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by Ryan Snyder

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Jazz master offers therapy session at High Point Theatre

It’s a rare thing indeed that the Triad area hosts any of the great jazz fusionists. While those on the avant-garde end of the spectrum might never make it to the area under normal circumstances, local jazz fans are happy anytime a big name comes to town and the show Saturday at the High Point Theatre should certainly elicit more than a few smiles. When he’s not pacticing the finer points of music therapy, Stanley Jordan (www.stanleyjordan.com) is a world-class guitarist who was instrumental (pun intended) in reviving the revered Blue Note record label in the early ’80s. His certified gold debut album Magic Touch stayed atop the Billboard jazz charts for 51 weeks with its fascinating treatment of the work of jazz gods, pop luminaries and rock legends alike. On top of his commercial and critical success, the level of innovation that Jordan has brought to his craft is undeniable. Jordan has been a primary contributor to advancements in the two-handed tapping technique that allows him to play melody and chords simultaneously and, as he’s previously demonstrated, two guitars at once. He’s good, just check out his MySpace page where his headline even says so. Tickets can be purchased at www. highpointtheatre.com and are $20 for balcony seating and $25 in the orchestra. The show starts at 8 p.m. sharp.

Half of REM and, oh yeah, Robyn Hitchcock at Cat’s Cradle

Don’t you love it when a celebrated artist goes on tour and without any real fanfare, brings along a band composed of superstars in their own right? That’s just what English cult guitarist Robyn Hitchcock (robynhitchcock.com) is doing with his band the Venus 3, and they’ll be appearing next Wednesday, April 8 at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Hitchcock’s psychedelic and often surrealistic work revolves around themes that include what many psychologists view as the roots of modern neurosis: namely death, sex and eating. Formally, the Venus 3 are the same band as pop-rock supergroup the Minus 5, just without guitarist John Ramberg. The rest of the band features guitarist Peter Buck of REM, Young Fresh Fellows frontman and bassist Scott McCaughey and current REM drummer Bill Rieflin, who took over after founding member Bill Berry retired to become a farmer. Rieflin, oddly enough, joined REM only a few years after working for a decade as the drummer for industrial metal band Ministry. Seems like a logical progression to me. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $17 on the day of the show. Durham folk-pop band Erie Choir (www.myspace.com/ eriechoir) will open the show.

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