Duke Performances has jazz pianist Gerald Clayton leading two Piedmont Blues concert tributes to Durham’s home-grown art form, a musical style that grew up around the city’s tobacco warehouses in the 1920s and ’30s. Clayton and theater director Christopher McElroen created the show in collaboration with local musicians. It features Clayton’s blues-inspired compositions performed by jazz ensemble The Assembly, Piedmont-born singer René Marie, tap dancer Maurice Chesnut and the Union Baptist Gospel Choir.
There are shows Friday and Saturday – both at 8 p.m. – at Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University in Durham. Tickets are $32-$38 ($10 for Duke students, $15 for ages 30 & under). For more information visit: dukeperformances.duke.edu.
- The N.C. Central University Jazz Faculty Christmas CD Release Party and Concert happens Friday at Beyu Caffe in Durham. 7 and 9 p.m. $15. Info: beyucaffe.com.
- Also Friday, Duke Jazz Ensemble with Christian Sands performs at Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University. 8 p.m. $10 ($5 seniors, students free). Info: music.duke.edu.
- On Saturday, Daniel D., jazz and R&B violinist, plays Beyu Caffe. 7 and 9 p.m. $18. Info: beyucaffe.com.
- Also Saturday, it’s Laura Reed at The Pour House in Raleigh. 9 p.m. $12-$15. Info: thepourhousemusichall.com.