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(Oct 14, 2016)- Earlier today, Nnenna Freelon and I visited with host Frank Stasio on NPR’s “The State of Things”; in advance of our 2 Concerts next Saturday Oct 22 at the Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham, NC. We talked a bit about our past (collective and individually), the conversational aspects of small-group and duo jazz, where we are “today”, and performed live in the studio.

Nnenna Freelon & Scott Sawyer – 7pm show

Nnenna Freelon & Scott Sawyer

October 22, 2016 Durham, NC (USA)


Time : 7pm
Venue : Sharp Nine Gallery
Address : 4608 Industry Lane
State : NC
Zip : 27713
Phone : (919) 486-5299
Contact Email :
Contact Website :

Nnenna and I go back to the late 1980’s…

Brother Yusuf Salim was the connection. For several years we performed regularly as a duo, as well as with other musicians. When Nnenna signed with Columbia, I was there for the Blue Note showcase in NYC and subsequent Philip Morris Superband World Tour. On and off, I’ve continued through the years to record, perform and tour with her, here and abroad.

On Saturday Oct 22, there are two shows at the Sharp Nine Gallery, 7 and 9pm.

Ticket links are here (a limited number of tickets are available, advance purchase recommended):

7pm show —
9pm show —

Our last NC duo performances were almost 25 years ago (long-time fans may recall Pyewacket, Centerfest, Cappers, more). 

The Sharp Nine Gallery (Durham, NC) is a bona fide “listening room”, and seats only 66 people…this is not just a RARE opportunity to hear our duo, it’s a rare opportunity to see and hear Nnenna Freelon up-close in an intimate club setting.

*The Sharp Nine traditionally gives away some wine by the glass – while it lasts – and offers BYOB (no corkage fee) and free parking. For these shows, there may be other perks…TBA.