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Al Strong to Jazz Up Summer Sertoma Series

Post Date:06/30/2017 1:00 PM
  • Trumpet player Al Strong, well known in Triangle’s growing jazz scene, headlines third Summer Sertoma Series concert.
  • Art of Cool Project co-founder makes his debut performance at Sertoma Amphitheatre.
  • Concert is free and takes place at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater in Fred G. Bond Metro Park.




Full Release

Cary, N.C. – On July 8, trumpet player Al Strong makes his debut performance at the Sertoma Amphitheatre for the third of four performances in the Summer Sertoma Series, a free, seasonal concert series every second Saturday through August. He will be joined by Alan Thompson, saxophone; JC Martin, guitar; Sean Mason, piano; Kenny Phelps-McKeown, bass; and Jeremy 'Bean' Clemons, drums. The show begins at 7 p.m. and is located at Bond Park, 801 High House Road.

Strong is a fixture in the Triangle’s growing jazz scene, who just released his much-anticipated debut album, LoveStrong Vol. 1, last year. He is an adjunct professor with North Carolina Central University’s Jazz Studies program and is the co-founder of the Art of Cool Project, a non-profit jazz presenting organization that has been working to expand the audience for jazz in the Triangle since 2011. The project was recently coined “The Coachella of Jazz” by the Huffington Post. Strong has had the pleasure of performing for artists such as Brandford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken and Linda Edger. He has also lent his trumpet expertise to an array of talent, including The Foreign Exchange, Yazarah, Soul Understanding featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole and Big Daddy Kane.

“We are excited to have Triangle trumpeter Al Strong make his debut at the Sertoma Amphitheatre for the third Sertoma Series concert. He brings the unique sound of Triangle-grown jazz to the town that will provide an outstanding night of the highest caliber entertainment for all ages,” says Ryan O’Quinn, Program Specialist for Outdoor Arts Events. Concerts are co-sponsored by Pinecone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music, dance, and other folk performing arts.

Upcoming Sertoma Series concert:

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy, Aug. 12

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and rousing sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show.

The Town allows picnics without alcohol, leashed pets, and chairs and blankets. Parking is available at the Kiwanis Shelter and Boathouse parking lots. All Sertoma Series shows occur rain or shine; in the event of rain, the concerts move to the Kiwanis Shelter also in Bond Park. Concert goers can visit for the latest programming information. For more, visit Recreation and Enjoyment at or call (919) 469-4061. And for more fun in Cary, follow the Town on Twitter @TOC_Fun and search our calendar at


Primary Contacts

Ryan O’Quinn, Program Specialist - Outdoor Arts Events, (919) 319-4560

Carrie Roman, Public Information Specialist, (919) 481-5091

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240



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