Beyu Caffe Presents CHRISTIE DASHIELL
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents CHRISTIE DASHIELL

  • Beyu Caffe

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

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Greenville, North Carolina, Christie Dashiell is a graduate of Howard University and the Manhattan School of Music. As a member of Afro-Blue, Howard’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, Dashiell appeared on NBC’s “The Sing Off.” She has twice received recognition in DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards as Outstanding Soloist and Best Vocalist in the Graduate College division and was recently selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute Vocals Competition. Dashiell tours with her own quartet, Marcus Strickland and Twi-Life, Otis Brown, III and was featured on Revive Music’s Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1, a release under Blue Note Records. She has appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha, Qatar, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Kennedy Center
Jazz Club, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival and Winter Jazzfest in New York City.

Beyu Caffe Presents CALVIN EDWARDS TRIO
Feb
25
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents CALVIN EDWARDS TRIO

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows 7 or 9 pm; $10 per show

https://youtu.be/1ZE_Z_T2tAE

We are so excited to be bringing Calvin Edwards back to Beyu Caffe. 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 …….

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.

https://youtu.be/4rWxrTpqnAc

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

Design A World Without ALS Benefit Concert Featuring Nnenna Freelon & Special Guests
Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

Design A World Without ALS Benefit Concert Featuring Nnenna Freelon & Special Guests

  • Carolina Theatre

Thursday, April 20th join us in the quest to Design a World Without ALS. The Benefit Concert will be a musical celebration featuring music from Nnenna Freelon, Take 6, Regina Carter, and more. Tickets are on sale now and prices start at just $50.38.

 

More Details

The Freelon ALS Fund and friends invite you to the Design a World Without ALS Benefit Concert. This event is part of our campaign to raise $250,000.00 to benefit ALS research. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neuromuscular disorder with no known cure because it is “underfunded.” The dollars raised will support critical research at the Duke ALS clinic headed by Dr. Richard Bedlack, who states, We share the Freelon's goal of designing a world without ALS.  We believe this goal can and will be accomplished through research.  The more funding we have now, the faster we will get answers from our existing research projects.”

The event will celebrate the life of Durham-based architect, educator, and business leader Phil Freelon who was diagnosed with ALS last year. Phil led the planning and design team for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Phil Freelon’s projects include the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte and Emancipation Park in Houston.

Bringing great design to public spaces has long been a hallmark of Freelon’s practice.  Always the design thinker, Freelon is now focusing his creative energy on the challenge of increasing ALS research funding. Phil says, “As designers, we think of problems as opportunities for the exploration of creative solutions. Our hope is that the funds raised during this campaign will enable new and on-going initiatives at the Duke ALS Center.”


3rd Tuesday Jazz Night feat. Brevan Hampden at The Durham Hotel
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

3rd Tuesday Jazz Night feat. Brevan Hampden at The Durham Hotel

  • The Durham Hotel

AOC-approved local and visiting musicians provide the soundtrack to cocktails and dinner in the restaurant and lounge.

Brevan Hampden joins us in the dining room February 21st.

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. No Cover.

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

https://youtu.be/b8nQWTNvSg8

Beyu Caffe Presents AN INTIMATE NIGHT WITH ANGELA JOHNSON
Feb
18
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents AN INTIMATE NIGHT WITH ANGELA JOHNSON

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows, 7 or 9 pm; $15 per show

https://youtu.be/Sy5INgEjW8g

“I want music to open something within me, to touch something few have seen, or reach something intangible in you…This is the record I’ve worked the hardest on. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this project. I never thought I could be pushed this far as a producer, singer, songwriter, and arranger. There was so much relying on me, and to see how it came forth; I am so proud of it. I really went outside the box with this album. I don’t want to say this is my masterpiece, but if I died tomorrow this would be it. This was the record I’ve longed to make.” — Angela Johnson
Something magical happens when a woman arrives and stops being afraid of the resonating fullness of her power and the potential impact of her voice. It can take a while for it to happen, decades even. But, when that internal click happens, that freeing moment in her life when she embraces the magnificence of her flawlessly flawed mind, body, and gifts, new levels of inner peace and creativity are achieved and it’s a thing of wonder to behold. After nearly 20 years in the music industry, such a moment has finally happened for triple threat singer/songwriter/producer Angela Johnson, the First Lady of Purpose Music Group. No longer the girl next door or the superwoman who thought she had to be super to be extraordinary, here is Angela Johnson unfiltered, unvarnished and definitely un-bossed. The title of her sixth solo album, Naturally Me, says it all. With the exception of Angela’s cover of Teena Marie’s Déjà Vu, Johnson wrote, composed, and produced every single song on this intimate ten-track release. Throughout, Johnson is a woman claiming her power and sharing her thoughts and feelings about matters of serious import, from politics and social injustice to motherhood and relationships of the real, not manufactured kind. Honest and direct, Naturally Me is a portrait of an artist fully realized, at last.
“I’m voicing my opinions about things that I think are wrong in the world today. I’m being more political, talking about what’s affecting my family and community. I’m putting myself out there, even though I’ve been afraid to.I wanted to talk about things that are relevant that many people aren’t talking about,” says Johnson.

Not that Johnson was ever shy when it came to music, a path she’s always taken seriously. Playing piano by age four, violin by nine, and rocking the church as an organist, choir director, and featured performer by adolescence, the Utica, NY native went quickly from teenage Baptist phenom to the high school musical star of such local shows as Godspell. The eldest of four, Johnson’s family encouraged her formative years as an aspiring musician through college and beyond. Upon enrolling at the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY) to further her study in violin, Johnson soon met her future Cooly’s Hot Box bandmates and writing partner, Christian Urich. Together the eclectic soul and acid jazz band landed an all-too-brief deal with Polygram Records, despite a trifecta of international dance hits (“We Don’t Have To Be Alone,” “What A Surprise,” and “Make Me Happy”). Nonplussed, Johnson and the group inked a subsequent deal with Virgin Records in 2002 and released the band’s critically acclaimed debut, Take It. Leaning in before the concept gained currency, Johnson decided to express her independent artistic vision distinct from Cooly’s and simultaneously recorded her solo debut, They Don’t Know (Purpose),while also contributing to the songwriting and production of Take It. They Don’t Know and its radio hit “Ordinary Things” did what Johnson had done since being that big-voiced child behind the organ keys, distinguished herself as a woman apart.
That distinction paid off as songs from They Don’t Know and its intimate follow-up, Got To Let It Go (Purpose), were licensed by HBO’s The Wire, UPN’s Kevin Hill, FX’s The Shield, and the WB’s Roswell. From various projects in more recent years, “Walkin’” has appeared on A&E’s The Glades, several songs in the film Big Words, “No Better Love” in the Nicole Kidman film Rabbit Hole, and her co-penned “Wanna Kiss U” for labelmate Monét on FOX’s The Mindy Project. As a featured spokesperson, Johnson was also appearing in Japanese car commercials for Nissan. In 2004, Johnson briefly reunited with Cooly’s for Don’t Be Afraid-Get On (Purpose), which led to a featured spot in a 2005 national TV ad campaign for AT&T.

Beyu Caffe presents GROOVE MASTERS BAND
Feb
17
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe presents GROOVE MASTERS BAND

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; $15 per show

 

Groove Masters Band was formed in 2007, in Charlotte, NC. The band consists of six veteran musicians with over twenty years of professional musical experience. Since forming, Groove Masters has performed for audiences in various venues across the country. In 2007, the Coca-Cola Company hired Groove Masters for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament (C.I.A.A.), to perform with hip hop legend Mr. Doug E. Fresh, and appear with renowned actress/producer Ms. Vivica A. Fox. Later in 2007, Groove Masters performed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Also in 2007, Groove Masters wrote and recorded the soundtrack for an independent film, in Hollywood, CA. In 2008, Groove Masters took its smooth groove into international territory. Groove Masters toured in Europe, and released its first CD titled “Elements of Groove.” The CD received rave reviews and is presently in heavy rotation. Also in 2008, Groove Masters performed in the South Carolina Jazz Festival honoring Mr. Dizzy Gillespie, in Cheraw, SC. In 2009, Groove Masters received the coveted “Best Jazz Band in the Carolinas Award” from the Charlotte Music Awards (CMA). Later that year, Groove Masters performed in the Jazz on the River Festival in Fayetteville, NC. In 2010, Groove Masters was contacted by the founder of Midnight Starr, Grammy-award nominated artist, Mr. Reggie Calloway. Mr. Calloway performed with Groove Masters in Charlotte, NC. The show sold out and the audience begged for encore performances. This show sparked the beginning of a relationship that continues to date. In 2011, Groove Masters released its sophomore CD entitled “Praise Worthy,” a gospel project that was Sold out in both Greensboro and Charlotte, NC. Because of Groove Masters’ smooth sound, they were invited back by a large corporation, to perform at the C.I.A.A. Basketball Tournament, in 2012. In 2013, Groove Masters performed during the C.I.A.A. with gospel artists Arnette Murrill-Crooms, Fred Hammond and United Tenors, in Charlotte, NC. Also in 2013, Groove Masters traveled to Omaha, NE, and performed with Mr. Reggie Calloway. Later in 2013, Groove Masters performed with Stellar-Award Winner Mr. Earnest Pugh, in Greensboro, NC. In 2014, Groove Masters performed while on tour with Grammy Award Winner and gospel legend Ms. Twinkie Clark and Mr. Larry Clark. Groove Masters also recorded a project for gospel artist Mrs. Catrina Reese. Groove Masters is a constantly evolving band with desires to accomplish bigger, and better things. With a dedicated fan base, Groove Masters continues to add to its many followers with each performance. If you are looking for a band that will have audiences grooving, and on their feet… Groove Masters is the obvious choice. They are currently in the studio recording there third project called ” Keeping The Groove Alive” set to be released in mid May 2016.

Art of Cool & Sol Kitchen Present "I Used to Love H.E.R" Anti-Valentine's Party
Feb
11
Feb 12

Art of Cool & Sol Kitchen Present "I Used to Love H.E.R" Anti-Valentine's Party

  • Motorco Music Hall

If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional sugar coated, "lovey dovey" Valentine's Day celebration, then we have the event for you! 

Saturday, February 11th meet us at Motorco Music Hall for the "I Used To Love H.E.R" Anti-Valentine's Party!  Ladies, if you're single, gather your girls. Fellas, assemble your crew. Couples who'd prefer  a night out free of the cliche candlelight dinners and PDA, you're welcome too!

This is strictly for music lovers! DJ Flash will be spinning the classics on the 1's & 2's! Free entry with RSVP before 10:00, but RSVP space is limited, so act early. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. To RSVP or purchase simply visit www.motorcomusic.com today. 

 

Beyu Caffe Presents BARON TYMAS CD RELEASE CONCERT
Feb
11
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents BARON TYMAS CD RELEASE CONCERT

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; $12 per show

https://youtu.be/03LWHjM_fag

On Saturday, February 11, guitarist/composer Baron Tymas will perform with his quartet at Beyú Caffé to celebrate the release of Montréal, his third cd as a leader. The group will feature saxophonist Annalise Stalls, bassist Aaron Gross and drummer Thomas Taylor, playing original music from the recording. CDs will be available at the venue.

The record is inspired by the warm-hearted city for which it is named, with some of the most superb jazz musicians associated with the place today. This project represents part of Baron’s experience as a Fulbright Fellow in late 2015, when he wrote most of the music based on the sights, sounds and people of the city. The songs reflect the harmonious and generally celebratory ambience of Montréal, the beautiful weather of an          unusually warm fall, hectic travel on public transportation, the town’s incredible food, and the styles and      musical personae of the players on the recording. A few of the tunes were written for and in other places, such as Durham and the beautiful island of Virgin Gorda.

Beyu Caffe Presents VIRTUOSO VIOLINIST SCOTT TIXIER’S CD RELEASE CONCERT
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Beyu Caffe Presents VIRTUOSO VIOLINIST SCOTT TIXIER’S CD RELEASE CONCERT

  • Beyu Caffe

Two shows 7 or 9 pm; $28 in adv/$30 at door per show

 

https://youtu.be/R42UQNCWtTo

Sunnyside Records is proud to announce today’s release of Cosmic Adventure, the new album from virtuoso violinist Scott Tixier. To bring this momentous recording to life, Scott enlisted an all-star ensemble of fellow visionaries including Yvonnick Prene (harmonica), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Luques Curtis (bass), Justin Brown (drums) and special guests Pedrito Martinez (congas) and Chris Potter (saxophone).

Cosmid Adventure has garnered early praise from All About Jazz (“…[this] French violinist […] is taking the world by storm”), Jazz Times (“Cosmic Adventure is a fresh, thoroughly enjoyable recording”), Jazz Quad, Midwest Record and others plus he has been featured in Argonauta Magazine and Black Grooves.

Scott will be touring through the East Coast to celebrate the release of Cosmic Adventure. He’ll kick off in Princeton, NJ at Barnes & Noble on 9/16, perform at the Jazz Gallery in NYC on 9/20, play at Promotory in Chicago on 9/23 and also at The 9th Note in Stamford, CT on 9/24,
Scott Tixier’s new recording, Cosmic Adventure, celebrates the mystical nature of life. There are inconceivably immense and unpredictable experiences that can be realized within one’s lifetime. It is the absorption of material and immaterial influences yielded by these events and relationships that helps one discover new worlds or new ways of navigating in the cosmos of existence. It is about breaking free from the self-imposed isolation of criticism, the pursuit of perfection and the fear of failure. The adventure occurs when you expel the pressures of competition and expectations to truly explore your place in the greater cosmos.

Violinist Scott Tixier has found himself amongst some of the most fantastic individuals and intriguing situations. His journey has been extraordinary, a truly cosmic adventure.

The French born Tixier moved to New York in 2007 with an unparalleled musical pedigree. His violin playing has been lauded by many important and highly respected musicians, including Pat Metheny, Jean Luc Ponty and Mark Feldman. He had already garnered experience in the jazz world playing with Jon Hendricks, Tigran Hamasyan and Lonnie Plaxico. By the age of 15, Tixier had already opened for Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones and in 2012, Scott was honored to open for Herbie Hancock alongside his brother, pianist Tony Tixier, at Jazz En Tete.

Since that time, the 30 year-old violinist has found himself in many eclectic musical settings, from Anthony Braxton’s recent opera Trillium J, sideman gigs with Natalie Cole, Christina Aguilera, and Gladys Knight to two years of touring with soul legend Stevie Wonder, not to mention his work in film and television. For the past 10 years, Tixier has been developing a new sound inspired by these collaborations both inside and outside of the jazz world, making him a multidimensional musician with a new voice on jazz violin.

Tixier’s first, well-received, Sunnyside recording Brooklyn Bazaar celebrated his then newly found home. His new recording, Cosmic Adventure, his first as a leader in four years, celebrates the serendipitous nature of life as a spiritual journey, with joy and hope but also sorrow and despair.

It was while appearing at a festival in France in 2012 that Tixier met pianist/composer Donald Brown. The young violinist hit it off immediately with the Art Blakey Jazz Messenger alum, and highly regarded arranger, during a six hour after hours hang. It was during his preparation to record that Tixier decided that having Brown produce the record would be ideal. Furthermore, Tixier’s partnership with engineer Dave Darlington and Brown ensured a well executed recording session.

The electrifying new band that Tixier showcases on his recording is made up of some of the leading lights of this new jazz generation. Having played with Tixier since he and Tixier were teenagers, harmonica virtuoso Yvonnick Prene is the perfect foil for Tixier’s violin. Pianist Glenn Zaleski is a friend and neighbor, not to mention one of the best emerging pianists in New York. The varied and instinctual playing of bassist Luques Curtis matches his tremendous tone, while the incredible ability and maturity of Justin Brown’s drumming is suited perfectly for the ensemble, because he can deliver energy and dynamics without overpowering the violin.

The compositions on Cosmic Adventure follow a trajectory, all having been written one after another. They are meant to mirror events and moods, both good and bad. The outcome is an eclectic and moving collection of originals and two arrangements of well picked standards.

The recording begins with the stirring “Maze Walker,” written as a study on life’s tendency to make one search for meaning, as if finding the end of a maze. The opening track features conga master Pedrito Martinez, as does the optimistically penned “Dig It,” a tribute to Stevie Wonder, with the sound of his harmonica in mind. The insistent “100,000 Hours” is all about drive and commitment to making oneself a better person (or musician, for that matter).

Django Reinhardt’s classic “Troublant Bolero” is performed beautifully as a ballad and for quite possibly the first time with piano and drums. Tixier commissioned the exuberant and swinging “Mr. Tix” from his longtime friend Prene. Next, Tixier re-arranged the classic Erroll Garner chestnut “Misty,” taking a number of chances to make the piece feel more contemporary.

The bouncy “Nil’s Landing” is for Tixier’s young, guitar-rocking brother, so naturally it is an exciting bebop tune with unique rhythm changes. The moving “King of Sorrow” is for his recently passed grandmother, who never recovered from her husband’s death 30 years prior, though Tixier sees a lesson in her pain: Don’t get consumed in sorrow, take a look at the world around you. The grand finale is the joyful “Beam Me To Mars,” an optimistic piece written for people who dream big. The track features saxophone titan Chris Potter, who Tixier connected with on the streets of Brooklyn during a chance encounter.

Performing on an instrument that has become a rarity in contemporary jazz, violinist Scott Tixier has put his individuality to his advantage. There have been ups and downs on the way to where he is, which is natural on all of life’s paths. Overall, he has enjoyed and wants to share the bounty of his Cosmic Adventure.

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.

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

NC Opera Presents On a Turquoise Cloud: Songs of Duke Ellington
Jan
27
Jan 28

NC Opera Presents On a Turquoise Cloud: Songs of Duke Ellington

  • CAM Raleigh

North Carolina Opera celebrates the versatility of the human voice with the presentation of the critically-acclaimed On a Turquoise Cloud by jazz musician Candice Hoyes.  Candice blends jazz, classical, and soul to create a singular style that "captures the graceful ambiance of Swan Lake and the broad emotion of Madame Butterfly mixed with lounge jazz coolness," says Joe Walker. 

Performed cabaret-style in the beautiful space of CAM Raleigh, On a Turquoise Cloud features new arrangements of rare songs spanning Duke Ellington’s career. Hoyes will be joined by Durham native, pianist Chris PattishallPattishall was recently named by Wynton Marsalis as one of the top five jazz musicians under 30 to watch. 

Enjoy the bluesy, classy artistry of Candice Hoyes up close from an intimate, four-person table that includes a bottle of wine. Table seating is limited for Friday evening and SOLD OUT for Saturday's performance. General admission seating is available for both performances. Call our box office at 919-792-3853 to reserve your table. 

The Carolina Theatre Presents Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Jan
24
8:00 pm20:00

The Carolina Theatre Presents Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

  • Carolina Theatre of Durham

The HYPNOTIC  BRASS ENSEMBLE is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran (EARTH, WIND, & FIRE, CHAKA KHAN, SUN RA). The boys went on to form the PHIL COHRAN YOUTH ENSEMBLE in 1990. The family toured the United States performing the complex original wryYen jazz compositions of Cohran and other greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and even the music of classical greats Bach & Beethoven.

Although the group's early musical training encompassed primarily elements of instrumental performance, the brothers were personally being exposed to the music of their own generation (hip-hop, rock, reggae, to name a few) and absorbed these components into the cosmic jazz style of their father.

 

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Use Brass to get 20 percent off seats to see the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Carolina Theatre on Tuesday, January 24

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.”

 

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 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 and Beyu Caffe Present BE CONNECTED LISTENING SESSION: HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE
Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

Art of Cool and Beyu Caffe Present BE CONNECTED LISTENING SESSION: HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE

  • BEYU CAFFE

It's all about that brass! Thursday, Jan 19th, meet us at Beyu Caffe and relive the magic of AOCFEST with a FREE listening party showcasing one of the most dynamic brass bands in the nation, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble! 

HBE is a world renowned group of brothers hailing from the southside of Chicago. From an extraordinary musical family, together they have toured throughout world and have played with everyone from Prince, Mos Def , Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). 

This listening party lasts from 7-8 pm and will highlight the band’s upcoming album release and comes just days before they are slated to perform at the Carolina Theatre on January 24th. Immediately following the listening session you are invited to join us at The Carolina Theatre of Durham for a FREE screening of their documentary, “Brothers Hypnotic”, which explores their music, work ethic, life and experience of being raised by their jazz legend father Phil Cohran. 

As a bonus friends of Art of Cool are being offered a 20% discount off seats for the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s live performance on Tuesday, January 24th. Simply use code BRASS to take advantage of this great deal.

https://open.spotify.com/user/theaocproject/playlist/13w7MZH1eEkLeT4lCj3dfZ

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.