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Al Strong: 7:00PM SHOW

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Beyu Caffe

341 West Main Street

Durham, NC 27701

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Al Strong is a Washington, D.C. native trumpeter, arranger, and composer. Since he first emerged on the scene in 1998 as a jazz studies major at North Carolina Central University, Strong has been an emerging artist in jazz. He has been described as being “among those leading Durham jazz into a resurgence.” (The Independent Weekly – Sylvia Pfeiffenberger). He is an integral figure in the current local jazz scene having performed/recorded for local artists such as Aretha Franklin, Phonte Coleman, Mavis Swan Poole, Yahzarah, Peter Lamb and the Wolves (Voted 2011 Best Jazz Band in the Triangle), Clay Aiken, Big Daddy Kane, Orquesta Gardel, The Beast, and Zakiyah.

Strong is a current associate professor at Saint Augustine College as well as an adjunct professor at the widely acclaimed North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Jazz Studies program and Shaw University.Strong is also a founder of the non-profit jazz advocacy organization, The Art of Cool.

“He’s just kind of a Durham mainstay as far as being a trumpet player of our generation,” Eric Hirsh quoted from Independent Weekly

“He adds like a level of grease to everything. It feels so good when he’s involved.” Pete Kimosh of The Beast quoted in Independent Weekly.

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