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Articles by Martin McFie

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Authentic Gypsy Jazz At The Jazz Corner

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Fredric Gomes The Jazz Corner Authentic Gypsy Jazz Hilton Head Island February 22-23, 2019 Gypsy Jazz or Manouche was the invention of Django Reinhardt whose sound came from old gypsy tunes played with a swing rhythm. During the inter-war years, Django heard Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington in Europe's playground, the South of France. He added swing to his own compositions which became anthems during the occupation of France. Django's own unique guitar ...

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The Vaché Brothers Quintet At The Jazz Corner

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Allan and Warren Vache' Quintet The Jazz Corner Hilton Head, SC March 1-2, 2019 Brothers, Allan Vache' and Warren Vache', brought their quintet, their dry wit and, their brotherly banter to The Jazz Corner for their annual visit. Allan played clarinet in the style and with an attack reminiscent of early Benny Goodman, with whom he played as their careers briefly overlapped. Allan reached up for pure, clear notes on clarinet, which he hit and ...

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Ulysses Owens Jr. At The Jazz Corner

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Ulysses Owens Jr.The Jazz Corner Songs of Love Hilton Head Island, South CarolinaFebruary 15-16, 2019 It was a pleasure to hear a group of skillful, energetic, and highly-educated young musicians at Hilton Head Island's Jazz Corner, led by master musician and two-time Grammy winner (including one for his work with Christian McBride band) Ulysses Owens Jr.. Bassist Philip Norris recently completed his studies at Juilliard and is now touring around the world, while vibraphonist ...

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Quentin Baxter Quintet At The Jazz Corner

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The Quentin Baxter Quintet The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island February 8-9, 2019 Playing his drums with the wooden rims, Quentin Baxter came to The Jazz Corner with his quintet of friends from Charleston, South Carolina. Brett Belinger led them off with a bass solo, picked up by tenor saxophonist Mark Sterbank and trumpeter Charlton Singleton in an original composition delivered in unison. Pianist Demetrius Doctor's strong solos elicited encouraging sounds and smiles from Baxter. ...

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Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Peter and Will Anderson Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 25-26, 2019 Peter and Will Anderson have been playing The Jazz Corner for the last six years and for these two nights they were joined by guitarist Felix Lemerle. Over that time, they have become more secure in their playing. In their early performances, they pushed out an impossible torrent of notes, barely taking time to breathe. Now, they give almost ...

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The Emmet Cohen Trio at The Jazz Corner

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The Emmet Cohen Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island February 1-2, 2019 The Emmet Cohen Trio have been together for five years and it shows. Dynamic bassist Russell Hall from Kingston, Jamaica hummed along to the bass and ebullient, dramatic drummer Kyle Poole made up the trio. They opened near to the start of jazz with a Scott Joplin tune “Original Rags," the first of his music to be copyrighted in 1899. ...

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Justin Varnes Orchestra's Peer Gynt Suite At The Jazz Corner

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Justin Varnes Orchestra The Jazz Corner Peer Gynt Suite Hilton Head Island, SC January 20, 2019 Written in five acts of rhyming Danish verse, Peer Gynt is a play by Norwegian Henrik Ibsen, which was set to music by fellow countryman Edvard Grieg. Where does the jazz come in? Like so much jazz, it comes in through the door marked “Duke Ellington" with “Billy Strayhorn" sharing the office. In the early '60s, while The ...

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Ron Brendle Quartet: A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz

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Ron Brendle pays his own tribute to the music of the greatest bass players, bringing the heartbeat bass line of jazz out onto the front line in his new album A Tribute to the Bassists of Jazz. Brendle continues his mission to reveal and revere the great jazz compositions by bass players by bringing them together, all in one recording. The bassist's perspective is different; they hear the melody while playing mirroring sounds. Bassists' compositions start from their own world, ...

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Kris Tokarski Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Kris Tokarski Trio The Jazz Corner A Tribute To Lester Young And Pee Wee Russell Hilton Head Island, SC January 18 and 19, 2019 Kris Tokarski is a dedicated young pianist keeping the New Orleans and Chicago jazz traditions alive in a modern sophisticated style. His return to The Jazz Corner, where he first played at age 12, celebrated the music of tenor saxophonist Lester Young and clarinetist Pee Wee Russell.

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Kevin Bales With Chuck Redd At The Jazz Corner

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Kevin Bales with Chuck Redd The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 4th & 5th, 2019 Whenever pianist Kevin Bales comes in from Atlanta to play The Jazz Corner he brings with him a great band and an inventive theme. Whether it's a centennial celebration of the blues or the music of Fred Rogers he never fails to find a sound to vary his presentation and stretch his own tremendous skill. On his most ...

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Anna Mia: Miasophy

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Kiev is the capital of Ukraine sitting uncomfortably between Europe and Russia on the Black Sea. A finance package with Europe was switched to financing from Russia. People took to the streets and the president left town for a long trip to Russia, which then annexed the Crimea. This is not the plot of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera or a history of nineteenth-century power diplomacy. It all happened four years ago. In the face of adversity, jazz music plays ...

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Rene Marie With Experiment In Truth At The Jazz Corner

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Rene Marie The Jazz Corner Rene Marie with Experiment in Truth Hilton Head Island, SC December 28-29, 2018 There are no sharp edges to Rene Marie's voice. Her singing has a warm, soft-velvet quality. She does, however, have an extensive range and an ability to change direction and tempo with surprising ease and speed. She was joined by Experiment in Truth, a trio comprised of John Chin on piano, Elias Bailey on ...