Music Series


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.

Cost: Free

Location: Emerge Gallery & Art Center

Artistic Director: Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr.

Schedule for Fall 2021:

  • November 12 - Baron Tymas
  • January 14
  • February 11 - Duo Jazz Voice & Solo Piano Music: Christie Dashiell and Allyn Johnson
  • March 11 - Dr. Clarence Knight and William Ford
  • May 13

Check out our past performances here!

Donate to the music series.


ABOUT Baron Tymas

Baron Tymas is a guitarist, composer, and Interim Chair of the Department of Music at North Carolina Central University. He performs regularly with his own groups and those of others. He is privileged to have played with many world-class artists, and has released three cd's as a leader. His 2017 cd release, Montréal, is a collection of original compositions dedicated to life in that beautiful city. His two previous CDs are Insight at Midnight (2009) and Blues for the Tribe (2007). His performances include dates with Branford Marsalis, René Marie, Dennis Chambers, Yoron Isreal, Black Sheep reggae band, NC Symphony Orchestra, NC Theatre, NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra, F.R.E.N.S. and many other great musicians.

A Washington, DC native, Baron earned a master of music and a bachelor of arts in English from Howard University.



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.

A special thank you to our presenting sponsor and sponsors.

Presented by:
First Flight
Sponsored by:

Christie Martin and Randall Martoccia
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