Carolina Jazz Connections speaker comes to the Outer Banks

Published 5:07 am Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks is proud to host veteran jazz writer and broadcaster Larry Reni Thomas as the inaugural presenter for their Cultural Crossroads Series on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

Larry Reni Thomas, M.A., will bring his extensive knowledge of North Carolina jazz artists and music to the UUCOB Meeting House as Cultural Crossroads begins its second year this fall. The series aims to draw residents of the Outer Banks to a series of presentations on relevant and provocative topics that promote cross-cultural awareness and diversity, including three speakers who are part of the Road Scholars Program sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council. The series will feature a variety of presentations from this November through April 2020 and is free and open to the public.

Thomas’s colorful career has spanned close to three decades and has included stints at seven mostly non-commercial radio stations, including WHQR-FM, WNCU-FM and WCOM-FM, where he is presently host of Sunday Night Jazz. He has written for Downbeat, Urban Journal and Dubbed “Dr. Jazz” by musician Brother Yusuf Salim, Thomas, who is the host and producer of The Carolina Jazz Connection, considers himself foremost “a gentleman and a scholar and a servant of the people.” This will be Thomas’s first visit to the Outer Banks.

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His Nov. 2 program consists of a series of interviews, stories and information about the Carolina jazz connection. It is a refreshing and entertaining way to answer the puzzling and intriguing question: Why are there more than seventy jazz personalities who were born in North Carolina?

The UU Meetinghouse is located at 831 Herbert Perry Rd. on the corner of Kitty Hawk Rd. in Kitty Hawk. The Cultural Crossroads Series is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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