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Free Community Concerts Slated in Greenville & Rocky Mount

Raleigh, N.C. (March 2, 2020) — The North Carolina Arts Council and partners in Greenville and Rocky Mount will present free concerts that celebrate eastern North Carolina’s vibrant African American musical heritage this spring.

Greenville native Billy Taylor, a jazz pianist and National Medal of Arts recipient, came back home to play at East Carolina University and inspired the jazz program there. Rocky Mount is the birthplace of internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk.

Both musicians are among the many documented in the “African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina,” a guidebook to eight eastern counties.

Here are the details about these FREE concerts:

March 13 / CANCELLED
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge
404 Evans St., Greenville, N.C.
First set: 7 p.m.; second set: 8:30 p.m.
North Carolina Heritage Award recipient Bill Myers, on piano, will join Carroll V. Dashiell Jr.’s house band.
April 10
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge
404 Evans St., Greenville, N.C.
This month head on over to East Carolina University to support the Billy Taylor Jazz Festival, scheduled April 22 to 25. Check out the line-up here: https://music.ecu.edu/billy-taylor-jazz-festival/
May 8
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge
404 Evans St., Greenville, N.C.
First set: 7 p.m.; second set: 8:30 p.m.
Vaughn Ambrose, on saxophone, joins Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr.’s house band.
May, 9   
Rocky Mount Mills
115 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, N.C.
7 p.m.
Join The Soul Music Initiative, for an evening that showcases the styles of music rooted in eastern North Carolina: jazz, funk, and rhythm, and blues.
June 13
Rocky Mount Mills
115 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, N.C.
7:30 p.m
Join Faith Harmony and the Dedicated Men of Zion for an evening of Southern soul and gospel.
For more information, visit www.NCArts.org.