This is the second time I've seen pianist Ernest Turner play specific composers at Sharp Nine. Last year it was a full Monk program which was so good I wanted an instant repeat. This time he split his sets between Chic Corea & Herbie Hancock. I'm more a Monk fan that one of those two, but Ernest's playing brought them alive for me--especially his solo rendering of Corea's "La Fiesta", which bridged a marvelous gap between jazz & classical music. He's at the Shed in Durham every Monday night at 8p, but I can't wait to see him in a more formal setting like Sharp Nine again...
Peter Burke has liked jazz since he was in high school. Having lived & worked in exotic places with & without local jazz scenes, he has also led a Guide To Local Jazz class in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke.