Leo Jenkins with the Dave Brubeck band

Leo Jenkins with the Dave Brubeck band
East Carolina College President Leo W. Jenkins on stage with three members of the Dave Brubeck Quartet of jazz musicians including Joe Morello on drums, Eugene Wright on double bass, and Dave Brubeck on piano. The Dave Brubeck Quartet featured the first African American to perform on the East Carolina campus. Date approximated.
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john a tucker Jul 06 2018

This picture is from the 1963 Buccaneer, p. 103, where the Brubeck concert is featured as the major event of the entertainment series. The picture, taken on Jan. 24, 1963, shows President Leo Jenkins presenting Brubeck band members with awards given them by Down Beat magazine, a jazz magazine. The awards were based on the 1962 Readers' poll. The event was reported in The East Carolinian, January 22, 1963.

Kacy Guill Feb 01 2013

In the Fall of 1957, the Student Government Association invited the Dave Brubeck Quartet to play at East Carolina College. By the time the performance occurred in February 1958, Dave Brubeck’s bass player had been replaced by Eugene Wright. Since he was African American, Eugene Wright was not permitted to play on stage at ECC, but required to perform from off stage. In response, the Student Government Association petitioned ECC President John Messick for permission to invite any entertainment they chose without consideration of race. The Board of Trustees granted permission.

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