Best Bets: Orquesta GardEl, Doug Largent Trio and Jennifer Miller

June 25, 2013 


Orquesta GarDel ain’t pussyfooting around. The Afro-Cuban collaborative boasts an enormous lineup of heavy hitters: Sud-Americain hand percussion, brassy horn lines, salsa rhythms and a Cubano exuberance to get Tito Puente toe-tapping in his grave.

To top it off, they’re home-grown. Not Havana or Santo Domingo, but Chapel Hill, where David Garcia, a professor of ethnomusicology, founded the group with singer Nelson Delgado.

They play Thursday as part of downtown Durham’s “Find Your Cool” summer series. Honestly, if you can’t find it with GardEl ... good luck.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St., Durham

Tickets: FREE


It would be hard to imagine young jazz musicians in the Triangle better than the Doug Largent Trio. The titular organist Largent and drummer T.J. Maiani gig these days at Milltown and the Standard, joined by guitarist Brad Maiani and this horn player named Tim Smith, a brilliant sax player who’s also an adept flute player with a singing voice just this side of Nat Cole.

This weekend, catch the crew from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Milltown in Carrboro, at downtown Durham’s Beyu Café from 9 p.m. to midnight with vocalist Noah Powell, and Sunday evening at the Standard (below).

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Standard, 403 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill

Tickets: FREE


Jennifer Miller paints coastal and Piedmont landscapes to great effect, and she is the subject of a forthcoming exhibit at the Eno Gallery. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, and includes the requisite wines and hors d’oeuvres, plus a performance of romantic 20th Century English art songs by tenor David Wiehle and pianist Pei-Fen Liu.

When: Through Aug. 26, opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Eno Gallery, 100 S. Churton St., Hillsborough

Tickets: FREE

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