School of Music

Friends of Jazz

Scott Sawyer's late night session with jazz students.

Welcome to the ECU School of Music Friends of Jazz!

In Memoriam: Clyde T. Mallison, Jr. ( "Tom the Jazzman"), 1940-2015

President, ECU School of Music Friends of Jazz, 2008-2015; Past President, 2015

Our purpose is to improve awareness of and financial support for the School of Music Jazz Studies Program. We invite you to join us. Please click on our Membership form!



Jazz Studies program (Faculty, Upcoming Jazz Events, Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Degree, Audition Information, Guest Artists)

Listen to the ECU Jazz Ensemble "A"!

The 2017 Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Concert will be held Friday, April 21.
More information forthcoming.

Jazz events at East Carolina University:

(2015 event: November 8, 2015: Battle of the Bands, featuring the Starlight Dance Band, from Goldsboro, and the Emerald City Big Band, from Greenville; a fundraiser for ECU Jazz Studies scholarships.) See selected photos below.

2016 events:

February 25, TOMTHEJAZZMAN Scholarship Benefit, featuring Guest Artist Jiggs Whigham, with the Jazz Faculty. Event was held at The Martinsborough, Jefferson Blount-Harvey Building, 330 Evans Street, Greenville, NC. (See selected photos below.) Facebook users may click here for photos from the benefit.

2017 Events:

Special Notice: February 18-19, the East Carolina University Jazz Ensemble "A" and the Billy Taylor Combo will perform at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD this Saturday (the "A" band at 4 p.m.) and Sunday (the BT Combo at 2 p.m.) Click on this link to view the full schedule.

February 25, Senior Recital, Alex Ilgenfritz, (Saxophone). Fletcher Music Building, Room B110, 5:00 p.m.

March 28, Senior Recital, Devin Frazier, (Guitar). Fletcher Music Building, Room B105, 9:00 p.m.

April 8, Senior Recital, Samantha Kunz, (Voice). Fletcher Music Building, Recital Hall, 5:00 p.m.

April 17, Jazz Combos Concert, Fletcher Music Building, Room B110, 8:00 p.m.

April 18, Senior Recital, Casey Overton, (Guitar). Fletcher Music Building, Recital Hall., 9:00 p.m.

April 19, Jazz Ensemble (B) Concert, Fletcher Music Building, Room B110, 8:00 p.m.

April 20, "TomtheJazzman"Scholarship Benefit, featuring contemporary jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell, with the ECU Jazz faculty,7:00-10:00 p.m; Student combo, 7:00-8:00 p.m. The Martinsborough, 330 Evans St., Greenville. Spirits, butlered hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Tickets available from Central Ticket Office March 15.

April 21, Dr. Billy Taylor Gala Concert, Wright Auditorium, 8:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Mr. Dashiell, 252-328-6240.

Recitals by Jazz Studies majors and other students in jazz combos are listed in the School of Music events calendar at To verify School of Music events, please call 252-328-6851.

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Webmaster: Michael G. Cotter

Ed Wheatley, at Battle of the Bands

Carroll Dashiell's tribute to Tom the Jazzman