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LoveStrong


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LOVESTRONG

Full Album Released on January 8th, 2016

album available on iTunes, Cdbaby, and bandcamp.com!

LoveStrong is a "feel good" record, that traverses through various moods and colors of Strong's life experiences. The mellow sounds are sure to capture the ear of unassuming listeners who may not usually listen to jazz music. The listener who is well adept to improvisation and the blues will certainly be in for a treat as well, as they will find quite a few moments when the musicians on this album tell stories of struggle, triumph, mystery, and LOVE. 

The goal for creating an album such as LoveStrong is to positively contribute to the body of work created by so many other well-versed and well-traveled artists, such as Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and Donny Hathaway, that paved the way for him and many others, believing in their musical connection with the creator and mankind.  

Current Local Distribution:

*Sharp Nine Gallery. 4608 Industry Lane. Durham, NC 27713. Please call ahead for hours of operation.

*Carolina Soul Records. 117 East Main Street. Durham, NC

LoveStrong Vol. 1 Track Listing:

1. Getaway 9

2. The Itsy Bitsy Spider

3. Lilly's Lullaby

4. Ci's Blues

5. My Favorite Things

6. Fond of You

7. Liquid

8. Voyage

9. Was

10. Blue Monk

 

Album Credits:

Executive Producer: Al Strong  

Producer: Jeremy 'BEAN' Clemons

Mixing: Jeremy 'BEAN' Clemons

Pre-Production: Ivan Hampden, Jr.

Mastering: David Levy (Fiverr)

Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Steelpan - Al Strong
Drums - Jeremy 'BEAN' Clemons (1, 5, 7, 8, & (Clavinet) 10)
Drums - Iajhi Hampden (2 - 4, 6, 9, & 10)
Bass - Lance Scott - (2 - 7, 9, & 10)
Piano/Fender Rhodes - Ryan Hanseler (2, 6, & 10)
Piano/Organ/Wurly - Lovell Bradford (1,    5, 7,    8)    
Hammond B-3 Organ - Charles Robinson (7); Joel Holloway (4 &10)
Guitar - JC Martin (4, 9, & 10)
Percussion - Brevan Hampden (5, 9 & 10)
Tenor Saxophone  - Bluford Thompson, Jr. (1, 3 - 8, & 10)
Baritone Saxophone - Shaena Ryan Martin (10)
Alto Saxophone - James 'Saxmo' Gates (4 & 10)
Soprano Saxophone - Alan Thompson (3)
Party Boys - Jordan Baker, Charles Robinson, Jeremy 'BEAN' Clemons, & Bluford Thompson, Jr. (10)

LoveStrong Vol. 1 Special Guests:

Ira Wiggins - Alto Flute (2)
Joey Calderazzo - Piano (3)
Devonne Harris - Fender Rhodes (9)
Ameen Saleem - Acoustic Bass (1 & 8)
Brian Miller - Tenor Saxophone (10)
Lummie Spann, Jr. - Alto Sax (4)
The KidzNotes Mozart Chorus - Children's Voices (2)

Tracks 2 - 4, 6, 9 & 10 were  recorded at Playground Studios in Durham, NC on February 6th & 7th 2014.
Engineer: Chaka Harley    
Eyes and Ears: Ivan Hampden, Jr.
Tracks 1, 5, 7, & 8 were recorded at Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC on December 17, 2014
Engineer: Mitch Easter

Blue Monk Single Credits:

Composer: Thelonious Monk

Arranged by: Al Strong

Pre-Production: Ivan Hampden, Jr.

Editing/Mixing/Production: Jeremy 'BEAN' Clemons

Mastering: David Levy (Fiverr)

Personnel:

Trumpet- Al Strong

Alto Saxophone- James “Saxmo” Gates, Jr.

Tenor Saxophone- Brian Miller

Baritone Saxophone- Shaena Ryan-Martin

Drums- Iajhi Hampden

Percussion- Brevan Hampden

Bass- Lance Scott

Piano– Ryan Hanseler

Organ- Joel Holloway

Clavinet- Jeremy “BEAN” Clemons

Guitar- JC Martin

Party Boys- Jordan Baker, Chuckey Robinson, Bluford Thompson, Jr., Jeremy 'BEAN' Clemons

Recorded at Playground Studios in Durham, NC on February 6th and 7th 2014. Engineer: Chaka Harley

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Meet Al Strong


Meet Al Strong

About The Musician

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UPCOMING DATES

 

 

HAPPY NEW

 

YEAR!!!

 

JANUARY 2016

 

JANUARY 2ND @ BEYU CAFFÈ: RYAN HANSELER QUINTET. RYAN HANSELER-PIANO, KOBIE WATKINS-DRUMS, JASON FOUREMAN-BASS, BRIAN MILLER-SAXOPHONE. 8PM & 10PM SETS.  335 WEST MAIN STREET. DURHAM, NC. 919-683-1058. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. 

 

JANUARY 3RD @ JOSE AND SONS: AL STRONG QUARTET (ASQ). 12PM - 3PM. 327 WEST DAVIE STREET. RALEIGH, NC. (919) 755-0556. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

JANUARY 8TH @ BEYU CAFFE: LOVESTRONG VOL. 1 CD RELEASE SHOW. JC MARTIN-GUITAR, LANCE SCOTT-BASS, MICHAEL ODE-DRUMS, 8PM & 10PM SETS.  335 WEST MAIN STREET. DURHAM, NC. 919-683-1058. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. 

 

JANUARY 9TH @ C GRACE: AL STRONG QUARTET (ASQ). ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF AL STRONG FROM 9PM-1AM.  407 GLENWOOD AVE. RALEIGH, NC 27606. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. 

 

JANUARY 15TH @ GIN FIZZ HARLEM: SOUL UNDERSTATED FEATURING, MAVIS 'SWAN' POOLE. ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF AL STRONG FROM 9PM-1AM. 308 MALCOLM X BLVD. NEW YORK, NY 10027 CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.   

 

JANUARY 16TH @ WINTER JAZZFEST NYC-THE BITTER END: AL STRONG. SET: 11PM. 147 BLEEKER STREET NEW YORK, NY 10012 CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

JANUARY 23RD @ C GRACE: AL STRONG QUARTET (ASQ). ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF AL STRONG FROM 9PM-1AM.  407 GLENWOOD AVE. RALEIGH, NC 27606. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

 JANUARY 28TH @ C GRACE: AL STRONG QUARTET (ASQ). ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF AL STRONG FROM 9PM-12AM.  407 GLENWOOD AVE. RALEIGH, NC 27606. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

JANUARY 29TH @ ALLEY TWENTY-SIX: AL STRONG DUO. ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF AL STRONG FROM 9PM-12AM. 320 EAST CHAPEL HILL STREET DURHAM, NC 27701. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

UPCOMING TOUR

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2016

GIN FIZZ 

APAP SHOWCASE WITH SOUL UNDERSTATED  
FEATURING MAVIS 'SWAN' POOLE

DOORS: 9:30PM

308 MALCOLM X BLVD.  
NEW YORK, NY 10027
(212) 289-2220 

 

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2016

THE BITTER END

AL STRONG PERFORMS @ WINTER JAZZ FEST NYC 

SET: 11:00PM

147 BLEEKER STREET  
NEW YORK, NY
WINTERJAZZFEST.COM 

FUTURE SOUNDS TO

LISTEN FOR:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2016

AL STRONG OPENS FOR STANLEY CLARKE @ THE KNIGHT THEATER

SET: 8:00PM

480 TRYON STREET  
CHARLOTTE, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000 

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS!

UPCOMING DATES

 

THE SOUNDS OF NOVEMBER 2015


NOVEMBER 1ST: AL STRONG BRASS BAND PLAYS @ OAKWOOD CEMETERY. ALL SAINTS/EL DIA DE LOS SANTOS STORYTELLING SUPPER. BENEFITING THE BRENTWOOD BOYS & GIRLS CLUB. 701 OAKWOOD AVE. RALEIGH, NC. 6:30PM-9:30PM. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.


NOVEMBER 6TH: PERFORMING WITH SOUL UNDERSTATED @ GIN FIZZ. 308 MALCOLM X BLVD. HARLEM, NYC. 9PM. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

NOVEMBER 8TH: PERFORMING WITH KATE MCGARRY/KEITH GANZ QUARTET W/SPECIAL GUEST JAMES SHIPP @ SHARP NINE GALLERY. 4608 L INDUSTRY LANE. DURHAM. 7PM. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.


NOVEMBER 13TH & 14TH: PERFORMING WITH KATE MCGARRY AND THE TOUGH GET GROWING ENSEMBLE @ THE VELVET NOTE. 4075 OLD MILTON PARKWAY. ALPHARETTA, GA. 7:30 AND 9:30 SETS. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. 


NOVEMBER 19TH:  PERFORMING WITH KATE MCGARRY AND THE TOUGH GET GROWING ENSEMBLE @ NATIONAL SAWDUST. 80 NORTH 6TH ST. BROOKLYN, NY. 7PM. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.


NOVEMBER 20TH: PERFORMING WITH KATE MCGARRY AND THE TOUGH GET GROWING ENSEMBLE @ MARK MURPHY'S SCHOOL OF MUSIC. 21-27 SCOTLAND ROAD. SOUTH ORANGE, NJ. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.


NOVEMBER 28TH: ASQ @ C GRACE 407 GLENWOOD AVE. RALEIGH. 9PM-1AM. $5 COVER.CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. 

 

FUTURE SOUNDS TO LISTEN OUT FOR


DECEMBER 10TH: ASQ PERFORMS @ CARMEL CITY (THE POURHOUSE) SPONSORED BY 9TH WONDER AND THE ART OF COOL PROJECT. RALEIGH. 

UPCOMING TOUR

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2015

THE VELVET NOTE

KATE MCGARRY AND THE TOUGH GET GROWING ENSEMBLE - SETS AT 7:30 AND 9:30

4075 OLD MILTON PARKWAY
ALPHARETTA, GA
855.583.5838 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2015

THE VELVET NOTE

KATE MCGARRY & KEITH GANZ QUARTET

4075 OLD MILTON PARKWAY
ALPHARETTA, GA
855.583.5838

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2015

NATIONAL SAWDUST

KATE MCGARRY AND THE TOUGH GET GROWING ENSEMBLE - 7PM

80 NORTH 6TH ST
BROOKLYN, NY 11249
(646) 779-8455 

PRICE: $25

FEATURING KEITH GANZ, AL STRONG - TRUMPET, PAUL CREEL - BASS, JON CURRY - DRUMS, JAMES SHIPP - VIBES AND PERCUSSION,  RACHEL FRIEDMAN, HARMONY,

A DURHAM, NC BASED MUSICAL COLLECTIVE FEATURING KATE’S HUSBAND, GUITARIST KEITH GANZ, TRUMPETER AND THE ART OF COOL PROJECT COFOUNDER AL STRONG, PAUL CREEL ON ACOUSTIC BASS, AND JON CURRY ON DRUMS, IN COLLABORATION WITH SPECIAL GUEST JAMES SHIPP ON VIBES, PERCUSSION, AND ARRANGEMENTS.

IN A PROGRAM DEVELOPED ESPECIALLY FOR PREMIERE AT NATIONAL SAWDUST, MCGARRY’S BAND, THE TOUGH GET GROWING, COMBINE FOLK AND CELTIC VOCAL SENSIBILITIES AND CONSIDERABLE JAZZ AND IMPROVISATIONAL CHOPS IN THEIR LUSH DE-ARRANGEMENTS OF SONGS BY LEONARD COHEN, THE BLUE NILE, TOM WAITS, PAUL SIMON, THE EAGLES, AND MORE. MCGARRY’S EMOTIONALLY PIERCING ORIGINALS AND SELECT STANDARDS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK ASSIST THE COLLECTIVE AS THEY WRESTLE WELL-KNOWN ANTHEMS FOR HARD TIMES, WITH UPLIFTING RESULTS.