To provide diverse and high quality trumpet instruction for all trumpet majors in both jazz and classical trumpet playing.
Al Strong is a Washington, D.C. native trumpeter, educator, arranger, and composer. Since he first emerged on the scene in 1998 as a jazz studies major at North Carolina Central University, Strong has been an emerging artist in jazz. He has been described as being ?among those leading Durham jazz into a resurgence.? (The Independent ? Sylvia Pfeiffenberger). He is an integral figure in the current local jazz scene having performed/recorded for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, Phonte Coleman, Mavis Swan Poole, Yahzarah, Peter Lamb and the Wolves (Voted 2011 Best Jazz Band in the Triangle), Clay Aiken, Big Daddy Kane, Orquesta Gardel, The Beast, and Bassist Ethan Farmer. Strong also balances his love for music performance 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. Many of Strong's musical influences can be heard on his debut album LoveStrong Vol. 1, released on January 8, 2016, recently named a performer to watch in North Carolinas Research Triangle.