Equinox Jazz Orchestra in orbit over the ‘Banks

Jeremy Davis brought his big band (which is not synonymous with that of your grandfather) from Savannah, Ga., the home of Johnny Mercer, to the First Flight High School Saturday for the penultimate concert of the 2011-2012 Outer Banks Forum for the Performing Arts season. With two roving singers and a casual atmosphere the musicians kicked off a sumptuous evening with ‘It’s Not Unusual’ and assayed the big-band playbook with wit and power. Arranger Hoppy Hallman, who has worked with Connie Francis, Rosemary Clooney and others, came up with some magical moments, executed with a relaxed professionalism, to the delight of the audience. (Peter Hummers | Sentinel Staff)