Fascinating music

Jazz in abundance, with dancing encouraged but not compulsory


This weekend, live jazz will be taking place all over Hendersonville. There are no less than five concerts presented as a kind of jazz.

Russ Wilson and The 2nd Act Orchestra Thursday at The 2nd Act, Jason DeCristofaro and Connor Law at Burntshirt Vineyards Friday, Russ Wilson and Kings of Swing at Continuum ART Saturday, Jason DeCritofaro and Connor Law Saturday at Sierra Nevada and The Dan Keller Trio at Southern Brasserie des Appalaches Sunday.

We can pretty much hear some kind of jazz from Thursday to Sunday, which is a bit strange. Normally Hendersonville has a jazz concert or two most weekends.

Considering that Russ Wilson and his band will be playing every Thursday in November except Thanksgiving Day, I wonder if jazz is gaining ground where rock, country, americana and bluegrass have up to it. by now have been the most heard genres in the community.

Russ Wilson and group

“I think there has been a shift in the jazz scene – and the music scene in general – from a high concentration in Asheville to a shift to Hendersonville and surrounding areas,” Wilson said. “That’s a good thing. With the new venues that host live music, it can only be a good thing for musicians and audiences.

“I was born and raised in Hendersonville, and for so long there were very few places you could go to listen to great live music. Now you have The 2nd Act, Continuum ART, Southern Appalachian Brewery, Dry Falls Brewery, Point Lookout Vineyards, The Center For Art & Entertainment and others. That’s a good thing. “

Another jazz artist, DeCristofaro, has a similar opinion: “Western North Carolina is home to many talented jazz artists. For an area as small as western North Carolina, there is an abundance of jazz musicians.

“As the host of Jazz Night at Southern Appalachian Brewery every Wednesday evening, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with these artists, who each have their own distinctive and creative voices.”

Jason DeCristofaro

Oh! I didn’t really know Jazz Night. Unfortunately, the standing of Decristofaro Wednesday Night Jazz Night fell under my radar simply because this column usually only focuses from Thursday to Sunday. Sorry, folks, but apparently there is more jazz in Hendo than I thought.

“Let me put it that way,” Wilson explained. “Jazz is becoming a stronger music scene in Hendersonville. For a very long time, there were only a few venues for rock and roll bands and a handful of singer-songwriters. Thanks to musicians like Jason DeCristofaro and his Wednesday night jazz jam, Dan Keller and others, the jazz scene is growing.

Dan Keller

Personally, I love to enjoy live music from the comfort of a chair with a drink in hand and my wife by my side. I’m not really a dancer unless it’s a big wedding with an open bar. So, attending one of Wilson’s concerts, which are often jazz to dance to, puts me needlessly on my guard.

At the Continuum, he and his band will play swing music; at The 2nd Act, they will play a big band style, suitable for ballroom dancing. I’m afraid if I had to swing I would break something, and the closest I can get to ballroom dancing is a slow aimless swing out of the spotlight.

Can I just watch and listen, without being too weird? “Absolutely,” Wilson proclaimed. “We have a lot of people who just come out and listen. Dancers and listeners, come one, come all!

“I have to admit that jazz is not as mainstream as rock or country,” DeCristofaro said. “One of the great benefits of music is the variety of genres, voices and repertoire that listeners and musicians can explore. My biggest advice is to listen to something at least once.

His two shows this week will be with bassist and songwriter Connor Law. DeCristofaro will play the vibraphone (which is a very cool instrument) Friday afternoon at Burntshirt and the piano Saturday afternoon in Sierra Nevada.

Listening to live music on a Sunday afternoon is one of my favorite ways to end a weekend. The southern Appalachian Mountains often have Sunday music that doesn’t come much out of the usual mold.

The Dan Keller Trio will be here this week, bringing their own twist to timeless standards. They are good at preserving the authenticity of music and will play subgenres of early swing, Latin, bebop and soul-jazz.

It’s my kind of Sunday and my kind of jazz: I’m just setting there with a drink in one hand and my wife’s hand in the other, and I’m just listening.

“The listeners in this city are amazing, and I am immensely grateful for their love and support of live jazz,” said DeCristofaro. “A jazz scene is only as strong as the support it receives from listeners who go to places that consistently support the music.”

305 Salon & Restaurant

305 N. Main St., Hendersonville

Friday November 5, 5-7 p.m. Geriatric Jukebox, Husband and Wife Play and Sing Familiar Songs

Appalachian Ridge Craft Hard Cider

749 ch. Chestnut Gap, Hendersonville

Saturday November 6, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Tony Palkovic, rock, folk, covers, originals

Sunday November 7, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Last Full Measure, Jamie Gorsuch (singer, guitarist) and Karen Corn (singer), folk, blues, covers, originals

Bold rock cider

72 School House Road, Mills River

Friday, November 5, 5 p.m., Good Times Band, classic country

Saturday November 6, 6 p.m., Todd Cecil & The Dirt Yard Choir, Asheville-based trio, bluegrass, old-time, gospel, rock, blues

Sunday November 7 1 p.m., Karl Lauber, acoustic soloist, multiple instruments, singer

Scorched Shirt Vineyards

2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville

Friday November 5, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Jason DeCristofaro & Connor Law, jazz duo, double bass and piano

Saturday November 6, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Eric Congdon, extraordinary guitarist WNC

Sunday November 7, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Hope Griffin, singer WNC

Continuum ART

147 Suite C, 1st Avenue E., Hendersonville

Saturday November 6, 7-9:45 p.m., Russ Wilson and Kings of Swing, Latin and swing for dancing, $ 12 – $ 20

D9 Hendersonville Brewery

425 N. Main St, Hendersonville

Friday November 5, 7-10 p.m., Local Gossip Party Band, energetic tunes from the 80s and 90s

Dry Falls Brewery

425 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Friday November 5, 7-10 p.m., CPR, resuscitating rock ‘n’ roll, covers

Saturday November 6, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Twisted Trail Band, country and rock

Mills River Brewing Co.

336 Banner Farm Road, Mills River

Friday November 5, 7-10 p.m., LuLu The Giant, a Savannah-based blues and rock band with jazz accents

Saturday November 6, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Shooting Creek, country, southern rock, originals

Sunday, November 7, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Kimmi Bitter, Americana Return Jam

Oklawaha Brewing Company

147 1st Avenue E. Hendersonville

Thursday November 4, 7-9 p.m., Muddy Guy

Friday November 5, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., 28 Pages, rock band

Saturday November 6, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Blue Ridge Pistols, Wesley Ganey (guitar, singer), Mariah Martin (singer), Steve Prickelmeyer (bass) and Doug Reiney (drums), classic rock

Sunday November 7 4 pm-6pm, Roots and Dore, original blues, funky soul, rock, duo based in Asheville

Packa’s place

4210 chemin Brevard, horseshoe

Friday November 5, 4 pm-7pm, Myron Hyman, soloist, singer, guitarist, acoustics, eclectic covers

Saturday November 6, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., David Payne

Sunday November 7, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Lefty Carmean, soloist, singer, guitarist, covers, alt-country, classic country, Americana

The Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

588 ch. Chestnut Gap, Hendersonville

Saturday November 6, 3 p.m., Bob Zullo, guitarist, singer

Sunday November 7, 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monticello Road, Mixing different genres of music into a cohesive whole

Flat rock of the vineyards of the Saint Paul mountain

2698 C Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock

Sunday November 7 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Myron Hyman, soloist, singer, guitarist, eclectic covers

Sawyer Springs Vineyard

124 Sandy Hill Ln., Hendersonville

Saturday November 6, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Myron Hyman, soloist, singer, guitarist, eclectic covers

Sierra Nevada Mill River

100 Sierra Nevada Road, Mills River

Saturday November 6, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Jason DeCritofaro with Connor Law, jazz, standing base and vibraphone

Sunday November 7, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Kid Billy, Bill Litz, Asheville-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, roots, blues, ragtime, songwriter

Southern Appalachian Brewery

822 Locust Street, Ste. 100, Hendersonville

Thursday November 4, 6-8 p.m., Blue Thursday with Bill Altman and guest

Friday November 5, 6-8 p.m., Nitrograss, quartet, deadly acoustic bluegrass

Sunday, November 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Dan Keller Trio, jazz

Saint-Jacques Episcopal Church

766 Main Street N., Hendersonville

Sunday November 7, 5 p.m., organ recital by Tate Addis

2nd Act coffee, wine and craft beer bar

101 E. Allen Street, Hendersonville

Thursday November 4, 7 p.m., Russ Wilson and the 2nd Act Orchestra, 10-piece orchestra, big band / swing music for dancing (every Thursday in November except Thanksgiving)

Friday November 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Carver & Carmody, roots blues

Saturday November 6, 7-9 p.m., Aunt Vicki Duo, dreamy progressive rock

The Dugout Sports Bar & Taphouse

430 N. Main St., Hendersonville

Thursday November 4, 8 p.m.-midnight, open jam

Friday November 5, 8 p.m. to midnight, Twisted Trail Band, country and rock

Saturday November 6, 8 p.m. to midnight, The Loudes, based in Asheville, punk, folk, rock

La Serre Moto Café

4021 Haywood Road (Highway 191) Mills River

Friday November 5, 7 p.m., Asheville Guitar TRIO, vibes of Billy Presnell, Howie Johnson, Jeff Herold

Sunday, November 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tools on Stools, classic rock and jazz fusion, nylon string acoustics and electric guitar

The Poé House

105 1st Avenue West, Hendersonville

Saturday November 6, 7-10 p.m., Daniel Sage, singer, songwriter, based in New York

Triskele brewing company

340 7th Avenue East, Hendersonville

Saturday November 6, 7-9 p.m., Brynn Bowman, pop / rock singer and songwriter, originals

Sunday November 7 3 pm-5:30pm, The Resonant Rogues, duo, folk, old-time, country, swing

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