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Clubs & Concerts

Al Strong

When: Fri., Jan. 8, 8 & 10 p.m. 2016

“I wanted the sound to be consistent from the time I recorded it to the final product. I wanted to see it through,” says Triangle trumpeter Al Strong about the reasoning behind his yearlong hiatus from Art of Cool, the jazz-advocacy organization and music festival he co-founded, to finalize his debut album, Love Strong Vol. 1. It’s a dutiful 10-song jazz strut that swivels from an Afrobeat party take on “Blue Monk” into the original cocktail composition “Liquid.” You’ll especially love it when Strong—who’s also an area jazz instructor—disobeys the genre’s pedantry and pulls out his fun, blush-worthy rendition of “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” —Eric Tullis

Price: $8

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