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NCCU/AAJC Jazz Partnership

The "NAJP" acronym stands for North Carolina Central University (NCCU) - African American Jazz Caucus (AAJC) Jazz Partnership (NCCUAAJCJAZZ PARTNERSHIP).

Ira Wiggins
Dr. Ira Wiggins, Director of Jazz Studies, North Carolina Central University

This collaboration was originally titled NAJRI (pronounced "NAHJZ-ree") and was originally formed in 2008 to combine the educational resources of NCCU with the professional resources and national scope of the AAJC.

Their aim was to create an additional forum to address the unique needs and challenges of jazz artists, educators and students within the African American community. The initial partnership was negotiated by NCCU's Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Ira Wiggins, and the AAJC's President, Dr. Larry Ridley.

The larger goal of the partnership is to serve as a forum for information and idea exchange between professional performers, educators, teaching artists, and others in the African-American jazz community. The purpose of the exchange is to develop unique educational programs and initiatives that would foster development of jazz education in general and the revitalization of local and regional jazz culture across the country.

One of the partnership's achievements has been two conventions that took place on the campus of NCCU in the spring semesters of 2007 and 2008. The conventions included workshops, master classes, lectures, panel discussions and various presentations by jazz students as well as experts with national and international recognition. There were performances by recognized jazz artists and jam sessions that provided interaction between students and veteran musicians. Additionally, a "North Carolina Jazz Hall of Fame" ceremony honored North Carolina-born jazz artists who had achieved national or international prominence.

During a period of fiscal austerity in following years, the NAJRI conventions were not held, and the relationship became somewhat dormant. However, there was communication and interaction between NCCU and the AAJC. In that time period, the AAJC leadership baton was passed from bassist and educator Dr. Larry Ridley to vocalist and educator Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, who is now working with NCCU to reinvigorate the partnership.

NAJP's vision for the future is to continue the work of the past while developing new programs and initiatives on the existing framework. Paramount in this goal is the organization of a NAJP symposium for 2018, scheduled for October 19-21. This "restart" will continue in the spirit of the past collaborations, taking this annual tradition into the future. All are invited to join us on our journey. Stay tuned!

TR Martin
Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, current AAJC President

Register for the Symposium

To register for the 2018 NAJP HBCU/PBI Jazz Education Symposium, please fill out the Registration Form.

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Call for Presentations

The restart of the NCCU/AAJC Jazz Partnership aims to bring the same stimulation and exchange of information and ideas that characterized the previous collaborations.

To this end, we are inviting submissions for presentations from participants for this years' convention. Please complete the online submission form via the link provided. The submission deadline is July 1, 2018.

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