1. Jua & Andrea Claburn + fine sidemen = a good show: These vocalists team up once a year at Sharp Nine (he from Raleigh, she from San Francisco). They have rapport from SF-area work & had great support from pianist Andrew Berinson, bassist James Suter, guitarist Russell Favret, drummer Donovan Cheatham, & altoist Collin Williams. Catch them the next time around...
2. Lotsa local recording going on! Much to look forward to.
These folks have recorded CDs recently:
- Drummer Kobie Watkins CD Movement, is out. Check his website & keep an eye open for a release party.
- Pianist Eric Hirsh celebrates Distillation at Durham Fruit & Produce 8/10 with many other musicians.
- Drummer & NCCU professor Thomas Taylor celebrates his new CD a bit more quietly at Sharp Nine 8/10 also.
- Zen Poets celebrates its new CD at Sharp Nine 9/21.
- Guitarist Scott Sawyer just recorded his new CD, so look for it early 2019.
- Andrew Berinson reaps a jazz competition win by recording in NYC Thursday.
- Singer Jo Gore records I Am Worthy in late August.
- Singer Lois Deloatch Gomes records with pianist Ernest Turner in late September.
- Ernest Turner records with tenor player Stephen Riley sometime soon.
This Week: Given all the above & a lack of some August calendars, I'll keep this short. In addition to the Usual Suspects, look to next weekend...
- Al Strong's new horn band, the Fresh Five at Durham's Central Park 6p. I need to hear them for the first time.
- Doug Largent's trio at Irregardless 6:30p.
- Pianist Gary Brunotte at Brasa Steakhouse 6:30p.
- Guitarist Devin Frazier plays with Dave Finucane at Sharp Nine 8. Worth seeing based on their last gig.
- Trumpter Curtis Taylor is joined by singer Shana Tucker at Sharp Nine 8p.
- The fabulous Atomic Rhythm All-Stars at Irregardless. It's worth driving from Carrboro because this band brings '20-30s roadhouse jazz better than its many local counterparts. A must see.