NCCU Jazz Ensemble Takes Top Prize

Congratulations to the North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble for winning the Jack Rudin Jazz Championship competition at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. The two-day competition featured ensembles from ten of the country’s most well-regarded university jazz programs. NCCU was the only HBCU competing in this year’s competition.

Besides winning first place, the Eagles ensemble also took home an award of $10,000.

The awardees were selected by a panel of judges comprised of distinguished jazz musicians and educators: Wynton Marsalis, Jeff Hamilton, Ted Nash, Catherine Russell and Bijon Watson.