a key contributor to CeeLo Green's tour band, traveling internationally with the Love Train Tour. Marcus is no stranger to notoriety touring often with his own band both as a recording artist and performer. Marcus' eight albums to date include his three produced in the past two years. The "Marcus Anderson Xperience...M.A.X. Live in Concert" is a limited edition CD celebrating Marcus's tenth anniversary performing and recording as a solo act. The CD, AND Coffee, is an ode to and for coffee lovers, celebrating the launch of Marcus's recent coffee brand of the same name
www.ANDproducts.net. The single, "A Cup of Joe," received the highest honors as #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and #1 on SirusXM Radio Watercolors.
Recently, Marcus released, My Inspiration, his first solo inspirational CD.Marcus has played with several headliners during guest appearances on well-noted shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Arsenio Hall Show, Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. He is a veteran and audience favorite at such notable festivals as the Essence Music Festival, Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, and more.
Marcus has a strong international presence and his 2015 MAX Tour - London performances were received to rave reviews. The package Marcus brings on stage, with his showmanship and sheer jubilance, electrifies audiences everywhere. In a note, Marcus has taken his traditional smooth jazz roots and infused his music with R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin and funky grooves.
Marcus studied with Branford Marsalis, Dr. Ira Wiggins and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years. He achieved many accolades along the way, including a North Carolina Gospel Announcers' Prestige Award for Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year, thus displaying his musical diversity. He has performed for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson, amongst other dignitaries. He has also toured with Judith Hill, Sheila E, Liv Warfield and Anthony Hamilton.
As a solo artist, Marcus has been honored to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Esperanza Spaulding, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin, Jennifer Holiday and The Sax Pack.