So what to see & hear? I can tell you what I'm doing:
--First, sleep as late as possible both Friday morning & Saturday morning (Sunday morning goes without saying).
--Second, find some place to nap in late afternoon, whether in Durham or elsewhere.
--Third, decide where to eat before the two nights' performances.
--On Friday, get to Motorco early to make sure of a seat in that mostly standing venue, so I can take in pianist Kris Bowers (at 9:30) & saxophonist Kenny Garrett (10:45).
--After Kenny Garrett, if I'm not already musically blown out, go to the Armory to try to catch pianist Robert Glasper (12a).
--Keep ears open for possible jam sessions, especially since a number of performers are here as concert hosts & may be eager to play too.
--On Saturday, I'll go to the Durham Arts Council PSI Theater to hear bassist Ben Williams (9:15) & vocal duo Gretchen Parlato & Alan Hampton (10:15).
--Keep ears open for any jam session.
Yep, those are two full nights! It's worth since we don't get this many good players at one time here (including 3 Monk Institute annual performance winners). And, the more we attend the more we'll get next year & years to come. AOCF is part of a flood of cultural events happening & planned to happen in Durham. Let's keep up with that.