Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 1st Jazz in Sanford, NC

Per Mama Jazz:

ne Crovitz, Ph.D.
Subject: April 1 Jazz concert
Hello Mama Jazz,
Here is information about one of our upcoming shows during the first weekend of April.
Here’s info about the one on April 1.

The “The Big Band and Motown Sound” show is at 8pm on April 1 at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 N Steele St., Sanford, NC 27330.

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Lee County Arts Center with special guests: vocalist, Iris Jordan pianist Steven Anderson. A wide variety of musical compositions will be performed; from swing to blues to modern. Many of the Big Band arrangements are by North Carolina Jazz Composers; Steven Anderson, Gary Brunotte, Mike Sailors, Paul Kelly and Gregg Gelb.  Some of the Motown tunes to be performed by Iris Jordan and the HOCJO will be: “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “Signed, Sealed Delivered,” and “Respect.” Also on the program are arrangements by Sanford residents: Paul Kelly’s arrangements of “Speak Low’ and “King Porter Stomp” and Gregg Gelb’s original compositions, “I Cared For You,” and “What Lies Ahead.”

Tickets are all general admission $10 General Admission. 50% off for students and Veterans. No advanced tickets

Hope to see you!
Gregg Gelb

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


A happening event in the evening/night on Wednesday 3/30/2016 at Pale & Porter, 5850 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, NC. 27713,  5:30pm -8:30pm.  I haven't heard Nishah DiMeo, but if she's got Eric (bass) and Michael (piano/keyboards) merging with her vocals, I'm sure this is going to be some enjoyable listening. The fact that it's happening on a Wednesday evening in this jazz reservoir of Durham, NC is enough to make us jazz lovers jump for joy.  YOU MIGHT WANT TO BE IN ATTENDANCE.  Pale & Porter is the former 5850, located in the Sutton Station complex on Fayetteville Rd.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will host the 26TH Annual Jazz Festival from Thursday, April 14 through Thursday, April 21. The festival will include a week of musical entertainment including concerts, lectures and workshops by remarkable Jazz artists.
This year’s lineup will include of a jazz photo exhibit, clinics and lectures by accomplished musicians from the Triangle region of North Carolina and beyond. A series of concerts and workshops will also take place. All events are free and open to the public except the Friday and Saturday night concerts, which require tickets.
The festival will kick off with a jam session at 7 p.m.Thursday, April 14, at Beyu Caffe, 335 W. Main St. in Durham.
Renowned jazz vocalist Mary Stallings will accompany the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the B.N. Duke Auditorium on campus.
At 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, the NCCU Jazz Ensemble will perform a special concert with international Jazz artists “Sax Appeal,” featuring Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz and Donald Harrison.
The Vocal Jazz Summit and Workshops take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, featuring workshops for middle and high school choral directors. Jazz vocalist Jeri Brown will teach a master class at 1 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium, followed by a 7 p.m. evening concert with Brown and NCCU Jazz Studies student vocal soloists.
Other highlights include:
– Music clinic and lecture by jazz vocalist Mary Stallings at noonFriday, April 15, in B.N. Duke Auditorium.
– Music clinic and lecture featuring jazz musicians Javon Jackson and Jimmy Heath atnoonSaturday, April 16, in B.N. Duke Auditorium.
– NCCU Student Jazz Combos concert featuring jazz studies student instrumentalist, at7 p.m.Monday, April 18, in B.N. Duke Auditorium.
– African American Music Trail Panel Discussion starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in B.N. Duke Auditorium.
– A jazz music listening session, titled “Straight No Chaser,” with Robert Trowers begins at 7 p.m.Thursday, April 21, in Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham.
The NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform the opening concert for Mary Stallings on Friday night and the NCCU Jazz Ensemble will play the opening concert for Sax Appeal on Saturday night.
All events are free with the exception of Friday and Saturday night concerts. Concert tickets can be purchased at the NCCU Box Office. Weekend packages are available for $35 for tickets on Friday and Saturday. For additional information, visit
This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Contact: Dr. Ira Wiggins @ iwiggins@nccu.edu919 530-7214; or
Baron Tymas @ btymas@nccu.edu919 530-6343 Lenora Helm Hammonds @LHelm@nccu.edu919 530-6653

Saturday, March 26, 2016


The following info is provided by Mama Jazz Afro Jazz with percussionist, Beverly Botsford and Band
Saturday, April 2nd,  Beyu Caffe, 
Shows at 8 and 10 PM,  $7 admission  

Beyu Caffe-
Beyu Caffe | Beyù Caffè (pronounced be-you) is a combination of four business models in downtown Durham, NC - coffee shop, restaurant, bar, and live jazz club -
335 West Main St. Durham, NC 27701 (919) 683-1058 

"BB & the Beat” - Rhythms of Africa, Cuba  and the Diaspora meet Jazz with a taste of Carolina Spice
Beverly Botsford- congas & percussion 
Stephen Anderson- piano
Andy Kleindienst - bass
Stephen Coffman- drums 
Tim Smith- sax, flute 

** SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE-   Jazz and Blues vocalist,  Lois DeLoach, will make a special guest appearance  for a few tunes in the first set, sharing her rich contralto, earth and honey, vocal gifts.  We are in for a priceless treat!

For more about the artists:
Beverly Botsford- congas & percussion
Stephen Anderson- piano
Andy Kleindienst - bass

***    I am totally excited about this awesome, creative  music opportunity!  Expect killer grooves with an inspiring combo of great players.

Beverly Botsford-Cross Cultural Percussionist
(919) 824-3821 cell


STEVE BROMBERG'S GREAT  JAZZ  PHOTO EXHIBIT opens on the first day of the NCCU 26th Annual Jazz Festival, Thursday, April 14, 2016,  4:30 - 6:30pm in the Band Room of BN Duke auditorium.  This exhibit includes photographs of NCCU Jazz Faculty, guest/visiting musicians/performers and distinguished alumni.  I've had a brief look and this shots are outstanding.  The exhibit is well worth a visit while you're at BN Duke as part of your enjoyment of this 2016 smokin' NCCU 26th ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Eric Meyer - bass, Tru - guitar & vocals, Pale & Porter, 5:30 - 8:30  free

THE SHED - Michael Ode drums, John Palowitch sax, William Darity guitar,
 Kenny Phelps McKeown bass 8:00pm

Jazz @ The Mary Lou  Duke Jam Session  9:30pm - 12:30am

I'm sure there's more.  Check the web sites.

Friday, March 18, 2016


 A jazz fan in Durham, NC 40 years ago might have felt that choices of places to go to hear live jazz were somewhat limited.  "the times they are a changing".  Jazz fans in Durham and environs are in the midst of a great reservoir of talent. The talent can be experienced in lots of settings  - festivals, clubs, jam sessions, picnics, live and recorded radio/tv,  university events, etc.  I'm an advocate of catching all you can.  I've been able to enjoy many outstanding performances.  The price for lots of these happenings has generally been reasonable and often FREE.  So right now, as the weather gets better and more events keep coming up, let me say THANK YOU to all involved in keeping jazz alive and well. is Peter Burke's blog with lots of info on what's happening.

WNCU. 90.7fm, streaming, 24 hours a day does a jazz calendar.  This station continues to play great jazz.  A great overnight addition is a syndicated(?) couple of hours, 5-7am I think with Clifford Brown, Jr. as DJ.  (I love folks who are grown and still identify themselves as Jr.).

Please feel free to comment on things that you know are happening so that we can all enjoy being here and now.  It will be great if we can enhance everybody's enjoyment of Jazz and accomplish that  keeping in mind my objective of "no heavy lifting".  "Keep On Keepin' On".

Ellen, thanks so much for everything.

Edward (Ed) Furtick, Jr.


In this case "nice" refers to the Thursday night 3/17/16 session at BEYU Caffe.  The band  for last night's gig was star studded - The Baron Tymas Trio,  Baron on guitar, Thomas Taylor, drums,  Jason Foureman, bass.  An extra added attraction - Tru on guitar and vocals.  (Tru will be at James Joyce on Sat. 3/19/16 at 7:30pm.)  We had the pleasure of hearing a group of seasoned musicians having a good time, as did we.  As I've mentioned before, BEYU Caffe's no charge Thursday night jazz is a great happening.  Thank you BEYU!  Please keep it happening for us jazz lovers.

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Baron Tymas Trio is live tonight at BEYU 7-9pm  FREE.  Mellow and swinging guitar trio sounds - always enjoyable.

Good time last night with Eric Meyer (bass)  &Tru (guitar and vocals) at Pale & Porter.  They're back next Wednesday at 5:30pm -8:30pm.  Tru is at James Joyce on Sat. - 7:30pm,

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

LARRY RENI THOMAS ON LOVE STRONG VOL. ONE +  This link should get you to a really positive review of Al Strong  -  his current album and his work in general.  If you don't get there via the link. I think a google inquiry of jazz corner and Larry Reni Thomas might get you there.

A very informative session with Steve Anderson last night at Sharp 9.  One more session in this history of jazz coming up - check out the Sharp 9 schedule where you'll also find lots of other hip happenings.

There are lots of good things going on and on the horizon.  I recommend strolling thru the jazz websites  (see the listings at Peter Burke's blog).

A hearty shout out and welcome to Julie and Vincent, recent arrivals to this Durham, NC and environs jazz reservoir.  They hail from my hometown area.  You are gonna love the jazz happenings and the folks (players, educators, students, venue operators, fans, etc.) in this smokin' jazz community.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A MUST READ & THE AL STRONG QUINTET  What a letter from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.

THERE WAS A REAL HAPPENING AT SHARP NINE LAST NIGHT.   Al Strong, Brian Miller, J.C. Martin, Lance Scott, Jon Curry -  The Al Strong Quintet.  They started out doing GREAT and JUST KEPT GETTING BETTER!  As I mentioned to the players, they made sure we got our money's worth.  Please "Keep On Keepin' On".

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Checkout Gary on Facebook.  He's got a lot going on.  Good Sounds!