NCCU jazzes up festival

August 9, 2009 6:04:32 PM PDT
North Carolina Central University's Jazz Ensemble took part in a jazz festival in Newport, Rhode Island over the weekend.Students played before thousands at the George Wein's CareFusion Jazz Festival 55.

The event is one of the oldest annual jazz festivals. It started in 1954, and is where Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and others made music history.

Click here to view images from the event The band was invited to play at the event four months ago.

Members told a local publication that the experience was surreal.

The group headed back to the Triangle on Sunday.