Larry Reni Thomas, a veteran jazz writer, radio announcer, and historian, will discuss the history of jazz in the Tar Heel State on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks.

The program, which is at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. It is part of the Cultural Crossroads program, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.

The "Carolina Jazz Connections" program consists of a series of interviews, stories and information about jazz in the state, such as the fact that 70 jazz notables were born in North Carolina.

Upcoming programs include:

  • Jan. 17, 2020: The Bread Family Tales, a collection of stories, photos, and foot-stomping music focusing on the daily life and struggles of a family living when Jim Crow laws and racism were prevalent. Storyteller Elisha Minter, affectionately known as "Mother Minter," narrates the tales from a historical point of view, sharing what life was like in North Carolina for farmers, parents, and children growing up in a time when "sto' bought bread" was a delicacy.
  • March 28, 2020: A look at the heroes and ne'er do wells that made North Carolina what it is today. All the stories recounted in the presentation are from the book “Scoundrels, Rogues, and Heroes of the Old North State” by Dr. H.G. Jones, edited by Randell Jones.
  • April 25, 2020: The Elizabeth City State University Jazz Ensemble performs, and Douglas A. Jackson, the ensemble’s director, will present a talk on Max Roach, renowned jazz drummer from Pasquotank County.

All events are at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks, 832 Herbert Perry Road, Kitty Hawk.

For more information, call 252- 261-2801.


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