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Local Jazz: Ariel Pocock Quartet
November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$18
Ariel Pocock is a pianist, vocalist, and composer who has achieved international acclaim headlining performances at Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the 2014 Jazz Cruise, the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Quebec City International Jazz Festival, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. The 25-year-old’s original compositions draw inspiration from an impressive array of sources that demonstrates her sprawling musical lexicon: Cuban and Brazilian folk music, the Great American Songbook, modern jazz composers such as Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, and songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Paul Simon. On the young talent’s sophomore release Living In Twilight, Pocock surrounds herself with some of the jazz world’s foremost A-listers and crafts “an all-embracing set that simultaneously marks her as a reflective and questioning soul with an open mind and an artist with a confident and strong vision of self” (All About Jazz).
Local Jazz is a concert series dedicated to spotlighting locally grown (or based) masters of jazz at The Fruit in downtown Durham on select Monday night. The series celebrates local jazz talent in a setting that mirrors a metropolitan jazz club. Local Jazz reimagines The Fruit to stage concerts that encourage distinguished bandleaders, rising stars, and ambitious students to explore new and original material, record live performances, and/or release albums locally before launching regional or national tours.