The Fruit and Kingfisher Add Worthy Jazz Nights to the Durham Scene

Local Jazz: Shaquim Muldrow

Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., $15

The Fruit, Durham

Brian Horton Jazz Residency

Tuesdays, 9-11:30, free

Kingfisher, Durham

On a recent Monday night, I was running a little late to The Fruit, where a line was snaking out of the door for that night’s edition of the semi-weekly Local Jazz series. I joined the queue to catch some of Durham’s best homegrown jazz talent: On this night, it was pianist Ernest Turner and his recently reconfigured trio, with bassist Kevin Beardsley and drummer Jeremy “Bean” Clemons.

Inside, the half-full Fruit felt like a concert hall masquerading as a jazz club. Risers with rows of chairs attempted to blend in with the walls while a smattering of round candlelit tables surrounded the stage. The first folks in  line snatched those up right away. I grabbed a…

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