Thursday, February 26, 2015


This organization does great stuff.  See their video clips in my post and check them out on facebook.  They need help getting a new microphone system. When you hear that they will be in performance make it a point to go hear them.  I enjoy them and think you will too - especially if you dig groups like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross!

North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble performs Moment's ...

NCCU Vocal Jazz ensemble Boplicity

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NNEENA FREELON, JOEY CALDERAZZO, NCCU JAZZ STUDIES VOCAL JAZZ & INSTRUMENTAL GROUPS WEDNESDAY 7-9PM B N DUKE This link should get you to info on what ought to be a great concert at B N Duke auditorium tomorrow night.  The NCCU jazz folks - vocal jazz performers led by Lenora Helm and various jazz instrumental groups honoring John Hope Franklin. If you can't click the link, google Nneena Freelon Joey Calderazzo, NCCU jazz 02/25/2015.

Monday, February 23, 2015


If any of the words in this title grab your attention, check out my college classmate Bobbie at  She's got some interesting stuff going on.


Clark Terry passed away on Feb. 21, 2015.  Here's a little something of what he left us to enjoy.  Oh yeah, just check out who's in his company on this classic performance and to whom they chose to dedicate the piece.  WOW!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

KOBIE WATKINS KICKSTARTER  Many of you already know Kobie Watkins as an accomplished jazz music person.  Kobie's got a project he's working on and if you check out the above link you can gain info on what it's about. You can check out Kobie's work on YouTube.  He runs a great jam session every Wednesday at BEYU Caffe here in Durham, NC, providing an opportunity for newcomers and more seasoned folks to get in some live performance time.  If you've been looking for a worthwhile jazz project to support I think you'll find this one worthy of your consideration. I feel good about supporting Kobie in this endeavor.  If you're in the Durham vicinity on a Wednesday evening starting around 7pm and running till about 9pm or so check out the session, you'll enjoy.


A bunch of good jazz in Durham, NC  last week.  Wednesday night jam session at the BEYU Caffe was rockin'.  Had a couple of folks I hadn't come across before - Baritone sax player and Alto sax player.  Thursday night at BEYU was the Michael Jones Trio - the guys were excellent as always.  Saturday's performance by the NCCU Jazz Vocal organization - Lenora Helm's folks - at the Hayti Heritage Center was smokin'.  The vocal performers were on;  the instrumental musicians were on; and the audience was on.  I hope somebody makes a video/cd  of that event available for purchase and let's us know about it.  Sunday Brunch at BEYU featured a jammin' duo that turned into a great quartet gig and the folks played some of my favorite tunes.  My appreciation to everybody involved in the live jazz that I was able to experience these past several days.  To the Durham/Triangle jazz community, please keep it coming.  You are doing a great job.

LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT If you've never heard Jimmy Scott, give a listen to some of his recordings.  He had a unique style and endured for a long time. The article at the link above is worth a read.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


6 PM this evening honoring some of the many North Carolina jazz greats - Trane, Nina, Max Roach,  Jimmy Heath, Monk.  Lenora Helms' outstanding NCCU jazz vocal folks will be doing the jammin'.  This ought to be a winner.  At the HAYTI HERITAGE CENTER.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I was in the audience.  An enjoyable Friday night with the Jim Ketch group at BEYU Caffe.