Kobie had kept his lineup secret leading up to this gig. What a pleasant surprise! He'd collected John Brown on bass, Aaron Hill on alto/soprano, Lynn Grissett on trumpet (& recording equipment), & Charlotte-based pianist Lavelle Bratford (who's worth hearing on his own) to deliver an evening of swinging post-millennial hard-bop to an almost sold-out crowd. Most tunes were penned by Kobie, who--like many local musicians--is working towards a new CD. Again, I feel lucky to have been lured by his "Grouptet". I suspect there'll be another version to play locally soon...
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.