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NEWS: RECORDING

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes is back in the light with his riveting Blue Canoe Records release The Emotional Vampire Sessions, a followup to his 2005 release on Blue Canoe Something to Say. The Saxophonist has traveled extensively performing in many genres with a passion and deep-rooted training in jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Mr. Hughes has taught, performed, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

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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 ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

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It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Seven Women 2018 – Part VI

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Jazz vocals remains a vibrant and productive subgenre as evidenced by this spate of recent releases.

Diane Marino
Soul Serenade: The Gloria Lynne Project
M&M Records
2018

Singer Gloria Lynne had a long and productive career, one that remained unjustly in the shade, deserving of the attention that ...

Jazzing Up Childhood Memories

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Jazz musicians today sometimes draw on all sorts of popular culture for inspiration, including the television shows they grew up with. Here are two fine examples.

The Flying Horse Big Band
The Bat Swings!
Flying Horse Records
2018

The University of Central Florida's Flying Horse Big Band presents a ...

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Live From The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head Island - Roundup

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Joe Gransden & Kenny Banks
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
February 2, 2018

Joe Gransden returned to The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head-Jazz Island February second and third, accompanied by pianist/composer Kenny Banks. Gransden is well-known on the island for his sixteen-piece big band performances, but there was a special ...

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John Brackett Quartet at Redfish Restaurant

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John Brackett Quartet
Redfish Restaurant
Hilton Head Island
November 2017

Smoky-voiced singer John Brackett led a quartet at Redfish restaurant on Hilton Head, Wednesdays in November. John played piano together with Howard Paul, CEO of Benedetto Guitars, playing a guitar hand-built by his luthiers. On bass was singer Maggie Evans and ...