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Trumpeter Al Strong has released Love Stronger CD!
(Published: November 09, 2022)

Durham, North Carolina-November 9th, 2022. Trumpeter Al Strong has released his new CD Love Stronger on Lightyear Entertainment/Virgin Music.

Although AL STRONG is not yet a household name, his newest album, LOVE STRONGER, will surely give him the wide exposure he deserves.

Born into a musical family where various members played instruments Al Strong share's "music was constantly playing in my parent's and grandparent's home".

"My grandmother was a self taught organist and played for her home church and my dad and uncles both played a little trumpet as kids".

There was always lots of great music around Al's childhood home

"everything from church hymns, to Donald Byrd, Ray Charles and Michael Jackson" as Al continues.

Music came early and naturally for a young Al Strong who first started out on drums after he received his set as a Christmas gift at age 7. By age 10 Al started playing trumpet and started his first lessons at age 15 after being accepted into the Duke Ellington School of The Performing Arts!

Following the usual path of forming and joining bands and local gigs. As Strong matured he drew inspiration from Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Wynton Marsalis, Terrence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton.

Later inspirations are Nicholas Payton, Louis Armstrong, Freddie Hubbard, Nat Adderley and Christian Scott.

Strong is a trumpet and flugelhorn player, composer, arranger, and professor of music. He released his debut recording, Love Strong Vol. 1, in 2016. Strong continues his passionate embrace of music on LOVE STRONGER with six of his original compositions and four standard and no-so-standards tunes re imagined with Strong's soulful touch.

Strong has performed with jazz legends including Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, Adonis Rose, and Mike Phillips, as well as with R&B/Soul artist Eric Roberson, rap music legend Rakim, and The Hamiltones, a Grammy-nominated soul musical group from North Carolina. He has also headlined shows at the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Winter Jazz Fest in NYC, Smoke Jazz Club, and Blues Alley in Washington, DC.

A military brat, Strong grew up in Washington D.C. Although he toyed with joining one of the country's esteemed military bands, he decided not to follow in his father's and grand-father's footsteps. His talents as a musician were apparent from a very early age, and he attended the aforementioned renowned Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts.

After graduating, he was recruited by North Carolina Central University, which offered him a full scholarship for a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies. He went on to earn a master's degree in Jazz Performance/Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University, which also rewarded him a full scholarship.

Today, Strong is back in Durham, North Carolina where he performs regularly, is a professor at NCCU, and the Director of Creative Artists in Public Schools and Community Partnerships at The Durham Arts Council.

JEREMY ‘BEAN' CLEMONS, CHRIS PATTISHALL, and KEVIN BEARDSLEY are the core of Strong's band. Clemons is a drummer who spent years touring the world with Andy Bey, Gregory Porter, and the reggae legend Burning Spear.

He co-produced Strong's previous album and mixed LOVE STRONGER. Pianist Pattishall has worked with the likes of Jimmy Heath, Jon Hendricks, and Wycliffe Gordon.

Strong was so impressed by his talents that he began working with him when Pattishall was still in middle school. Strong is also joined by a roster of superb musicians from the Durham area who span the range of musical styles.

Joining Strong are two nationally known jazz stars, pianist SULLIVAN FORTNER and guitarist MARK WHITFIELD, and rising star alto sax player BRAXTON COOK.
The band also includes LEWIS HAWKINS (tenor sax), BREVAN HAMPDEN (percussion), THURMAN ‘PEANUT' WOODS (electric bass), MARC CARY (Fender Rhodes), RYAN HANSELER (piano), (alto sax), BLUFORD THOMPSON, JR. (tenor sax), CHARLES ‘CHUCKEY' ROBINSON (piano), and HUGH SWASO (guitar).

Also featured are two outstanding vocalists, Gabrielle Cavassa, who was the cowinner of the 2021 International Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition, and Durham favorite SHAVONA BURTON.

A string quartet, which includes TREVOR WIGNAL (violin), AUTUMN BRAND (violin), MATTHEW BRANT (viola), and KENNETH STEWART (cello) appear on the classic, LEVAS ("Lift Every Voice and Sing").

One does not usually associate North Carolina as a place that produces great modern jazz artists but listening to Al Strong's enormous talent and the creativity and energy of his band, that perception will soon change.

Strong has begun to attract the attention of major artists, and he recently opened for renowned R&B/jazz artist Ledisi.

LOVE STRONGER is an exciting showcase for Strong's affective playing, composing, technical mastery, and lush arrangements.



More Information: https://www.alstrongmusic.com/

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