2017 Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival Performers

Here’s a look at key performers for 2017’s Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival. Click through for more information from their home pages and social-media sites …

T-Ray

T-Ray the Violinist, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, has been stringing together perfection for what seems to be the foundation of a legendary career. T-Ray began playing the violin at the tender age of 8 and later picked up the trumpet in middle school, but quickly found his way back to the violin in high school after being inspired by contemporary violinist Michael Ward.

“Listening to Michael Ward’s album was life-changing,” T-Ray said. “I couldn’t even fully comprehend what I was hearing, automatically expecting classical music to escape my speakers. Instead I heard contemporary Jazz on the violin. Songs that I knew the words to were coming from an instrument I never even considered could produce them. That’s when it all clicked” …
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Marcus Anderson

One of the premiere saxophonists in the world, Marcus Anderson is not only a sought-after solo artist, with eight albums to date …
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Mike Frost and Band

The Mike Frost Band has become a jazz staple in the Carolinas and beyond, regularly appearing on stage in California and …
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James ‘Bull’ Canty

Trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist James “Bull” Canty began his exploration of music on the piano at the age of 3. …
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Charlie Snuggs

Charlie Snuggs is a multi-faceted electric, acoustic and slide guitarist, who happens to also be a vocalist with a passion for the blues. Musicians who he’s performed with include …
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Aynor Middle Baby Blue Birds

The Aynor Middle Baby Blue Birds will perform at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017. Welcoming the opportunity to perform at the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival are the Baby Blue Notes Show Choir from Aynor Middle School in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina. …
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Painted Man

A five-piece band from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Painted Man specialize in an R&B / soul dance show. Band members include Dontrell Burgess on vocals, Vince Peeples on guitar, Alphonso Montgomery on keyboards …
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Gino Castillo

Named jazz artist of the year in the City Paper Music Awards in both 2013 and 2014, Independent Tone jazz artist of the year in 2015, Gino Castillo is a recording artist, percussionist, educator and clinician, composer and singer. His background includes …
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Special Blend Experience

The Special Blend Experience is an R&B-influenced band that has been described as “the hottest new band along the Grand Strand.” Specializing in catering to your needs and providing live entertainment for any type of function …
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North Myrtle Beach Middle Jazz Band

North Myrtle Beach Middle Jazz will take the stage at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017. …MORE HERE

CC & Company

The groove is undeniable. The beat is infectious. The rhythm is unmistakable. It is true: Chocolate Chip & Company Band is providing funky heat and making it look all so cool …
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Myrtle Beach Seahawk Show Choir

The Myrtle Beach High Seahawk Show Choir will take the stage at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017. …
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Aynor High Jazz Band

The Aynor Jazz Band will perform at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The Aynor High School Band has a long and rich tradition of musical excellence through the years. …
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Don Colton

This saxophone-playing entertainer has performed to millions of fans over the last 32+ years. Don’s solo act consists of performances from the Top 50 artists one hears on Sirius’ Smooth Jazz channel …
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Carolina Forest High Show Choir

The Carolina Forest High Show Choir will perform at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Kraig McBroom, the director of Carolina Forest High School’s “ShowCase” Show Choir has been …
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Socastee High Jazz Band

The Socastee High Jazz Band will perform at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The Socastee Jazz Band is one of the premier jazz bands in the state …
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Shableek

Shan “Shableek” Richardson was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He started his musical career early at the age of 7, playing piano and later began playing the saxophone in school as well as in church …
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‘Funky’ Leroy Harper Jr.

“Funky” has played with a number of artists and bands that include James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Stacy Lattasaw, Millie Jackson, Nappy Brown, James Levi (of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters), Sylk (founder), Spur of the Moment (founder), Exit Enterprises, Soul Power Posse (founder), and many other all-star bands. …
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