Sunday, January 31, 2016


Thursday was a good night for live jazz in Durham, NC.

Aaron Hill and his trio were at the BEYU Caffe for their usual 3rd Thursday of the month offering.  Not only was the listening enjoyable, but in addition Aaron Hill shared some of his knowledge of special jazz recordings he recommends for our listening pleasure.  Included in his comments were a couple of composers most of us have heard about --  Duke & Billy.   Thanks to the members of the trio -- Aaron Tucker, drums (Happy Birthday Aaron),  Jason Foureman, bass and Aaron Hill, sax.  Check out the Aaron Hill Quartet at Sharp 9, this Friday 2/5/2016, 8pm.  Also,  thanks to BEYU Caffe for continuing to give us GREAT JAZZ EVERY THURSDAY FOR FREE.

THE SHED was home on Thursday for the initial outing of the Shaquim Muldrow Quartet, Shaquim on sax, Andrew Berinson piano,  Aaron Gross bass, Atticus Reynolds drums, with Dupresha Townsend stepping in on some vocals.  A one word summary, NICE!  Thanks folks, and thanks to THE SHED for continuing to  provide another spot where we can LISTEN TO JAZZ.

Musicians and venue operators, please "KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON."

Jazz Lovers there's lots of  "good times being had by all".   Feel free to jump in at any time.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


To the new arrivals from Maine to Durham, NC and environs.  This area is a wonderful reservoir of Jazz happenings.  As you find the opportunity, browsing local chamber of commerce type publications will tell you a lot of what's going on.  This blog will give you some info.  Peter Burke's blog will tell you a lot about some things and give you contact info for specific musicians and venues. Hanging out at places like BEYU Caffe where we met the other night will provide lots of opportunities to talk with jazz musicians and jazz lovers.  Our local institutions of higher learning have great jazz studies programs.  The Durham jazz radio station gives you 23 hours of jazz programming Monday -Friday.  WNCU 90.7FM also streams 24 hours/day at  So, welcome to Durham, NC  -- ENJOY

TODAY ERNEST TURNER SHARP 9  Ernest, Kobie, Steve, Aaron.  This should smoke.  Go to the link for additional info.  Part of the happenings begin at 4pm today.

Friday, January 29, 2016


The Durham, NC and environs jazz reservoir is swinging.

Tuesday night was the monthly visit of the NCJRO (North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra) to Sharp 9.  As usual they were in fine form.  As an added attraction they played Gary Brunotte's recent composition,  "Sincerely Yours".  Gary was in attendance and gave Jim Ketch a brief assist in conducting the band on his tune. It was great!  Another good evening for those of us who enjoy big band jazz.  Thanks folks.

Wednesday night's jam session at the Mary Lou on Duke's campus was well attended by players and listeners.  John Brown's weekly event works well and this week found Brian Miller in rare form (is he ever anything else?) as he kept the atmosphere swinging.  Lots of musicians contributed to making good sounds ---  Piano, Quincy Jones;  Bass, Jason Foureman, Ginnae Koon; Drums, Donovan Cheatham, Curtis McPhatter, Felix Allen; Guitar, James Gilmore, Ashesh Ananda Chatterjee; Sax, Shaquim Muldrow;  and others. If  you participated in this jam session please send me an email letting me know you were there.  If you know anyone else that played, please tell them to let me know.

Monday, January 25, 2016


Peter's blog for this week lays out a lot of what's going on this week.  I'll holler as aditional items develop.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

ROBERT TROWERS  The link should take you to a great piece of info on Robert Trowers, or you can find the info on Robert's Facebook page.  How fortunate we are to have Robert and a bunch of other great folks right here in Durham, NC.  Please support them whenever /wherever you can.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Keith Jarrett Trio - I'll Remember April



Friday, Jan. 15, 8pm, $15, $!0 students
Mike Ode Quartet plays the music of John Coltrane
Mike Ode - drums, Dave Finucane - sax, Ernest Turner - piano, Kenny Phelps-McKeown - bass

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


The following info is served up by Dolly Bromberg,  The Stephen Anderson Trio will perform Thursday this
 night  from 7-9 at the Beyu Caffe ( The event is FREE, and Steve will be joined by the talented Aaron Gross, bass and Donovan Cheatham drums,

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


I've got an extra free ticket for a senior for the MLK concert on Sat. night, if anybody needs it.  My cell, 914-830-0650.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


These folks have a bunch of gigs coming up - good music on the way.  A copy of their January 2016 schedule follows:

Happy new year! We hope that your holidays were delightful. Onda had a fun December, with performances at the NC Museum of Art, The ArtsCenter, and the RDU airport. Onda’s next show is February 6th, and the members of Onda have a lot going on in January.

Onda returns to Irregardless Cafe, Raleigh, NC

Saturday, February 6, 2016 | 9pm-12am

Onda performs with special guest pianist and vocalist Gary Brunotte filling in for Stephen. Irregardless is a great venue for dancing and for listening to jazz.

Our other collaborations. The members of Onda play in other jazz groups that we think you will enjoy.

---------------- This week -----------------

Stephen Coffman with Shana Tucker at Pamlico Musical Society, Oriental, NC
Friday January 8, 2016 | 7:30pm | $22

Eric Meyer with Steve Daniels at Kababish Cafe, Cary, NC
Friday, January 8, 2016 | 6pm-8pm | free

Eric Meyer with The Noah Sager Quartet at Beyu Caffe, Durham, NC
Saturday, January 9, 2016 | Shows 8pm & 10pm | $7
The quartet features Noah Sager on piano, Keenan McKenzie on saxophone and clarinet, Eric Meyer on bass, and Theous Jones on drums. This high energy jazz quartet will knock your socks off. The show coincides with a somewhat numerically noteworthy birthday weekend for Eric. Shows often sell out at Beyu, so calling ahead or pre-purchasing tickets online is recommended.

Stephen Coffman with Shana Tucker at Wake Forest Renaissance Centre,
Wake Forest, NC | Saturday January 9, 2016 | 7pm | $15-$18

Stephen Coffman with The Beast at Nasher Museum, Durham, NC
Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 8pm-10pm | free
A special spoken word event hosted by The Beast. The free performance is inspired by works of art in the Nasher Museum’s contemporary exhibition, Reality of My Surroundings.

Friday January 22, 2016 | 7pm | free
Mr. Wonderful is a fun Dean Martin tribute band fronted by David Quick of The Swang Brothers.

Eric Meyer with The Pete Goldberg Quartet at West End Wine Bar, Durham, NC
Sunday January, 24, 2016 | 4pm-6pm | free
A special presentation featuring the vocals of Michael Berliner: Lights! Camera! Jazz! Songs from the Movies.

Eric Meyer with Gary Brunotte at C. Grace Raleigh, NC
Wednesday January 27, 2016 | 9pm-12am | free

Eric Meyer, Noah Sager, and Friends West End Wine Bar, Durham, NC
Every Sunday | 4pm-6pm | free (*note the new time)
On Sunday January 17, we’ll be having birthday cake to celebrate Eric’s semi-noteworthy birthday.

Cool 21 Jazz Trio - BC Smith piano, Eric Meyer bass, Peter Joyner drums
Every Tuesday at Alley Twenty Six, Durham, NC, 8pm-11pm

You can find full details about Onda’s shows, fun facts about the band, and recordings on our web site,

Thank you!
Nelson Johns, guitar
Stephen Coffman, vibraphone
Ana Mitchell, percussion
Eric Meyer, bass

Tuesday, January 5, 2016



PROMO VIDEO (please share!)

Monday, January 4, 2016


Monday night jazz in Durham  - Ernest Turner Trio - 8 pm THE SHED

Check Peter Burke's Locavore Jazz blog for some happenings during the week.

For recorded listening enjoyment try Bill Henderson doing the vocal on Horace Silver's "Senor Blues" with Horace Silver's quintet.  You can find it on Youtube.

Sunday, January 3, 2016