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Now in its second year, “Take Two: Jazz Duets” at the White Horse Black Mountain continues to surprise with unusual and inspired musical match ups.

On Monday, Aug. 3, host and keyboard player Bill Bares will be joined onstage by singer/drummer Russ Wilson, an artist best known for vintage jazz projects, for an evening of freely improvised music.

Wilson is an Asheville singer, drummer, bandleader and showbiz entrepreneur. He performs with several local groups as front man, ensemble member or special guest. He also leads his own big band, Nouveau-Passe Orchestra, which specializes in the dance music of the ’20s and ’30s. Although he’s played and performed and recorded just about every style of American popular music, jazz remains his first love.

Bares scheduled the Take Two series on Monday, traditionally a quiet night on the club calendar, as a signal that the performances are all about the music. Each concert features a Bares composition written with the special gust performer in mind. The concerts are recorded for an eventual “best of” compilation. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Bares is also head of jazz studies at UNCA.

Behind the baton

What: Take Two: Jazz Duets featuring Russ Wilson

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

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