Smart Bets: Serpentine Arborvitae

Brooklyn-born, Asheville-based vocalist and composer Serpentine Arborvitae once said in an interview that she used to listen to early jazz and learn all the horn parts. Not that she plays horn, but her vocal — at turns rounded with longing and knife-sharp with power — is wielded like a brass instrument. After turning her attention to world and electronic music, she’s returned to jazz. She’ll be performing with Bill Bares on piano, Zack Page on bass and Justin Watt on drums and, according to a press release, “You can count on Serpentine’s wild and divine renditions of jazz classics by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter and Leonard Bernstein.” Serpentine Arborvitae takes the stage at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. $8/$4 students. isisasheville.com. Photo by Andrew Wayne

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