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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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 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.

Beyu Caffe Presents Masego
Nov
11
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Masego

  • Beyu Caffe

Two Shows: 8 & 10 pm, $15 per show

King of Trap Scat, Mr. Hoop earring & he sing.

Masego has created and curated a new wave of music known as “trap house jazz,” blending hip hop over infectious Southern beats with classical jazz elements.

The aesthetic he’s cooked up over the years is inclusive of what he calls “a big stew” of elements and sounds, pulling together the playful qualities of contemporary alternative hip-hop’s eclectic future bounce style, the grimy snares and bass of trap, the trance-like synths of house, and the melodic sax found in jazz. There’s also an element of what he calls trap scatting. Never heard of it? That's because it’s his unique creation which he believes is like a future jazz, future trap house movement. 

https://youtu.be/8ZiCniLoLVM

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

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

  • The Carolina Theatre of Durham

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

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

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/0WJ8j3C2Meg

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/obG2m3G5eSI

Beyu Caffe Presents JAMES “SAXSMO” GATES
Nov
5
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents JAMES “SAXSMO” GATES

  • Beyu Caffe

8 pm, 10 pm $15 per show

After a POWERFUL PERFORMANCE and SOLD OUT SHOW in 2013, we are bringing back one of the baddest sax players on the East Coast, James “Saxsmo” Gates.

The passionate search for perfection describes James Saxsmo Gates and his career as a top-notch jazz musician. From his experiences performing with Art Blakey, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Alex Bugnon, Cyrus Chestnut, Chris Botti, Billy Kilson, Terrance Blanchard and many others, comes a smooth, yet blazing style and presentation. Gates Wide Open is the third commercial release for Saxsmo as a solo artist and is the beginning of a new era for Saxsmo.

The journey to Gates Wide Open has been heartfelt and emotional. Saxsmo lost both of his parents between his first and second CD’s, they were his inspiration to strive for perfection and to continue making excellent music. – See more at saxsmo.com.

Come see him live at Beyu Caffe for an unforgettable night!

Beyu Caffe Presents Atticus Reynolds
Nov
4
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Atticus Reynolds

  • Beyu Caffe

8:00 pm; 10:00 pm, $10 PER SHOW

 

Atticus Reynolds is a drummer/composer from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2013, Atticus was honored to be chosen as the first jazz musician to be given a full-ride Kenan Music Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill. Atticus has performed with Latin-Grammy Award winning Hip-Hop group Chocquibtown, been featured on PBS’ Beat Making Lab, and is an active local musician in Jazz and many other genres. Currently his pursuits entail working with the national Hip-Hop collective No9to5 music with The NightShift, producing music under the moniker of Golden Finch, and playing as a bandleader and sideman in Latin, Jazz, and contemporary styles. He has two forthcoming recording projects in the works; a suite of original music inspired by folkloric Latin rhythms to be recorded in Puerto Rico, and an album of original Jazz music.

About the Rhythm Section
Russell Favret, Guitar
Alan Thompson, Saxophone
Aaron Gross, Bass

Beyu Caffe Presents JESSE FISCHER FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST IRWIN HALL
Oct
29
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents JESSE FISCHER FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST IRWIN HALL

  • Beyu Caffe

$10 per show, Two shows 8 & 10 pm

Brooklyn-based pianist/composer Jesse Fischer is excited to return to Durham to make his debut at Beyu Caffe, playing his signature blend of soul jazz and world fusion, along with special guest saxophonist Irwin Hall (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Theo Croker, Melody Gardot). Known for his warm, soulful touch and singable melodies, Jesse has performed at jazz festivals around the world, from South Africa to Dubai to the Netherlands. Jesse’s latest album Day Dreamer was released in 2015 on Ropeadope Records and features guest appearances from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, alto saxophonist Godwin Louis, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles.

“Jesse’s brewed an exotic blend of New York jazz stories and world music from klezmer melodies to afrobeat grooves — an intriguingly personal gumbo.” — Mark de Clive-Lowe

“Day Dreamer is a culmination of [Jesse’s] unwavering pursuit of capturing the magical groove in a soul/funk jazz atmosphere … Highly Recommended!” — All About Jazz

“Fresh new listening experience with Eastern and Israeli influence. Unique arrangements of voice, trumpet, violin and keyboard.” — Dr. Eddie Henderson

https://youtu.be/jCywv3g6xD0

Beyu Caffe presents BENITO GONZALEZ
Oct
28
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe presents BENITO GONZALEZ

  • Beyu Caffe

$10 per show; 8 & 10 pm

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world.

Gonzalez has a golden touch on the piano, whether he’s playing a ballad or swinging for the fences.
– the JazzPage

Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Benito’s acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Circles’ (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser. Recently, Benito received more critical attention for his work on Garrett’s Grammy-Nominated album ‘Seeds from the Underground’.

Gonzalez proves he can handle just about
anything thrown his musical way.
– KeyboardMag

After almost seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. He has also shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre,Delfeayo Marsalis,Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton, Azar Lawrence, and Jackie McLean.

Gonzalez flashes killer chops and swings intensely alongside his world-class bandmates
– Blues & Soul

His multi-cultural talents have led to frequent recording dates, from American jazz masters such as Kenny Garrett and Azar Lawrence, to West African musicians and Latin bands. Benito has also served as musical director for several Venezuelan Recording Artists.

Presently, Benito is touring the world with numerous jazz clubs an international festivals to his credit, including several extensive tours of Europe as leader of his own Benito Gonzalez Trio.

Beyu Caffe Presents SOUL UNDERSTATED FEATURING MAVIS ‘SWAN’ POOLE & JEREMY ‘BEAN’ CLEMONS
Oct
22
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents SOUL UNDERSTATED FEATURING MAVIS ‘SWAN’ POOLE & JEREMY ‘BEAN’ CLEMONS

  • Beyu Caffe

$15 per show, 8 & 10 pm 

Vibin’, groovin’, swangin’, preachin’, unyieldin’ Soul Understated is among the most dynamically talented discoveries in music since the Motown era. The brilliance of their sound lies in combining a sultry vocalist (Mavis ‘SWAN’ Poole), a melodic drummer (Jeremy ‘BEAN’ Clemons), and a mothership of all-star musicians. With musical sensibilities that include jazz, soul, funk, gospel, and hip hop, the influences on their sound are as varied and timeless as the music they create. The final product embodies the rich melodies of Earth, Wind & Fire; the enchanting tones of Ella Fitzgerald; the down-deep soul of Donny Hathaway; and the exhilarating swing of Count Basie, with a hint of hip hop all infused into one harmonious body. Anyone who seeks bona fide musicianship is sure to find something that pleases the musical appetite.

“Soul Understated is a skillful ensemble, adeptly and seemingly effortlessly weaving together soul, jazz, funk and gospel, like so many threads in a tapestry, and Ms. Poole does not miss a beat, adding scat and rap to the mix like the final spices in an excellent gumbo.” – Divastation.com

In 2008, after many years of performing with various musicians, St. Louis native Jeremy ‘BEAN’ Clemons and North Carolina’s finest, Mavis ‘SWAN’ Poole, created Soul Understated. Since then, they have appeared at venues across the US, toured Russia, and collaborated with artists such as Nicholas Payton, Marc Cary, DJ Mikeflo, and Brian Jackson.

“The passion and drive of our music comes from a sincere longing to encourage and inspire people from all lifestyles, while maintaining the danceable element and groove.“ – Soul Understated

9th Wonder and Art of Cool present Caramel City featuring Joanna Teters & Mad Satta  w/ Queen's Guard
Oct
22
Oct 23

9th Wonder and Art of Cool present Caramel City featuring Joanna Teters & Mad Satta w/ Queen's Guard

  • The Pourhouse Music Hall

$10 in advance, $15 day of show

What do you get when you combine hip hop, soul music, and jazz? A truly beautiful musical experience known as “Caramel City”. Each month for the last 12 months we have brought you our monthly collaboration with producer 9th Wonder at Raleigh’s Pourhouse Music Hall.  This month will be our last installment of the series and it has truly been an amazing journey. Through this residency we’ve been able to bring you legendary performances from many talented artists ranging from industry veterans, emerging artists, as well as local talent on the rise.  The breadth of talent has been diverse and we hope that you enjoyed being introduced to some amazing new talent as well. It’s in that vein that we chose the final artists being presented in the series with none other than AOCFEST alumni Joanna Teters and Mad Satta with special guests The Queen’s Guard featuring Blanche J out of Charlotte, NC.
 
Joanna Teters is carving a place for herself in the hearts and minds of today’s music lovers with original, forward-thinking, new-school soul. Increasingly recognized for her ability to switch effortlessly from lush, deeply sultry tones to rugged reggae and blues, Teters’ serves her audiences with playful and energetic yet poised performances of both original compositions and covers. After many formative years in the mountains of upstate New York, she then went on to pursue her degree at Berklee College of Music where she began to develop her craft. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is joined on stage by her musical team bassist Ben Carr (Rosendale, NY), guitarist Ted Morcaldi (North Haven, CT), drummer Zane West (Brewster, NY) and pianist/saxophonist Jason Fitch (Wallingford), all members of the band previously known as Mad Satta. Their next release is set for Fall 2016. 

 https://youtu.be/yE9VKixecPo


The Queen's Guard is a community of artists seasoned in the Gospel, R&B and Funk scenes across the country, who debuted to a deafening, sold out audience at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC earlier this year. Led by the dynamic vocal stylings of Blanche J, the members have played with many influential artists over the years ranging from Roy Ayers and George Clinton to our friends The Foreign Exchange and Chantae Cann.
 

https://youtu.be/avieFLhLyzw


With two killer bands in one night plus Jamla's own DJ Khyrsis spinning the hits, trust us when we say you will only regret if you do not experience this for yourself. Come help us pack out the Pour House and close out Caramel City with a bang!

 

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

Art of Cool and Sol Kitchen Present : King

  • Motorco Music Hall

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

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

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

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

Dome Group Presents Love Jones The Musical

  • Durham Performing Arts Center-DPAC

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

 

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

 

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

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

THE CAROLINA THEATRE OF DURHAM PRESENTS THE CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND

  • The Carolina Theatre

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

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

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

Ticket prices start at $45.

https://youtu.be/D9ux9BQEWeQ

 

Beyu Caffe Presents Joshua Gunn
Oct
15
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Joshua Gunn

  • Beyu Caffe

$15 per show

Joshua Gunn, known to many as J. Gunn, has been a fixture in the NC Hip Hop Scene for over 15 years. Since the age of 7, he has been penning his own rhymes. Starting off as a very young battle emcee, he went on to garner over 200 Freestyle battle victories. He has been winning titles and money with his craft since the age of 9.
Transitioning from the battle scene to a well-rounded artist, Joshua Gunn came under the mentorship of Public Enemy’s, DJ Terminator X, who managed and helped him shape his skill set for the international stage. He reflects on the maturity and growth he had obtained as an artist during this time. Through the tutelage of Terminator X, Joshua Gunn was able to share stages with the likes of the Fugees, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy; he grew as a performer and a song writer but a major record contract still slipped his grasp, nonetheless he persevered and continued to solidify his following.
During high school, he and two of friends put together a group Thethyrday, and released the underground classic The Perfection Xperiment 2 in 2005, which featured production from Grammy Award winning producers 9th Wonder and Nicolay. The record worked and it was then, he became a household name amongst hip hop purists all over the world.
After High School, Joshua Gunn attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he earned his degree in Psychology.
Partnering with his close friend Rashad Ladson in 2011, Joshua Gunn started his own company, Red Eye Lifestyle. Through the REL movement, he has been able to share stages with heavyweights such as Ludacris, The Roots, KRS ONE, Clipse, Wale, Big Krit, Dom Kennedy, The Fugees, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Mya,Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, T.I. and even headlined sold out shows of his own in several US cities.
Joshua Gunn has received multiple features in XXL Magazine, The Source, Hip Hop Weekly and even a spot in a national commercial for Magnum Condoms – Live Large promotion with Ludacris.
In 2011 he was signed by hip hop Icon MC Lyte and Television Mogul James Dubose to be the first artist signed to their Dubose Music Group imprint, and in 2012, Joshua Gunn was the first artist selected for BET’s Music Matters Campaign. That same year, he was selected by NBC/Universal as a “Top 10 Artist to watch in 2012.”
In 2012, he released his most successful solo album, entitled “Faithful Struggle” and followed it up with an even more critically acclaimed “Broken Glass Half Full” in 2013 Joshua Gunn is experienced, well respected and well known. With plans to release his latest LP entitled “Rage To Survive” in the fall of this year he will be bringing his sound back to his purest of fans.
“No Sleep, Just Dreams”

https://youtu.be/L9Sb3AfMdOo

Beyu Caffe Presents Jim Ketch Sextet featuring guest trumpeter, Dominick Farinacci
Oct
14
8:00 pm20:00

Beyu Caffe Presents Jim Ketch Sextet featuring guest trumpeter, Dominick Farinacci

  • Beyu Caffe

Tickets $10 per show 8 & 10 pm

Jim Ketch is a Summit Records artist and Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His three CDs on the Summit Records label includes Next Set (2009), A Distant View (2012), and Distracted Society (2015). In 2012 he received UNC’s prestigious Chapman Award for outstanding teaching. He is a faculty artist for the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops and Associate Director of Swing Central Jazz for the Savannah Music Festival. Mr. Ketch is a Bach Trumpet clinician, and has served as conductor for numerous All-State and Honors jazz ensembles. He serves as Music Director of the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and is President of the Jazz Foundation of NC and a Board member of the Durham Jazz Workshop. He has performed internationally in England, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, and with such jazz artists as Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Eric Alexander, Gary Smulyan, John Pizzarelli, Rene Marie, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and the Manhattan Transfer. He is at work on a book titled Jazz Trumpet Essentials.