Carolyn Mitchell is a seasoned professional musician who has been enthralling audiences for many years with her clear, smooth vocal delivery that has been described as a mix between Shirley Horn and Nancy Wilson. Her fan base continues to increase because she is a fabulous live performer. She absolutely owns the state when sharing her exceptional vocal gift with listeners. Ms. Mitchell’s tremendous flexibility in singing style comes from also being a pianist, a formally trained musician with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in music, plus working many years as a voice teacher. Add to this mix her early experiences as a gospel singer and you have an artist who successfully runs the gamut from jazz to blues and gospel, with a particularly sensitive interpretation of classic jazz.
Her CD ‘Inner Smile’ is a delicious offering to the senses of sumptuous melodies and soulful grooves!
An acoustic guitarist and singer, Gary Mitchell has spent over a decade honing his craft, performing in coffee shops, restaurants, night clubs, shopping malls, weddings, company events, churches, private parties and everything in between. Gary wields a wide variety of popular and recognizable music from numerous artists and bands spanning several genres.
The Gary Mitchell Band is Gary Mitchell (Vox, acoustic guitar, percussion, keys), Annelise Huggins (electric guitar, BGV, percussion, keys), Thomas Burroughs (BGV, percussion, keys), Lee Huggins (BGV, bass).
Formed in 2007, the Durham Ukulele Orchestra organically grew out of the ukulele jam session held at High Strung Violins and Guitars (and ukuleles!) on the first and third Mondays of every month. Upon forming, a weekly practice wasorganized and the band began to mix together their wide range of tastes and influences into a cohesive and delicious “musical soup” that ranges from jazz standards to art rock classics like Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads.
Bending these selections to the will of their tiny four-stringed instruments, the orchestra continues to turn out surprising and delightful renditions of familiar and slightly more obscure selections from the world of popular music. And although the band is very serious about what they do, (as serious as ukuleleists can be) the central idea behind D.U.O. has always been fun. Fun music to play and fun tunes for the public to listen to. At the end of the day, the idea of leading a musical life and the band’s love for playing with each other is what keeps this tiny juggernaut rolling on.
We hope to see you at a show soon, and if you come out, make sure and say hello!
The Ambassadors is a swing-era dance band consisting of 17 instrumentalists and two vocalists playing the hits of the 1940's and 1950's.
We are located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and we perform throughout the Triangle and Triad area.
Join your North Carolina Symphony and Associate Conductor David Glover for your favorite light classical music, including Vivaldi’s "Spring," selections from Carmen, and more of your most beloved pieces.
Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Grieg: Selection from Symphonic Dances on Norwegian Themes
Vivaldi: "Spring" from The Four Seasons
Bizet: Selections from Carmen
Khachaturian: Dance of Welcome from Gavane Suite No. 1
Khachaturian: Waltz from Masquerade Suite
Khachaturian: Sabre Dance from Gavane Suite No. 3
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5
Copland: "Saturday Night Waltz" from Rodeo
Copland: "Hoe Down" from Rodeo
Instruments of Justice is a swinging R&B band that plays a high energy, danceable combination of Motown, Soul, Jazz and Swing, and a few thing outside the box. IOJ is a dynamic live band with a four member front line that can combine complex 4 part harmonies with a powerhouse gospel/soul punch, backed by an 8 piece band that includes a 3 piece horn section. IOJ has been performing since 2010, and has a distinctive sound and inimitable style. IOJ is available for private parties and other functions. IOJ regularly plays club dates, fundraisers and private parties around the Triangle and beyond.
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"Our mission is to keep jazz alive and well in North Carolina by helping audiences appreciate the magnificent contribution of this truly American art form. Since 1991, we have provided our region with a diverse series of world-class guest artists and jazz programing, plus regular outreach to the many different demographic groups within it."
Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of Americas musical heritage.
The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.
Zambamboogee.....ZBBG (that's boogee) is a 5 piece band. We perform originals and covers from many styles of dance music, though we tend towards a jazzy/funky feel on whatever tune we are playing. All members have performed in the Triangle music scene in solo and band settings.
Susanne Saunders sings, plays keyboards, flute,and composes original music. Susanne loves the dance grooves, joyful experimentation, and collective spirit of the band.
Bruce Saunders, mainly plays 5 string bass and occaisionally "Ventures" into playing guitars. He Loves playing with ZBBG and likes to write instrumental music for the band w/focus on experimentation.
Travis Cohn is our man behind the drum kit. Travis loves traversing/exploring/oozing through the myriad grooves; the canyons of the American psyche, with ZBBG, and the fun-loving heart and soul that these Grooveniers bring along in their knap-sacks.
Joey Howell plays lead guitar, sings, plays percussion, and composes original music. Joey loves playing w/ZamBam because the band covers so many diverse styles and vibes, and everyone brings such great musicianship and presence to the group.
Scotty Young plays percussion, harmonica and guitar sometimes with a slide. Scotty loves ZBBG because we create such luscious, funky grooves together and do it in Love and Friendship.
Based in the Triangle area of North Carolina, The Magnolia Klezmer Band performs Eastern European Jewish music from Romania, Moldava, Russia and the Ukraine, classics from the American Kandel and Abe Schwartz Orchestras, and Yiddish theater songs with vocals in Yiddish and English.
Come out and enjoy classic sounds from the Golden Era of big bands by the New Horizons Swing Band.
From Band Director Jeff Zentner:
“We’re a 22 piece big band swing band. We’ll be playing a variety of music from the 1930s through some contemporary Jazz music. It will be for dancing and listening. We’ll provide some commentary. The OLLI New Horizons program is designed for people in retirement, for the fun and thrill of it. Everyone in the band is over 50. Female vocalist who will be singing.
If you’re a Jazz aficionado the band will bring back memories of many great songs like:
One O’Clock Jump with Count Basie and his Orchestra
In the Mood with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy with the Toronto All Star Big Band
Begin the Beguine with the Artie Shaw Orchestra
We have a good time and we bring a good crowd.”
The annual "Great Guitars Night" Southern Village tradition continues on May 1st! Guitarists Armand Lenchek and Danny Gotham are joined by the great vocalist (and blues harpist) Carter Minor. Get there early to get a good place on the Green, because this one always brings out a good crowd!
I attempt to make my albums as close to i can to a perfect performance. My goal is to make all of my albums as musical as possible, and as interesting as possible. I have put enormous amount of effort into my four solo albums: "Luzerne", "Old Friends","Guitarheel", and "Sundays" . I am very proud of all three. My plan is to hopefully make at least one new album every year.
For my performing side, I have various projects--in several styles--and do solo shows every now and then. My two favorite gigs are playing as sideman to either Tom Paxton or Peter Ostroushko. I don't do performances with these guys very often, but when I do, it's as good as it gets.
Muningu is an African Fusion jazz band from the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville ). This four-man group features Elie Mabanza- guitar, Emmanuel Nsingani- bass, Lohd Sermon Kaboudiazambi- drums, and Obed NatHan Mbasi- keyboards.these talented musicians formed the group 2012. With the goal of producing a very unique sound merging jazz with their Congolese musical language. Their idea was an immediate success. Their popularity grew quickly in the Congo where they performed at national and international music festivals, were featured artist on television programs, performed for the French Cultural Center and the U.S. Embassy. They also performed regularly at clubs and luxury hotels around Brazzaville.
Singer/Songwriter & Guitarist Sheila Fleming has been making music all the days of her life. From the cornfields of Iowa, and all along the banks of the Mississippi, Sheila’s lyrical voice and sweet, soulful songs have been heard in coffee houses, concert halls, classrooms, and conferences throughout the Midwest and the Southeast. Now living in rural Chatham county in North Carolina, Sheila is charming Triangle audiences with thoughtfully written songs that will capture your heart and make you appreciate the broad musical palette from where her music originates.
Sheila is that rare combination of talents – a dynamic teacher, a superlative singer, an accomplished guitarist, and an extraordinary songwriter. A finalist in both the Triangle Folk Music Society’s Songwriting Contest and the NC Songwriters Cooperative Songwriters Contest, she has recently released her first solo CD, CIRCLES.
Currently you will find Sheila performing with Congolese guitarist-bassist-vocalist Emmanuel Nsingani, bringing an exquisite new vibe to her indie-folk stylings. Their musical chemistry is extremely enchanting, creating a broader, more culturally and musically-enriched expression to Sheila's originals and obscure covers. Emmanuel is a virtuoso on bass and guitar, a luscious singer, an inspiring writer and arranger, and has been energizing triangle audiences performing with the Congolese jazz fusion quartet, MUNINGU, with whom Sheila occassionally sits in with. Performing with the folk/swing trio Trilogy for the past fifteen years, she has also shared the stage with many local artists, including award-winning songwriter Kathleen Hannan, Kerville Folk Finalist Wes Collins, and cellist/bassist extraordinaire, Robbie Link. Prior to her move to North Carolina, Sheila performed with the Batucada Nossa Senhora, a drumming ensemble featuring folkloric and sacred music from the Afro-Cuban/Afro-Brazilian traditions as well as popular music set to traditional styles.
She is a beloved music teacher who has been named “Teacher of the Year” numerous times throughout her 30-year tenure in the public schools. She presently teaches elementary music in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District, and presents workshops and clinics to educators, musicians, students and their families throughout North Carolina.
"We've all got stories of the bands in our pasts. But this one comes together as a band dedicated to enjoying the making of original music that sticks in your head and maybe your heart, music you may go home humming and hearing some days thereafter. We're always a work in progress and our hope for each show is to be our best one yet."
SALUDOS COMPAY takes the audience on a musical tour that features traditional, contemporary, and original music from Latin America and the Caribbean. This amazingly versatile trio keeps toes tapping.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Pablo Valencia, from Chile, sings a wide range of styles. He is as much at ease with a reflective bolero as with an upbeat salsa. The group performs a number of Valencia’s acclaimed original compositions, such as the romantic Cancion Para Dos, the rumba Bello Amor, and the very upbeat salsa song Entumido.
On keyboards, Erich Lieth adds spice to the strong Latin rhythms with improvisational piano solos and bass.
Chuck Nolan, lead percussionist, intricately weaves the rhythm patterns, be it for a subtle bossa nova or a danceable cumbia.
For a dinner crowd they might sing Afro-Cuban sones such as Chan Chan and El Carretero, and then move to Brazil with bossa novas like Corcovado and Girl From Ipanema. Once the dancing starts, they’ll do a Colombian cumbia such as the ever favorite Juana La Cubana, the rousing merengue Modorra, or the popular Venezuelan song Moliendo Café. For some shows they bring along an additional percussionist or soloist. For a more relaxed sound they perform as a duo.