JABU GRAYBEAL is a 16 year old dancer from Pittsboro NC. He has been a member of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble directed by Gene Medler for the past 7 years. This summer Jabu was accepted to study at the tap dance program at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts and was the first tapper to be accepted by the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival. He was featured in the December 2017 issue of Dance Spirit magazine as one of five up and coming tap dancers to watch out for. Jabu has performed with several local artists including Pierce Freelon and The Beast, and jazz trumpeter Al Strong.
ChamberSoul cellist & singer-songwriter. Weaver of melodic, rhythmic song-story tapestries. Jazz and 80’s music lover. Recording artist. Teaching artist. Arts in Education advocate. Artist fellow. Grant recipient. Improvisor. Collaborator. Community Conduit. — shanatucker.com
DARRELL STOVER – poet, cultural historian, science communicator, and public intellectual has a long record of community building through direct action, performance, teaching, documenting, and celebrating African diasporic heritage and struggle. His most popular class at North Carolina State University is Black Popular Culture: From the Blues to Afrofuturism. His favorite word is the Kwanzaa principle “KUJICHAGULIA” – Self Determination.
ALEX WEISS & DIFFERENT DRUM is a versatile ensemble, based in Raleigh/Durham North Carolina, that takes the rich ethnic sounds of Africa & Latin America and blends them with original compositions & jazz standards.