1. Eugene Chadbourne is one of a kind: Saw him for the first time Sunday night at Durham's Arcana, a complete pleasure listening to his versions of Monk, Ellington, Coleman, & Alice Coltrane, the last on banjo, the former on what looked like a custom electric 12-string. He was aided & abetted by saxophonist Annalise Stalls (aka She Who Keeps Her Light Under A Bushel Basket).
2. I just took the Carrboro Arts Center off the venue list because there's no jazz on their 2019-20 schedule, but I'll note any later scheduled jazz on my blog: However, they do have a great national/international roots/folk lineup!
3. Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz are going on sabbatical: They're moving in September to the SF Bay area for a year. Good for them; less so for us, but change is what happens. We've still got plenty of jazz to go around. I wish them well & will track them on her website & his Facebook.
This Week: Jazz is cool enough to defeat any heat...
- George Knott--who's started a quixotic Raleigh mayoral campaign--appears at Raleigh's Neptune's Parlour 8p. Not sure if the Atomic Rhythm All-Starts are with him, but this was on the ARAS Facebook page. Maybe they're his campaign band?
- Imbibe has its monthly jazz-&-poetry night 7p. Worth a look.
- Al Strong runs the straight-ahead jazz jam at the Durham Hotel 7p. It usually attracts numberous local musicians.
- Shana Tucker & Saxsmo Gates honor Sarah Vaughn & Cannonball Adderley at Sharp Nine 6 & 8p. I'll be at the 8p show--which sold out quickly leading to the 6p show, which is also selling quickly. If you want it, get it now!
- Al Strong's Quartet at Watts & Ward 8p.
- Brian Horton Quartet at C Grace 9p.
- Guitarist Keith Ganz + pianist Ariel Pocock quartet at Sharp Nine 8p. A good player combo & Keith's next-to-last gig at S9. I'll be there.
- Pianist & composer Zach Gossett fronts a quintet at Irregardless 9p.
- La Fiesta Latin band at C Grace 9p.
- Onyx Club Boys provide comfy gypsy jazz in cooler weather at Carrboro's Weaver Street 11a.