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For a jazz musician, Quentin Baxter could not have been born at a better time or in a better place. All the styles of this great American art form we enjoy today had made their marks, putting jazz on the way to becoming American classical music, a journey that would take only 25 years more. By the summer of 1970 when he touched down in Charleston, South Carolina, the first 75 years of jazz saw blues, ragtime, swing, bop, free jazz and fusion become the pulse and face of American culture. The coastal city of Charleston was the cradle of the North American slave trade in Africans in the southeastern United Statesjackphoto2 and as a result of their interaction with Europeans, who they outnumbered for more than 200 of the Lowcountry’s 335 years, the culture of the place is a kind of African Christian one, not quite like any other place in the world

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Freddy Cole Leaves The Stage

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Freddy Cole died 27th June, 2020 after a career of almost seventy years singing and playing piano. He was 88 years old. Born Lionel Frederick Cole in jny:Chicago, October 15, 1931, Freddy Cole was younger brother to Eddie, Ike and Nat “King" Cole. Mr. Freddy was a late night cabaret singer, with impeccable phrasing and timing. ...

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Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner At The Jazz Corner

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Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 8-9, 2019 Wycliffe “Pinecone" Gordon is an Armstrong-styled horn player and has won a Louie award to prove it. He displayed that same laid-back behind the beat timing as Louis Armstrong, which belied the clarity of phrasing ...

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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 ...


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