Sunday: The fun starts in two hours at the Blue Note Grill in Durham, west across from the Durham Athletic Park when Ed Furtick hosts his third annual party for the Durham jazz community. It will have a rhythm section ready to lead a three-hour jazz jam, happening while we eat free snacks & drink free beer, wine, & soft drinks. Where else should we be today?
Monday-Friday: We have our choice of the usual suspects at the usual venues, aside from what I note here. Don't forget we have lotsa choices.
Tuesday: I'm afraid I'd rather hear my favorite local saxophonist, Stephen Riley, lead a quartet that includes his musically telepathic buddy, pianist Ernest Turner, at Sharp Nine 7p (not 8p!). If you hear nothing else this week, this is it.
Thursday: The UNC jazz program presents a night of songbook standards played by a set of student small groups at Moeser Auditorium (aka Hill Hall) 7:30p. Should be fun.
Friday-Saturday: Scott Sawyer celebrates his 60th birthday with a trio Friday night & a quartet Saturday (3/4 of whom played in the fiery, intense Dave Finucane quartet a couple of months ago), both at 8p. Scott deserves birthday greetings.
Sunday: The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, et. al., play at the Cary Arts Center 4p.
I'll add any recommendations later in the week as more November player/venue dates are posted.