Thursday Morning Jam Session: Al Strong
Join The Baltimore Blend for The Thursday Morning Jam Session featuring special guest, jazz trumpeter Al Strong.
Since being introduced to jazz music at the age of 15, Al Strong has worked diligently to master and refine his musical passions. Raised in Washington, DC, Strong undoubtedly carries an affinity for dance music of all disciplines, which carries over in his sound and demeanor.
Many of his influences can be heard on his debut album Love-Strong, set to be released at the top of 2016. Love-Strong is a “feel good” record, and traverses through various moods and colors of Strong’s life experiences. The mellow sounds are sure to capture the ear of unassuming listeners who may not usually listen to jazz music. The listener who is well adept to improvisation and the blues will certainly be in for a treat as well, as they will find quite a few moments when the musicians on this album tell stories of struggle, triumph, mystery, and love.
In addition to having the pleasure of performing for artists such as Branford Marsalis and Aretha Franklin, you can hear Al Strong’s sound on a number of other projects available for distribution. These artists include Yazarah, Soul Understated featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole, and, The Foreign Exchange, along with others.
Strong balances his affinity for music with adjunct teaching responsibilities at North Carolina Central University, as well as festivals, shows, and summer jazz camps with his non-profit organization, The Art of Cool Project.