Music Series


The Second Friday of each month!

Cost: Free

Location: Emerge Gallery & Art Center, 404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858

Artistic Director: Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr.

7:00 pm First Set
8:30 pm Second Set

Next Concert Date: Friday, March 10th - This concert will feature musical guest, Dr. Ira Wiggins with CVD and House Combo.


ABOUt Dr. ira wiggins

As a saxophonist/flutist, Dr. Ira Wiggins is a highly respected musician and educator with 15 albums to his credit as a sideman and soloist. He has shared the stage with Jimmy Heath, Grady Tate, Frank Foster, Nnenna Freelon, Fred Wesley, Slide Hampton, Louie Bellson, Vanessa Rubin, Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis and has been a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. Dr.Wiggins is a recipient of the Walter J. Norfleet Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts by an Artist and the UNC-Greensboro Jazz Education Service Award.

Dr. Ira Wiggins, Director of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University, holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received a Master of Music in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B. A. in Music Education from North Carolina Central University.


  • September 9, 2016 - CVD Jam featuring Rochelle Rice, vocalist
  • October 14, 2016 - Marcus Parker and presentation about Melvin Parker *postponed to May 12, 2016 due to effects of Hurricane Matthew.
  • November 11, 2016 - Christie Dashiell and CDQ (NC CD Release Performance)
  • January 13, 2017 - Vaughn Ambrose and Mitch Butler with CVD and House Combo
  • February 10, 2017 - Allyn Johnson, (Black History Month Celebration performing solo piano/performing music of Dr. Billy Taylor)
  • March 10, 2017 - Ira Wiggins, saxophone (with CVD and House Combo)
  • April 14, 2017 - Carroll Dashiell and The CVD Ensemble performing contemporary and standard jazz
  • May 12, 2017 - Marcus Parker and presentation about Melvin Parker



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, DC. A graduate of Howard University, with citations in Who's Who in Music and Down Beat 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 performance as 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.

A special thank you to our sponsors.
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