Beyu Caffe Presents: Dasan Ahanu with Live Band
Sep
30
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents: Dasan Ahanu with Live Band

  • Beyu Caffe

Dasan Ahanu is a artist, educator, and organizer living in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to performing, Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has founded cultural and performing arts organizations in North Carolina. He has been featured on national radio and TV and has published two books of poetry.  He has also released a number of Hip Hop and Spokenword recordings.
Dasan believes in using his skill and resources to aid in developing the community and further social change. He has worked as an organizer on such issues as war, social injustice, workers rights, domestic violence and sexual assault; planned and facilitated community programs for Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies; conducted creative writing and performance workshops at middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout North Carolina; and spent time working with at-risk/court-involved youth. In addition to advocating for further support of poetry and spoken word programming, he has lectured on topics such as the impact of cultural arts programming, the arts and social justice, Hip Hop culture, Hip Hop pedagogy, and the arts as a tool for literacy. As a resident artist with the St, Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC he has developed poetry and spoken word programming for youth and adults and worked to grow the Triangle’s arts community.
Dasan is president of the Black Jedi Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation, a global community organization that also fosters greater cultural awareness of Hip Hop. He has served as a Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of English at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC since 2006. He has a BS in Organizational Management from Saint Augustine’s University and a MLS in Art & Culture with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Denver.

2015-2016: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship

https://youtu.be/GsihBsdwzGg

THE CAROLINA THEATRE OF DURHAM PRESENTS THE CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND
Oct
15
8:00 pm20:00

THE CAROLINA THEATRE OF DURHAM PRESENTS THE CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND

  • The Carolina Theatre

THE CAROLINA THEATRE OF DURHAM PRESENTS THE CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND FEATURING DAVE WECKL, JOHN PATITUCCI, ERIC MARIENTHAL, FRANK GAMBALE.

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods - and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children's songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late '60s and early '70s.

Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who's who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times in this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is "a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful."

Ticket prices start at $45.

https://youtu.be/D9ux9BQEWeQ

 

Dome Group Presents Love Jones The Musical
Oct
18
7:30 pm19:30

Dome Group Presents Love Jones The Musical

  • Durham Performing Arts Center

The Dome Group is proud to announce "Love Jones the Musical" will be presented at the Durham Performing Arts Center. 

 

Directed by the original screenwriter, Theodore Witcher, this is the first stage adaptation of the contemporary classic 1997 film. "Love Jones The Musical" brings a phenomenally talented and star-studded cast. Starring MC Lyte, Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Hollister and Raheem DeVaughn this is a soul music lovers dream!

 

You definitely do not want to miss the retelling of one of the greatest urban films of all times. Act quickly as this show is here for just one night only.Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12th! Visit www.dpacnc.com to purchase. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the NCCU foundation. 

Art of Cool and Sol Kitchen Present : King
Oct
21
8:00 pm20:00

Art of Cool and Sol Kitchen Present : King

  • Motorco Music Hall

Twins Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias are dream-pop trio KING. In 2011, KING independently released their debut EP to much acclaim- The Story, Supernatural, and Hey made up the 3-piece introduction to their carefully crafted sound. Fueled by word of mouth excitement and social media posts from supporters including Prince, Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu, Solange, Nile Rodgers, Sam Sparro, Janelle Monae, Questlove and a host of others, their story and songs have spread wide and made new fans of many. Since the release of their initial EP, KING have been touring, performing as a headlining act to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, London, and Amsterdam amidst a host of other US cities.

KING's eclectic sound is relatable yet not simply defined. Though they play with the boundaries of their many influences, throughout each song is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity. The smooth vibe, intricate production, and harmonic style of their music evolved beautifully in their home studio, a product solely of the three women and a result of their Minneapolis and Los Angeles roots.

Paris produces KING's songs, while Amber and Anita are the primary singers. The three work together on songwriting and arrangements to create their unique sound, garnering such accolades as NPR's Song of the Day and 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing, Billboard's 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014, The Guardian's New Band of the Day and Best Albums of 2013, Metro UK's Singles of the Week, Glamour Magazine's 2013 Free Holiday Music Campaign, and the 55th GRAMMY Award for 'Move Love', their collaboration with Robert Glasper on his Best R&B Album 'Black Radio'.

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY JAZZ STUDIES PRESENTS "KEEPING THE VISION ALIVE" 2ND ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURING ELLIS MARSALIS AND MARCUS ANDERSON
Nov
6
6:00 pm18:00

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY JAZZ STUDIES PRESENTS "KEEPING THE VISION ALIVE" 2ND ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURING ELLIS MARSALIS AND MARCUS ANDERSON

  • The Carolina Theatre of Durham

NCCU Jazz Studies presents "Keep The Vision Alive," A Jazz Benefit Concert featuring Ellis Marsalis & Marcus Anderson.  Also appearing are the NCCU Jazz Ensemble and NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. 

NCCU was the first university in the state to offer the Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies.  The program has now evolved to add a comprehensive vocal jazz component and the Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance. This concert will support the continuing activities of a historical and cultural landmark of North Carolina.

The Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University is under the leadership of saxophonist/flutist Ira Wiggins. NCCU Jazz Studies program offers study leading to the bachelor of music and master of music

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10 am and start at $50.  Visit www.carolinatheatre.org for more details.

Ellis Marsalis is known as both an accomplished, original jazz pianist and a jazz instructor who has helped shape some of the genre's most important new musicians. A figurehead of the jazz music revival in New Orleans in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Marsalis has enjoyed a career spanning almost four decades. After years of success playing in New Orleans clubs, Marsalis won nationwide recognition in the 1980s and 1990s when appreciation for his teaching skills led to numerous recordings. Patriarch of an internationally acclaimed musical family, Ellis Marsalis has become one of the most renowned music educators in the U.S. and is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans. Many leading jazz artists today such as Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Harry Connick, Jr., as well as his sons Wynton Jason, Delfeayo, and Branford all studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with Ellis. 

https://youtu.be/0WJ8j3C2Meg

One of the premiere saxophonists in the world, Marcus Anderson is not only a sought after solo artist, with eight albums to date, who performs to audiences all over the world, and who accompanies other great artists such as CeeLo Green and Judith Hill, but he is also known as being a featured saxophonist with the late Prince's New Power Generation. In addition to being a sax maestro, Marcus plays the flute, sings, writes, dances, produces and arranges music; his talent is undeniable to most audiences and to his peers. As if that wasn't enough, his recent accomplishments include ranking #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and SirusXM Radio Watercolors.   

Marcus recently became a key contributor to CeeLo Green's tour band, traveling internationally with the Love Train Tour. Marcus is no stranger to notoriety touring often with his own band both as a recording artist and performer. Marcus' eight albums to date include his three produced in the past two years. The "Marcus Anderson Xperience...M.A.X. Live in Concert" is a limited edition CD celebrating Marcus's tenth anniversary performing and recording as a solo act. The CD, AND Coffee, is an ode to and for coffee lovers, celebrating the launch of Marcus's recent coffee brand of the same name
www.ANDproducts.net. The single, "A Cup of Joe," received the highest honors as #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and #1 on SirusXM Radio Watercolors.

Recently, Marcus released, My Inspiration, his first solo inspirational CD.Marcus has played with several headliners during guest appearances on well-noted shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Arsenio Hall Show, Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. He is a veteran and audience favorite at such notable festivals as the Essence Music Festival, Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, and more.   

Marcus has a strong international presence and his 2015 MAX Tour - London performances were received to rave reviews. The package Marcus brings on stage, with his showmanship and sheer jubilance, electrifies audiences everywhere. In a note, Marcus has taken his traditional smooth jazz roots and infused his music with R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin and funky grooves.   

Marcus studied with Branford Marsalis, Dr. Ira Wiggins and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years. He achieved many accolades along the way, including a North Carolina Gospel Announcers' Prestige Award for Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year, thus displaying his musical diversity. He has performed for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson, amongst other dignitaries. He has also toured with Judith Hill, Sheila E, Liv Warfield and Anthony Hamilton.   

As a solo artist, Marcus has been honored to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Esperanza Spaulding, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin, Jennifer Holiday and The Sax Pack.

https://youtu.be/obG2m3G5eSI

The Ritz Presents MS. LAURYN HILL - THE MLH CARAVAN: A DIASPORA CALLING! CONCERT SERIES
Dec
13
8:00 pm20:00

The Ritz Presents MS. LAURYN HILL - THE MLH CARAVAN: A DIASPORA CALLING! CONCERT SERIES

  • The Ritz

Lauryn Hill’s “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!” Concert Series makes a stop in Raleigh, NC at The Ritz.

Doors open at 7:00, Show time 8:00 pm

Tickets go on sale to the general public August 26, 2016, at 10:00 am.

Following the overwhelming success of Ms. Lauryn Hill's inaugural Diaspora Calling! at Brooklyn's historic Kings Theater, she has announced the MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series. The tour is presented by Ms. Hill, in association with Live Nation and global music and entertainment platform, Tidal.

The concert series will bring aspects of the inaugural festival to the road. Each show will include special guest performances by artists from throughout the African diaspora. Of the concert series Ms. Hill says: "The MLH Caravan allows me to continue the theme of unity and celebration of the many facets of cultural and artistic beauty throughout the African diaspora while on tour this summer and fall. In these days of tension, tumult and transition, an exchange of this kind can yield direction, expression, understanding and empowerment as well as connection, self Love and appreciation that hopefully overflows into our respective communities."

 

https://youtu.be/T6QKqFPRZSA

 

Visit http://www.ritzraleigh.com/ for more information.

 

 


Beyu Caffe Presents: STANLEY BAIRD BAND
Sep
24
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents: STANLEY BAIRD BAND

Two Performances, 8 or 10 pm,  Tickets $15 per show

Stanley Baird, as an acclaimed musician, composer and entertainer, has not only become a household item in his home state of North Carolina but he has also achieved wide recognition as an educator at both the public and university level. In 1991, Stanley formed The Stanley Baird Group and since then Stanley has released seven albums with Slow Jams: I being the latest release.

During his teaching tenure in St.Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Stanley was able to quench his thirst for West Indian and Latin music. This influence is heard through his music.

Stanley has shared the concert stage with his mentor Donald Byrd, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Regina Belle, Richard Elliot, Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Kim Waters, The O’Jays and the late George Howard.

Stanley has had airplay on at least three hundred Quiet Storm and Urban radio programs and one soap opera The Guiding Light. He received reviews and articles in Bre, Billboard, and the Gavin Report. Throughout his career, Baird has covered every aspect of jazz, using his gift to create music with heart.

Stanley created the STANLEY BAIRD YOUTH JAZZ FOUNDATION because he believes jazz can be kept alive through young rising instrumentalists and vocalists. Baird ‘s philosophy is “Listening to music is good for the soul and the mind…don’t do drugs, get your high on soothing, inspirational music.”

Presently the Stanley Baird Group can be heard in his home state of North Carolina but the group is willing and able to travel any where in the world.

 

https://youtu.be/ofRJXArStr4

9th Wonder and Art of Cool present Caramel City featuring ZACH LARMER ELECTRIC BAND
Sep
24
Sep 25

9th Wonder and Art of Cool present Caramel City featuring ZACH LARMER ELECTRIC BAND

  • The Pour House Music Hall

Tickets $8 advance, $10 day of show

Zach Larmer is a rising star of the jazz guitar world, and one whose name you should certainly remember. Leading his electric band comprised of Tal Cohen (Australia) on Keyboards, Dion Kerr (New York) on bass, and Rodolfo Zuniga (Costa Rica) on drums, the group is receiving international recognition for their unique blend of progressive funk rhythms with deep jazz harmonies.

The music is groundbreaking in its ability to bridge the gap that is often caused by the label of “jazz”. The band can make an audience move and groove while also seamlessly satisfying the keen ear of the educated listener through an amalgamation of hard-hitting jazz, funk, and soul.

https://youtu.be/B07HcQoJVqg

Beyu Caffe Presents Calvin Edwards Trio
Sep
23
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Calvin Edwards Trio

  • Beyu Caffe

Performances at 8:00 and 10:00 pm, Tickets $8 per show

 

Born in Kings Mountain N.C., Calvin is also a well-know international artist who has performed in Okinawa, Tokyo, and China as well as performing for the G8 Summit for President Clinton in Okinawa. Calvin is now performing in the USA and has played in San Francisco, New York, Charleston, includin

g the The 2005 NAMM SHOW in Anahiem, CA, the Romare Bearden 99th Birthday Bash, the grand-opening of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, the Fall for Greenville event in SC, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and the Guilford College Homecoming in Greensboro, NC.

At 17, he joined the famous Gospel group Five Blind Boys of Alabama for many years. Then, he moved to L.A. to play in his brothers band, The Jett Edwards Band. During this time, Calvin and his brother recorded two albums together, including one song which was recorded by George Benson.

Mr. Edwards has released four CD’s as a band leader …….

So What, Don’t Forget – Venus Records – Japan
Let It Flow – Simply Smoking Records – USA
Just Swing – Roving Spirits – Japan
That’s It – Chasity Music Records – USA
The Maupin/Williams Project – Simply Smoking Records – USA
Live from San Francisco – Chasity Music Records – USA
Mr. Edwards has performed with and/or booked various artist through Chasity Music including Tom Brown, Tuck & Patti, Michael White, Kei Akagi, Lonnie Plaxico, Benny Maupin, Hidefumi Toke, Javon Jackson, Michael O’Neil, Ron Brown, Ali Jackson, Michael Paluo, Michael Wolf, Roy Ayers, Everette Harp, Dan Siegel, Phil Perry …….

https://youtu.be/1ZE_Z_T2tAE

 

 

 

Art of Cool Residency at CAM presenting Doc Swiner's Book Launch
Sep
21
6:00 pm18:00

Art of Cool Residency at CAM presenting Doc Swiner's Book Launch

  • CAM Raleigh

The Art of Cool (AOC) fest and Contemporary Arts Museum (CAM) host and congratulate DocSwiner on the launch of her 2nd book, "The Superwoman Complex: A Follow-Up Visit."Come toast cocktails and share hors d'oeuvres during a FREE event on 9/21/16 from 6-9pm at this unique and glorious location. There'll be live music by the phenomenal DJ Mic Check, along with books, tees, bags and DocSwiner's Superwoman Sleep Serum to purchase. Come and bring your friends for a classy, cocktail hour styled event to support one of NC's finest docs and authors. 

Jazz Night at The Durham Hotel featuring the Lance Scott Duo
Sep
20
6:00 pm18:00

Jazz Night at The Durham Hotel featuring the Lance Scott Duo

  • The Durham Hotel

Introducing Jazz Night presented by Art of Cool. AOC-approved local and visiting musicians provide the soundtrack to cocktails and dinner in the restaurant and lounge. 
Every 3rd Tuesday, 6-9pm in the Lobby.  
Restaurant tables are reserved for dinner service. Lounge and bar seats are first come, first served and available for cocktails and appetizers.

Dinner reservations can be made at 919-768-8831.

 

The Pourhouse and Art of Cool Present Zo! and Carmen Rodgers
Sep
18
Sep 19

The Pourhouse and Art of Cool Present Zo! and Carmen Rodgers

  • The Pourhouse Musichall

What happens when two stars collide? You get a supernova. Sunday, September 18th join us as we welcome back our friends, the incredibly talented Zo! and Carmen Rodgers to The Pour House. Come witness two phenomenal artists who are each stars in their own right but will share the stage and present the SkyBreak/Stargazer Tour. Be prepared for a performance that is nothing short of stellar as these two combine forces to share their collective works. 

Doors open at 8 pm, show starts at 9 pm. Tickets are on sale now, $10 advance, $15 at the door. Visit www.thepourhousemusichall.com now to purchase.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EMwAz7jvvY

Beats & Bars Festival
Sep
17
Sep 18

Beats & Bars Festival

  • The Pinhook

The Underground Collective presents it's inaugural Beats and Bars Festival to empower up and coming artists, hip-hop heads and anyone interested in the culture. There will be 2 stages filled with artists, beat and freestyle battles, dance shows and many other hip-hop staples.

Headlining this year's festival is a collection of talented artists; J.K. The Reaper out of Greensboro, OC from NC from Burlington, Kooley High out of Raleigh, North Carolina, Swift from Atlanta, Georgia, Well$ from Charlotte, and Joshua Gunn who represents the Bull City, Durham, North Carolina. 

Tickets range in price from $15-$65

Beyu Cafe Presents La Fiesta Latin Jazz Band
Sep
16
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Cafe Presents La Fiesta Latin Jazz Band

  • Beyu Caffe

La Fiesta Latin Jazz has just recorded it's debut CD and will be having album release shows to celebrate!  There will be two shows at Durham's Beyu Caffe, 8 pm and 10 pm. Tickets are $7 per show. Visit www.beyucaffe.com to purchase.

Since 2010, La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quartet has delighted audiences with its music directed by tenor saxophonist, Gregg Gelb.  Joining Gelb, a saxophonist and composer, are Ramon Ortiz, a Latin Jazz percussionist; Steve Anderson, jazz and piano professor at UNC Chapel Hill; Beverly Botsford, a cross-cultural percussionist; and Andy Kleindienst, a bassist, educator and trombonist. 

https://youtu.be/XJar_U-qcgA

 

The Dome Group Presents: Boney James with special guest Damien Escobar
Sep
16
7:30 pm19:30

The Dome Group Presents: Boney James with special guest Damien Escobar

  • Red Hat Amphitheater

Summer '16 just keeps getting better. Calling all Jazz and Soul music lovers. Prepare yourself for another extraordinary night of music.  Friday, September 16th, meet us at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC. The Dome Group is pleased to present 4-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling R&B/Soul sax-man Boney James and urban violinist Damian Escobar. 

With over 20 years in the industry, Boney James is an accomplished songwriter and producer andhas played alongside many notable acts such as Morris Day, The Isley Brothers, Randy Crawford and Teena Marie just to name a few. His latest album, "futuresoul" boasts cool and evocative production giving it a modern soul sound and contains collaborations with renowned artists like Mint Condition frontman Stokley on the sultry song "Either Way".

Damien Escobar is sure to wow the crowd as he is a classically trained musician that blends his master violin skills with R&B and Soul. Escobar boasts of 200K downloads from his first R&B mixtape, “Sensual Melodies”; and has more than a few notable  headliner performances under his belt including: CBS Upfront Presentation,  Angela Simmons “Electric Daze” Fashion Show, Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Inaugural Ball, and more.

Tickets are on sale now! Prices range from $28.20-$48.20 each.  Visit ticketmaster.com

 orwww.redhatamphitheater.com to purchase.

 

Art of Cool Celebrates 5 Years of Cool
Sep
16
6:30 pm18:30

Art of Cool Celebrates 5 Years of Cool

  • Northgate Mall

It's our Anniversary! That's right, Friday, September 16th Art of Cool Turns 5!!

What's a celebration without music? To celebrate we will host a FREE public concert at Durham's North Gate Mall. 
 

Come out and enjoy live jazz performances by Al Strong & Friends and learn more about The Art of Cool Project and the stArt of Cool initiative as we contribute to the Fall Music on The Plaza series.

We will share a major announcement at the show that you do not want to miss. We look forward to sharing the evening with you and our community. 


When: Friday , September 16, 2016
Where: Northgate Mall
1058 West Club Blvd Durham, NC 27701
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm

Local food trucks, beer and wine will be available as well as Northgate dining options.
*no outside coolers please

Beyu Caffe Presents LAURA REED FT. SPECIAL GUEST 2 X GRAMMY WINNER SHANNON SANDERS & FRIENDS
Sep
10
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents LAURA REED FT. SPECIAL GUEST 2 X GRAMMY WINNER SHANNON SANDERS & FRIENDS

  • Beyu Caffe

South African born, Nashville and North Carolina based singer/songwriter Laura Reed makes an impact with her original neo-world, soul sound. In December of 2014, Laura released her solo debut album, The Awakening, on her label, “FIVE FOOT GIANT RECORDS.” Since the release of The Awakening, Reed has won three Nashville Industry Music Awards, including 2014 & 2015’s Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and 2015’s Best Live R&B/Soul Performer, and recently won The Emerging Artist Series at SUMMERFEST 2016 in Milwaukee.

Laura was discovered by Grammy winning producer Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum) at a wedding in Atlanta. At his persistence, Laura decided to make Music City her home. Laura’s relationship with Worley led her to producer and two-time Grammy winner, Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, John Legend, Robert Randolph). Sanders understood Laura’s vision for her album and they worked together to make that vision a reality. Shannon helped Laura’s diversity shine through on The Awakening. With songs that range from the empowering anthem of “Struggle” to the upbeat pop hit “Wake Up,” listeners are able to get a glimpse into Reed’s limitless influences.

Reed’s music video for “Dragging My Heart” earned a nomination at the Long Island International Film Festival, she has had the honor of performing the National Anthem twice at Madison Square Garden, has opened for India.Arie, Anthony Hamilton, Mali Music, Miguel, Big and Rich, Valerie June, and DALEY, performed alongside George Clinton and PFUNK, and has toured with Dumpstaphunk. Reed is a featured artist with Lee Oskar Harmonicas and recently joined Oskar at the 2015 Joy of Jazz in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Her music has been featured in the films Cold Light of Day (Sigourney Weaver, Henry Cavil), Alicia Key’s indie film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks), Chloe and Theo (Dakota Johnson, Mina Sorvino), and on television including VH1’s Hollywood Exes and A&E’s The Big Smo Show. Laura’s song, “Wake Up,” is also currently in rotation on Nashville’s independent radio station, Lightning 100, which led to Sheryl Crow and Debra Messing declaring their support and newfound fandom via Twitter.

Laura has always mixed her passion for music with philanthropy. Laura has worked with charities such as Well For The Journey, a Baltimore based charity for women, LEAD Academy, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, and Duke’s Children Hospital, where Laura’s music was used in art classes for kids recovering from chemo. Laura has participated in the Chinese New Year Benefit in Negirl, Jamaica to raise money for the Westhaven Children’s home. She was also involved with the “Music Saved My Life” program at Woodland Hills Youth Prison in Nashville, TN, where various Nashville songwriters came together to build an in-prison studio, hold songwriting workshops, and give guitar lessons.

There are two shows 8 & 10, tickets are $15 per show.

https://youtu.be/nXiayndh738

 

Beyu Caffe Presents JOEY CALDERAZZO & ERIC REVIS DUO
Sep
9
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents JOEY CALDERAZZO & ERIC REVIS DUO

  • Beyu Caffe

A native of New Rochelle, New York, Joey Calderazzo first became inspired to take up piano by a musical next-door neighbor and began his classical studies at age six. Improvisation came naturally even then; long before he began any formal jazz training, the young pianist was making up his own variations on Mozart.

Fueled by his growing interest in artists like McCoy Tyner and John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, Calderazzo visited friends at Berklee College of Music, growing close with then students Branford Marsalis, Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

After dropping out of Long Island University, Calderazzo earned his big break came after meeting and jamming with legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker at a clinic. Brecker was deeply impressed by the young pianist and offered him the piano chair in his touring quintet after Kenny Kirkland left the group in 1987. Just over ten years later, Calderazzo joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet, replacing Kirkland a second time after the pianist’s untimely passing.

Calderazzo’s work has been just as notable in the studio as on stages around the world. He recorded three albums for Blue Note Records in the early 1990s, In The Door, To Know One, and The Traveler, also releasing Secrets on Audioquest and Joey Calderazzo on Columbia Records before signing to Branford’s Marsalis Music record label in 2002; working with the company, he released Haiku and Amanecer in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Calderazzo’s co-leader credits include 2011’s duo with Marsalis, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy. Calderazzo’s Sunnyside debut was 2013’s Live, a trio recording featuring Le Fleming and drummer Donald Edwards. His diverse sideman recording credits include the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mitzner, Bob Belden, Vincent Herring, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, and Jerry Bergonzi — as well as Marsalis and Brecker.

With firm roots planted in North Carolina, Calderazzo currently splits his professional time between teaching as an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central University, working with Marsalis and company, and pushing his own trio art to new heights.

There are two shows 8 pm or 10 pm. Tickets are $22.50 advance / $25 day of show (per show)

https://youtu.be/cfEsHt9dhHg

 

Motorco and Art of Cool Present Teedra Moses
Sep
8
Sep 9

Motorco and Art of Cool Present Teedra Moses

  • Motorco

 Motorco Music Hall and Art of Cool are pleased to present the incomparable Teedra Moses.  Most notably known for her critically acclaimed 2004 debut album “Complex Simplicity”, Teedra Moses is an accomplished vocalist, producer, and song writer.  Her debut album gave us such great hits as “Be Your Girl”, “Backstroke”, and “Take Me” featuring Raphael Saadiq. 

 

Not only did she executive produce and write all the songs on this album, but she has written and appeared on songs for many well-known artists ranging from Mary J Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Christina Milian, and Rick Ross to name a few. Since 2004, she released three independent and all-original mixtapes but it wasn’t until 2015 that we were blessed with her long awaited second commercial release “Cognac & Conversations”.

 

With over 10 years of live performances, she has been selling out intimate venues around the world so get ready for an incredible experience. 

 

You do not want to miss the chance to witness this phenomenal artist. Get your tickets early as this one is sure to sell-out! 

 

 now to purchase. Tickets are $20.

 

Rich Medina presents HOME: House || Rare Grooves || Garage Classics
Sep
3
Sep 4

Rich Medina presents HOME: House || Rare Grooves || Garage Classics

  • The Pinhook

Rich Medina makes his return to Durham at The Pinhook on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

If you missed him at the #AOCFEST2016 Art of Turntables show, then you do not want to miss this event. 

Expect to dance all night as Rich Medina will spin something for everyone. If you enjoy house, rare grooves, and garage classics then be sure to get your tickets early.

Limited quantity pre-sale tix are just $10, but will later be $15 in advance. Doors Open at 8pm

For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rich-medina-presents-home-house-rare-grooves-garage-classics-tickets-26938588042

 

Beyu Caffe Presents WILL MCBRIDE TRIO
Sep
3
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents WILL MCBRIDE TRIO

  • Beyu Caffe

ABOUT THE BAND

The Story

In 2004, the Will McBride Group was formed by guitarist/songwriter Will McBride, primarily to showcase his original compositions augmented with complimentary cover material. Will’s background as a side man and band leader began in Atlanta, GA, including a tour with ex James Brown side man St. Claire Pinkney, and continued in Wilmington, NC, where Will’s band “The Quick” featured Sam ‘Freight Train’ Bryant (Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brandi Clark) on drums. Growing up in Atlanta in a somewhat unique family environment, an engineering education from Georgia Tech while working as a sound engineer, raising a family, and the growing success of the WMG formed his song inspirations.

The Sound

Primarily a trio, the WMG creates music with rich complex chording, funk and Latin rhythmic overtones found primarily in jazz, but with infectious lyrical hooks. Jazz influenced rock & pop. Imagine a funkier Steely Dan, a jazzier John Mayer, a more-vocal Santana, or an edgier Stevie Wonder…you get the picture. Adding vocal harmonies, and some tongue-in-cheek satire, The Will McBride Group has become THE premiere jazz-influenced rock/pop trio in Central NC. The WMG also features fresh interpretations of cover material from jazz, rock, Latin, pop, and funk superstars.

 

There are two shows 8 pm & 10 pm, tickets $8 per show.

https://youtu.be/56mFmYBOsug

 

Art of Cool and The Pourhouse Present: Jeff Bradshaw
Sep
2
Sep 3

Art of Cool and The Pourhouse Present: Jeff Bradshaw

  • The Pourhouse Music Hall

Friday, September 2nd the incomparable Jeff Bradshaw returns to The Pourhouse Music Hall in Raleigh, NC.

Jeff Bradshaw is a North Philadelphia-born soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso. He has played alongside some of the biggest names both in and out of the Philly soul movement and has shared the stage with such industry luminaries as Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu, and countless others. 

You have heard his signature smooth and immediate sound in support of artists like Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, the Roots, and Jill Scott just to name a few.

His performance with us at Caramel City last year was to a sell-out crowd, so you do not want to miss this show! Tickets are on sale now, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 8pm

Beyu Caffe Presents ELIJAH BALBED + THE JOGO PROJECT
Sep
2
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents ELIJAH BALBED + THE JOGO PROJECT

  • Beyu Caffe

The JoGo Project is a Washington, DC-based band that fuses elements of Jazz, Go-Go, R&B, and other styles to create a unique new sound, while paying homage and respect to the Go-Go tradition. Formed by saxophonist Elijah Balbed, who played with the Godfather of Go-Go, Mr. Chuck Brown the last year of his life, Elijah decided he wanted to contribute to the cause of preserving and advancing this unique art form. Growing up in one of DC’s closest suburbs, Silver Spring, Elijah always knew about Go-Go music but playing with the Godfather gave him a new-found, deeper appreciation for the music and the culture. 

In the 2 years since its inception, The JoGo Project has performed at venues such as Strathmore, Kennedy Center, Anacostia Arts Center, Velvet Lounge, Bayou, Silvana (NYC), festivals such as the DC Jazz Festival, H Street Festival, Art All Night Festival, and the Funk Parade, and members of the group have participated in workshops and lectures about Go-Go music. Collaborations have included Go-Go Artists Frank “Scooby” Sirius, rising Jazz stars Christie Dashiell and Warren Wolf, tap dancer Joseph Webb, as well as rapper Javier Starks, to name a few. The group is currently working on recording an EP, so stay tuned for more about that! 

There are two shows 8 & 10 pm. Tickets are $10 per show.

https://youtu.be/HHHHk-G1MgY

Jazz Reminiscence Session
Aug
29
7:00 pm19:00

Jazz Reminiscence Session

  • Durham History Hub

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibit, J is for Jazz, the Museum of Durham History

and partnering organizations welcome you to attend a Reminiscence Session. Join

museum staff, members of the community, local university faculty and staff, and

musicians to discuss, remember, and reflect on the rich narrative of jazz music in

Durham. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. We look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP by email or phone by August 22: RSVP@modh.org or 919-246-9993 ext. 4

Harlem Renaissance Jazz Brunch
Aug
28
12:30 pm12:30

Harlem Renaissance Jazz Brunch

  • C.Grace

You are cordially invited to commemorate our 5th anniversary at our Inaugural Jazz Brunch fundraiser. Join us and our host Valonda Calloway to enjoy an afternoon of fun, networking, live jazz, visual art and delicious complimentary tapas brunch from Bull City Pitmasters & mimosas all in celebration and support of EVOLVE Mentoring. The theme for our brunch is meant to honor the Harlem Renaissance so, we are requesting that all guest in attendance dress with the theme or in their Sunday best. Be engaged, entertained and a part of the solution. All contributions are tax deductible. Early Bird tickets available now!

 

Founded in 2011, EVOLVE Mentoring, Inc. is a youth empowerment 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on holistically preparing students for life after graduation and in the “real world”. We work to empower young adults, ages 14 - 24, by demonstrating the importance of financial management, professional development, personal health, and social responsibility through hands on real world experiences, life skills training exercises, and mentoring. Our goal is to assist in the evolution from youth to well rounded adult by acting as a bridge to the real world. 

Beyu Caffe Presents: GRAMMY NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST CAROLYN MALACHI
Aug
27
10:00 pm22:00

Beyu Caffe Presents: GRAMMY NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST CAROLYN MALACHI

  • Beyu Caffe

From Washington, DC’s rich arts scene emerges Carolyn Malachi with a fresh blend of music that garners international praise, including MTV naming her an R&B artist “to obsess over”. RISE [Story 1] is the first part of Carolyn Malachi’s album trilogy called Rise of the Modern Natural. Featuring an ensemble cast including the artist’s great-grandfather, jazz pianist John Malachi, RISE [Story 1] captures the soundscape of Carolyn Malachi’s native Washington, DC at a pivotal moment in DC Jazz history: the closing of Bohemian Caverns. Blending Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rap and GoGo music, this part of the trilogy initiates the paralleled journey of Carolyn Malachi and her ancestor, both transcending circumstances to find the way forward. The story’s first EP, CHAPTER I: Where You Are, arrived on July 8. The full RISE [Story 1] album will be available in November.

Tickets $15 per show

 

https://youtu.be/LUy7q24PctU

Beyu Caffe Presents: GRAMMY NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST CAROLYN MALACHI
Aug
27
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents: GRAMMY NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST CAROLYN MALACHI

  • 341 West Main Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States

From Washington, DC’s rich arts scene emerges Carolyn Malachi with a fresh blend of music that garners international praise, including MTV naming her an R&B artist “to obsess over”. RISE [Story 1] is the first part of Carolyn Malachi’s album trilogy called Rise of the Modern Natural. Featuring an ensemble cast including the artist’s great-grandfather, jazz pianist John Malachi, RISE [Story 1] captures the soundscape of Carolyn Malachi’s native Washington, DC at a pivotal moment in DC Jazz history: the closing of Bohemian Caverns. Blending Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rap and GoGo music, this part of the trilogy initiates the paralleled journey of Carolyn Malachi and her ancestor, both transcending circumstances to find the way forward. The story’s first EP, CHAPTER I: Where You Are, arrived on July 8. The full RISE [Story 1] album will be available in November.

Tickets $15 per show

 

https://youtu.be/LUy7q24PctU

9th Wonder and Art of Cool Present Caramel City
Aug
27
Aug 28

9th Wonder and Art of Cool Present Caramel City

  • The Pourhouse Musichall

The development of The Hot at Nights parallels that of the world’s most potentially destructive climatic occurrence: Global Warming. They are heavily influenced by the origins of jazz at the turn of the century, emblazoned by the raw and unbridled freedom of the 50′s and 60′s, and electrified by the external forcings of the 80′s. Chris Boerner (Foreign Exchange, Jeanne Jolly) on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas (The Rosebuds, Erin McKeown, Harlequin) on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio (Jeanne Jolly, Foreign Exchange, Jean Morrison) on drums & keyboards make up the triumvirate of change. Even though there is a tiny contingency of Hot at Nights deniers, real and proven science has determined that they do, in fact, exist on a catastrophic level. "The Hot at Nights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N5CniLh6Fk

Beyu Caffe Presents: All-Nite Public Radio
Aug
26
10:00 pm22:00

Beyu Caffe Presents: All-Nite Public Radio

  • Beyu Caffe

Hearing All-Nite Public Radio (ANPR) is like pushing scan on your radio at night, you never know what you’ll hear. ANPR is a jazz fusion band with roots in Durham, NC. It is the black experience bought to life through jazz, soul, funk, r&b, hip hop, gospel, and rock. The members bring over 122 combined years of experience to the stage. Founded by pianist/composer, Victor Moore, ANPR is as a sounding board: a place where the band members can create whatever they feel, however they feel. Their music is authentic and tasteful. 

Tickets $8 PER SHOW

Beyu Caffe Presents: All-Nite Public Radio
Aug
26
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents: All-Nite Public Radio

  • Beyu Caffe

Hearing All-Nite Public Radio (ANPR) is like pushing scan on your radio at night, you never know what you’ll hear. ANPR is a jazz fusion band with roots in Durham, NC. It is the black experience bought to life through jazz, soul, funk, r&b, hip hop, gospel, and rock. The members bring over 122 combined years of experience to the stage. Founded by pianist/composer, Victor Moore, ANPR is as a sounding board: a place where the band members can create whatever they feel, however they feel. Their music is authentic and tasteful. 

Tickets $8 PER SHOW

Black August in the Park
Aug
21
3:00 pm15:00

Black August in the Park

  • Durham Central Park

MISSION: To creatively inspire and connect people of African descent to assert their value and engage in social and cultural change.

Calling families, entrepreneurs, young and the wise.  The annual celebration of Black culture is back! Join us Sunday, August 21, 2016 in the heart of Downtown at Durham Central Park for a celebration of Black excellence.

 

Black August in the Park returns bringing us together to inspire creativity and drive connections that promote positive social and  cultural change. 

Enjoy music, dj's, food, and fun. Unapologetically Black. Visit http://www.blackaugustinthepark.com for more info.

 

Beyu Caffe Presents: Ti Harmon
Aug
20
10:00 pm22:00

Beyu Caffe Presents: Ti Harmon

  • Beyu Caffe

Band includes:

Ti Harmon – vocals, Andrew Berinson – piano, Donovan Cheatham – drums, James Suter – Bass

“. . . undeniable stage presence, captivating voice . . . with an ambiance at the same time intimate and warm, we floated on the air of her graceful charm.”
- Le Dauphine Liberé
Crest, France

Ti Harmon, an American vocalist and songwriter originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, combines jazz, soul, and folk to create original music that transports her audiences to a unique world of sound and emotion.
She began singing at age five, and began working as a vocalist in Madrid, Spain after finishing her studies at New York University. In Spain, Ti performed in various groups, recorded for television series, as well as other commercial projects.
At the completion of her stint in Madrid, Ti sought a more international context for her vocal expression. She moved to Paris, FR and formed the Ti Harmon Project. The group debuted at the Frontenay Jazz Festival in Frontenay, FR in 2009.
In 2010, she recorded her first album entitled “Somewhere Between,” and the final product was an electric LP spanning many musical genres. The album features special guests Kirk Lighstey, Tom McClung and Michel Benita.
In 2011 her project won the “Priz de Public” at the Crest Jazz Festival in Crest, FR.
In 2012 Ti recorded her second album, “Story to Tell”, with Blang Music, an independent French label. The “country-jazz” album consists of innovative arrangements of country songs, work songs, and original compositions. The album was recorded with pianist Tom McClung, guitarist Manu Codjia, bassist Michel Benita, and drummer Seb Rochford.
Ti has toured Asia and Europe and is currently completing her Masters of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC.

Ticket Prices: $7 PER SHOW

Art of Noise presents Clash of the Decades: 80s vs 90s
Aug
20
Aug 21

Art of Noise presents Clash of the Decades: 80s vs 90s

  • Motorco Music Hall

The summer just keeps getting hotter! Brought to you by another Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen collaboration...Saturday August 20th, Art of Noise returns to Durham.
Meet us at Motorco Music Hall for Clash of the Decades: 80's vs 90's Dance Party. Bringing the noise will be the legendary DJ's Lonnie B aka The Heavy Hitter andMad Skillz.
Free entry with RSVP before 10:00, but RSVP space is limited. The last Durham edition of Art of Noise was a sellout crowd so you absolutely can not wait. Come dressed in your best 80s or 90s gear and be ready to dance all night! Can't wait to see which decade you will rep!

General admission tix are only $10 in advance. Visit http://www.motorcomusic.com to RSVP or purchase.

Beyu Caffe Presents: TI Harmon
Aug
20
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents: TI Harmon

  • Beyu Caffe

Band includes:

Ti Harmon – vocals, Andrew Berinson – piano, Donovan Cheatham – drums, James Suter – Bass

“. . . undeniable stage presence, captivating voice . . . with an ambiance at the same time intimate and warm, we floated on the air of her graceful charm.”
- Le Dauphine Liberé
Crest, France

Ti Harmon, an American vocalist and songwriter originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, combines jazz, soul, and folk to create original music that transports her audiences to a unique world of sound and emotion.
She began singing at age five, and began working as a vocalist in Madrid, Spain after finishing her studies at New York University. In Spain, Ti performed in various groups, recorded for television series, as well as other commercial projects.
At the completion of her stint in Madrid, Ti sought a more international context for her vocal expression. She moved to Paris, FR and formed the Ti Harmon Project. The group debuted at the Frontenay Jazz Festival in Frontenay, FR in 2009.
In 2010, she recorded her first album entitled “Somewhere Between,” and the final product was an electric LP spanning many musical genres. The album features special guests Kirk Lighstey, Tom McClung and Michel Benita.
In 2011 her project won the “Priz de Public” at the Crest Jazz Festival in Crest, FR.
In 2012 Ti recorded her second album, “Story to Tell”, with Blang Music, an independent French label. The “country-jazz” album consists of innovative arrangements of country songs, work songs, and original compositions. The album was recorded with pianist Tom McClung, guitarist Manu Codjia, bassist Michel Benita, and drummer Seb Rochford.
Ti has toured Asia and Europe and is currently completing her Masters of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC.

Ticket Prices: $7 PER SHOW