We will be taking the music series online!
The series celebrates the rich heritage of African American musicians with ties to Eastern North Carolina, with artist director, Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr., house band and a special monthly guest artist. The music series is part of the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the counties of Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson. There is a guidebook and a website where you can learn more at, www.AfricanAmericanMusicNC.com.
Location: Facebook Live at 7pm
Artistic Director: Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr.
Join us for a Virtual Concert
on Friday, March 12
Featuring Reginald Bowens
ABOUT Reginald BowensCleveland native Reginald Bowens’ gifted art has wrought him an exceptional background over the years, working with accomplished artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Smokie Robinson, Kenny Loggins, and Kim Nazarian, to name a few. After completion of his undergraduate degree program at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University in 2011, he appeared on season three of NBC’s hit a cappella television show “The Sing-Off” as a vocal bass contestant, arranger, and music director with Afro-Blue.
Prof. Bowens is an accomplished arranger in the a cappella and jazz communities, and since he began “doodling” with Finale Notation Software in the seventh grade, while a student at Cleveland School of the Arts, his ability to create refreshing arrangements has flourished. In 2014 and 2015, his arrangements (and performances) brought him recognition in DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards.
After receiving his Master of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Prof. Bowens became a faculty member of the Jazz Studies program at Tri-C where he was the primary voice instructor and taught courses in traditional and jazz piano studies. In 2019, he joined the faculty at Cleveland State University as the instructor of jazz voice, which is an inaugural course of study in the School of Music. He has worked with iconic musical artists performing multiple genres and proving that music is a universal language in which he is fluent.
ABOUT CARROLL V. DASHIELL, JR.Artist Director
The North Carolina Arts Council, Pitt County Arts Council, Greenville-Pitt Convention & Visitor's Bureau has named Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr. Artistic Director of a new series, The African American Music Series. Carroll Dashiell is a native of Washington, D.C. A graduate of Howard University, with citations in Who's Who in Music and DownBeat Magazine, Carroll has been recognized for excellence in the music industry as a bassist, musical director/conductor and also as a composer/arranger. Affectionately known as CVD, he has been involved in academia for more than three decades serving as professor of music at the Saint Mary's College of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia and East Carolina University in North Carolina. CVD is the producer and writer of A Tribute to Motown Records, (a stage show and concert that celebrates some of the African-American's cultural contributions to the music industry, staged in the tradition of the famous touring Motown Review) that is selling out theaters and venues nation-wide. In addition to composing, writing and arranging, CVD is continuing performances as a jazz bassist and is very humbled to be the Founder and Director of the Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Festival, named in honor of his mentor.