This Week: The delightful confusion in choosing what to see when is amplified by the NCCU & UNC Jazz Fests. So I'll let you follow this link--http://www.nccu.edu/calendar/dept.cfm?deptid=92--for NCCU, & this link--http://www.jimketch.com/itinerary/index.html--for UNC. Everything else--& there are too many choices this weekend!--is below...
- The Noah Sager Trio at Durham's West End Wine Bar 4p. I'm bringing my pop-up Guide To Local Jazz class there.
- The Al Strong trio at Cary's Sidebar (a new venue for me) 4p.
- Pianist Michael Pelz-Sherman & guitarist Paul Bomar at C Grace 7p.
- The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra at the Pittsboro Roadhouse 7:30p.
- The Atomic Rhythm All-Starts at Raleigh's Neptune's Parlour 8:30p. Worth seeing for authentic '20-30s roadhouse jazz.
- Pianist Alison Weiner duo at the Eddy Pub 7p.
- The NCJRO at Sharp Nine 8p.
- Bassist Ittai Korman's Dreamroot trio at Durham's Beer Study 7p. I will "study" this trio!
- Pianist Ariel Pocock & bassist James Suter at Bar Virgile 7p.
- The Triangle Jazz Orchestra at Carrboro Arts Center 7:30p. Dance your toogies off!
- Sidecar Social Club at Humble Pie 8:30p.
- Frankie Alexander sings at Irregardless 6:30p.
- Al Strong's bi-weekly jazz jam at the Durham Hotel 8p.
- Pianist Mark Wells at C Grace 7:30p.
Friday: In addition to NCCU & UNC events...I'll be at Sharp Nine for the UNC faculty plus guest violinist Sara Caswell (check her out on YouTube).
- Veteran local pianist Elmer Gibson at Irregardless 6:30p.
- Decatur Street Beat at Durham's Saladelia 7p.
- Pianist Gary Brunotte at the Empress Room 9p.
- Tix Tuxedo at C Grace 9p.
Saturday: Even more!
- To help the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble return to Jazz At Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition, check out this 5-7p fundraiser in Raleigh: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-in-the-garden-tickets-43754853946. I'll be there because it's important!
- Soulish-jazzish vocalist Akua Allrich (check out on YouTube) at the Beyu 7 & 9p.
- Master guitarist Sheryl Bailey (with Kobie Watkins & Jason Foureman) at Sharp Nine 8p.
- Sidecar Social Club at Irregardless 9p.
- Saxist (& WNCU DJ) Alan Thompson at C Grace 9p.
Sunday: Guitarist Brad Maiani brings his light out of his bushel basket for his monthly gig at Chapel Hill's West End Wine Bar 7p. I'll be there with my class.