1. Ernest Turner's trio won the Washington Jazz Fest performance competition: Hooray! He deserves such an accolade. To catch him locally use the home page Performer link.
2. Pianist Eric Hirsh's residency at Durham's Arcana has ended: He's looking for another venue for his distinctive music.
3. The Duke Performances, Carolina Performing Arts, & NCSU Center Stage 2019-20 calendars are out & linkable on the Home Page: Duke's jazz performances are not as flashy as the last two years, CPA is way light on jazz, & NCSU is at its usual level. There's enough in those to complement local jazz riches.
This Week: The week's biggest event--Branford Marsalis as Sharp Nine special guest w/ singer Autuemn Rainey--is sold out, but there are compensating little gems. E.g., if you need gypsy jazz, the Onyx Club Boys play three times this week (details below).
- Grewen & Griffanzo make Imbibe great fun 7p.
- The Onyx Club Boys start their week on Carrboro's Oak Leaf restaurant patio 5p.
- Keenan McKenzie's band sparks a swing dance riot at Carrboro's Vecino's 7-ish.
- Yeaux Katz, Carrboro's best jazz bar band, does its thing at the Station 7p.
- Al Strong's Durham Hotel straight-ahead jazz jam 7p.
- Pianist Jonathan Markow joins vocalist Amy Hancock & Tin Tuxedo at Watts & Ward 7p. Expect fine singing of intelligent lyrics with equally fine piano play
- The GMMc/GpazzLive jazz jam 8:30p. Haven't yet figured out how this does/doesn't fit with Al Strong's. Guess I have some work to do!
- Onyx Club Boys at Chapel Hill's Cafe Driade 8p.
- If you need to track down the Onyx Club Boys, go to GBO's O'Henry Hotel 7p.
- If not, saxist Brian Horton's at C Grace 9p. Plus, you can check out other Usual Suspects