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Jazz Picks: June 23-June 29, 2017

My Jazz Picks This Week

Orquesta GarDel

Friday, June 23rd 6-8PM @ Durham Central Park

Durham Central Park debuts its NEW free 10-week concert series in June 23. Thoroughly multinational but uniquely North Carolinian, Orquesta GarDel thrills audiences with a high-energy Latin dance music experience. The monstrous thirteen-member lineup replicates the format of a classic Nuyorican salsa dura ensemble – a full deck of horn players, percussionists, and coro singers. Rooted in its own arrangements of songs from the great salsa, cumbia, and merengue artists, this is ultimately not a cover band. Food trucks and craft beer vendors to be announced.

For more information visit:

http://durhamcentralpark.org/event/orquesta-gardel/

Other highlights:

  • Friday, June 23rd

Gregg Gelb/Stephen Anderson Quartet @ Sharp Nine

Show: 8:00PM

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2952897

$10 student | $20 general

 

  • Friday, June 23rd

Jo Gore @ Beyu Caffe

Shows: 7:00PM & 9:00PM

Tickets http://beyucaffe.com/events/jo-gore-jazzsoulblues/

          $12 per show

 

  • Saturday, June 24th

Aaron Matson Quintet Nonet featuring Brandon Lee @ Sharp Nine

Show: 8:00PM

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2956866

$10 student | $20 general

 

  • Saturday, June 24th

Brevan Hampden @ C Grace Bar

Shows: 9:00PM

http://www.cgracebar.com/

$5 cover

 

  • Saturday, June 24th

Yolanda Rabun @ Beyu Caffe

Shows: 7:00PM & 9:00PM

Tickets http://beyucaffe.com/events/yolanda-rabun-jazzsoulrb/
          $18.50 per show

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz Picks: June 16-June 22, 2018

Feature Show: Banda Magda

Friday, June 16th 7 & 9PM show @ Beyu Caffe

Led by greek-born singer, accordionist, film scorer and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from baiao to jazz manouche, from Greek dance rhythms to samba beats. Their songs, sung in French (with forays into six other languages), hearken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematic arranging, and the lush chic of vintage French pop, all while drawing on the band’s global background. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show).

Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. The New York-based group unites an Esquivel-loving vibes player from Japan; an Argentinean jazz guitarist, a Nagasaki-born percussionist with contemporary classical cred; a hand drummer with every South American rhythm at his fingertips; and a rock-solid Greek multi-instrumentalist/bassist, all led by the sweet-voiced Giannikou. Together, these close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well discerning venues like Joe’s Pub, Celebrate Brooklyn, Millennium Stage-Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center and more.

For more information visit:

http://beyucaffe.com/events/banda-magda-global-jazz/

Other highlights:

  • Friday, June 16th

Ringel Jazz Collective @ Sharp Nine

Show: 8:00PM

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2952814

$10 student | $15 general

  • Saturday, June 17th

Donovan Cheatham @ Beyu Caffe

Shows: 7:00PM & 9:00PM

Tickets http://beyucaffe.com/events/donovan-cheatham-jazz-drummer-2/

$12 per show

  • Saturday, June 17th

Sidewalk Chalk x Zoocru @ Pinhook

Show: 8:00PM

Tickets http://www.thepinhook.com/event/1469524-art-cool-sidewalk-chalk-durham/

 $10 advance & $12 day of show

  • Wednesday, June 21st

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles @ The Pour House

Show: 9:00PM

Tickets http://www.thepinhook.com/event/1469524-art-cool-sidewalk-chalk-durham/

$20 advance, $25 day of show & $50 VIP

 

 

 

 

2.10.17 #SWDIC? Scott Tixier CD Release @ Beyu Caffe

I love breaking artists in the area. I've noticed that people love jazz violin here. Whether it is Black Violin, Damien Escobar or Daniel D. RDU sells out jazz violin concerts. 

Tonight virtuoso violinist, Scott Tixier comes to the area's best jazz club, Beyu Caffe for his Cosmic Adventure CD Release Concert. 

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2.6.17 #SWDIC? Bill Laurance x Eric Hirsh @ The Pour House

Tuesday, Feb 7 | 9pm | $12 advance | $15 day of

Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) @ The Pour House (Raleigh, NC)

Opener: Eric Hirsh (of The Beast)

Tickets here: http://thepourhousemusichall.com/event/bill-laurence-w-tba/

Bill Laurance: Grammy Award® winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy, Bill Laurance released his debut album Flint in 2014, and after going straight to No. 1 in the iTunes Jazz Charts, received international critical acclaim. His second album Swift was released on GroundUP Music in Spring 2015.

Classically trained, Bill has worked as a professional musician since he was 14, touring internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer and arranger, recording and or performing with artists including: David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, Musiq Soul Child, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Carlos Malta, Miss Dynamite and The Metropole Orchestra.

https://youtu.be/4-iY81_f4YI

Eric Hirsh Quartet: Pianist and composer Eric Hirsh can play pretty much anything you throw at him. When he’s not leading his jazz quartet (Aaron Hill on saxophone, Peter Kimosh on bass, and Stephen Coffman on drums), he’s helping drive the progressive hip-hop of The Beast or the salsa shake of Orquesta GarDel. His original compositions have a propulsive thrust that combines a minimalist drive with the complex, expressive melodies. He’s one of the area’s best.”

https://youtu.be/ETLycKTENRw

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26th Annual NCCU Jazz Festival

 

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will host the 26TH Annual Jazz Festival from Thursday, April 14 through Thursday, April 21. The festival will include a week of musical entertainment including concerts, lectures and workshops by remarkable Jazz artists. The festival will kick off with a jam session at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Beyu Caffe, 335 W. Main St. in Durham.

Renowned jazz vocalist Mary Stallings will accompany the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the B.N. Duke Auditorium on campus.

At 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, the NCCU Jazz Ensemble will perform a special concert with international Jazz artists “Sax Appeal,” featuring Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz and Donald Harrison.

For more information visit http://web.nccu.edu/jazzfestival/

 

Other highlights:

 

  • Friday, April 15

 

    Lauren Desberg @ Beyu Caffe

    Two shows: 8pm & 10pm

    Tickets $10 advance & $12 Door

 

 

  • Friday, April 15

 

    Duke Jazz Ensemble with John Fedchock (Trombone)

    8pm Show

    Tickets $10

 

 

  • Saturday, April 16

 

    Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola @ Beyu Caffe

    Two shows: 8pm & 10pm

    Tickets $18 advance & $22 Door

  

 

  • Wednesday, April 20

 

    ESPERANZA SPALDING PRESENTS: EMILY'S D+EVOLUTION @ The Carolina Theatre

    8pm

    Tickets start at $37