Clubs & Concerts

Tim Smith Band

When: Fri., Nov. 16, 9 p.m. 2012

Chapel Hill jazz vocalist Tim Smith is also a multi-instrumentalist who's made contributions over the years to area acts like Squirrel Nut Zippers, Orquesta GarDel and The Beast. He's got the sax, keyboard and flute under control, but, like most contemporary male jazz singers, his real thrill comes with the challenge of singing jazz while not sounding like a cigar bar phony. As the frontman for his eponymous act, Smith strings up his voice with a kite-like disposition—dependable mostly, but always plotting on that impulsive gust of spirit to let his singing soar. This works for jazz, sure, but it's best when Smith's band coats the genre with reggae and soul layers. That's when his voice ricochets off those horizons. —Eric Tullis

Price: $12

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