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Joe Gransden's Big Band At Cafe 290

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Joe Gransden's Big Band Cafe 290Atlanta, GA December 3, 2018 At a private evening in Atlanta, Kenny Banks played a 1912 Steinway B piano and Joe Gransden played his grandfather's trumpet and a fluegelhorn he has owned since childhood. In between Christmas tunes there was an interesting and enlightening question and answer discussion. Both musicians are highly educated, they play continuously and both have played the White House. Gransden was there just the previous week. ...

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Joshua Bowlus Trio at The Jazz Corner

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Joshua Bowlus Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 30 to December 1, 2018 As an introduction to his version of “For All We Know," Joshua Bowlus read out the lyrics while clicking his fingers loudly to lead the trio into a slow version of the 1934 tune. “For all we know/ We may never meet again/Before you go/ Make this moment sweet again/ We won't say goodnight/Until the last minute/ ...

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Al Sergel: Alfred Sergel IVtet

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The first recording of new material made by any group of musicians is always an adventure. The journey this EP made was tempered organically, over time. It started two years ago with a collection of short memo recordings on composer Al Sergel's iPhone in late night places after gigs, which were enthusiastically received by friends. Serious Charlotte musicians, Ron Brendle on bass, Troy Conn guitar and Phil Howe on piano joined drummer Al Sergel's IVtet. The generational Roman ...

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Larry Fuller Trio at The Jazz Corner

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The Lary Fuller Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 9-10, 2018 The Larry Fuller Trio came into Hilton Head, SC from jny: Asheville to play The Jazz Corner. Next stop for them is home to jny: New York City then jny: Denver, jny: Las Vegas, and out along the Californian coast. Larry Fuller plays piano with energy and verve delivering every note evenly. The quality of his music is ...

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Kevin Bales's Beyond The Neighborhood: The Music Of Fred Rogers at Jazz Corner

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Kevin Bales with Keri Johnsrud The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 16-17, 2018 Fred Rogers was best known for his pre-school television series “Mister Roger's Neighborhood" which ran for over fifty years, but he was also a gifted musician, winner of a Grammy award, composer of hundreds of songs and some operettas for children too. His compositions spoke of heartfelt reassurance for children in a complicated world. Equally, Roger's music may sound ...

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Martin Lesch Band at The Jazz Corner

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Martin Lesch Band The Jazz Corner Journey through Jazz to Rhapsody in Blue Hilton Head Island, SC November 12, 2018 On a rainy Monday night in South Carolina, people faced a difficult choice: whether or not to leave the house to hear Martin Lesch play piano at The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island. The place was packed full. Lesch was joined on the stand by former Navy man and drummer Chris Russell, ...

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Jazz for all Ages at Sonesta Resort

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Sonesta Resort Jazz for all Ages Hilton Head Island, SC November 2-5, 2018 It takes a few years for a jazz festival to define its character and purpose. Now, in its fifth year, the jazz festival on Hilton Head Island, SC, has achieved both goals. The character of the festival follows the musical ethos of the local jazz club, The Jazz Corner. Whether presenting the latest bands to be formed by alumni of Julliard ...

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New York Nights At Birdland Theater And Mezzrow

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On West 44th street in midtown Manhattan, Johnny Valenti recently inaugurated the new Birdland Theater, which has been built downstairs, below his Birdland club. The seating is arranged with two chairs at each round table, the rearmost of which are high tops, ensuring a clear view of the well lit stage from every table in the room. The sound system is crystal clear and sharp completing this top quality live jazz venue which is decorated in hotel chic style.

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The Joe Doubleday Quartet at The Jazz Corner

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The Joe Doubleday Quartet at The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC October 26-27, 2018 Born in Oklahoma, Joe Doubleday graduated from Berklee and won a masters from Julliard so he is Dr. Joseph Doubleday, a man working hard to emulate the music of Lionel Hampton, always learning while achieving his own style. With him on sharp, clean and expressive piano came Gerard McDowell, on bass Karl Kohut and on drums Dag Marlchus.

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Joe Alterman Trio with John Sandfort at The Jazz Corner

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The Joe Alterman Trio with John Sandfort The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island October 12-13, 2018 The Joe Alterman Trio played back-to-back nights at The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, with special guest John Sandfort joining on tenor saxophone. The quartet played two openers together before Sandfort left the stage to Alterman on piano, Justin Chesarek on drums and Stan Piper on upright bass. Driving the strong opening bass ...