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Famous jazz musicians from North Carolina

I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina and would like to pay tribute to the amazing jazz musicians from this and surrounding regions. It may not be an epicentre of jazz like New Orleans, Manhattan, or Los Angeles, indeed none of a recent top 10 southern jazz players were from North Carolina. Nevertheless some notable players are from here.

Jazz musicians with connections to the Research Triangle:

  • Jeb Bishop is a jazz trombonist who grew up in Raleigh and studied at NC State.
  • Pee Wee Moore left medical school to pursue jazz saxophony full time. He was born in Raleigh and returned to the city in the 1970s after living in New York.
  • Billy Strayhorn was a composer, lyricist, and arranger. He spent his summers at his grandparents home in Hillsborough, just northwest of Durham.

Jazz musicians with connections to the Piedmont triad (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem):

Other notable NC jazz musicians:

  • Nina Simone was born in Tryon on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Widely acclaimed singer, pianist, and songwriter she was also active in the civil rights movement.
  • Percy Heath
  • Theolonius Monk

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Accessorise your guitar life

Where to buy useful stuff besides guitars

Most guitar shops stock many of the accessories you will need, but it can be nice to seek out a specialist store. They stock a wider range of products in their niche. They offer an excellent opportunity for you to geek out, find new brands and models, and get an expert opinion.

For electronic equipment including an extensive range of cables, try TigerDirect on Capital Blvd (they also sell online).

Need some beats, crashes, and tinkles to accompany your riffs? 2112 Percussion is a local percussion store.

Another drum shop, The Music Emplorium in Durham, stocks a range of international instruments.

For a unique sound you can order custom compressors from Regular John Recording.

For amplifiers, including repairs ETEK Electronics, Holly Springs.

You might also like this post dedicated to local audiovisual equipment rentals.

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