North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble

NCCU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1992, and is comprised of undergraduate and graduate student vocalists with backgrounds from all over the globe. The award-winning ensemble’s sound is steeped in the American jazz tradition, and the group continues to be noted for their diverse repertoire and performance acumen. The North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble debuted their first full-length recording, Arrival, in 2010. Arrival emerged as a culmination of years of performing under the tutelage of then director, Mr. Arnold George, jazz studies department director, Dr. Ira Wiggins, and Lenora Helm Hammonds who joined in 2005. VJE is often accompanied by, and performs arrangements from NCCU jazz faculty pianist/arranger Ed Paolantonio.