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Locals can enjoy two treats in one when The ArtsCenter re-introduces jazz after a two year drought. Part of the Center's 2nd Annual World Music Festival that runs through December 12, series openers are the Harry Pickens Trio, a wonderful choice to welcome jazz back to a space with a vibe and a history. Pickens (pictured right) is not only a gifted and talented pianist and musician; he's an ambassador of the music. Pickens has performed with jazz Legends Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson and Freddie Hubbard. Pickens has also surrounded himself with two of North Carolina's finest musicians, Thomas Taylor on drums and Attorney John Brown on bass (he's such the renaissance man). Take part in the experience Friday, September 5 at 8 p.m. To find out more about this double treat call 919.929.2787. $8-$10. http://www.artscenterlive.org.

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