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March 9, 2015

Jazz This Month: March

ASQ and the good people down at
the Wayne County Showcase-Feb 2015

Hello Triangle Music Lovers!

February was filled with amazing music, and the ability to share that music with a totally new audience! Despite the rough weather last month, me and the guys were still able to keep some of our featured shows on the books, and we are certainly grateful!

The month of March brings more opportunities to share the gift of music, and I hope that you’ll have a chance to join us! In addition, you can expect to see some changes to my website in the approaching months. My debut album, Love-Strong is nearing completion and I couldn’t be more happy that you’ll finally get to hear what we’ve been working on.

Lastly, the second annual Art of Cool Festival is approaching, and it’s crunch time. Please continue to let all of your people know about the great things that are going on in Durham, as this festival is truly a major music festival that needs your support in a major way. I encourage you to consider buying an add in this year’s program guide, share this opportunity with business associates in your spare time, and follow this link http://aocfestival.org/ to view this year’s festival lineup and purchase tickets!

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

March 2015

March 3rd: Performing with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra (NCJRO) @ Sharp Nine Gallery
March 4th: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 South Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:30pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com/
March 5th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://cgracebar.com
March 7th: Playing with the Keith Ganz Quartet  @ Sharp Nine Gallery 4608 L. Industry Lane. Durham. 8pm-10pm. Check website for more details: http://www.durhamjazzworkshop.org/
March 8th: 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 
March 13th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
March 14th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover. http://cgracebar.com
March 15th: Playing @ Union Baptist Church as part of the horn section. 904 North Roxboro Street. Durham. 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:15am services.
March 18th: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 South Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:30pm. No Cover.
March 19th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
March 20th: Playing Duo @ Alley 26. 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
March 22nd: Playing @ Union Baptist Church as part of the horn section. 904 North Roxboro Street. Durham. 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:15am services.
March 24th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
March 27th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover.
March 28th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.

See you soon!
Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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. 

Remembering Those Who Came Before US

February 5, 2015

Jazz This Month: February

AOC Fest 2014 Jam Session
@ Whiskey-Durham
Hello Triangle Music Lovers!
Thanks to all for your support in the month of January. We had some amazing turnouts at many performances and we couldn’t have done it without you!Many of you may already know that I lost my 83 year old Grandmother/Mother last week. A very sweet, god fearing woman, who raised me from the age of 5 up until my high school years when she decided to return to her nome in North Carolina. With this in mind, I certainly plan to dedicate my debut solo album in her honor. It’s the least I could do for this extraordinary woman!I remember a time when my grandmother would buy clothes for me at a little place in DC called Morton’s. Morton’s was a pretty popular discount clothing store for parents back when I was growing up. Too bad kids like myself were embarrassed to wear these clothes! Trust me, the items had way less swag than the discount stores these days… but ultimately, they got the job done. And thank God that eventually DC public schools required all students to wear school uniforms, so you would rarely catch me at school with these clothes on. But Granny made a way. She pulled her money together so that I’d have clothes to wear, and I’m forever grateful for the sacrifices she made for me.

Here’s a pic of my Granny circa 2009,
after gifting her a little Pug she named Meg.
The Art of Cool Festival is quickly approaching and I encourage you to go ahead and grab your tickets now. The lineup is amazing and with the implementation of the new payment plan, getting your passes is now easier than ever! Please follow the link below: http://aocfestival.org/My schedule for the month is below. Happy Valentine’s Day to all! I hope you eat plenty of chocolates…See you out and about soon. Take care.

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

February 2015February 5th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://cgracebar.com
February 6th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com

February 13th: Playing Duo @ Alley 26. 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
February 14th: Valentine’s Evening with ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
February 17th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
February 19th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
February 20th: ASQ @ Wayne County Showcase. 7-9pm. Check the link for more details: https://www.facebook.com/NCJazz
February 27th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
February 28th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
See you soon!
Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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 currently 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. 

I Resolve to Check Out More Live Music In 2015! Could This Be You?

January 2, 2015

Jazz This Month: January

Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves
@ The Rooster’s Wife
Photo credit: John Gessner
Happy New Year, Triangle Music Lovers!

2015 is finally upon us! Thanks to all supporters of live music for making 2014 a very, very special year! From the Art of Cool Project’s efforts to present the first ever Art of Cool Festival to attending numerous performances by the ASQ, and support for the first ever sArt of Cool Summer Jazz Camp,
it has certainly been a year to remember. It’s time to make some new unforgettable memories. I am more than happy that you choose to continue to be a huge part of this journey.In addition to performing at venues here in the triangle, I’ll be travelling to both my hometown of Washington, DC to perform with Yolanda Rabun at Blues Alley and Soul Understated at Winter Jazz Fest in NYC this month!!! 2015 is definitely getting off to a great start!Just before the Christmas Holiday I had the chance to return to the studio and record a few more tunes for my first debut album! I’m more excited than ever to be able to share this project with you all in 2015. So continue to look out for pics, videos, and information on how you can make this project a reality in the coming months!If you have not had a chance to check out the story that Arts Now NC published on me last month please follow this link: http://artsnownc.com/2014/12/03/artist-watch-al-strongMy schedule for the month is below. See you out and about soon. Take care.

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

January 2015
January 2nd: Performing with The Art of Cool Allstars featuring Yolanda Rabun @ The Durham Armory for The Blues & The Blues presented by NC FreshCatch.  212 Foster St. Durham. 6:00-11:00pm. This event will include a workshop for young music students from 6pm-6:45pm. Students are invited to bring their instruments and sit in with the Allstars during this time. The Allstars Featuring Yolanda Rabun will perform an hour set from 8pm-9pm. It’s going to be a great time! Check this link for more details: http://www.ncfreshcatch.com
And Later This Evening…
ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
January 3rd: (Private Event with Peter Lamb and The Wolves)
January 10th: Performing with Soul Understated featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole @ Winter Jazz Fest NYC-The Bitter End. 8:45-9:45pm. Check the link for more details: http://www.winterjazzfest.com/marathon2
January 13th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
January 15th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://cgracebar.com
January 16th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
January 17th: (Private Event with Peter Lamb and The Wolves)
January 21st: Performing with Yolanda Rabun @ Blues Alley. 1073 Wisconsin Ave. Washington, DC. Two Shows at 8pm and 10pm. $25 Cover. Check link for more details: http://bluesalley.com/events.cfm
January 23rd: (Private Event with Peter Lamb and The Wolves)
January 24th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
January 30th: Playing Duo @ Alley 26. 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
See you soon!
Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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 a current assistant professor at Saint Augustine’s College as well as an adjunct professor at 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. 

Swagittarius Season

December 4, 2014

Jazz This Month: December

Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves
@ The Rooster’s Wife
Photo credit: John Gessner

Hello, Triangle Music Lovers!
I sincerely hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and are gearing up for an even more awesome Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

November was such an amazing month of music here in the triangle, and the ASQ closed out the month strong this past Saturday at C. Grace! It is so rewarding to witness the effect that our music has on people from day to day, set to set, and song to song. I couldn’t ask for much more. The support for live music has been growing by leaps and bounds and I’m excited to see what the future holds. I’m so grateful that you all are along for this ride!

In short, we’re gonna kick off this month right. Come celebrate the end of prohibition and my Birthday at C. Grace on December 4th!!! In addition, please check out this link to a piece done by Arts Now that just dropped yesterday: http://artsnownc.com/2014/12/03/artist-watch-al-strong

My schedule for the month is below. (Excluding a few private performances). See you out and about soon. Take care.

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

December 2014

December 4th: Celebrate the end of prohibition and my Birthday with ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com

December 5th: Al Strong and Zoocrü @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
December 12th: Al Strong and Zoocrü @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
December 13th: Performing with Orquesta Gardel @ The Haw River Ballroom. 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Rd. Saxapahaw, NC. Check the link for more details. http://www.hawriverballroom.com/event/725533-mambo-dinamico-latin-dance-saxapahaw/
December 16th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
December 18th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
December 19th: Playing Duo @ Alley 26. 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
December 31st: Performing a New Year’s Eve Celebration with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
See you soon!
Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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 a current assistant professor at Saint Augustine’s College as well as an adjunct professor at 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. 

Love Strong

November 4, 2014

 

Jazz This Month: November

Opening for the Isley Brothers with Yolanda Rabun
DPAC
Photo credit: Maritza Campbell
Hello, Triangle Music Lovers!
Thank you to everyone for a wonderful October! Seeing a number of you out at various gigs really brings great energy. I can’t thank you enough!!Last month I played in some of the most demanding and challenging situations and I’m grateful to have had these experiences. The feedback from the most recent performance at Cuban Revolution was really positive. A few people that I ran into shortly after the performance, said that the live stream from Cuban was of very high quality, and so was the music! This type of feedback really helps to keep the motivation high for musicians.This month you can catch me performing on a number of different and new situations. The schedule is below…Hope to see you out soon! Take care.

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

November 2014
November 5th: Performing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com
November 6th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com
November 7th: Performing with Chuckey Robinson Group @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
November 8th: Keith Ganz Quartet @ Sharp Nine Gallery. 4608 Industry Lane. Suite L. Durham. 6pm-8pm. Please visit the link for more details: http://www.durhamjazzworkshop.org
November 9th: 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
And Later That Evening…
Shana Tucker @ Full Frame-Boiler Room. Durham. Please visit the link for more details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rent-party-featuring-shana-tucker-tickets-13767415711
November 14th: Al Strong and Zoocrü @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
November 15th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
November 16th: Playing @ Union Baptist Church as part of the horn section. 904 North Roxboro Street. Durham. 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:15am services.
November 18th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
November 19th: Performing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover.
November 20th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
November 21st: Al Performs with the NCCU Big-Band for their annual Fall Concert. Fayetteville St. Durham. More details to come…
November 28th: Al Strong and Zoocru @ Cuban Revolution Celebrating WNCU’s 20th Anniversary with a live broadcast from 9-10pm! 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:00-12:00am. No Cover. http://www.wncu.org/music-news/20th-anniversary-celebration/
November 29th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
See you soon!
Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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 a current assistant professor at Saint Augustine’s College as well as an adjunct professor at 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. 

A Band of Thieves

October 2, 2014

Jazz This Month: October

Opening for the Isley Brothers with Yolanda Rabun
DPAC
Photo credit: Maritza Campbell

Hello, Triangle Music Lovers!
Time sure flies when you’re having fun, and September was certainly that kind of month! With so many things happening at the same time, I finally managed to sit back down and write you all again in the hopes that you will continue to come out to live performances and support live music in this area. For starters, the Art of Cool Festival made it’s Kickstarter goal of 35k with just hours to spare…Thank you to all who have supported this much needed creative outlet for the triangle’s music scene! And now that the nail bitter is done, the AOC can get back to the real work: building another incredible music festival right in the heart of downtown Durham!As for Al Strong Music, we are still doing our thing and having all of the fun! Musicians sometimes borrow concepts from a variety of artists and situations to help evolve their individual sound. It’s a pretty common practice, and a good indicator that an artist has listened to all of the right music. Just to give you an idea of what I mean, just listen to the radio or music from one of your favorite artist. You may at some point say to yourself, I feel like I’ve heard this before? Chances are you have in some other context, or key, or song. The recycling of material is a great way to draw listeners into the vibe of a group’s sound, and maybe some less recognizable songs. As the saying goes, you’ll never play anything new, so just play what’s inside of you because it’s all been played before. I invite you out this month to see what new things the guys and I have “borrowed”…Lol!

Below you will find my schedule for the month of October, filled with a variety of performances at fundraising events, festivals, and a little travel! Hope to see you guys around!!

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

October 2014October 1st: Performing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com
October 2nd: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com
October 3rd: Al Strong and Zoocrü @ Northgate Mall Presents: Music on The Plaza. 1058 W. Club Blvd. Durham. 7-9pm. No Cover. Click link to view the series schedule: http://northgatemall.com
And Immediately following…
Al Strong and Zoocrü @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
October 4th: Al Strong Trio @ The Durham Convention Center. (Private)
October 5th: 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
October 10th: Performing with Laura Reed @ Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. 10:30pm. Check the link for more details. http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org
October 11th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
October 12th: Playing @ Union Baptist Church as part of the horn section. 904 North Roxboro Street. Durham. 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:15am services.
October 15th: Performing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover.
October 17th: Performing with Soul Understated @ BB King Blues Club and Grill. New York. Click link for more details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=4681

October 24th: Al Strong Duo with Keith Ganz @ Alley Twenty-Six 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9:00-12:00am. No Cover.
October 25th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
October 28th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
October 31st: Al Strong and Zoocru @ Cuban Revolution Celebrating WNCU’s 20th Anniversary with a live broadcast from 9-10pm! 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:00-12:00am. No Cover. http://www.wncu.org/music-news/20th-anniversary-celebration/
See you soon!
Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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 Zakiyah. Strong is a current assistant professor at Saint Augustine’s College as well as an adjunct professor at 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. 

Turn Down For Wh#^

September 9, 2014

Jazz This Month: September

Performing @ AOCFEST2014
Motorco Music Hall
Photo credit: Frank Myers-Sweetlife Studios
Hello, Triangle Music Lovers!
What an incredible time of fellowship the month of August brought to all of us! We closed out the month performing on the same day at both The 5th Annual African American Cultural Festival, and C. Grace later that evening. I couldn’t be happier for the gift of music and the ability to share my gifts and those of my fellow musicians, whenever there is an opportunity. And having your continued support as a concertgoer, follower, financial supporter, and gathering your friends for a night of jazz truly makes it all worth while!As for the month of September, the blessings continue and so does the hard work behind the scenes. There are two special upcoming events that I would like for you all to pay close attention to! For starters, the Art of Cool Project is nearing the end of a Kickstarter campaign to raise $35k for next year’s AOC Fest! We are just shy of half way to our goal with only 10 days left…Scary stuff. But the reality of this effort to bring another world class music festival to Durham is that it is REALLY, expensive! In addition, if this year’s Kickstarter Campaign is unsuccessful, the possibility of a festival similar to last year’s is uncertain. According to a report with the visitors bureau, the last AOC Festival grossed over $500K for the city of Durham and surrounding businesses. Simply put,The Art of Cool Project strives to take a little, and do a lot!This is quite an astonishing number for a new music festival, so let’s keep the momentum going! You can pledge, purchase your tickets, and find VIP tickets all by clicking on the following link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/741999395/art-of-cool-fest-2015?ref=nav_searchThe 2014 Legacy Tour, is the other event that I would like to bring to your attention. The event occurs on September 20th at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh! The school will be hosting a fundraiser on campus featuring performances from local and students artists, musicians, and Saint Augustine’s very own 18-Piece Jazz Ensemble! I have had the pleasure of directing and arranging this group for the last 2 years, and these young people sound awesome! To find out more info click the following link: http://sau1867.st-aug.edu

And last, but not least, progress on my album is going great! It looks as though we may have an upcoming Winter 2015 release date, just after New Year’s, so stay tuned!

See y’all around and Be Blessed!

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

Wishing everyone safe travels and a beautiful Summer!!!

September 2014September 3rd: Performing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com
September 4th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com
September 5th: Performing with the Lance Scott Quartet @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
September 6th: Performing with Orquesta Gardel @ The Dorton Arena. Hope From Notes Fundraiser (Private)
September 9th: Swing Dance with Peter Lamb and The Wolves. Fayetteville Rd. Raleigh, NC (Across from the Marriott) 8-10pm. Open to The Public
September 12th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover.
September 13th: Performing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves (Private)
September 17th: Performing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover.
September 18th: Performing with Peter Lamb and Wolves for the Art of Cool 2015 Rooftop Fundraiser @ The Eleanor. 6:30-8:30. Durham. (Invitation Only) For More info click here: http://tinyurl.com/aocfest2015 


September 19th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover.
September 20th: Performing with The Saint Augustine’s University Jazz Band @ Saint Augustine’s University for the 2014 Legacy Tour/Fundraiser. 1315 Oakwood Ave. Raleigh. 3pm-7pm. http://sau1867.st-aug.edu
And Later that evening
Al Strong and Zoocrü @ Common 414. 414 Fayetteville Road. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover.
September 23rd: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
September 25th: Al Strong Trio with Mark Wells and Jonathan Curry @ Light Nights Series-Waverly Place. Cary. 6:30-8:30. Click here for more info: http://waverlycary.com/tag/concert-schedule/
September 26th: Performing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Music on The Porch. Raleigh. 7-9pm. http://www.musicontheporch.com
And Later that evening…
Al Strong and Zoocru @ Cuban Revolution Celebrating WNCU’s 20th Anniversary with a live broadcast from 9-10pm! 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:00-12:00am. No Cover. http://www.wncu.org/music-news/20th-anniversary-celebration/

See you soon!
Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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 Zakiyah. Strong is a current assistant professor at Saint Augustine’s College as well as an adjunct professor at 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. 

Pure Grit and Soul

August 1, 2014

Jazz This Month: August

Speaking to AOCFEST2014 Audience at
The Carolina Theater
Photo credit: Chris Charles-Creative Silence
Hello, Triangle Music Lovers!
After returning from a week long hiatus in NYC, performing with Soul Understated, writing, recording, meeting new people and selling CD’s to random strangers on the street, I’m pleased to share my renewed energy and spirit for the music with everyone! It is certainly a blessing to be able to make a living at this profession, which surprisingly, some people wonder, how is it possible? Just know that all of the pieces to the puzzle fall into place just when they need to, and I couldn’t be more grateful for your continued support in all endeavors, music and otherwise.
Speaking of Soul Understated and the band in New York, I invite you to give their new CD a listen and purchase if your heart so desires (http://soulunderstated.bandcamp.com). The music is very nostalgic; Music that I grew up hearing from my elders’ radios and tape decks, while still new and fresh! I am proud to say that the band leaders, Mavis “Swan” Poole and Jeremy “Bean” Clemmons as well as myself are all NCCU Jazz Studies Alumni.
As I forge ahead to complete both Side “A” and Side “B” of my own album, I continue to gain much respect for the many artists that do this type of thing all of the time! It is not an easy endeavor. The amount of focus, dedication, and patience one needs to follow through the process are extremely important.This month holds many opportunities to catch me performing in a few different situations, beginning with tonight (Friday) @ Cuban Revolution! Don’t let the weather keep you from your musical healing…Lol.

See y’all around and Be Blessed!

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

Wishing everyone safe travels and a beautiful Summer!!!

August 2014August 1st: Al Strong Quartet @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
August 6th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com
August 7th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com
August 8th: Performing with Orquesta Gardel @ Kings 14 W. Martin St. Raleigh. 9pm. $10 adv. $12 door. http://kingsbarcade.com/2014/08/08/orquesta-gardel/
August 9th: Performing with Soul Understated @ The New Vintage Jazz and Wine Festival. Washington, DC. Check link for details. http://www.pamelaspunch.com/new-vintage-jazz-and-wine-fest-2014/
August 15th: Al Strong and Zoocru @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover.
August 20th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover.
August 21st: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
August 22nd: Performing a CD Release for Laura Reed @ The Pourhouse. Raleigh. Details coming soon.
August 23rd: Performing for the first time @ Common 414. 414 Fayetteville  St. Raleigh. 10:30pm-1:30am. No Cover. http://www.common414.com
August 26th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
August 29th: Al Strong and Zoocru @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover.
August 30th: ASQ performs @ The African American Cultural Festival. Raleigh. Performance Time is TBA http://www.aacfralwake.org/5nyebflcpniw9aycyw04hcp6po3tom
August 30th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.See you soon!
Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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 Zakiyah. Strong is a current assistant professor at Saint Augustine’s College as well as an adjunct professor at 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. 

Love Ballads and Juice Boxes

July 3, 2014

Jazz This Month: July


Performing at The BlueNote Jazz Festival with
Soul Understated-Featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole
Photo credit: Nikki Burch
Hello, Triangle Music Lovers!
I’m sure everyone is really excited for this long holiday weekend as everyone deserves a break sometimes. Last month I had an incredible time performing at various venues around town, and the trip to New York for the BlueNote Jazz Festival was exceptional! I also had a number of true learning experiences working with the kids from Global Scholars Academy in Durham. stArt of Cool’s Summer Jazz Camp went off without a hitch and the children performed beautifully. We were able to teach them the beginnings of how to navigate through Blues Progressions and melodies in one week! Shout out to my staff for an exceptional job: Lance Scott, Jonathan Curry, Alan Thompson, Russell Favret, Brevan Hampden, and Chuckey Robinson for bringing their biggest bag of patience and learning tools that made the camp that much more enjoyable! Also huge shout out to AOC’s Prezi Cicely Mitchell for finding the money to make this dream a reality. She and our board of directors worked tirelessly, to ensure we touch the lives of so many young people in East Durham!After nearly a week of recuperation from the camp, I was finally able to compile the dates below of local performances. Please check the website often as some dates may shift around, but I hope to see you all out and about in the near future! First up is Cuban Revolution tomorrow July 4th…Be Blessed!

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

Wishing everyone safe travels and a beautiful Summer!!!

July 2014July 4th: Al Strong and Zoocrü @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
July 5th: Playing @ Festival for the Eno with Orquesta Gardel. 5101 North Roxboro Road. Durham. 1:15pm. For tickets visit: http://www.enoriver.org/festival/tickets.html
July 11th: Al Strong Duo @ Alley Twenty-Six. 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-Midnight. No Cover.
July 12th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com
July 15th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio with Keith Ganz and Paul Creel plays @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
July 16th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com
July 17th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
July 18th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover.
July 26th: Performing with Soul Understated featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole. CD Release show for “On The Shoulders of Giants” @ Rockwood Music Hall. 196 Allen St. New York, New York. For more info visit: www.rockwoodmusichall.com

Watch What Music Can Do!!!

June 5, 2014

Jazz This Month: June


Rehearsing with Orquesta Gardel
Pictured from right to left: Brevan, Al, Alberto, and Andy
Photo credit: Eric Hirsh
Hello, Triangle Music Lovers!
Last month was such a musical blast! Thanks to all for your continued support as together, we continue to build on this area’s music scene. This month I will be taking a trip to New York City to perform with Soul Understated for the BlueNote Jazz Festival! Certainly a treat and honor to be able to perform in New York once more with this stellar group, led by NCCU Alumni Mavis “Swan” Poole and Jeremy Bean Clemons. Below you will find my current schedule for the month of June.Recently I have undertaken a new performance opportunity at Cuban Revolution in Durham on Friday nights from 9:30-12:30. This setting gives me and the guys the opportunity to perform more of our original and experimental music in a slightly larger but still intimate venue, and with a full band! If you have not been to Cuban Revolution for live music yet, then I suggest you check it out sometime on a 2nd Monday for the Mixed Mic set hosted by the grassroots group Doin Durm or on Fridays when we usually play! The room has a really warm sound with all of the hardwood flooring and the energy is just great in general. All live music at Cuban Revolution is free of charge!Intimate Jazz duos at Alley 26 still continue every Friday from 9pm-Midnight and I’m looking forward to playing there again soon! C. Grace has been getting better and better every time we play there, and I certainly encourage you to come out tonight (Thursday) at 9pm, for a more intimate and personal set, compared to our usual intense Saturday night performances.

For booking inquires feel free to email alstrongmusic@gmail.com

Wishing everyone safe travels and a beautiful Summer!!!

June 2014

June 5th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com
June 6th: Playing @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover. http://www.thecubanrevolution.com
June 7th: (Private)
June 8th: (Private)
June 10th: Al Strong Trio plays @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
June 13th: Performing with Soul Understated @ The BlueNote Jazz Festival-BlueNote Jazz Club. 12:30am. New York. $15 Advance. $20 At the Door. http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/index.shtml
June 14th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
June 18th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com
June 19th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
June 20th: Playing @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30-12:30am. No Cover.
June 21st: Playing with Orquesta Gardel @ Motorco 723 Rigsbee Ave. Durham. 9pm-12:30am. $12 Advance. $15 At the Door. http://motorcomusic.com
June 26th: Opening for Jose James @ The Pour House Music Hall. 224 S. Blount St. Raleigh. Doors 7:30. Show 8:30. $17 Advance. $20 At the Door. http://www.thepourhousemusichall.com/calendar/
June 27th: Al Strong Duo @ Brasa’s Brazilian Steakhouse. 8551 Brier Creek Pkwy. Raleigh. 6:30-10:30pm. No Cover. http://www.brasasteakhouse.com/home.html
June 28th: Start of Cool Final Concert @ Global Scholars Academy. 311 Dowd St. Durham. 12pm. No Cover. http://www.globalscholarsacademy.org
June 28th: Al Strong Collective @ Whiskey Durham. 347 W. Main St. Durham. 10pm-1am. No Cover. http://www.whiskeydurham.com/index2.php#/home/

***In Addition to the dates above, I will be entering into a new venture, beginning the first ever stART of Cool Summer Jazz Camp at Global Scholars Academy June 23rd-28th. Bringing Jazz education for the first time, to students in grades 3rd-7th! Wish us luck!!!

See you soon!

Al
To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News, and updates throughout the month, please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com, twitter @alstrongmusic, or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.
Artist Bio
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 Zakiyah. Strong is a current assistant professor at Saint Augustine’s College as well as an adjunct professor at 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. 
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