Smooth jazz guitarist Norman Brown performed Saturday night to a standing-room only audience in Charlotte’s Halston Theater on the CPCC Campus.
It was the third and penultimate performance in the third-annual Carolina Jazz Concert Series.
Brown credited musicians Jimi Hendrix and George Benson and their unique sounds for influencing his style. His sister turned him onto Benson; he discovered Hendrix on his own.
“But my dad said, ‘you need to come down to the basement.’ So I went down to the basement and he played [Wes Montgomery].” All three artists’ impact on Brown’s development was evident, especially in his spot-on riffs that channeled Hendrix.
The opening performer, saxophonist Dante Lewis of Columbia, S.C., warmed up the crowd with favorites “Can We Talk?” and “Rock With You” and with “Midnight Ride,” from his CD titled “Set the Mood.”
Smooth jazz pianist David Benoit will perform December 12 in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the fourth and final concert of the 2011 series.
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