Jazz This Month: April
ASQ @ The Wayne County Showcase Feb 2015
It’s Festival Season!
Thanks to all for a wonderful month of March, filled with great music and your awesome and undying support! There are so many great things on the horizon I can hardly contain my excitement, and continue to be grateful that I’m able to share this journey with you all. This month is definitely a time to turn up. I’ll be taking another trip to NYC to perform with Soul Understated Featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole and The Art of Cool Festival will be happening right here in the triangle…Doesn’t get any better than this folks! You can purchase festival tickets and view the schedule here: http://aocfestival.org/
This is an event that you certainly don’t want to miss. I’ll be performing in several capacities, as a leader and sideman, as well as directing two student groups.
I know you all have been hearing me say this for months, but it’s true, the album Love-Strong Vol. 1 is almost finished! I plan to have at least a single from the record available for public consumption by the time the festival rolls around, with the entire project being released some time in May… #fingerscrossed
Recording the Kidznotes Mozart Chorus
Featured on Love-Strong Vol. 1
These things certainly take time. Over the course of putting this album together I’ve recorded at various studios, rehearsed in a number of different spaces, and even taken my own recording equipment to musicians’ houses to get them on the record. It’s been a true learning experience, with many ups and downs..but many more ups. It truly is about having the right people in the room, instead of having “the best” people you can think of. The right mix of musicians, quickly become the best and an album is born! Peace y’all.
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Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 South Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:30pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com/
Playing @ Union Baptist Church as part of the horn section. 904 North Roxboro Street. Durham. 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:15am services. http://www.myubc.org
As part of Art of Cool’s Partnership, ASQ is performing for Full Frame Festival’s Opening Party @ The Durham Armory 220 Foster St. Durham. 10pm-Midnight. Check the link for more details http://www.fullframefest.org
April 10th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover.
And later that night…
ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. Cover $5
April 12th: Playing @ Union Baptist Church as part of the horn section. 904 North Roxboro Street. Durham. 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:15am services.
And later that night…
As part of Art of Cool’s Partnership, I’ll be leading an open jam session for Full Frame Festival @ The Carolina Theater’s outdoor plaza. 309 W. Morgan St. Durham.
April 15th: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves Featuring Stephen Riley @ Humble Pie 317 South Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:30pm. No Cover.
April 16th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-Midnight. Cover $5
April 21st: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover.
April 24th-26th: Art of Cool Fest 2015. Durham, NC
4:15pm-4:30pm. Directing the Kidznotes Jazz Combo @ Durham Central Park Stage. Free to Attend.
7:45pm-8:30pm. ASQ Performs @ PSI Theater. Festival Pass Required.
Noon-2pm. Performing with Orquesta Gardel @ American Tobacco Lawn. Free to Attend.
3:45pm-4:05pm. Directing the Saint Augustine’s University Jazz Ensemble @ the Parrish Street Stage. Free to Attend. 5:00pm-5:45pm. Opening for Anthony Hamilton with Soul Understated Featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole. @ the Durham Athletic Park. Festival Pass Required.
Attending AOCFest 2015 VIP Brunch with a performance by Ms. Avery Sunshine.
April 30th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-Midnight. Cover $5
See you soon!
Al Strong is a Washington, D.C. native trumpeter, educator, arranger, and composer. Since he first emerged on the scene in 1998 as a jazz studies major at North Carolina Central University, Strong has been an emerging artist in jazz. He has been described as being “among those leading Durham jazz into a resurgence.” (The Independent – Sylvia Pfeiffenberger). He is an integral figure in the current local jazz scene having performed/recorded for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, Phonte Coleman, Mavis Swan Poole, Yahzarah, Peter Lamb and the Wolves (Voted 2011 Best Jazz Band in the Triangle), Clay Aiken, Big Daddy Kane, Orquesta Gardel, The Beast, and Bassist Ethan Farmer. Strong is an assistant professor at Saint Augustine’s University, as well as an adjunct professor in the widely acclaimed North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Jazz Studies program. Strong is also a founder of the non-profit jazz advocacy organization, The Art of Cool Project.