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All Smiles on Hilton Head Island

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Fly, drive, bike or walk, if you can, to The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. But make reservations first or you may be going home early. This intimate jazz and blues club is booked solid every night weeks in advance, and I do mean every night. So it's been for 15 years, an incredible feat by owners Bob and Lois Masteller. The club, with its well-planned sound system and sightlines for all 100 seats, was named by DownBeat one of the top 150 Great Jazz Rooms in the World in 2011, '12 , '13 and again ...

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The Jost Project: Finding Its Way Home

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The Somers Point Jazz Society threw a first album release party for the newly-formed Jost Project at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro this fall. Can't Find My Way Home, the CD is titled. The venue offers a seaside bar on one side and its opposite on the other, a rentable banquet room with brocade upholstered chairs. The quartet was finishing dinner in the big, dimly lit room in a kind of pre-game huddle. When they broke, bassist Kevin MacConnell finished his soup standing up. Anwar Marshall made micro-adjustments to his drum set. Vocalist Paul Jost sought privacy to take ...

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Sharp As Shark’s Teeth: The Hammerheaded Quintet

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Dan Weeks, Ph.D, wears many hats: published poet (six books), professor of philosophy, assistant research professor at Rutgers University, and drummer of no slight talent. Yet, he insists he's not the leader of the Hammerheaded Quintet. Nor is the leader guitarist Chuck Welch, saxophonist Anthony Ware, trumpeter Ted Chubb or bassman Mike Noordzy. But Weeks is the most vocal, doing all the introducing and stage announcing during their recent gig at The Saint in Asbury Park. The Saint is well known as a rock club--the unclassifiable guitarist Charlie Hunter has performed there as have many rock luminaries--but the spot does ...

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Rare Songbird at Lafayette Bar in Easton

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Rara avis Michelle Glick was heard warbling recently in her natural habitat, a no-jive, real-live jazz bar. Also known as Easton PA's Lafayette Bar, a tavern that counts more beards and berets than baseball caps, she was coaxed out of her self-enforced retirement by owner Tunsei Jabbour. Tunsei (pronounced Tahn-sigh) promised her back-up by the Rich Messbauer Trio, including Messbauer on bass, Joe Battaglia on guitar, Ron Glick on drums, and the deal was done. The two Glicks are a long-married couple who entered the jazz scene through the Greenwich Village portal in the late '60s. Michelle studied ...



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