The impetus for the first collaboration between CUAB and WXYC came from a famous jazz musician.
While Googling himself, jazz pianist Matthew Shipp discovered that UNC radio station WXYC frequently plays his music. He asked the station to help him find a venue to perform in the area.
“We were so pleased that he contacted us,” said Karina Soni, outreach coordinator for WXYC.
“We were flattered, because it’s an artist we really appreciate, and he saw that and wants to perform.”
Soni said the station jumped at the chance to bring Shipp and his current bandmates to the Chapel Hill area — but they didn’t have the funding to do it themselves.
So Soni asked Evan Allan, music chairman for the Carolina Union Activities Board, if the organization would collaborate with WXYC for the first time.
Allan said he was happy to help.
“That type of jazz isn’t represented on campus at a lot,” he said.
Ultimately, CUAB secured the funding — about $5,000 — and WXYC publicized the event.