Dec. 19, 2023  


Leha Byrd

ECSU Communications and Marketing  

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Elizabeth City, N.C. – The Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Community Connections Performance and Lecture Series will host, “A Tribute to Max Roach - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra” with Wynton Marsalis. Jazz Vocalist Shenel Johns will also be part of the event performances.

The show is 7 p.m., Jan. 24, 2024 in the university’s Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center. Early bird tickets are now on sale through Jan. 15 and are $45. General admission tickets are on sale Jan. 16-24 for $55. All seating is open. For accessible seating options, email

The event serves as a springboard for the Max Roach Centennial Celebration and Music Festival, hosted by the ECSU Department of Music and Visual Arts, scheduled for April 11-13, 2024. Roach was an African American drummer, composer and band leader acclaimed for his instrumentation and jazz prowess. He died in 2007.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity for the community to experience such stellar performers in the jazz realm,” said Kevin Wade, associate vice chancellor for Student, Alumni, and Constituent Engagement.

Community Connections events are sponsored and supported by a combination of ECSU student fees, a private donation from Trustee Phyllis Bosomworth, Microsoft, First Citizens Wealth Management, Duke Energy Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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