Jazz Brunch & Jazz Mass in Cheraw

SC Jazz Festival Jazz Brunch & Jazz Mass-

Jazz will fill the air on October 16-18 at the 2015 South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw, SC. Over 25 jazz performances are scheduled during the weekend.

The festival weekend concludes on Sunday, October 18 with a Jazz Brunch and a Jazz Mass. The Jazz Brunch will be at G.W. Long Presbyterian Church from 11:30 – 1:00pm – 312 Second Street. A New Creation band will be the featured musicians for the brunch.

The Jazz Mass will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Cheraw at 3:00pm. Area clergy, musicians and choir members will lead the community worship on the church grounds located at 300 Market Street. This marks the eighth year of this annual event that is presented during the festival weekend by area churches.

The Jazz Mass will feature the Market Street Brass and the Jazz Mass Community Choir. The Market Street Brass was founded in 1974 as the resident faculty brass quintet at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The quintet performs music in all styles from Renaissance to jazz in a variety of settings. Some 50 or more engagements per year include concerts, services, and music for special events. The group has performed throughout the United States for professional music education conferences, public and private schools, colleges and universities, and concert series. In August 2005, the Market Street Brass traveled to PR China to perform concerts in Beijing and Changsha. In Beijing, concerts were played in the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Peking University Concert Hall.

The Jazz Mass Community Choir features singers from various community churches who will share their talents for this wonderful service. The choir will present four selections from Missa Jazzis that were written especially for choirs, trumpet and keyboard.

The public is invited to attend this community worship set in the tones of soulful jazz. Seating will be available, while lawn chairs are welcomed. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the church sanctuary. For additional information visit www.scjazzfestival.com or call 843.537.8420.

Attached Photo -Pictured are (left to right) members:
Dennis Askew (tuba),Wayne Bennett (fluegelhorn),
Randy Kohlenberg (trombone), Christian McIvor (trumpet),
and Edward Bach (trumpet).

Freedom’s Groove Jazz Band from Ft. Bragg performs at 2015 SC Jazz Festival in Cheraw

Participating in this year’s 2015 South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw, SC is “Freedom’s Groove” of the Army Ground Forces from Ft. Bragg, NC. The Jazz Combo is a small musical ensemble that performs in a variety of venues, including schools, high-visibility military functions, state, and local jazz festivals, as well as national tours to promote Jazz and the Army Story.

The jazz musicians perform a diverse repertoire, including works ranging from Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck to Stevie Wonder and The Beatles. This group proudly maintains the American military Jazz heritage originating with the Army Air Corps of the 1940s.

“Freedom’s Groove” is one of four musical performances at Centennial Park on Saturday, October 17. The jazz ensemble is scheduled to perform from 3:30 – 4:30 at the downtown venue. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to this free event.

There will be many more happenings during the festival weekend of October 16-18. Visit www.scjazzfestival.com for complete schedule of events or call 843.537.8420 x 12.

South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw

The South Carolina Jazz Festival is a celebration of a musical art form pioneered by Cheraw’s native son, Dizzy Gillespie. The three-day festival celebrating Gillespie’s birthday will feature jazz performances, a golf tournament, a Bebop parade & Birthday party, arts and fine crafts, a Chalk competition, a book sale and kids’ art activities. The festival concludes with a Jazz Brunch and Jazz Mass on Sunday, October 18.

There will be plenty of food offerings during the weekend at local restaurants, a pancake breakfast, BBQ lunch, and a Wine & Cheese Tasting. New this year is Bebop & Bites with Dizzy’s favorite sweet potato pie, light fare and jazz.

Saturday, October 17 will offer art related activities and a full day of music at Centennial Park in downtown Cheraw. Art Alley will feature the annual Madonnari Chalk Contest and visual artists and fine craftsman. Artisans will display and sell their creations from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Included in the art exhibit will be paintings, photos, hand-blown glassware, jewelry, funky floorcloths, and more. There will be jazz related paintings by Eric McRay at Expressions Art Gallery. Visual artist Dan Nelson will be creating art on a giant canvas.

Kid’s activities run from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm, with Bebop Bingo at 12:30pm at the Art Alley area. Paperhand Puppet Intervention will display giant puppets at the Bebop parade, while Empire Strikes Brass band will lead the parade.

There are several opportunities for festival attendees to learn about Cheraw native and jazz great Dizzy Gillespie. The SCETV documentary “From the Be to the Bop” will be shown at the Theatre on the Green on Saturday. The Southern African American Heritage Center will feature Dizzy on Display and a Chat with Crystal Harris, Gillespie’s niece. The Historic Cheraw cell phone tour includes the Gillespie homesite and family church.

Most weekend events are free, with two ticketed evening performances at the Theatre on the Green featuring Ignacio Berroa Quartet & Carol Welsman Trio. All festival happenings and ticket information can be found at www.scjazzfestival.com or contact the South Carolina Jazz Festival – 843.537.8420 x 12.