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(Published: August 24, 2012)

The Carolina Jazz Connection with Larry Reni Thomas, a lecture which highlights the fact that there are over seventy-five (75) jazz personalities who are native North Carolinians, will be presented, September 20, 2012, at 6 p.m., at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, at The Upperman African-American Cultural Center, as a part of The Upperman Africana/Studies Lecture And Film Series.

Thomas, a writer/radio announcer based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a native Wilmingtonian, has worked at seven radio stations, and spent almost a decade (1984-93) hosting late night jazz on Wilmington's public radio station, WHQR-FM. He has also produced "The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan," a critically-acclaimed audio documentary on Shallotte, North Carolina native, Helen Morgan, who was married to the late trumpet sensation Lee Morgan. In addition, he recently produced a four-part series audio documentary called "The Great North Carolina Jazz Intellectuals," which includes profiles of North Carolina natives John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone and Max Roach.

He is presently writing a book on The Barn, a Wilmington, North Carolina dance hall, where jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and other popular big bands performed during the 1940s and the 1950s. The Carolina Jazz Connection with Larry Reni Thomas has been presented at colleges, universities, libraries and public places throughout the East Coast, and is scheduled to be a part of The Jazz Education Network Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in January 2013.

Thomas is host of "Sunday Night Jazz" on WCOM-FM, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, a member The Triangle Jazz Listening Group, former member of the board of directors of The Triangle Jazz Society, and The North Carolina Jazz Network, and was recently added to The Critics List of the latest Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll. He is a regular contributor to jazz times.com and jazz corner.com.

For more information about The Carolina Jazz Connection With Larry Reni Thomas call: (910) 962-3832 or e-mail at: upperman@uncw.edu or go to:http://uncw.edu/upperman/lectureseries.html. The Upperman African-American Cultural Center is located on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Fisher University Union, Room 2021. The lecture is co-sponsored by The Cape Fear Jazz Society.

More Information: http://uncw.edu/upperman/lectureseries.html

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