--Tuesday night singer/cellist (& Cirque de Soleil perfomer) Shana Tucker appears at the Carolina Theatre. I must admit I'm primarily interested in--though liking Tucker--local trumpeter Al Strong either opening for her &/or playing with her. Al's always worth hearing (see the review of last night at Pinhook).
--Wednesday night at Carrboro's Arts Center, DC-based saxophonist Brad Linde has organized a locavore & extravore big band to play contemporary jazz by Australian Elliott Hughes. At $6/7 a ticket, it's cheap at twice the price & worth taking a flyer on.
--Thursday night UNC student drummer Atticus Reynolds (who's good) leads a good honoring Art Blakely & the Jazz Messengers by playing tunes composed by former Messengers (the best example: Wayne Shorter). This could be another little gem.
--Friday night pianist Eric Hirsh plays opposite & with the local Avante jazz acapella group at Motorco. A great combination. Another little gem?
I also note that revered extravore guitarist John Abercrombie is sold out at Sharp Nine, where sold-out performances are coming regularly...