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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.

 

Jazz This Month: September

September 9, 2013

 

 Al Strong @ the African American Cultural Festival
Photo credit: Glenn Parson

Hello, jazz lovers!

Thank you so much for our continued support of the jazz scene. There is a resurgence in the area and it is a very exciting time to be a jazz musician in the Triangle. This month I will begin working on my first solo project. This is a huge goal of mine and I will be taking time for the next few months to focus fully on this. Visit my SoundCloud page to check out two songs (Lilly’s Lullaby and Voyage) that will appear on the project.

You can check me out tonight (Thursday) at C Grace Bar from 9pm-midnight and tomorrow (Friday) at Alley Twenty-Six in Durham from 9pm-midnight.

See you soon!
Al

Jazz This Month: August

August 1, 2013

 

                                                                    
 
 
 
 
 
   Check out this video from the Al Strong Quintet Experience (ASQ), at the C. Grace Bar in Raleigh! Click(http://alstrongmusic.com/contact/) for more about booking your next event.
 
 
 
 
Hello, jazz lovers!
 
Summertime is over but the music is just getting started! July was filled with extraordinary collaborations! I played with The Beast+ Big Band on July 4th Center Stage at American TObacco, Soul Understated in the 9th annual Brooklyn Festival in New York, and ASQ at the Beyu Caffe. For those who love cumbia, salsa, and merengue, check out Orquesta Gardel’s event below. I will be ending the month with a performance in Raleigh’s African American Cultural Festival. Thank you for continuing to come out and support the local jazz scene.

 

August 1: The Art of Cool Presents: Zombie Jazz Apocalypse @Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, NC 27701.  8:00pm- 11:00pm. Entry is a pledge of $5 or more. Support The Art of Cool and get special rewards at The Art of Cool’s Kickstarter.

August 2: The Art of Cool Kickstart Pledge Pop-Up Jazz Jam  @Cocoa Cinnamon, 420 W. Geer St., Durham, NC 27701. Free to the Public. Support The Art of Cool and get special rewards at   The Art of Cool’s Kickstarter.

August 2: Uptown Jazz/Jam Session with Al Strong @Alley Twenty-Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St Durham, NC 27701. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Free to the public.

August 3: Orquesta Gardel @Casbah 1007 W. Main St, Durham, NC 27701. 9:00pm- 1:00am. Ticket info at www.casbahdurham.com $10adv $12 the day off.

August 9 Uptown Jazz/Jam Session with Al Strong @Alley Twenty-Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St DurhamNC 27701. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Free to the public.

August 16: Kim Arrington’s “Getting II Yes” CD Release @ Motorco Music, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, NC 27701. 9:00pm- 12:00am. Tickets available at http://kimarringtoncdrelease.eventbrite.com/

August 17: Al Strong Quartet @C. Grace, 402 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606. 9:00pm-1:00am. Free to public.

August 21: Peter Lamb and The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St, Raleigh, North Carolina. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to the public. 

August 22: Al Strong Quartet @C. Grace, 402 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606. 9:00pm- 12:00am. Free to the public.

August 23: Uptown Jazz/Jam Session with Al Strong @Alley Twenty-Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham, NC 27701. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Free to the public.

August 30:  Uptown Jazz/Jam Session with Al Strong @Alley Twenty-Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham, NC 27701. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Free to the public.

August 31: Kidznotes Jazz Combo under the direction of Al Strong @African American Cultural Festival, City Plaza & Charter Square, Raleigh, NC. 1:15pm- 1:45pm. Free to the public.

August 31: Al Strong Quartet @African American Cultural Festival, City Plaza & Charter Square, Raleigh, NC. 2:15pm- 2:45pm. Free to the public.

Click here to see the full schedule.

Thanks for your continued support!
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.

Jazz This Month: July

July 3, 2013

 

                                                                     
   Check out this video from the Al Strong Quintet (ASQ), Live at the Beyu Caffe in Durham! Click(http://alstrongmusic.com/contact/) for more about booking your next event.

Hello, jazz lovers!

June brought the fire and July is going to get even hotter!  Last week was amazing, I played with the phenomenal Orquesta Gardel in the Find Your Cool Summer Series. All month, ASQ took the Triangle by storm with weekly performances at C. Grace Bar, private weddings and receptions, and even a jam session at Alley Twenty-Six in Durham. I truly hope that you were able to attend. If not, check out the The Art of Cool featuring The Beast+ Big Band on July 4th Center Stage at American Tobacco. The concert is free to the public.

For the remainder of the month I will be playing in Raleigh, Durham, and New York City. For those that appreciate a little funk and soul in your diet, check out the Dynasty 5 event below.  My newest funk project features dynamic vocalists Rissi Palmer and Jua Howard! Thank you for continuing to come out and support the local jazz scene.

In July I’ll be playing the following places:

July 4: Beast+ Big Band @ American Tobacco 318 Blackwell St  Durham, NC 27701. 5pm-8pm. Free to the public.

July 5: Uptown Jazz/Jam Session with Al Strong @Alley Twenty-Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St Durham, NC 27701. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Free to the public.

July 12:  Uptown Jazz/Jam Session with Alan Thompson @Alley Twenty-Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St Durham, NC 27701. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Free to the public.

July 13: : Soul Understated with Redman @The 9th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Brooklyn, NY 3:00pm-8:00pm. Free to public.

July 14: Dynasty 5 Entertainment presents Al Strong’s Funk Project @The Sundays at Sunset Concert Series. Little Raleigh Theater Amphitheater (Outdoor) 301 Pogue Street Raleigh, NC 27601. Free to the public. Click here for tickets: http://www.eventbee.com/v/sundaysatsunset

July 17: Peter Lamb and The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St, Raleigh, North Carolina. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to the public. 

July 18: Al Strong Quartet @C. Grace, 402 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00pm-12:00am. Free to the public.

July 19: Uptown Jazz/Jam Session with Al Strong @Alley Twenty-Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham, NC 27701. 9:00pm-11:00pm.Tickets available at www.eventbee.com

July 26: Al Strong Quartet @Beyu Caffe,335 W. Main Street Durham, NC 27701.  9:00pm-11:55pm. $10 in advanced. $12 at the door. Tickets available online and in person at the Beyu Caffe.

July 27: Al Strong Quartet @C. Grace, 402 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00pm- 1:00am. Free to the public.

Click here to see the full schedule.
Thanks for your continued support!
Al

 

Jazz This Month: June 2013

June 5, 2013

Al Strong’s upcoming gigs in June 2013!

Check out this video from my Special Events Band, C-I-K (Company I Keep)! Click here (http://alstrongmusic.com/contact/) for more about booking your next special event.
Hello, jazz lovers!
Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to check out all the music festivals in the Triangle. If you need to know where to go, this month of June is sure to get you started. At the beginning of this month, The Al Strong Quintet will be performing at The Stack at American Tobacco with special guests. Free to the public. For more music check out the Find Your Cool: Summer Jazz Series where I will be playing with Orquesta Gardel. I will also be playing at C Grace on select Thursdays and Saturdays. C Grace is the sexiest place to hear live jazz in the Triangle. Next month I’ll see you on July 4th when I take the stage with The Beast+Big Band on Center Stage at American Tobacco. The summer is only just beginning. Please come out and enjoy!

Here is the full schedule for June.

June 2013
June 5: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

June 6: Al Strong Quartet @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to public.

June 13: Al Strong Quintet @The Stack at American Tobacco (behind the iconic Lucky Strike Smoke Stack), 324 Blackwell Street, Durham. 5:00pm-7:00pm. Free to the public.

June 15: Private Wedding Reception in Durham.

June 19: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

June 20: Al Strong Quartet @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to the public. Cgracebar.com

June 22: Al Strong Quartet @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to the public. Cgracebar.com

June 27: Playing with Orquesta Gardel @Find Your Cool: Durham Summer Concert Series, CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran Street, NC. 7:00pm-8:30pm. Free to the public.

June 29: Private Wedding Reception in Durham.

June 29: Al Strong Quartet @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to the public. Cgracebar.com

Coming up July 4th….I will be playing with The Beast+Big Band on Center Stage at American Tobacco, 324 Blackwell Street, Durham. 5:00pm-8:00pm. Free to the public.
Al

To book Al Strong for any special occasions, including weddings, ceremonies, and special services Click here (http://alstrongmusic.com/contact/)

To keep up with the latest Al Strong Music News please visit http://www.alstrongmusic.com (http://alstrongmusic.com) , twitter @alstrongmusic (http://twitter.com/alstrongmusic) , or facebook.com/alstrongmusicproductions.

Artist Bio
Al Strong is a Washington, D.C. native trumpeter, 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 & 2012 Best Jazz Band in the Triangle), Clay Aiken, Big Daddy Kane, Orquesta Gardel, The Beast, Old Ceremony, and the comedian SinBad. Strong is a current associate professor at Saint Augustine’s University 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
(http://theartofcoolproject.com/) .

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Jazz This Month: May 2013

May 3, 2013

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Check out this video from a past performance at C Grace!

Hello, jazz lovers!

Summer is approaching quickly which means Summer Music Series are on the horizon. The Hob Nob Series kicked off this week at Koka Booth. I will be playing the series with Peter Lamb & The Wolves next week and will be bringing my own quartet the following week. There is much more on the calendar this month. Please come out and enjoy.

Here is the full schedule for May.

May 2013

May 2: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to public.May 4: Playing with Orquesta Gardel @Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road Saxapahaw, NC. 9:00pm-11:45pm. $12-$14 cover. Click here for more information.May 8: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @ Hob Nob Jazz Series at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tix $5. Click here for more information.

May 10: Al Strong Duo @Solas, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 6:30pm-10:00pm. Free to public.

May 11: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to public.

May 15: Al Strong Quartet @ Hob Nob Jazz Series at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tix $5. Click here for more information.

May 15: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

May 16: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to public.

May 17: Guitar Summit 2013 Workshop and Concert @Griffith Theatre Duke University Science Dr., Durham. 6:30pm http://guitarsummit2013.eventbrite.com/#
May 25: Al Strong Quartet @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00pm-1:00am. Free to public.
May 31: Al Strong Quartet @Red Room, 221 N. Heritage St., Kinston, NC. 9:00pm-12:00am.

Coming up in June….I will be at the Stack playing the new FREE  after work series at American Tobacco behind the iconic Lucky Strike Smoke Stack on June 6th 5-7pm.

Al

April 2013

April 1, 2013

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April 2013

April 3: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

April 3: Art of Cool Secret Jazz Jam Session. Location to be announced. 6:00pm-8:00pm. More intro here.

April 4: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-12:00am. Free to public.

April 5: Al Strong Quintet @Beyu Caffe, 335 W Main St., Durham. 9:00pm-12:00am. $10 cover. Call (919) 683-1058 to make a table reservation.

April 6: Al Strong Trio @Rock and Shop Market at the Durham Armory. Market is from 11:00am-7:00pm. We hit the stage at 2:30pm.

April 12: Al Strong Duo @Solas, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 6:30pm-10:00pm. Free to public.

April 17: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

April 18: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-12:00am. Free to public.

April 27: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-12:00am. Free to public.

March Newsletter 2013

March 3, 2013

Photo Credit: Frank Myers of Sweet Life Studios

March 2013

March 2: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @G2B Gastropub, 3211 Shannon Road #106, Durham. 8:00pm-10:00pm.
March 2: Duo with Ryan Hanselar @Whiskey, 347 W Main St., Durham. 10:00pm-1:00am. Free to public.
March 6: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

March 7: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-12:00am. Free to public.

March 8: Al Strong Duo @Brasa’s Brazilian Steakhouse, 551 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh. 6:00pm-10:00pm. Free to the public.

March 10: Jazz Jam Session for Art of Cool Project @Durham Central Park for the Food Truck Rodeo. 12:30pm-4:30pm. Free to the public.

March 16: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-12:00am. Free to public.

March 20: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

March 21: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-12:00am. Free to public.

March 22: Al Strong Duo @Solas, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 6:30pm-10:00pm. Free to public.
March 30: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-12:00am. Free to public.

February 2013 Dates

February 10, 2013

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Photo Credit: Frank Myers of Sweet Life Studios

Jazz is for lovers, at least in February it is!

I’ve been in the studio lately recording with some amazing musicians. It’s exciting to see all this talent in the area. I’ve been in the studio with The Beast+Big Band and Kobie Watkins. The jazz scene is alive and thriving. I am glad to be a part of this incredible movement. In February I will continue to record with Peter Lamb & The Wolves and Kim Arrington.

This month there are many opportunities to catch a performance. On Valentine’s Day I’ll be playing at C Grace, the sexiest place to hear live jazz in the Triangle. Here is the full schedule for February.

February 2013

February 7: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

February 8: Al Strong Duo @Solas, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 6:30pm-10:00pm. Free to public.

February 9: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to public.

February 14: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to public.

February 20: Peter Lamb & The Wolves @Humble Pie, 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 8:30pm-11:00pm. Free to public.

February 23: Orquesta Gardel @Kings Barcade, 14 West Martin St., Raleigh. Doors open at 8:00pm. Show starts at 9:00pm. $10 advance and $12 day of. Tickets available here.

February 28: Al Strong Trio @C Grace, 407 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 9:00 pm-1:00am. Free to public.

Al
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