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The Jazz Corner

Acclaimed one of the top “100 Great Jazz Rooms” in the world by DOWNBEAT Magazine, The Jazz Corner is located in the "corner" of The Village at Wexford. In 2018 the legendary, award-winning jazz club and restaurant, The Jazz Corner, celebrates 19 years of presenting sensational entertainment paired with gourmet cuisine. A dream of the late Jazz musician and historian, Bob Masteller, the 99-seat Jazz Corner has become a Lowcountry landmark. Our intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by our innovative southern flavors menu and personal, attentive service.


upcoming events:

BOBBY RYDER Swings The Great American Songbook

February 20 @ 07:30 pm thru February 20 @ 10:30 pm
Join us for your favorite tunes by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and More… Great sounds from a great time in American jazz. Bobby brings to life this exquisite era and leads you down the big band path. If longevity is the goal of most professional entertainers, then Bobby Ryder has proven himself a master. Bobby has allowed his music and his creativity to flourish with fresh innovative performances night after night. Over the years Bobby has developed into a dynamic nightclub singer and saxophonist with a musical range that includes jazz, standards, blues, and especially his favorites Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. Bobby started his career headlining at the Play Boy Club, the Peppermint Lounge, Radio City Music Hall (198 shows), The Sheridan in Atlanta, the Out Rigger, Prince Kuhio Hotel, the Intercontinental Hotel, Maui and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Oahu. In 1984 Bobby was asked to come to Hilton Head where he had a 14-year run at the Mariner’s Inn (currently the Hilton Resort) as its headline act. He raised a family on the island and his popularity has made him an island fixture. Bobby is one of those truly talented professionals who will captivate an audience with his energy and talent. Bobby has recorded five CDs, “Bobby Ryder and Casablanca”, “Back to the Shore”, “Sax in the City”, “Thanks for the Memories”, and his latest release “Keeping it Alive” recorded live at The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head Island, SC. MUSIC CHARGE: $7.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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LAVON STEVENS Presents JAZZ in the KEY of LIFE featuring LOUISE SPENCER

February 21 @ 07:30 pm thru February 21 @ 10:30 pm
Join this favorite group for a Blues and Jazz Celebration of your favorite artists including Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, Johnny Mercer and more… Pianist and vocalist Lavon Stevens is joined by drummer Jimmy Charles, bassist/vocalist Clarence Williams and rotating weekly special guests including sensational vocalist Louise Spencer, saxophonist Stutz Wimmer, guitarist Jimmy Ward and more. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Lavon began singing and playing piano at the age of 7. He began performing in local groups across the Southeast at the age of thirteen. His first instrument was the violin. He later studied voice and piano at Dekalb College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1979 to 1983. He has traveled and performed all over the country including Aspen, Colorado, Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida. The resort vacation destination of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina has been his home since 1981. He is one of the premier entertainers on Hilton Head Island. Lavon is affiliated with BMI as a Publisher/Songwriter. He is also a member of the Circle Of Songs organization. His CD “I See Love” was released in 1996 and features all original compositions. He is producing a variety of shows and recording projects including other R&B, Jazz and Gospel artists. MUSIC CHARGE: $7.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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The HOT CLUB of FRANCE "Gypsy Jazz" featuring International French Accordionist FREDERIC GOMES

February 22 @ 07:30 pm thru February 22 @ 10:30 pm
Since 1999, Frederic Gomes has been the accordionist leader of Parisian Borsalino Jazz, playing in the swing jazz style. He is a true Parisian manouche musician bringing his real swing sound of Paris to America for the first time. The accordion makes the most romantic music as he plays Django and Grapelli pieces and great jazz standards. Joining Frederic will be guitarist Sasha Strunjas, guitarist Dan Coy and bassist George Sheck. Learn more about Frederic at www.borsalinojazz.com…listen to Oh! Lady be good! MUSIC CHARGE: $20.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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The HOT CLUB of FRANCE "Gypsy Jazz" featuring International French Accordionist FREDERIC GOMES

February 23 @ 07:30 pm thru February 23 @ 10:30 pm
Since 1999, Frederic Gomes has been the accordionist leader of Parisian Borsalino Jazz, playing in the swing jazz style. He is a true Parisian manouche musician bringing his real swing sound of Paris to America for the first time. The accordion makes the most romantic music as he plays Django and Grapelli pieces and great jazz standards. Joining Frederic will be guitarist Sasha Strunjas, guitarist Dan Coy and bassist George Sheck. Learn more about Frederic at www.borsalinojazz.com…listen to Oh! Lady be good! MUSIC CHARGE: $20.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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DEAS GUYZ

February 24 @ 07:30 pm thru February 24 @ 11:00 pm
Deas Guyz features an entertaining mix of Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats. The range of musical selections includes Motown sounds of the Temptations, The Drifters, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye; Bob Marley classics; the Lover’s Rock style of Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; to the Hip-Hop sounds of Lauren Hill and R. Kelly. The band officially formed in January 2000 (as Nu World Beat) and each member adds a rich and experienced musical background to the mix. The artists bring many years of prior experience performing professionally in other bands, at clubs, colleges, and at various festivals and private functions. The band currently performs regularly on Hilton Head Island, SC, at The Jazz Corner most Sunday nights. They often travel to other locations such as Pawley’s Island, Newberry, Mount Pleasant and Greenville in South Carolina and have ventured to several hot spots in Georgia as well.  They have also performed in Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, Knoxville and several other locations all around the US. The band has also played at many charitable events on Hilton Head Island to help those in need. Please Call The Jazz Corner Directly to Request DEAS GUYZ Reservations….843-842-8620     MUSIC CHARGE: $10 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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The MARTIN LESCH Band "A Journey Through Jazz"

February 25 @ 07:30 pm thru February 25 @ 10:30 pm
Pianist, composer and arranger, Martin Lesch takes you on a “Journey Through Jazz” featuring guitarist Jackson Evans, bassist Mitch Hennes and percussionist Chris Russell. Martin Lesch spent most of his young life growing up in New York City where he was raised in a musical family. He was exposed to a wide array of musical influences from a young age but always harbored a deep affection for jazz. After studying with Richard Sorce at NYU through his teens, he graduated high school early to study at Berklee College of Music before settling back down in New York. Lured by a ripe music scene for working players, he transplanted to the Southeast where he currently resides on Hilton Head Island, SC. After touring and releasing Cd’s with his own band for five years, he took to producing, musical directing and accompanying various regional and national acts including a long stint with singer/songwriter Angie Aparo, for whom his work was widely acclaimed. After an encounter with one of the southeast’s iconic jazz figures, Bob Masteller, Lesch was hired to become a regular player at his club, The Jazz Corner, which has now become one of the most regarded venues for jazz musicians in the world. While doing this, Lesch has still found time to be a featured player on various cruise lines and tours, including a residency in China with guitarist Jackson Evans where they played their exciting brand of jazz to sold out audiences for 90 straight days. He performs regularly at The Jazz Corner, including his popular weekly Journey Through Jazz series where Lesch performs a history of jazz retrospective featuring everything from stride to modern piano technique. He also is an active member of the non-profit Junior Jazz Foundation, which carries out a mission to preserve America’s great art form of jazz by educating children and supplying them with the resources to pursue their talents while also promoting the art form to a larger audience.           MUSIC CHARGE: $7.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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FAT TUESDAYS ~ A Swingin' Celebration of New Orleans & Beyond ~

February 26 @ 07:30 pm thru February 26 @ 10:30 pm
FAT TUESDAYS  ~ A Swingin’ Celebration of New Orleans & Beyond ~ The Jazz Corner Ensemble features pianist ERIC JONES, bassist DAVE MASTELLER and percussionist CHRIS RUSSELL with rotating special guests including saxophonist DEAN ST. HILLAIRE, trumpeter JAMES BERRY and more…. Tuesday nights at The Jazz Corner honor the legacy of our iconic owner, Bob Masteller. Bob has been a major force on the musical scene of the Low Country since 1973. In the period between ’73 and ’80, while a Senior Vice President of The Sea Pines Company, Bob played in a group called Jazz Reborn, which included early Hilton Head islanders Mark Stuppy and Garry Moore, the legendary entertainer. During this period Bob became well known in Savannah as the trombonist with The River Street Ramblers, which included Savannah musical legends Sam Gill and Ken Palmer. In the 1980’s, Bob headed up various groups with different styles, including New Orleans, straight ahead jazz, and mood music. He has appeared at virtually every mainstream location for swing and jazz in the Low Country, including all major hotels, Hannah’s East, The Golden Rose, Self Family Arts Center, USC Performing Arts Center and the Original Old Post Office on Pope Avenue. Included in the highlights of Bob’s career, he has performed for Presidents Clinton, Ford and Bush and Senator Bobby Kennedy. Also in hi background was a 26-week stint at Sweet Georgia Brown in Savannah during the key moments that went into the makeup of “The Garden of Good and Evil”. For the past sixteen years Masteller concentrated on his lifelong dream, The Jazz Corner. The club was commissioned in 1999 with the legendary George Shearing Quintet, and is now an island institution. “The Jazz Corner has allowed me to pursue, with equal intensity, business and artistic goals at the same time, and I feel good about both pursuits.” ~Bob Masteller MUSIC CHARGE: $7.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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Legendary BLUESMAN Earl Williams Honors Classic Jazz & Blues

February 27 @ 07:30 pm thru February 27 @ 10:30 pm
Earl Williams, an Island favorite, plays Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Harmonica, Banjo, and Vocals. Composer, Arranger, and Master Showman, when Earl performs he sings and tells jokes. He readily admits he survived the music business all these years because of his decision to become an entertainer, not just a musician. “Entertainment is the way to make good business out of music.” Williams makes it his business to surround himself with musicians who can “do it all”: jazz, rhythm & blues, dance tunes – whatever it takes to captivate a crowd. His four piece band consists of Piano & Vocals, Bass and Drums – featuring Earl on Saxophone. Earl has played with many internationally famous people including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, and Chubby Checker. He was band leader for Jerry Farber, a great comedian from Atlanta. Earl toured with The Commodores from 1976 – 1980. He started playing at the Crow’s Nest at the old Hilton Head Inn in 1987. He also played at the Mockingbird Lounge, at the Marriott, and the Blue Nite Café. In the early 90’s Earl spent most of the time out to sea performing three shows a week aboard a luxury cruise ship as a featured entertainment. Today Earl performs at The Jazz Corner, at private events, and weddings and is always a hit. MUSIC CHARGE: $7.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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LAVON STEVENS Presents JAZZ in the KEY of LIFE featuring LOUISE SPENCER

February 28 @ 07:30 pm thru February 28 @ 10:30 pm
Join this favorite group for a Blues and Jazz Celebration of your favorite artists including Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, Johnny Mercer and more… Pianist and vocalist Lavon Stevens is joined by drummer Jimmy Charles, bassist/vocalist Clarence Williams and rotating weekly special guests including sensational vocalist Louise Spencer, saxophonist Stutz Wimmer, guitarist Jimmy Ward and more. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Lavon began singing and playing piano at the age of 7. He began performing in local groups across the Southeast at the age of thirteen. His first instrument was the violin. He later studied voice and piano at Dekalb College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1979 to 1983. He has traveled and performed all over the country including Aspen, Colorado, Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida. The resort vacation destination of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina has been his home since 1981. He is one of the premier entertainers on Hilton Head Island. Lavon is affiliated with BMI as a Publisher/Songwriter. He is also a member of the Circle Of Songs organization. His CD “I See Love” was released in 1996 and features all original compositions. He is producing a variety of shows and recording projects including other R&B, Jazz and Gospel artists. MUSIC CHARGE: $7.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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The VACHE' Brother's Quintet featuring ALLAN VACHE' & WARREN VACHE'

March 01 @ 07:30 pm thru March 01 @ 10:30 pm
When Allan Vaché plays swing on his clarinet, the smooth sounds invite comparisons to a young Benny Goodman, which isn’t surprising since the King of Swing was one of Vaché’s chief influences. Vaché can be downright blistering as well as warm and inviting and his graceful playing makes even complicated pieces seem easy. Critics also compare him to jazz clarinetist Peanuts Hucko. Vaché evinced an early aptitude for music, which he pursued while at college during the 1970s. He became a student of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s David Dworkin. He also studied with traditional jazz clarinetist Kenny Davern. Early on he performed professionally with a number of noted musicians, among them Lionel Hampton, Bobby Hackett, Gene Krupa, Pee Wee Erwin, Clark Terry, Dick Hyman, Dick Wellstood, Max Kaminsky, Bob Wilber, Cliff Leeman, and Wild Bill Davison. He also often played with his brother, flügelhorn and cornet player Warren Vaché Jr. In 1974, he hit Broadway in a production of Doctor Jazz. By 1975, Vaché was a member of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, which was based in San Antonio, TX. He appeared on nine of the group’s albums, among them the CBS Masterworks recording of Porgy and Bess. Playing portions of that score, Vaché and the group took to the stages of Mexico City’s Cervantino Arts Festival, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and other stops. Vaché performed a number of times at San Antonio’s World Series of Jazz with Cullum’s band, a venue that also hosted jazz luminaries such as Goodman. In 1987, he and the group played Carnegie Hall. Vaché’s other appearances included A Prairie Home Companion and Riverwalk, Live From the Landing on radio and television’s Austin City Limits. The clarinetist branched out into films in 1998 when two numbers that he played were featured in The Newton Boys. Both songs came from the Shootin’ the Agate album released by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Vaché left the band to perform solo during the early ’90s. In 1993, he relocated to Orlando, FL, where he appeared at Rosie O’Grady’s and Walt Disney World, among other venues. He has recorded for Arbors Records, Audiophile, and Jazzology, both as a solo artist and in conjunction with others. He put out a dozen albums for the German label Nagel-Heyer, half of which saw him in the role of leader with bands that include the Florida All-Stars, Swingtet, and the Big Four. Vaché’s father is bass player Warren Vaché Sr. During the clarinetist’s youth, the family resided in Rahway, NJ. He graduated from Jersey City State College in 1975.   Warren~Just when you think you can predict how cornetist Warren Vaché might finish off a phrase or interpret a given song, he turns quite another way or the tune receives a totally new treatment. In Vaché, jazz has found a creator whose prodigious, hard-earned skills enable him to craft swinging performances of beauty, emotion and surprise. Sometimes narrowly classified as a swing musician, the cornetist regularly defies this or other labels.  Vaché has listened to and absorbed all styles of music. His trumpet heroes include Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Fats Navarro, Tom Harrell and Ruby Braff among others. Shunning imitation, he is able to evoke some of the best from these and other models, creating an individual cornet voice, one that stresses purity of tone. In the liner notes for Vaché Easy Going album, Peter Straub wrote, Here Warren has located himself firmly in that most immediately satisfying of jazz territories, where (in trumpet terms) Bunny Berigan shakes hands with Clifford Brown”. Having played in a variety of settings, including polka bands, Dixieland bands, big dance bands, Broadway pit bands, small jazz groups, and large free- wheeling combos, it is in the latter setting that he has earned his worldwide reputation.  Visit Warren at warrenvache.com   MUSIC CHARGE: $20.00 REQUEST A RESERVATION
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