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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. 

Music Not Only Heals, But Unites…

May 1, 2014

Jazz This Month

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AL STRONG @ AU Raleigh Grand Opening
Photo credit: Saleem Reshamwala
Hello, Triangle Music Lovers!
Thanks to all who supported the Art of Cool Festival this past weekend! What an extraordinary time for Durham, and the local music scene. I really can’t thank you enough! I learned so much in the span of a week, that I’ll be processing the information for the next month or so… During the festival I had the pleasure of assisting the curating of an entirely unique production called The Carolina Soul Tribute, which highlighted 4 Jazz/Soul Legends from North Carolina. In addition, it was an honor to perform side by side on a few tunes with none other that the NEA Jazz Master, Hubert Laws! Very spiritual time for me. I also performed with the great vocalist and Durham native Mavis “Swan” Poole and her group Soul Understated, which is based in New York, but is becoming a staple of this area as they pass through on their east coast tours. And in case you missed my set with ASQ, opening for Christian Scott at Motorco, then you’ll have plenty of chances to catch us this month, around town!! First up is C. Grace tonight at 9pm. Here’s a link to a recent performance at C. Grace…this is how we get down!!! http://youtu.be/6FOS5VMFXrI Peace Y’all…
May 2014
May 1st: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com
May 2nd: Playing Duo @ Alley Twenty-Six 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-12am. No cover. http://www.alleytwentysix.com
May 3rd: Al Strong Trio plays @ Carillon Assisted Living Knightdale, NC (Private) 2-4pm
Playing with Keith Ganz Quartet @ Saks Fifth Ave. Raleigh, NC (Private) 4:30-6pm
Playing with The Atomic Rhythm Allstars @ Triangle SportsPlex 101 Meadowlands Dr. Hillsborough, NC 27278. 8pm-11pm
May 7th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover
May 8th: Playing Acoustic Trio @ Whiskey 347 W Main St. Durham. 10pm-1am. No Cover
May 9th: ASQ (Al Strong Quartet) @ Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell St. Ste. 100. Durham. 9:30pm-12:30am. No cover.
May 10th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
May 14th: Playing The Hob Nob Concert Series with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ the Koko Booth Amphitheater 8003 Regency Pkwy Cary, NC. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets $5
http://boothamphitheatre.com/events/
May 15th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
May 16th: Playing Duo @ Alley Twenty-Six 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-12am. No cover.
May 17th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves in Henderson, NC (Private)
May 18th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves in Wilmington, NC (Private)
May 21st: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover
May 23rd: Playing Duo @ Alley Twenty-Six 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-12am. No cover.
May 30th: Playing Duo @ Alley Twenty-Six 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham. 9pm-12am. No cover.
May 31st: 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. 

Spring Into Some April Jazz With Al Strong!

April 2, 2014

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Photo Credit: Emily Barefoot

April 2014

April 2nd: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 S. Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30-11pm. No Cover
April 3rd: 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 4th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Beyu Caffe. 335 W. Main St. Durham. 8pm and 10pm Sets. $10 Cover
April 5th: Private (Wedding Reception-PLATW)
April 6th: Leading an open jam session for Full Frame Festival @ The Carolina Theater’s outdoor plaza. 309 W. Morgan St. Durham
April 8th: Leading the Kidznotes Jazz Combo in a side by side performance with UNC’s Charanga Carolina @ Hill Hall Room 107 UNC-Chapel Hill 7:30pm. No Cover
April 11th: Playing duo @ Alley Twenty-Six 3211 Shannon Rd #106, Durham. 9pm-12am. No cover.
April 12th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover. http://www.cgracebar.com
April 17th: ASQ @ C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-12am. No Cover.
April 19th: Playing with Soul Understated Featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole @ Ginnie’s Super Club. 310 Malcolm X Blvd. New York. $20 Cover See Link http://www.ginnyssupperclub.com/event/499371-soul-understated-mavis-swan-new-york/
April 24th: Leading the Kidznotes Jazz Combo with Special Guest Lois Deloatch for The Kidznotes Gala @ the Durham Convention Center. 101 E. Morgan St. Durham.

-The following performances will take place the Art of Cool Festival-
April 25th- Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Durham Central Park 501 Foster St. Durham. 4pm. No Cover.
April 25th: Leading The Kidznotes Jazz Combo @ Durham Central Park 501 Foster St. Durham. 4:45pm. No Cover.
April 25th: Performing with The NCCU Faculty Jazz Combo with Special Guest Hubert Laws @ PSI Theater (Durham Arts Council) 120 Morris St. Durham. 6:15pm. Must have festival wristband to enter. More info here: http://aocfestival.org/2014-schedule/
April 26th: Performing with Soul Understated @ PSI Theater (Durham Arts Council) 120 Morris St. Durham. 7pm. Must have festival wristband to enter. More info here: http://aocfestival.org/2014-schedule/
April 26th: ASQ opens for Christian Scott @ Motorco 723 Rigsbee Ave. Durham. 10pm. Must have festival wristband to enter.

April 27th: Leading The Kidznotes Jazz Combo @ Nasher Museum 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. 2:30-3pm. No cover.
April 30th: Al Strong Duo @ Sullivan’s Steakhouse 414 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 7:30-10:30pm. No Cover.

March Madness

March 5, 2014

Jazz This Month: MARCH

AL STRONG @ LABOUR LOVE
Photo credit: Frank Myers
Hello, Triangle music lovers!
March Madness is here. Most people may think this is a month filled with crazy basketball match-ups and tournaments. Well, that’s true, but this month is also filled with a lot of great live music happening right near you! I’m in the post-production stages of my debut jazz record and it’s crunch time! I hope to have some music to share with the world in the very near future. Most notably for this month I will be joining Peter Lamb and the Wolves on Fat Tuesday to play a private fundraiser for Art of Cool Festival. We host it each year to support the mission of the festival which is to expand the audience for jazz. The monies raised helps provide free public access to jazz performances during the festival. Thursday I am leading the AOC JazzJam Session immediately after the Gregory Porter concert. This Sunday I will be joining a bunch of local jazz musicians for a TV recording at C Grace. Please come through for a wonderful time. Here is the rest of this month’s gigs. Hope to see you around.
March 2014
March 4th: Playing with Peter Lamb & The Wolves for Art of Cool’s 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday “Friend”raiser @ Full Frame Theatre 318 Blackwell Street, Durham.
March 6th: Leading the Art of Cool Jazz Jam @ Whiskey 347 West Main Street, Durham.  The jam will start immediately after the Gregory Porter concert. Free to the public.
March 7th: Playing duo @ Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse 8551 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh. 6:30pm-10:30pm. No cover.
March 9th: C*GRACE All-Star Line Up of Jazz Bands plus Jam Session and TV Filming (Al Strong, Gregg Gelb, Mark Wells, Peter Lamb, Gary Brunotte, Jim Ferris… and more). C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 7pm-12am. No Cover.
March 9th: Playing Jazz Brunch on behalf of Art of Cool @Nasher Museum Cafe 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. 12pm-2pm. No cover.
March 15th: ASQ @C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
March 20th: ASQ @C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.
March 27th: ASQ @ Whiskey 347 W. Main St. Durham 10pm-1am. No Cover. March 28th: Playing CD Release Party of Marcus Anderson @ The Hayti Heritage Center. 804 Old Fayetteville St. Durham. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Go Here for ticket information http://hayti.org/music/March 29th: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves for The Footnotes Tap Ensemble’s Annual Concert @ The Carboro Century CenterASQ. Ticket Info here http://www.footnotestapensemble.org

March 29th: Immediately after The Footnotes Show I’ll be performing the 2nd and 3rd sets with ASQ @C Grace  407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover.

January 2014: Happy New Year

January 8, 2014

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Al Strong Quintet Performing @ Beyu Caffe Photo credit: Heehyun Lim
Hello to all and Happy 2014!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! There is so much to be thankful for, as I am certainly thankful for the support everyone has shown thus far. Let’s make it a great 2014!
Although January is a lighter month, with regards to performances, it should be fun nonetheless. First up, this Friday at Kings Barcade with the baddest Salsa band in the area, Orquesta Gardel. The very next day my Quartet will perform at Saturday at C. Grace. The group will include Brandon Mooring (Piano), Lance Scott (Bass), and Orlandus Perry (Drums), three of the finest musicians I have had the pleasure of playing with on the local scene. Just as a side note, I’ll be coming directly from a private gig, but will be there to join the guys for the 2nd and 3rd sets. We go until 1am, so you’ll have plenty of time to hang out! Next week I’ll be taking a trip to NYC to speak on a panel of professionals about the challenges of presenting live music in the current state of the music industry. This is a huge honor. Due to my involvement with The Art of Cool Project, we were sought out to join this panel in an open discussion. You will find the rest of the January schedule below, and just as a friendly reminder, tickets for the Art of Cool Music Festival are on sale right now. Don’t miss out on early bird discounts, as this festival will certainly be “The Thing” to do come April. Please visit aocfestival.org for more details. Thank you again for your support of live music in this area and abroad.
Take care, and keep swingin!

January 2014

Jan. 10th: Playing with Orquesta Gardel (Salsa) @ Kings Barcade. 14 W. Martin Street Raleigh. Doors @ 8pm. Show 9:30pm. $12 Advance $14 Door. Tickets online here.

Jan. 11th: Al Strong Quartet @ C Grace. 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover

Jan. 16th: Speaking on a panel at Chamber Music America 36th Annual Conference. Panel topic is “Why Should They Show Up? Re-Inventing the Concert Experience”.

Jan. 17th: The Ryan Hanseler Experience @Beyu Caffe. 335 W. Main Street Durham. 8pm-11pm. Cover $8. Tickets here.

Jan. 25th: Al Strong Quartet @C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. No Cover

Jan. 31st: Playing duo @Alley Twenty-six. 320 E. Chapel Hill Street Durham. 9-Midnight. No Cover

See you soon!
Al

News this month: December Schedule

December 22, 2013

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Dec 5th Al Strong Trio @ C Grace, 407 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. 9:00pm-1:00am. Free to the public.
Dec 6th Uptown Jazz/Jam Session with Al Strong @Alley Twenty-Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St Durham. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Free to the public.
Dec 7th Al Strong Trio will be performing at Durham Parks and Recreation’s Holiday Fun Fest@ Durham Central Park, 502 Foster Street, Durham. We will play between 4:15pm-5:00pm.
Dec 13th Al Strong Quintet @ 5th Annual Christmas Jazz Cafe, 515 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC. 7:00pm-11:30pm. Advance tickets are $40. More information here.
Dec 14th Al Strong Trio @ C Grace, 407 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. 9:00pm-1:00am. Free to the public.
Dec 19th Al Strong Trio @ C Grace, 407 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. 9:00pm-1:00am. Free to the public.
Dec 20th Peter Lamb and the Wolves will be on NPR’s The State of Things @11am.
Dec 20th Al Strong Quintet @ Beyu Caffe, 335 West Main Street, Durham. Two shows: 8:00pm and 10:00pm. Tickets $10. More information here.
Dec 23rd Playing with Brevan Hampden and Friends @ Alivia’s, 900 West Main Street, Durham. 6:30pm-10:00pm. Free to the public.
Dec 31st Playing with Peter Lamb and the Wolves for New Year’s Eve @ Casbah, 1007 West Main Street, Durham. 10:00pm. Tickets are $15. More information here. 

Jazz This Month: November

November 5, 2013

Al Strong playing with The Beast + Big Band @ Motorco Music Hall
Photo credit: Frank Myers of Sweet Life Studios

Hello lovers of music, friends, peoples,places, and all of the above!

October was a great month for performing in the Triangle, and just plain FUN! I am always striving to make the next performance better than the last, and enjoying the learning process along the way!
November promises to be even more enjoyable. This Thursday I have a performance at C. Grace Bar in Raleigh. Not only is C. Grace one of the finest places to catch live music in the Triangle, but the band I’ve put together for this week is unmatched. Kobie Watkins (drums), Ryan Hanseler (piano) and Lance Scott (bass) will be joining me. It’s rare you’d be able to see this combination of fine musicians for free.Also this month is the jam session I’ll be leading immediately following the Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue concert in Chapel Hill on Nov. 15th! It’s definitely worth the trip to Chapel Hill to see Trombone Shorty play! Afterwards, come check us out for an evening of surprises at Linda’s! Not only will the local cats be jamming but Art of Cool will announce the lineup for Art of Cool Fest 2014.

Be blessed!

November 2013 

Nov 6th Playing with Peter Lamb and the Wolves @ Humble Pie, 317 S Harrington Street, Raleigh. 8:30-11:30pm. Free to the public.
Nov 7th Al Strong Trio @ C Grace, 407 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. 9:00pm-1:00am. Free to the public.
Nov 8th Playing with Yolanda Rabun @Beyu Caffe, 335 West Main Street, Durham.8:00pm & 10:00pm Shows. $15 for one and & $25 for both shows.
Nov 15th Leading the Art of Cool After Party/Jazz Jam session @ Linda’s, 203 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill immediately after the Trombone Shorty concert. 10:30pm-12:30am. Free to the public.
Nov 20th Playing with Peter Lamb and the Wolves @ Humble Pie, 317 S Harrington Street, Raleigh. 8:30-11:30pm. Free to the public.
Nov 21st Al Strong Trio @ C Grace, 407 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. 9:00pm-1:00am. Free to the public.

See you soon!
Al

To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News please visit 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 local artists such as Aretha Franklin, 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 associate professor at Saint Augustine 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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