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July 8, 2015 2 Comments

Jazz This Month: August

ASQ Performing @ AOCFest 2015 Durham, NC
Photo Credit: Chinita-Tate Burroughs (ATL)

Hello to all,

There are some very exciting opportunities to catch live music around town this month! In addition, I am excited and grateful for the opportunities to travel back to NYC and Toronto for shows with Soul Understated. I hope you will join us in some capacity, as we strive to change the ails of the world one note at a time.

,Al
 Al Strong & Zoocrü performing @ Margaret Brunson’s Vintage 30th Birthday Celebration
(C. Grace)
Photo Credit: Kumolu Studios

August 2015
August 5th: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 South Harrington St. Raleigh. 9:00pm-11:30pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com/
August 6th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-Midnight. No Cover. http://cgracebar.com
August 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
August 11th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://flightsnorthhills.com/
August 14th: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30pm-12:00am. No Cover.
August 15th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. Cover $5 http://cgracebar.com
August 16th: 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
August 20th-21st: Performing with Soul Understated featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole @ The Rex Jazz and Blues Club. Toronto, ON. Please check the link for more details. http://www.soulunderstated.com/
August 22nd: Performing with Soul Understated featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole @ The Rex Jazz and Blues Club. Akron, OH. Please check the link for more details. http://www.soulunderstated.com/
August 27th: Performing with The Avengers: Featuring Chip Shearin, Ethan Farmer, and Marion Meadows @ Southland Ballroom. Raleigh. 8:30pm. Check the link for tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8022380/the-avengers-raleigh-southland-ballroom
August 28th: ASQ performs for the final WNCU Live Stream of the year @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:00pm-11:30pm. No Cover.
August 31st: Performing with Soul Understated featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole @ The BlueNote Jazz Club. New York. http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/index.shtml

Future events to watch out for…

September 5th: ASQ performs @ The African American Cultural Festival. Fayetteville Rd. Raleigh. 3:30pm. Free.

September 10th: Al Strong Trio @ The Strowd. Chapel Hill. 7pm-10pm. No Cover

October 1st: ASQ Performs @ CAM in Wilmington, NC. 8pm. More details to come.

December 10th: ASQ Performs @ Carmel City (The Pourhouse) Sponsored by 9th Wonder and The Art of Cool Project. Raleigh. More details to come.

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.

The Hottest Gigs You Should Not Miss This Summer!

June 4, 2015

Jazz This Month: June

Al Strong and Zoocrü opens the stage for
The Art of Cool Project Presents Matt Stevens @ Pinhook Durham
Photo Copyright: Frank Meyers

Hello Music Lovers,

Summer is here! Warm weather, outdoor shows, and travel are on the horizon. The month of May was a great time to reflect on all of the great energy that the Art of Cool Festival brought to Durham in April. As residents and supporters of the Triangle’s music scene, we all were able to witness some phenomenal and inspiring feats accomplished by many of the area’s local artists and bands. Most notably, Rissi Palmer’s recent album release, “The Back Porch Sessions” https://youtu.be/dzxn64QibH4, Shana Tucker’s re-release of the album “Shine”, and my guys Zoocrü reaching their Kickstarter goal of $10K! More reasons to love Durham and the Triangle area…folks just support and believe in the level of talent that’s here in a most indescribable way.

Love-Strong Photo Shoot @ 21C
Photo Credit: Chris Charles
The month of June will be filled with some amazing opportunities to make some great music here in the Triangle and abroad. Coming up this first week of June, I’ll have the pleasure of performing some of the music from my upcoming album Love-Strong Vol. 1, with the tremendously talented Shana Tucker. Darion Alexander (Bass), Frederico Gonazalez Peña (Piano), and Shirazette Tinnin (Drums) are amazing musicians, and will be the rhythm section for this show, so I hope you will join us.
The ASQ featuring Zoocrü plays the Hob Nob Jazz Series this Wednesday in Cary, as well as our usual sets at C. Grace bar and Cuban Revolution during the moth of June. I’ll also be doing a bit of traveling with Mavis “Swan” Poole and Soul Understated, with performances at both the Toronto Jazz Festival and Pittsburgh Jazz Festival!

Lastly, I’d like to ask for your support for this year’s StArt of Cool Jazz Camp which is being held at Global Scholars Academy in Durham. Please follow the link for more information: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/startofcool2015

Thanks, and hope to see everyone checking out some good music sometime this summer! Take care.

,Al

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

June 2015

June 2nd: Performing with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Shana Tucker @ The Carolina Theatre. 309 W. Morgan St. Durham. 8pm. http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/shana-tucker
June 3rd: ASQ Featuring Zoocrü @ Hob Nob Jazz Series-Koko Booth Amphitheater. 8003 Regency Parkway. Cary. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Check the link for more details: http://boothamphitheatre.com/hob-nob-jazz-concert-series/
and later that evening…
Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 South Harrington St. Raleigh. 9:00pm-11:30pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com/
June 4th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-Midnight. No Cover. http://cgracebar.com
June 5th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30pm-12:00am. No Cover.
June 7th: 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
June 13th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. Cover $5
June 14th: 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 
June 20th: Performing with Mavis “Swan” Poole and Soul Understated @ The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival. 2pm. Check the link for more details: http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/
June 22nd: Performing with Mavis “Swan” Poole and Soul Understated @ Toronto Jazz Festival. 6pm. Check the link for more details: http://torontojazz.com/
June 24th: Performing with the Lummie Spann Quartet @ Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. NYC. Check the link for more details: http://www.smokejazz.com/index.php/calendar/
June 26th: Performing with the SwanBean Quintet @ Gin Fizz. NYC. Check the link for more details: http://m.mainstreethub.com/ginfizz
June 27th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. Cover $5

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. 

Notes, Jokes, and Laughs!

May 4, 2015

Jazz This Month: May

ASQ @ PSI Theater during

AOCFest April 2015

Photo Credit: Artije Photography

Hello Music Lovers,

April was an amazing month for music both here in the triangle and abroad. Performances at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and at AOCFest 2015, were both highlights of the month. In addition, I was able to play Ryan Hanseler’s farewell show which included a lot of his original music. It’s difficult to see a cat like Ryan leave the scene, as he has been a first call pianist here in the triangle for several years. Though I am excited for his relocation to Amsterdam, I feel a bit melancholy about losing both a cool cat on the scene and a solid musician. Wishing him and his family the best of luck!

AOC Allstars @ Durham Armory
Full-Frame Festival 2015 Opening Party
Photo Credit: Leslie Baker

AOCFest 2015 brought about an extraordinary time here in Durham. With so many talented artists walking the streets and performing at various venues, the experience was truly inspiring! It was amazing to feel such a deep love for the music from both artists and festival-goers alike. People really believe in Art of Cool and its mission to expand the audience for jazz and jazz related music, and that acceptance has been worth the sleepless nights and sacrifice for my own personal art, and I’m truly grateful.

Now that the festival is over its back to business for Al Strong Music…not that we ever stopped. There are quite a few opportunities to catch me and the band performing in the month of May as well as my usual freelancing with other artist and bands. Please check the schedule page on the website for occasional updates throughout the month as shows will be added. Looking ahead to June, I’ll the opportunity to perform with Shana Tucker at The Carolina Theater and do a bit of traveling with Soul Understated. All while ramping up to release my debut album Love-Strong! I hope to see you out and about at some point in the month. Your continued support makes the music happen!

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

May 2015

May 5th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover.
May 6th: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ The Hob Nob Jazz Series. Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Cover $5. Check the link for more details. www.boothamphitheatre.com
May 7th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-Midnight. No Cover. http://cgracebar.com
May 8th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30pm-12:00am. No Cover.
May 10th: 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 
May 15th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30pm-12:00am. No Cover.
May 16th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. Cover $5
May 20th: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 South Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:30pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com/
May 21st: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-Midnight. No Cover.
May 28th: Al Strong and Zoocrü Opening for Matt Stevens @ Pinhook. Durham. Check link for more details: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=2778885
May 29th: ASQ @ Cuban Revolution. 318 Blackwell Street Suite 100. Durham. 9:30pm-12:00am. No Cover.
May 30th: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-1am. Cover $5

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. 

We Do It Live- It’s Festival Season!!!

April 2, 2015

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.

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

April 2015
April 1st: Performing with Peter Lamb and The Wolves @ Humble Pie 317 South Harrington St. Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:30pm. No Cover. http://humblepierestaurant.com/
April 2nd: ASQ @ C Grace 407 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. 9pm-Midnight. No Cover. http://cgracebar.com
April 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 
April 7th: Al Strong Acoustic Trio @ Flights Restaurant. 4100 Main at North Hills. Raleigh. 8pm-11pm. No Cover. http://www.flightsnorthhills.com
April 9th: 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.
April 11th: ASQ @ Earth Day Music Fest 2015. Oak Stage at Logan Court. Raleigh. 3pm-3:45pm. Check the link for more details: http://hillsboroughstreet.org/earthday2015
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 14th: Performing with the NCJRO @ Sharp Nine Gallery 4608 L. Industry Lane. Durham. 8pm-10pm. Check website for more details: http://www.durhamjazzworkshop.org/
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 18th: Performing with Soul Understated @ BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn. 8pm. Check the link for more details: http://www.bam.org/music/2015/soul-understated-mavis-swan-poole
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
April 24th:
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.
April 25th:
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.
April 26th:
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
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. 

Love-Stronger

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. 
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