From the monthly archives:

October 2010

From Appalachia to Louisiana, All Together Now

October 31, 2010
The Del McCoury Band with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

If you were curious to find out just how special the bond is between The Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, you needed only to witness how the namesake of the bluegrass group and the clarinetist of the jazz ensemble, Charlie Gabriel, greeted each other as both outfits took the stage at Page

SFJAZZ’s Electrifying Chemistry

October 29, 2010

The mature human brain weighs about three pounds and is hardly bigger than the average loaf of banana bread. But about 100 billion neurons are tightly packed in there, passing around storms of electrochemistry as we think, live, and listen. I thought of this when The SFJAZZ Collective took the stage in Page Auditorium last

Interview: Del McCoury

October 29, 2010

Tonight, The Del McCoury Band and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band bring their jazz and bluegrass fusion to Durham’s Page Auditorium for Duke Performances. To cap this week’s coverage of the event, The Thread presents an email interview with Mr. McCoury, who got his start in bluegrass originator Bill Monroe’s band before going on to leave his

See and Hear The Del McCoury Band with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

October 28, 2010

There are only two days left until The Del McCoury Band and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band take over Page Auditorium for Duke Performances, and tomorrow, The Thread wraps up its advance coverage of the event with an interview with Mr. McCoury himself. You might not automatically think of bluegrass and jazz as natural companions,

Del McCoury’s Bridge to Everywhere

October 28, 2010

The Del McCoury Band’s performance with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on October 30 is part of Duke Performances’ Witnesses series: a perfect fit. As a member of the legendary Bill Monroe’s band in the 1960s, McCoury witnessed the still-formative years of bluegrass, a rural-fired fusion of jazz and country sounds that had been pioneered

See and Hear the SFJAZZ Collective

October 27, 2010

Earlier this week, The Thread provided some background information and comments from drummer Eric Harland on the SFJAZZ Collective, who are to perform a tribute to Horace Silver for Duke Performances on October 28. (For more on Silver, the Latin-music-influenced hard bop pioneer, check out Joe Tangari’s Thread post from last Monday.) Today, we invite you