Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, Diz and Armstrong are gone; so, too, Freddy Hubbard and Chet Baker. The greatest living trumpeter is Wynton Marsalis, and you can see him Thursday and Friday for either $10 or $100.
Depends on where you sit at Memorial Hall, and whether you have the good fortune to be enrolled at UNC. With Memorial’s prices for the general public ($69 for main floor or mez, for example,) subsidizing rock-bottom student tickets, we despair of seeing this living legend without committing theft.
Marsalis will be worth it for those who pony up.
Memorial Hall has in recent years conjured a spate of top-shelf jazz artists. Kurt Elling and Christian McBride are giants at their respective instruments: vocal and bass. Terence Blanchard takes a backseat to Marsalis as trumpeter, but is one of America’s best living composers. 2007 saw the duet of Chick Corea and vibist Gary Burton.
And 7 p.m. Friday, Dr. Anthony Kelley of Duke lectures on jazz at Historic Playmakers Theater, an educational prelude to a night of music.
Correspondent Tom Hartwell
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Memorial Hall, 208 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill
Tickets: $10 students, $39-$99