Past Events

Sunday
June 9

Authors in Conversation with Denise Kiernan and Ray Suarez

Denise Kiernan is an author, journalist, producer, and host of “CRAFT: Authors in Conversation.” Her new young reader’s book, We Gather Together: Stories of Thanksgiving from then to now, arrived September 2023, and is a companion title to the popular adult nonfiction book, We Gather Together, and children’s picture book, Giving Thanks. Her book The Last Castle was an instant New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was also a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is also the author of The Girls of Atomic City, which is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller and has been published in multiple languages. She lives in North Carolina.

Ray Suarez is a writer and broadcaster who currently hosts the weekly foreign affairs radio program and podcast On Shifting Ground. He was the chief national correspondent for The PBS NewsHour, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation, and a reporter in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Rome. His books include Latino Americans, The Holy Vote, and The Old Neighborhood. He lives in Washington, DC.

We Are Home: Becoming American in the 21st Century: an Oral History

We are a nation of immigrants, never more than now. In recent decades, the numbers have skyrocketed, thanks to people coming from many continents—especially Asia, Africa, and South America. Just like their predecessors, they face countless obstacles, including political hatred. And yet, just like their predecessors, they work hard. They persist. And they become us. The newest Americans are poorly understood and frequently presented only in stereotypes. Veteran journalist, broadcaster, and interviewer Ray Suarez has criss-crossed the country to speak to new Americans from all corners of the globe, and to record their stories. This portrait of our newest citizens is full of their own, compelling voices. It’s a story as old as the country, yet each new wave of arrivals tells that classic story in new and crucially important ways.

Free

Doors open at 4:00 PM. Conversation starts no later than 4:30 PM. No registration is required. Seating is first come, first served.

Little Jumbo is pleased to join local booksellers Malaprops for CRAFT: Authors in Conversation, a series conceived and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan.


CRAFT’s concept is simple:

New York Times best-selling author Denise Kiernan will sit down with a writer in this speakeasy setting to discuss not only the writer’s latest publication, but also the craft of writing itself. For each featured author, the Little Jumbo staff will create a specialty cocktail—or mocktail—inspired by either the featured book or the author themselves.

WHO

Denise, sitting down with authors from all walks—literary fiction, nonfiction, graphic novelists, mystery authors, romance writers, TV and film folks…You get the idea.

WHAT

An hour of conversation about the guest author’s work, writing process and more, with time for audience questions. Conversations are followed by an author signing. Books provided by Malaprop’s.

WHERE

Little Jumbo, located at 241 Broadway Street in Asheville, a bar and then some, offering classic and classically-inspired craft cocktails, food, games, and more.

WHEN

The second Sunday of every month. Doors open at 4. Conversation starts no later than 4:30 PM.

Tuesday
June 4

Jay Sanders, Will Boyd, Zack Page & Alan Hall

Every Tuesday, savor experimental Musica Universalis focused primarily on the group's original writing and sonic explorations. These aural wayfarers fear no boundary.

With a musical career spanning 30 years, Composer, producer, and guitarist Jay Sanders thrives on actualizing creative spaces for improvisational and exploratory music.

Multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, and educator Will Boyd hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, Hank Crawford, David "Fat Head" Newman, King Curtis and Johnny Hodges. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will now resides in Asheville.

Alan Hall has been a professional drummer for over 45 years. A prodigious composer, Alan also leads the Asheville Jazz Collective, a staple of Little Jumbo's Monday jazz series.

Let's be honest, if you enjoy live music in Asheville, NC, and you don't know the singularity known as Zack Page, you've clearly been living under a rock. One of the area's most sought after musicians, Zack brings his zeal for the absurd to each thunderous emanation.

Jay Sanders: Guitar and Effects
Will Boyd: Reeds
Zack Page: Bass and Effects
Alan Hall: Drums and Percussion

Tuesday
May 28

Jay Sanders, Zack Page & Alan Hall

Every Tuesday, savor experimental Musica Universalis focused primarily on the group's original writing and sonic explorations. These aural wayfarers fear no boundary.

With a musical career spanning 30 years, Jay Sanders thrives on actualizing creative spaces for improvisational and exploratory music.

Alan Hall has been a professional drummer for over 45 years. A prodigious composer, Alan also leads the Asheville Jazz Collective, a staple of Little Jumbo's Monday jazz series.

Let's be honest, if you enjoy live music in Asheville, NC, and you don't know the singularity known as Zack Page, you've clearly been living under a rock.

Jay Sanders: Guitar and Effects
Zack Page: Bass and Effects
Alan Hall: Drums and Percussion

Sunday
May 26

After Ours featuring Jordan Hamilton

After Ours (experimental jazz duo: hybrid guitar + drums) featuring Jordan Hamilton (loop based cellist)

𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐮𝐫𝐬 is a two-man wrecking crew with influences ranging from modern jazz to grunge to instrumental hip hop & experimental music. Hybrid 7-string guitarist/loop freak Eli Kahn creates sonic layer cakes with the aid of his effects arsenal atop drummer Joe Enright's ever-expansive jazz beat backdrops to create a unique sound that is all their own. The duo has built a following with their dynamic live performances & their newest album "Music For Cats" is available to stream everywhere.

Cellist 𝐉𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐧 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐭𝐨𝐧 is a mix of mastery and maverick musicality; hip-hop influenced, rhythmically layered, melodically robust. Avant garde, folk-soul music, a key to navigate space, time, and change, gracefully, for those who use it. Driven by diversity, drawn to the cello's tone, cosmic strings calling souls home. His newest single, "Roses", was added to the New York Times "7 Songs You Should Know" playlist - he will be opening the show with some ambient/instrumental soundscapes & also sitting in on some tunes with After Ours.

Tuesday
May 21

Jay Sanders, Will Boyd, Zack Page & Alan Hall

Every Tuesday, savor experimental Musica Universalis focused primarily on the group's original writing and sonic explorations. These aural wayfarers fear no boundary.

With a musical career spanning 30 years, Composer, producer, and guitarist Jay Sanders thrives on actualizing creative spaces for improvisational and exploratory music.

Multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, and educator Will Boyd hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, Hank Crawford, David "Fat Head" Newman, King Curtis and Johnny Hodges. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will now resides in Asheville.

Alan Hall has been a professional drummer for over 45 years. A prodigious composer, Alan also leads the Asheville Jazz Collective, a staple of Little Jumbo's Monday jazz series.

Let's be honest, if you enjoy live music in Asheville, NC, and you don't know the singularity known as Zack Page, you've clearly been living under a rock. One of the area's most sought after musicians, Zack brings his zeal for the absurd to each thunderous emanation.

Jay Sanders: Guitar and Effects
Will Boyd: Reeds
Zack Page: Bass and Effects
Alan Hall: Drums and Percussion

Tuesday
May 14

Jay Sanders, Will Boyd, Zack Page & Alan Hall

Every Tuesday, savor experimental Musica Universalis focused primarily on the group's original writing and sonic explorations. These aural wayfarers fear no boundary.

With a musical career spanning 30 years, Composer, producer, and guitarist Jay Sanders thrives on actualizing creative spaces for improvisational and exploratory music.

Multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, and educator Will Boyd hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, Hank Crawford, David "Fat Head" Newman, King Curtis and Johnny Hodges. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will now resides in Asheville.

Alan Hall has been a professional drummer for over 45 years. A prodigious composer, Alan also leads the Asheville Jazz Collective, a staple of Little Jumbo's Monday jazz series.

Let's be honest, if you enjoy live music in Asheville, NC, and you don't know the singularity known as Zack Page, you've clearly been living under a rock. One of the area's most sought after musicians, Zack brings his zeal for the absurd to each thunderous emanation.

Jay Sanders: Guitar and Effects
Will Boyd: Reeds
Zack Page: Bass and Effects
Alan Hall: Drums and Percussion

Sunday
May 12

Authors in Conversation with Denise Kiernan and Terry Roberts

Denise Kiernan is an author, journalist, producer, and host of “CRAFT: Authors in Conversation.” Her new young reader’s book, We Gather Together: Stories of Thanksgiving from then to now, arrived September 2023, and is a companion title to the popular adult nonfiction book, We Gather Together, and children’s picture book, Giving Thanks. Her book The Last Castle was an instant New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was also a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is also the author of The Girls of Atomic City, which is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller and has been published in multiple languages. She lives in North Carolina.

Terry Roberts is the author of five celebrated novels: A Short Time to Stay Here (winner of the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction); That Bright Land (winner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award, the James Still Award for Writing About the Appalachian South and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction); The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival (Finalist for the 2019 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction); My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black (Finalist for the 2022 Best Paperback Original Novel by the International Thriller Writers Organization); and most recently, The Sky Club, released in July of 2022. Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, Lynn.

Free
Doors open at 4:00 PM. Conversation starts no later than 4:30 PM. No registration is required. Seating is first come, first served.

Little Jumbo is pleased to join local booksellers Malaprops for CRAFT: Authors in Conversation, a series conceived and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan.


CRAFT’s concept is simple:

New York Times best-selling author Denise Kiernan will sit down with a writer in this speakeasy setting to discuss not only the writer’s latest publication, but also the craft of writing itself. For each featured author, the Little Jumbo staff will create a specialty cocktail—or mocktail—inspired by either the featured book or the author themselves.

WHO

Denise, sitting down with authors from all walks—literary fiction, nonfiction, graphic novelists, mystery authors, romance writers, TV and film folks…You get the idea.

WHAT

An hour of conversation about the guest author’s work, writing process and more, with time for audience questions. Conversations are followed by an author signing. Books provided by Malaprop’s.

WHERE

Little Jumbo, located at 241 Broadway Street in Asheville, a bar and then some, offering classic and classically-inspired craft cocktails, food, games, and more.

WHEN

The second Sunday of every month. Doors open at 4. Conversation starts no later than 4:30 PM.

Tuesday
May 7

Jay Sanders, Will Boyd, Zack Page & Alan Hall

Every Tuesday, savor experimental Musica Universalis focused primarily on the group's original writing and sonic explorations. These aural wayfarers fear no boundary.

With a musical career spanning 30 years, Composer, producer, and guitarist Jay Sanders thrives on actualizing creative spaces for improvisational and exploratory music.

Multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, and educator Will Boyd hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, Hank Crawford, David "Fat Head" Newman, King Curtis and Johnny Hodges. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will now resides in Asheville.

Alan Hall has been a professional drummer for over 45 years. A prodigious composer, Alan also leads the Asheville Jazz Collective, a staple of Little Jumbo's Monday jazz series.

Let's be honest, if you enjoy live music in Asheville, NC, and you don't know the singularity known as Zack Page, you've clearly been living under a rock. One of the area's most sought after musicians, Zack brings his zeal for the absurd to each thunderous emanation.

Jay Sanders: Guitar and Effects
Will Boyd: Reeds
Zack Page: Bass and Effects
Alan Hall: Drums and Percussion

Tuesday
April 30

Jay Sanders, Will Boyd, Zack Page & Alan Hall

Every Tuesday, savor experimental Musica Universalis focused primarily on the group's original writing and sonic explorations. These aural wayfarers fear no boundary.

With a musical career spanning 30 years, Composer, producer, and guitarist Jay Sanders thrives on actualizing creative spaces for improvisational and exploratory music.

Multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, and educator Will Boyd hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, Hank Crawford, David "Fat Head" Newman, King Curtis and Johnny Hodges. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will now resides in Asheville.

Alan Hall has been a professional drummer for over 45 years. A prodigious composer, Alan also leads the Asheville Jazz Collective, a staple of Little Jumbo's Monday jazz series.

Let's be honest, if you enjoy live music in Asheville, NC, and you don't know the singularity known as Zack Page, you've clearly been living under a rock. One of the area's most sought after musicians, Zack brings his zeal for the absurd to each thunderous emanation.

Jay Sanders: Guitar and Effects
Will Boyd: Reeds
Zack Page: Bass and Effects
Alan Hall: Drums and Percussion

Tuesday
April 23

Asheville Jazz Collective

Composer and Drummer Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with international jazz artists Lee Konitz, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Kenny Washington, Rebecca Parris, and Joyce Cooling. He has taught at Berklee College of Music, California Jazz Conservatory, Monterrey Jazz Festival Middle School and High School Summer Camp, JazzCamp West, Cal State East Bay, and Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Camp

Seeking a broader palette for his compositions, has added several new musicians to his quintet, Asheville Jazz Collective. The new line-up will definitely bump up the eclectic factor! We hope you can come along for the ride.

Alan Hall: Drums
Bill Bares: Piano
Dylan Hannan: Reeds
Ariana Varvaro: Oboe
Allen Watsky: Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Josef Butts: Bass

Monday
April 22

Hillai Govreen

Little Jumbo is pleased to welcome Hillai Govreen in conjunction with South Arts.

Hillai Govreen is a clarinetist, saxophonist and composer based in New York. The Hillai Govreen Quartet is a dynamic NYC-based band born from the collaboration of Hillai and bassist Ben Meigners just two years ago. Their innovative compositions and repertoire drawn from a diverse array of influences, blending various musical styles to create a unique sound that transcends time and genre boundaries, echoing the essence of past, present, and future.

Hillai has played and collaborated with international musicians including George Cables, Arturo O’farill, Anat Cohen, George Colligan, Steve Cardenas, Joseph Pepe Danze, Gino Sitson and Harold Rubin. She has toured in Europe, Israel and the U.S.

Hillai Govreen: Reeds
Yago Vazquez: Piano
Ben Meigners: Bass
Willie Bowman: Drums

Tuesday
April 16

Jay Sanders, Will Boyd, Zack Page & Alan Hall

Every Tuesday, savor experimental Musica Universalis focused primarily on the group's original writing and sonic explorations. These aural wayfarers fear no boundary.

With a musical career spanning 30 years, Composer, producer, and guitarist Jay Sanders thrives on actualizing creative spaces for improvisational and exploratory music.

Multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, and educator Will Boyd hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, Hank Crawford, David "Fat Head" Newman, King Curtis and Johnny Hodges. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will now resides in Asheville.

Alan Hall has been a professional drummer for over 45 years. A prodigious composer, Alan also leads the Asheville Jazz Collective, a staple of Little Jumbo's Monday jazz series.

Let's be honest, if you enjoy live music in Asheville, NC, and you don't know the singularity known as Zack Page, you've clearly been living under a rock. One of the area's most sought after musicians, Zack brings his zeal for the absurd to each thunderous emanation.

Jay Sanders: Guitar and Effects
Will Boyd: Reeds
Zack Page: Bass and Effects
Alan Hall: Drums and Percussion

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