Arts Listings, April 23

April 23, 2014 

  • Art of Cool brings jazz home to Durham

    This weekend, the Art of Cool Jazz Fest brings Durham a great leap closer to Montreaux.

    Thirty-plus ensembles; vocalist Nnenna Freelon; clubs and outdoor stages at the American Tobacco Campus.

    It brings home, from the corners of James Brown to the “Mothership" of Parliament-Funkadelic, Maceo Parker of Kinston.

    Top-flight college programs bring young jazz musicians to flower in North Carolina.

    It wasn't always so.

    Coltrane made his great conceptual leaps long after in 1943, when he left the band at William Penn in High Point for Philadelphia and the Navy.

    Eunice Weymon left Asheville for Philly’s Curtis conservatory. Denied admission, she took on Jazz and a name embossed in legacy: Nina Simone.

    Max Roach, whose drumbeats framed rapid-fire solos by “Diz ’n Bird” and their disciples, has little more than a birthplate connecting him to this state. His parents, like Thelonious Monk’s, decamped for New York before the wunderkind had reached seven.

    By 18, Roach was sitting in with the Ellington band. Duke’s father fled lynchings in Lincolnville, so he's hometown hero of Washington, D.C.

    For years, the South could be unwelcome and dangerous for black jazz players.

    This weekend, the freshest musicians of today convene upon Durham, just like it were 42nd Street.

    When: Friday and Saturday

    Where: American Tobacco Campus, Durham

    Tickets: $65 per day

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

Festivals/Events

BYOP&V

SPECTRE Arts will host a celebration of the first year of BYOP&V at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at 1004 Morning Glory Ave. byopv.tumblr.com.

HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL

The Hillsborough Arts Council is looking for submissions for art gallery exhibitions in 2014 and 2015. Artists who live or have a studio in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Caswell, Person or Wake counties are invited to apply with a $15 fee by 4 p.m. Friday, April 25. hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

ART OF COOL

The Art of Cool Music Festival will be Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. Tickets cost $65 to $275. theartofcoolproject.com, aocfestival.org.

A GOSPEL XTRAVAGANZA

STEP Entertainment will present “A Gospel Xtravaganza” on Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, in the O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium at North Carolina Central University, 1801 Fayetteville St. Yolanda Adams, Deitrick Haddon, Fred Hammond, James Fortune, Marvin Sapp and other artists will perform. 919-630-7103.

Music

BALDWIN AUDITORIUM

1336 Campus Drive. April 26: “Duke University String School Celebrates Dorothy Kitchen.” dukeperformances.duke.edu/venues/baldwin-auditorium.

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. April 25: Maceo Parker. April 28: Gillian Welch. May 1: Al Jarreau. May 7: Red Baraat. May 11: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, “The Past Meets the Present.” May 28: Maysa. May 30: Chatham County Line. July 13: Marc Cohn. July 16: Deltron 3030. July 17: The Milk Carton Kids. July 19: Procol Harum. 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

DUKE UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENT

April 25, Biddle Music Building: Duke Chorale. April 27, Nelson Music Room: “Duke University String School Chamber Music Concert.” 919-660-3333, music.duke.edu.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. May 1: Rob Thomas. May 6: Ledisi, The Robert Glasper Experience. May 9: Brit Floyd. May 11: Jaheim. June 5: Weezer. June 22: Ringo Starr, All Starr Band. Aug. 9: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Aug. 20: Tori Amos. Sept. 26: The Temptations and The Four Tops. Oct. 4: Ian Anderson. dpacnc.org.

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL

723 Rigsbee Ave. May 8: Outside Soul. May 10: Caught A Ghost, Wild Belle. May 20: Deal’s Gone Bad. motorcomusic.com.

PINHOOK

117 W. Main St. May 18: Ex-Cult. 919-667-1100, thepinhook.com.

PSI THEATRE

Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. April 25: Hubert Laws. aocfestival.org.

Receptions/Openings

BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE

401-B Foster St. May 16: Roger May, “Testify.” 6-9 p.m. 919-949-4847, bullcityarts.org.

VEGA METALS

214 Hunt St. Saturdays: Art Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 919-688-8267, www.vegametals.com.

Theater/Dance/Comedy

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. April 29-30: “American Idiot.” May 3: Carolina Ballet, “Romeo and Juliet.” May 10: Brian Regan. May 13-18: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” May 30-June 1: “Mamma Mia!” May 31: Mike Birbiglia. June 12: “Farmland.” June 15: Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood. 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. April 26: The Tenderloins. May 10: Brian Regan. May 21: Eddie Izzard. June 29: Julianne and Derek Hough, “Move Live on Tour.” Sept. 16-21: “Dirty Dancing.” Oct. 8-19: “The Phantom of the Opera.” Oct. 25: Bill Cosby. Nov. 8: Joan Rivers. Nov. 18-23: “Cinderella.” Dec. 9-14: “Annie.” Feb. 17-22: “Motown the Musical.” March 10-15: “Kinky Boots.” May 12-17: “Pippin.” June 2-7: “Newsies.” dpacnc.org.

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