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Jazz Ensemble Wraps Up Spartanburg SC Winter Jazz Series 2016

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The third and last concert of Chapman Cultural Center’s Winter Jazz Series 2016 will be Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, starting at 7:30 p.m. and featuring the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble.

“This is has been a great jazz series for Spartanburg,” Marketing Director Steve Wong said. “We started off with the Greenville Jazz Collective playing Big Band-style music. That was followed by the premiere performance of the Mill Town Brass Band, playing tunes you might hear in the streets of New Orleans. And now we’ll wrap up the season with our hometown favorite, the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble. Yes, Spartanburg most definitely has jazz.” This is Chapman’s third season of presenting a Winter Jazz Series. It is sponsored by JM Smith Corp.

The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble is made up of musicians from all walks of life, young and seasoned, amateur and professional, from Spartanburg and surrounding areas. Established in 1996 to provide an outlet for these community players, the Ensemble offers quality jazz performances to the public. Under the auspices of the Spartanburg Community Band, the Ensemble is nonprofit. It has played at Chapman several times, in addition to such events and venues as Spring Fling, Music on Main, Dickens of a Christmas, the Pan American Games for the Blind, and USC Upstate for its popular Ice Cream Sundays Summer Concert Series. It is led by Thomas Wright, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Wofford College and professional saxophone and trumpet player.jazz Ensemble

The general admission (not assigned seating) tickets to the concert are $10 each and can be purchased online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or by calling (864) 542-ARTS during the afternoon MondayFriday.


To celebrate two decades as one of the Southeast’s premier music festivals, the 20th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival (October 12-13) presents blues legend Buddy Guy, an American blues guitarist and singer credited with bridging the genres of blues and rock and roll.dxc__uy359610

With a career that spans more than 55 years, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy is a critically acclaimed pioneer of the Chicago blues sound. Ranked 30th among Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Guy’s music has influenced notable musicians such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the 1960s he was a member of the Muddy Waters Band and a session guitarist at Chess Records. In the late 1960s he signed with Vanguard Records, but it was not until the 1990s, after an appearance with Eric Clapton at London’s Royal Albert Hall, that he released a string of albums with the Silvertone label that catapulted him to music super-stardom. At age 77, Guy is still recording and touring. The Grammy Award-winning artist’s most recent album “Rhythm & Blues” is an ambitious, guest star-laden double album that continues to receive rave reviews following its summer 2013 release. A busy touring schedule brings blues legend Buddy Guy to the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival.

Set against a scenic backdrop of the Cape Fear River, the relaxed riverfront setting is ideal for enjoying a weekend of great jazz, blues and seafood. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is “blue-sier”. In addition to headliner Buddy Guy, the two-day Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival (October 12-13) features 13 other musical acts, including national and regional blues bands such as: Wet Wille; The Slide Brothers; Randall Bramblett; Big Bump & the Stun Gunz; Justin Fox Trio; The Bobby Paltauf Experience; and Fatty Lumpkin and the Love Hog. Jazz bands include: BLP’s Touch of Jazz; The FROG Project; Will McBride Group; Lee Venters & Vermillion Sands; Freeport; and Charlie & Rose Lucas. A full performance schedule is available online at www.pleasureislandnc.org. While grooving to live music, attendees can also enjoy a wine tasting and savory seafood prepared by area restaurants. The Crafters Village will host arts and crafts vendors and the free Kidz Zone features Wilder West Magic Showdown, The Mr. Mark Show, face painting, and more.

If your idea of the perfect fall weekend getaway includes great blues, jazz, and seafood on a beautiful barrier island, then make plans to attend this year’s Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festivalpresented by Bryant Real Estate and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. On October 12-13, blues legend Buddy Guy will headline at the 20th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, near Kure Beach.  Two-day tickets are $40 in advance. If purchased at the gate Saturday only tickets are $50; Sunday only tickets are $15. Tickets are available for purchase at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce office located at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and the music begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Pets, coolers, videos/cameras and political materials are not permitted. The Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area is located along Hwy. 421 South in Kure Beach. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 910-458-8434. Tickets are also available for purchase online through www.eventbrite.com and www.pleasureislandnc.org/seafood-blues-and-jazz-festival.