Charlottesville resident Roland Wiggins is one of the greatest jazz theoreticians of our time. And while he's shared his knowledge with some of the most famous names in jazz (John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, to name just a couple), a spirit of self-expression and generosity is what has come to define his storied career. Photo by Amy and Jackson Smith

Hitting the right note: Jazz legend Roland Wiggins reflects on a lifetime of musical expression

Roland Wiggins taught his first music lesson when he was in elementary school. He was about 10 years old, and his music teacher, Helen Derrick, had written a series of notes and chord intervals on the chalkboard. As the lesson progressed, Wiggins noticed that Derrick had made a mistake. “Excuse me, Ms. Derrick. You’ve made […]

Paul H. Cale Elementary School is now one step closer to having a new name. (Photo: Staff Photo)

What’s in a name?: Behind the recommendation to rename Cale Elementary

By Ali Sullivan The final meeting lasted just a few minutes.  After months of investigation, an advisory committee determined that Paul H. Cale Elementary School—named after a former Albemarle County Public Schools superintendent—should change its name. The recommendation comes nearly four months after the Cale Advisory Committee’s first meeting and almost a year since Lorenzo […]