Beyu Caffe Presents Lance Scott
Jan
20
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Lance Scott

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; $13 per show

Lance Edward Scott, Jr. is a true native, born and raised right here in the city of Durham, NC. His love for music began at a very early age. At five, he was taking piano lessons. His father would always play oldies in his home, and he quickly gravitated towards the idea of groove. This would be a major characteristic of his playing style later on.

In middle school, Lance joined the school band as a trombonist. By the end of seventh grade, he picked up the bass guitar. Lance, along with his classmates, wrote and arranged funk and R&B tunes. Little did he know, that would be the start of a long musical journey.

Lance was accepted into the Jazz Studies program North Carolina Central University. It was there where he met Lenora Helm Hammonds, and would later would join the Lenora Zenzalai Quartet. With this group he has performed in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Denairu, Fiji. He also is the upright bassist on her latest album entitled, “I Love Myself When I am Laughing…” It was at NCCU that Lance crossed paths with local trumpeter Al Strong, and would later be featured as the primary bassist on Strong’s debut album, “Love Strong Vol. 1.”

Scott gigs regularly around the Raleigh/Durham area. He is also the founder and leader of his own Contemporary Christian group “Freely Live.” His love for music is still growing, and he hopes to continue pursuing his dream, and pass on his love to listeners all over the world.

Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present Supa Dupa Fly: Celebrating the Music of Timbaland & The Neptunes
Jan
20
Jan 21

Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present Supa Dupa Fly: Celebrating the Music of Timbaland & The Neptunes

  • The Pourhouse Music Hall

RDU are you ready for the ultimate showdown? DMV natives you're really going to love this one! Meet us Friday, January 20th at The Pourhouse Music Hall in Raleigh for Supa Dupa Fly: "Celebrating The Music Of Timbaland & The Neptunes"

That's right two of Virginia's brightest stars, each with their own signature sounds will be showcased for a night filled with  endless hits. From songs like "Up Jump da Boogie" and "Frontin" to "Drop it Like it's Hot" and "Get Ur Freak On" these super producers ruled the '90s & 2000s.

 

Virginia's own Mad Skillz will hold down the wheels of steel, so be prepared to dance all night! 

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of the event. Grab yours early before they sell out. To purchase, simply visit www.thepourhousemusichall.com . Doors open at 8 pm.

https://www.mixcloud.com/djbrainchild/the-neptunes-vs-timbaland-mix/

Beyu Caffe Presents Connie McCoy & Mo' Jazz
Jan
21
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Connie McCoy & Mo' Jazz

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; Tickets $15 per show

Mo’ Jazz is a band with a cause…because music heals the soul. Offering a blend of Jazz, Pop, R&B and Gospel, Mo’ Jazz is becoming one of the Triangle’s hottest performing bands. They have incredible stage presence that radiates energy through every song. This group includes some of the area’s top musicians, songwriters and vocalist. Connie McCoy (vocalist) has been wowing audiences with her charm and wit and has been described as entertainment packaged in elegance. Kenny Demery’s (lead guitar) style is said to be soothing, soulful and emotional. Derrek Croney, the band geek, started playing keyboards in church and has directed numerous choirs. Drummer, Rick Lindsay, has played with several National Gospel Artist and is an avid lover of music. Reginald Jessup (bass) has served as Music Director for several bands and has written and arranged songs for independent artist and gospel stage plays. Each member of Mo’ Jazz has years of experience and offers a wealth of musical influence.
It is the band’s desire to help raise awareness to the many social ills that plague our country. They not only want to be in the community in which they serve, but a part of the community by offering music to meet and heal the needs of their listening audience. Heart to Heart, Prostate Cancer Awareness, Breast Cancer and Autism organizations are just a few they have partnered with over the years.
The band is currently working on their 1st CD project, entitled, Your Love Is, to be released May 2017.
Bringing entertainment, energy and enjoyment…when you get Mo’ Jazz, you get Mo’ Fun!
“Mo’ Jazz takes it’s audience on a musical journey that is memorable from start to finish.”

 

Beyu Caffe Presents Butcher Brown
Jan
27
9:00 pm21:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Butcher Brown

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows 7 or 9 pm; $16.50 per show

Marcus Tenney, Morgan Burrs, Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, and DJ Harrison. Straight out of the underground, a steady rumble is building and it’s called Butcher Brown. Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond VA, Butcher Brown takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind with wanton abandon. Garage punk jazz funk on the low end of the dial gives way to delicate and elegant compositions as the band shows off without trying. These are not just players, these are musicians.

https://youtu.be/mDroCeGp9Fg

https://youtu.be/EcW71SlgN8s

Beyu Caffe Presents Primera Jazz
Jan
28
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Primera Jazz

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows 7 or 9 pm; $15 per show

https://youtu.be/b8nQWTNvSg8

Born in New York City in 1985, Brevan was born instantly a member of a high-level musical family; his father Ivan, who has toured with Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Roberta Flack, Grady Tate, and Ashford & Simpson, and his mother Brenda, who has performed on Broadway, with Dizzy Gillespie, Angie Bofill, Marian Anderson, and Jazzmobile.

After moving to Durham, NC in 1988, Brevan began showing signs of talent in music from age 7. He began playing percussion in church with his mother and brother at age 9.  Soon after, he began playing pick up gigs and at other churches in the Raleigh/Durham area.  His older brother Brian moved to North Carolina when Brevan was 9, and introduced him to the world of Latin and World Percussion. Brevan learned how to read music in middle school, playing in concert band and jazz band, and participated in the marching band once moving on to high school.  Although there were no high school programs that catered to Latin percussion or jazz/popular music in general, Brevan continued his study of percussion, by listening to and being influenced by percussionists Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Tata Guines, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, Angel “Cachete” Maldonado, Tito Puente, Miguel “Anga” Diaz, Tomas “El Panga” Ramos and other artists such as Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Kool and the Gang, Parliament, Daryl “Munyungo” Jackson, Leon “Ndugu” Chancelor, Steve Kroon, Roger Squitero, Sheila E. and Luis Conte.

Twice, during his high school years, Brevan attended the Berklee World Percussion Festival in Boston, where he studied with Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Eguie Castrillo, and Ernesto Diaz.  This helped further his knowledge of percussion, and of music in general, which, upon his return to North Carolina allowed him to continue performing locally, with bands such as Junk in the Trunk, Samecumba, Carnavalito, and the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Jazz Ensemble, with whom his other brother, Iajhi, was performing at the time.

After high school, Brevan was accepted to Florida International University (FIU), in Miami, Fl, where Arturo Sandoval and Carlos Averhoff, veterans of the world famous Cuban jazz band IRAKERE, were artists-in-residence.  This also allowed him to study with Hector “Pocho” Neciosup, nephew of Alex Acuna, percussionist/drummer of internationally acclaimed bands U2 and Weather Report.  While in Miami, Brevan performed with Israel Kantor, Arturo Sandoval, Luis Enrique, Nestor Torres, Locos Por Juana, Tomasito Cruz, Suenalo Sound System, Michael Rodriguez, Ingrid Jensen, Wycliffe Gordon and Michael and Nicky Orta.  Brevan continued his studies at FIU from Summer 2003 through Spring 2005, transferring to NCCU upon hearing of the arrival of the Branford Marsalis Quartet as artists in residence, in his hometown of Durham, NC.

Brevan transferred to NCCU in Fall 2005, and began studying with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, and Eric Revis, who were artists-in-residence, along with Dr. Ira Wiggins, Director of the Jazz Studies.  Joey Calderazzo saw the talent in Brevan, and took Brevan under his wing, where they both performed in Joey’s quartet.  While attending NCCU, Brevan performed with Fred Wesley, Joe Chambers, Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Big Band, Vincent and Derrick Gardner, Don Braden, Delfeayo Marsalis, Terell Stafford, Jimmy Heath, and Ron Westray.

Brevan completed the Bachelor’s of Jazz Studies degree at NCCU in December 2009. He has made quite a name for himself by performing locally in venues in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and all over North Carolina. More recently, Brevan completed his Master’s in Jazz Studies/Performance at CUNY Queens College in Flushing, NY in May 2016. While at Queens College, he studied with many internationally acclaimed artists, such as Michael Mossman, Antonio Hart, Jeb Patton, and David Berkman. He studied drums and percussion with Donald Edwards and Vince Cherico. He also performed in the New York City area with many grammy award winning artists, such as Bilal, Ben Williams, Phil Cook, Roy Hargrove, Myron Walden, and Frank McComb. He is also enjoying some national recognition by performing many different styles of music, such as, Jazz with Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo, Americana with Phil Cook and the GuitarHeels,  Salsa with Tito Rojas, Richie Ray, and North Carolina Salsa Ensemble Orquesta GarDel , Funk/R&B with Aretha Franklin, and Hip-Hop with Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Nice N’ Smooth, Raekwon (from the Wu-Tang Clan), and 9th Wonder, as well as many other local groups in the Triangle Area.

Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present Ro James XIX Tour
Feb
25
Feb 26

Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present Ro James XIX Tour

  • The Pour House Music Hall

Art of Cool and The Sol Kitchen are pleased to present another fantastic night of soul music! Saturday February 25th, Grammy nominated singer Ro James will bring his "XIX" tour to Raleigh’s Pourhouse Music Hall!

 The “XIX” tour comes in support of Ro James’ debut album, ELDORADO which features the sultry hit single, “Permission". This extraordinarily talented vocalist is sure to captivate the audience with his powerful and soulful delivery.

If you love R&B and Soul, you'll love James' fresh sound. Advance tix start at $25 & increase to $35 day of show. Upgrade your experience to VIP with the Ro James- Meet & Greet Package for $75.

VIP Package includes:

One general admission ticket, VIP early entry into the venue, Exclusive pre-show meet & greet, Personal photograph with Ro James, specially designed bandana (exclusive to packages only), Collectible autographed tour poster, Exclusive Ro James VIP merchandise item, and Official meet & greet laminate.

Hear the music of Ro James https://soundcloud.com/rojamesxix?mc_cid=4e55367fdc&mc_eid=[UNIQID]

Kidznotes Fundraiser event with Black Violin
Mar
23
8:00 pm20:00

Kidznotes Fundraiser event with Black Violin

  • Carolina Theatre

Have you heard of Kidznotes? It is the local music education program that gives FREE orchestral education to low income children grades K-12 in both East Durham and Southeast Raleigh. Join us Thursday, March 23rd for a unique fundraising event in support of the amazing children and Kidznotes programming. 

This very special evening will include food, celebration, and of course music! We will kick the night off with dinner, drinks, and music from the Kidznotes students at The Rickhouse. We will then move over to The Carolina Theater for the Black Violin concert and a special encore performance with Kidznotes. Finally, we'll move to The Durham Hotel for the VIP after-party!

Your ticket will include everything mentioned above and also support the Kidznotes program and the amazing students. Tickets are $150.00.

Visit www.kidznotes.org/kidznotes-black-violin for more details.


African American Theater Preview Event
Jan
15
6:30 pm18:30

African American Theater Preview Event

  • Raleight Little Theatre

Celebrate the rich and diverse season of African American theater in the Triangle! The Triangle Friends of African American Arts is bringing together several performing arts organizations to showcase the incredible talent that will grace our stages in 2017. The evening will include dramatic readings, songs and commentaries from playwrights. Admission is free. The evening will begin with a pre-show reception that is sponsored by ArtsNow. The featured performing arts organizations include the Raleigh Little Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Theatre in the Park, Manbites Dog Theater and Theatre Raleigh.

 

Free Admission. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at www.africanamericanarts.org.

Beyu Caffe Presents THE LEGENDARY NORMAN CONNORS & THE STARSHIP ORCHESTRA
Jan
14
10:00 pm22:00

Beyu Caffe Presents THE LEGENDARY NORMAN CONNORS & THE STARSHIP ORCHESTRA

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9:30 pm; $28 advance per show & $32 door per show

Norman Connors is an American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and producer who has led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He also achieved several big R&B hits of the day, especially with love ballads. The 1970's found Connors' music featuring R & B singers prominently (including Michael Henderson, Jean Carn and the late Phyllis Hyman) and scoring such R & B hits as 'We Both Need Each Other' and 'Once I've Been There.' He is possibly best known for the atmospheric 1976 hit 'You Are My Starship' on which lead vocals were sung by Michael Henderson. 

https://youtu.be/JPrIN4QSirs

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; $28 advance per show & $32 door per show

Norman Connors is an American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and producer who has led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He also achieved several big R&B hits of the day, especially with love ballads. The 1970's found Connors' music featuring R & B singers prominently (including Michael Henderson, Jean Carn and the late Phyllis Hyman) and scoring such R & B hits as 'We Both Need Each Other' and 'Once I've Been There.' He is possibly best known for the atmospheric 1976 hit 'You Are My Starship' on which lead vocals were sung by Michael Henderson. 

https://youtu.be/JPrIN4QSirs

Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present Art of Noise #Durham: The Holiday Edition
Jan
14
Jan 15

Art of Cool & The Sol Kitchen Present Art of Noise #Durham: The Holiday Edition

  • Motorco Music Hall

Tickets $10 adv/ $15 day of event

 

Art of Noise #Durham is baaack! Start 2017 with the ultimate dance party! DJ Lonnie B and Mad Skillz will be on the wheels of steel, so you know they are going to have you dancing all night! Presented together with our partners The Sol Kitchen, if you missed Growing Up in the 90's or #DreZ, then you don't want to miss this one! Meet us at Motorco Music Hall to celebrate the long holiday weekend!

 

Beyu Caffe Presents THE LEGENDARY NORMAN CONNORS & THE STARSHIP ORCHESTRA
Jan
13
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents THE LEGENDARY NORMAN CONNORS & THE STARSHIP ORCHESTRA

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9:30 pm; $28 advance per show & $32 door per show

Norman Connors is an American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and producer who has led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He also achieved several big R&B hits of the day, especially with love ballads. The 1970's found Connors' music featuring R & B singers prominently (including Michael Henderson, Jean Carn and the late Phyllis Hyman) and scoring such R & B hits as 'We Both Need Each Other' and 'Once I've Been There.' He is possibly best known for the atmospheric 1976 hit 'You Are My Starship' on which lead vocals were sung by Michael Henderson. 

https://youtu.be/JPrIN4QSirs

Beyu Caffe Presents Michael Ode Quartet
Jan
7
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Michael Ode Quartet

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; $12 per show

 

Beyú Caffé is delighted to have Sidecar Social Club back on our stage this month. Diverse of style and accomplished by their own rights, musicians J. Clarence Crew Jr., Aaron Bittikofer, Edward Theolandus Butler and F.O Finch III have been working staples in the Triangle’s jazz and world music scene for more than a decade. While their careers have overlapped throughout the years, Sidecar Social Club brings them together for the love of an old time sound with an updated, stylized twist. With the addition of vocalist Lisa Veronica Wood, and a focus on themes of the unrequited, ruthless and raunchy women of song, they have a story to tell.

Beyu Caffe Presents SIDECAR SOCIAL CLUB
Jan
6
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents SIDECAR SOCIAL CLUB

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; $13 per show

Beyú Caffé is delighted to have Sidecar Social Club back on our stage this month. Diverse of style and accomplished by their own rights, musicians J. Clarence Crew Jr., Aaron Bittikofer, Edward Theolandus Butler and F.O Finch III have been working staples in the Triangle’s jazz and world music scene for more than a decade. While their careers have overlapped throughout the years, Sidecar Social Club brings them together for the love of an old time sound with an updated, stylized twist. With the addition of vocalist Lisa Veronica Wood, and a focus on themes of the unrequited, ruthless and raunchy women of song, they have a story to tell.

TIMELESS NYE 2017 Powered by A.C.T & Art of Cool
Dec
31
Jan 1

TIMELESS NYE 2017 Powered by A.C.T & Art of Cool

  • Will's Social Bistro & Lounge

TIMELESS: Was the only word that could be used to describe the memories from last year. We never expected for over 600 people to join us and celebrate the start of 2016. This year we have gone back to the drawing board and re-created the ultimate prototype of what a New Year's Eve event should be like...

This year we are pleased to announce that will will be hosting NYE at Will's Social Bistro & Lounge. Everyone will be welcomed in by our Open Bar paid for by A.C.T. Productions. We will have (2) rooms, (2) DJ's, a breakfast bar for our VIP guest to make sure that they start 2017 off properly.

General Admission -$20  Guarantees entrance and access to the main Open Bar until midnight.

VIP Admission Pass -$40 Guarantees entrance and access to the main Open Bar until midnight. Additionally it grants you access to the VIP lounge with an Open Bar throughout the night along with an Complimentary post-midnight breakfast bar.

VIP Couple Pass for 2- $70 Guarantees entrance and access to the main Open Bar until midnight for both guests. Additionally it grants both of you access to the VIP lounge with an Open Bar throughout the night along with an Complimentary post-midnight breakfast bar.

 VIP Entourage Pass for 4- $120 Guarantees entrance and access to the main Open Bar until midnight for up to (4 guests). Additionally it grants all (4) guest access to the VIP lounge with an Open Bar throughout the night along with an Complimentary post-midnight breakfast bar.

VIP Table Pass for 6-$300 Guarantees you and your guests (6) VIP Passes. It also includes a Private VIP table with (2) complimentary bottles of champagne. Additionally it grants your guests access to the VIP lounge with an VIP Open Bar that is open all night with an Complimentary post-midnight breakfast bar.

Beyu Caffe presents Brian Miller
Dec
30
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe presents Brian Miller

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows 7 or 9 pm; $10 per show

If you only come to see Brian Miller play at Beyú Caffé for one reason, come because he brings so much joy to playing. He readily admits that, while he might not play the most technical or musically complex jazz, he plays music that feels good, brightens days, and ensures that a listener enjoys hearing it as much as he enjoys playing it. And it’s obvious when he’s on stage that he’s in love with what he’s doing.

Brian began playing at his home church when e was 11 years old just before entering into the 6th grade. He attended North Carolina Central University from 1996-2001 where he earned his BA in Music Performance and BM in Jazz Studies.

He has played and recorded with the John Brown Quintet and Big Band, the phenomenal Mrs Nnenne Freelon, The Upper Room Church of God in Christ Sanctuary Choir, Beggars Caravan and The Josh Pepper Project to name a few. He’s played with Mr. Clark Terry, Maceo Parker, Branford Marsalis, T.S. Monk, Terrell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose, Mr. Jimmy Heath, Bob Mintzer… again just to name a few.

If the above is not enough reason for you to come out, check out this video of Brian playing a guest spot with Baron Tymas. Then come in to see him live for yourself.

https://youtu.be/dVuw2hpCgk8

Beyu Caffe Presents The Stanley Baird Band
Dec
23
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents The Stanley Baird Band

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows 7 or 10 pm; $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

3rd Tuesday Jazz Night
Dec
20
6:00 pm18:00

3rd Tuesday Jazz Night

  • The Durham Hotel

AOC-approved local and visiting musicians provide the soundtrack to cocktails and dinner in the restaurant and lounge. Al Strong is back in the dining room for the final Jazz Night performance of the year on December 20th.
 
When: 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.
 

Beyu Caffe Presents Marcus Anderson Holiday Performance
Dec
18
5:00 pm17:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Marcus Anderson Holiday Performance

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 5 or 7 pm $25 per show

Until recently Marcus Anderson was best known for his musical skills playing saxophone as part of Prince’s New Power Generation. Of late he has certainly come into his own, both as a recording artist and as a performer. Marcus Anderson has released eight albums to date including his latest three in the past two years. “Marcus Anderson Xperience…M.A.X. Live in Concert” is a limited edition CD celebrating Anderson’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 Anderson’s new coffee brand of the same name (www.ANDproducts.net). The single, “A Cup of Joe,” climbed as high as #3 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and #1 on SirusXM Radio Watercolors. Finally, 2016 will see Anderson release, My Inspiration, his first solo inspirational CD.

Anderson 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.

As a solo artist, Anderson 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/yx-t6YCkuP0

Beyu Caffe presents Akua Allrich
Dec
17
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe presents Akua Allrich

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows 8 or 10 pm;  $15 per show

https://vimeo.com/34117094

Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances.

The launching of her freshman album, A Peace of Mine, and second album, Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live! the young artist’s music and concerts created a significant buzz with critics and music-lovers alike. Said Franz Matzner of All About Jazz, “Akua Allrich’s music flows with a free, natural energy as engaging as her equally ingenuous personality.” Her appeal soon reached across US borders and attained international attention. In early 2011, Allrich signed a distribution deal with Japanese record label AGATE/Inpartmaint Inc.
With a stellar line up of musicians, Akua’s newest release Soul Singer, presents the artist in a whole new light, highlighting her talent for composition as well as her ability to merge different sounds & genres into one complete beautiful musical experience!

Allrich’s style is fluid and ever evolving. Her musical roots run deeply into blues, soul and rhythm and blues, with a clear grounding in jazz and pan-African music. She sings in many languages including Portuguese, French, Spanish, English, Xhosa, and Twi. Given her ability to capture the essence of a broad range of musical genres, Allrich is often likened to legendary artists such as Oscar Brown, Jr., Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley and Nina Simone. She has developed popular tribute programs involving the latter two women and other great African American women of jazz.

Akua Allrich was educated at Howard University, where she obtained her BM in jazz vocals and a master’s degree in social work. She was taught, coached and mentored by talented musicians such as world-renowned singer Kehembe V. Eichelberger, singer/drummer Grady Tate, and pianist Charles Covington.

She is the child of a musical family (her father, Agyei Akoto, was a founding member of the jazz group, Nation, and recorded two albums during Allrich’s youth). Her home held a wealth of cherished recordings that she and her siblings were invited to explore. In fact, she did not buy any albums until her second year in college because her parents had such an amazing collection of jazz records. One of the first jazz albums she bought was John Coltrane’s Live at the Village Vanguard: The Master Takes.

Allrich has already proven her abilities as a performer and bandleader by producing and performing many successful solo and group programs. In addition to focusing on her own engaging compositions, she keeps an ear to the rest of the world and to other eras and artists. Akua Allrich has inspired music lovers from all walks on an international scale, who enjoy her exceptional work and expect nothing short of brilliant artistry from each of her offerings.

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 Freeport Jazz
Dec
10
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe presents Freeport Jazz

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; $15 per show

Chances are you have heard of the Contemporary Smooth Jazz group Freeport as they are regulars at festivals, top venues and notable events. Recently they have shared the stage with rising artists, legends and Grammy award winners in the jazz community such as Bob James, Marion Meadows, Saxmo, Joyce Cooling, Paul Brown, Nils, Bob Baldwin, Matt Marshak, Dee Lucas, Tower Of Power, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Special EFX, Grover Washington Jr. and the list goes on. Freeport provides a very soulful, appropriate, inquisitive, and smooth approach to performing. They offer a combination of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and Jazz Standards. The four piece Smooth Jazz group consists of Steve Thornton on saxes, flute, keyboards, Jo Daniels on keyboards, Tony Testa on drums, and Scott Marvill on basses.

Beyu Caffe Presents Dee Lucas
Dec
9
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Dee Lucas

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows; 7 or 9 pm; $12 per show

An acclaimed wizard on the soprano sax, national recording artist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late legend George Howard. Continuing steady showcase of style and technique with his sophomore release Something to Ride 2, 2010’s Standing Room Only, and the 2012’s compilation of the Rebirth of the Smooth. He released The Smooth Factor in 2014 which was a refreshing interjection into the competitive genre of smooth jazz.  Now with his brand new CD Going Deeper, the journey continues.

As as runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for a plethora of artists such as Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nneena Freelon, Hugh Masakela, Greg Karukas, Peter White, and Michael Franks just name a few. He has performed at several jazz festivals such as The Arizona Jazz Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Festival, and The Atlanta Jazz Festival.

Dee Lucas is courtesy of Smooth Soul Music Group.

Beyu Caffe Presents Daniel D.
Dec
3
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Daniel D.

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows; 7 or 9 pm; $18 per show

 

Talent is a gift, and Daniel Davis (p.k.a. Violinist Daniel D.) discovered his early in life, When he first drew a bow across the strings of a violin at 12 years old. Davis has produced 6 studio Albums, with his latest holiday project titles “The Sounds of Christmas”.
A four time Apollo Theater Winner, Charlotte Music Award Recipient, and a highlighted performer on B.E.T. 106 & Park, he was an opening Artist for the 2008 and 2012 President Barack Obama Presidential Campaigns. He has performed for such as notables such as, Oprah Winfrey, the late Dr. Maya Angelo and Michael Jackson.

Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Davis graduated from the city’s esteemed School of the Arts in 2007, immediately setting off on a nationwide tour with T-Bone Ministries.
Sharing stages with major artist is not new for Davis; such names as Kim Waters, Jamie Foxx, Marvin Sapp, Kanye West, Tye Tribbett, Boney James, Kenny Lattimore, Marion Meadows, Althea Renee, Najee, K’Jon, Lelah Hathaway, Ben Tankard, and Paul Jackson Jr. has given Davis a supreme perspective on his musicianship.

Davis’ faith lies at the core of his music. A seasoned entertainer at 27 years of age, Davis is equally comfortable performing at NBA Half-time games all over the country, as he is for an audience of 50,000 at USC’s Williams-Brice Stadium or performing at a church on Sunday morning.
He was awarded a Summer Scholarship at the New York’s Juilliard School of Music, won the U.S. Air Force’s Wide Talent Search competition, and his fiddle-laden remix of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech has contributed to regular invitations to perform throughout the country at special events. In addition to performs at festivals all over the country Daniel frequently returns home to Charleston to perform at the MOJA Arts and Spoleto festivals. Despite his successes, Davis remains a humble young man.
Daniel is the first to tell you that the pure joy of playing music far surpasses prestige or recognition. “Every opportunity to play offers new enlightenment and a chance to learn,” says Davis. “I love performing and I love playing — period.

https://youtu.be/ucoTVTkMMD4

DRE Z: Tribute to the Music of Dr. Dre & Jay Z Presented By The Sol Kitchen & Art of Cool
Dec
2
Dec 3

DRE Z: Tribute to the Music of Dr. Dre & Jay Z Presented By The Sol Kitchen & Art of Cool

  • Motorco Music Hall

The Sol Kitchen & Art of Cool are bringing one of the illest parties celebrating HipHop to RDU. Friday, December 2nd, meet us at @motorcomh as we honor two of the most respected performers, producers and moguls in hip-hop: Dr. Dre and Jay-Z. 

With over 30 years in music, we know Dr. Dre as the mastermind behind legendary songs from artists like NWA, 2Pac, Snoop Dog, Gwen Stefani, Eminem, and more. Since Jay Z debuted over 20 years ago he has been considered one of the greatest rappers of all time and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music from Biggie, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Coldplay, 9th Wonder, Rihanna, and Dr Dre to name a few.

Free entry with RSVP before 10:00, but RSVP space is limited. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. To RSVP or purchase simply visit www.motorcomusic.com . Music will be provided by #aocfest2016 alum Skillz The DJ and hosted by Mad Skillz.

 

Come dressed comfortably and be ready to dance all night!

Beyu Caffe Presents Tom Browne
Nov
26
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Tom Browne

  • Beyu Caffe

Choose from two shows 8 or 10 pm; $18 (advance)/$20 (door) per show

Consider the songs in our hearts that inspire us toward uplifted continence; melodies that ring out in a manner that is soulful … even funky! Now think of an artist; an artist who George Benson describes as “joy filled in expressiveness” and “believable in any musical style,” topping the jazz and adult contemporary / R & B charts with his kickin’ trumpet and rich jazz melodies. That artist … is trumpeter Tom Browne.

Browne began to carve a path for his musical future early on, studying via scholarship under Murray Karpilovsky (principal trumpeter with the NBC Orchestra directed by Arturo Toscanini.) A student at the co-joined High School of Music and Art / Performing Arts in New York (renowned courtesy of the motion picture entitled “Fame,”) Browne became a regular on the New York jazz scene and had the fortune of learning first hand from masters like Jimmy Nottingham, Richard Williams, Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard. Browne soon played his first pro level performances as sideman to jazz greats Weldon Irvine and Sonny Fortune for which he earned domestic and international recognition. It was no surprise that Downbeat Magazine would single out his “warm trumpet” during the review of Fortunes’ 1976 “Infinity Is” album.

Then in 1978, Browne led a traditional jazz quintet at the Breezin’ Lounge, an uptown New York nightclub indirectly affiliated with George Benson. Through contacts made by Jimmy Boyd ( Bensons’ former and Brownes’ subsequent manager) and guitar legend Earl Klugh, Browne was offered several solo recording contracts and ultimately signed with Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen on the newly formed GRP Record label. There he recorded six solo projects including several hits. His debut release “Browne Sugar” (1979) dominated the jazz charts for many weeks while “Love Approach” (1980) and “Magic” (1981) each earned gold album status and spawned hits like “Funkin’ For Jamaica,” “Thighs High” and “Secret Fantasy.” Browne went on to win prestigious Billboard honors of Best Instrumentalist, Best Jazz Cross-Over, Best Jazz Artist-Trumpet and Best Jazz Solo Album.

https://youtu.be/uuUy2ShGLyo

Beyu Caffe Presents Calvin Edwards Trio
Nov
25
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Calvin Edwards Trio

  • Beyu Caffe

Choose from two shows 8 or 10 pm; $10 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, including 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

 

"Coolest Christmas Ever" Toy and Clothing Drive
Nov
24
Dec 9

"Coolest Christmas Ever" Toy and Clothing Drive

  • Global Scholars Academy

he holiday season is quickly approaching and our “Coolest Christmas Ever” Toy and Clothing Drive is underway! Through this campaign your donations will help make this holiday season brighter for two local families at Global Scholar Academy  in Downtown Durham. This is the school that we support during the summer stARt of Cool Jazz Camp, so it is a truly special opportunity to help them this Christmas as well.  To help us support these families, we are asking you to drop off new and unwrapped items at the GSA office to help us support these by Friday December 9th. Thank you in advance for helping to make this their coolest Christmas ever. No time to shop?  Cash donations can be sent via our paypal.

Global Scholars Academy is located at  311 Dowd St, Durham, NC 27701

 

Family 1:
Girl: age 2
pants and shirts: size 5T
underwear: size 4T
shoes: size 9 or 91/2 (toddlers)
socks
wish list: baby dolls, something to ride on (power wheels)
 
Boy: age 5 (average size)
pants: size 7/8
shirts: size 7/8
shoes: size 1
socks, belts, underwear (7/8 or small)
coat: size 8
loves race cars with tracks, dinosaurs
wish list: handheld game, remote control car
 
Girl: age 8 (tall and thin)
pants: 12 or 14
shirts: 14
socks, belt, coat, underwear
loves art: paint, pencils, drawing pads
wish list: bike, roller skates (size 5), nail polish, make up
 
 
Boy: age 12 (hefty and around 5"2')
pants: 32x34
shirts: M or L (adult not children)
shoes: 71/2 or 8
socks, belts, underwear (size 20 or large)
coat: large
navy blue sweater (for school)
wish list: headphones, electronics, race cars, fighting games
 
Mother: when asked what was on her wish list she said help with bills, in need of a car battery, sneakers (size 9 or 91/2) and in need of a bed. She also wanted to see about getting help with a program that assists with transportation for her children. 
 
 
Family 2
Girl: age 9 (petite)
 
shirts: size 8
pants: size 8
shoes: size 1
coats:size 10
underwear, socks, gloves
wish list: sewing machine (loves to sew)
 
Girl: age 6 (petite)
shirts: size 6
pants: size 6
shoes: size 11
coat: size 6
underwear, socks, gloves
wish list: pet dolls (animals), soft baby doll
 
Boy: age 7 (petite)
shirts: size 8
pants: size 7
shoes: size 12
coat: size 8
underwear, socks, gloves
wish list: legos, robots, ninjas

 

 

Beyu Caffe Presents Hunky Cousin
Nov
19
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Hunky Cousin

  • Beyu Caffe

Choose from two shows: 8 or 10 pm; $10 per show

Richmond, Virginia-based Hunky Cousin was formed in early 2016 by guitarist Roger Pouncey. Pouncey wanted to assemble a band to play his originals as well as unique interpretations of standard and contemporary compositions. For his band, he chose saxophonist Trey Sorrells, bassist Jordan Mason, keyboardist Garen Dorsey, and drummer Cleandre Foster, all of whom he had played with extensively in other groups. The shared history and friendships of the musicians can be felt in their performances. The trust between the players allows each member to play at their highest level. As comfortable playing Daft Punk as they are Miles Davis, Hunky Cousin is able to combine the sincerity and immediacy of jazz with the infectious energy of funk, rock, and pop.

Beyu Caffe Presents Dynamo
Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Dynamo

  • Beyu Caffe

Dynamo is a Nashville-based, nationally touring band whose music fuses jazz, rock, and funk with elements of soul and R&B. The culmination is a sound that’s both spontaneous and composed—and an energy that’s undeniably infectious.

Formed in late 2012, Dynamo consists of nine core musicians. When they’re not performing or recording in Nashville, the band is on the road, spreading their unique brand of feel-good music to audiences all over the world.

https://youtu.be/wUxXaHdzxQU

Jazz Night at The Durham Hotel featuring Al Strong
Nov
15
6:00 pm18:00

Jazz Night at The Durham Hotel featuring Al Strong

  • The Durham Hotel

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. Al Strong is back in the dining room for an encore performance November 15.
 
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.

DURM Flex Pass -Your Exclusive Joint Festival Access Pass
Nov
14
Dec 5

DURM Flex Pass -Your Exclusive Joint Festival Access Pass

  • Art of Cool Festival

Attention music and technology lovers! For the first time, we’ve joined with our friends at Moogfest to offer you the DURM Flex Pass. With the Flex Pass you get the chance to experience two spectacular festivals for one incredible price! Priced at $249 this phenomenal deal will sell out quickly!
 
On sale now until December 5th (11:59 PM), take advantage of this limited time offer for access to what will arguably be the best 30 days of music around! Don’t delay, get yours now!!
 
About Moogfest
 
Moogfest, the synthesis of music, art, and technology, will take place May 18-21, 2017 in Downtown Durham, NCSince 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians.
By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today.

Learn More About Moogfest

 

Motorco & Art of Cool present Bilal
Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

Motorco & Art of Cool present Bilal

  • Motorco Music Hall

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm Tickets $28-$45

A classically trained vocal veteran, Bilal released his debut album 1st Born Second in 2001, which boasted the popular single “Soul Sista.” The follow-up, Love for Sale (2006), was shelved but leaked entirely online yet was well received to fans and music critics and has become an underground classic. In the following years, Bilal has collaborated and performed with some of the industry’s most prominent artists including, Beyonce (Fighting Temptations), Common (Like Water for Chocolate, Electric Circus, Be, Finding Forever), Jay-Z (American Gangster), Erykah Badu (New Amerykah Part One, New Amerykah Part Two), Robert Glasper (All Matter), Boney James (Better With Time), Musiq (Soulstar) and The Roots among others. He also covered Radiohead’s “High & Dry” for the 2006 Radiohead tribute, Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads. Bilal also appears in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.

https://youtu.be/Zgp6-DzZgK0

 

BE CONNECTED: THE 2017 ART OF COOL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

BE CONNECTED: THE 2017 ART OF COOL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Beyu Caffe

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Free

Interactive Event with Live DJ!

A remix of a Black American Music festival taking place in downtown Durham for three days of forward-thinking jazz, alternative soul and mature hip hop. The mission is to expand the audience for jazz as well as champion innovative thought.

On November 14, The Art of Cool Project will unveil the 2017 line up and festival programming. Who will headline AOC Fest 2017? Come through and find out!

The 2017 Art of Cool Festival will take place April 28 – April 30. Purchase tickets here.