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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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Ranky Tanky: African Rhythms Preserved

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Liberia, the West African country named for freedom, was partly financed by wealthy Americans as a haven for people who escaped enslavement. Its capital Monrovia was named for US President Monroe. The Gola (also called Gula) tribe are indigenous to the northern borderlands of Liberia with Sierra Leone. The Gola people are farmers who weave swamp ...

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Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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Houston Person Quartet
Turtle Point Club House
Kiawah Island Concert Series
Kiawah Island
January 8, 2017

No rough edges, no experimentation, music just as smooth as chocolate pudding. A perfectly molded musical travelogue down memory lane. Not a formula for a grand performance, but somehow tenor saxophonist Houston Person makes ...

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Quentin Baxter Quintet at Simons Center Recital Hall

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Quentin Baxter Quintet
Simons Center Recital Hall
Charleston, SC
December 5, 2016

Pianist Tommy Gill was a much-beloved member of the Charleston, South Carolina jazz community and a significant influence on percussionist, Quentin Baxter. Gill's untimely death in August of 2014 at the age of 49 left a hole in the ...