The Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is welcoming back a host of favorites who’ve wowed audiences before on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Daniel D, Mark Rapp, Nicci Canada, “Funky” Leroy Harper, Darryl Murrill, Mike Frost, Kobie Keys and Chocolate Chip and Company are set for return engagements at the fourth annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, to be held Oct. 4-6, 2019. Admission, as always, is free.
Described as a “viral violinist” by Charleston’s City Paper, Daniel D was also featured during the third annual jazz festival last year. A native of Charleston who attended the city’s esteemed School of Arts, Daniel D later studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City before taking first place at the Apollo Theater several times. He went on to become a new-age social-media star through YouTube and then Facebook Live, while releasing seven studio albums before he was 30. He also worked with Boney James, Najee and Kim Waters. Daniel D appeared on BET’s ‘106 and Park,’ an ‘Essence’ event hosted by Oprah Winfrey and, closer to his hometown, at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
Rapp performed at the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival last year as part of the Columbia, S.C.-based Soda City Brass Band. He is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, didgeridoo player, recording and touring artist who has worked with Branford Marsalis and Darius Rucker, among others. Rapp has released eight albums, and was also memorably featured on the closing track of Disney’s Everybody Wants to be a Cat alongside the likes of Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, the Bad Plus and Joshua Redman. He recently succeeded the late Skipp Pearson as South Carolina Jazz Ambassador; Pearson was a featured performer at the first annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival.
Nicci Canada has appeared with the Charleston Symphony, the Tulsa (Okla.) Signature Symphony, and as the star of Lady Ella, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald created with musical director Letron Brantley. She released her first solo album, the eclectic Twenty Twelve, in 2011. Canada has also been showcased at the Jazz Room and the Kings Drive Art Walk in Charlotte, and at the Jazz Rendezvous in Jacksonville, N.C. She earlier shared a bill with Branford Marsalis at the the Wells Fargo Community Celebration in Charlotte.
Leroy Harper, a former sideman with James Brown, has also performed with Stevie Wonder, Millie Jackson, Nappy Brown and James Levi of Herbie Hancock’s HeadHunters. He’s served as founder of several bands, including Sylk, Spur of the Moment, Painted Man (who appeared last year at the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival), and the Soul Power Posse. The Castle Hayne, N.C., native has headlined the Beach Music Festival in Stuart, Virginia; the Pleasure Island (N.C.) Seafood and Blues Festival; and the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, S.C. He worked with Brown for 16 years.
Darryl Murrill, who began playing saxophone at age 13, performs on alto, soprano and tenor, either solo or with his group Jazzpel. He gained early inspiration from church music – including hymns, Negro spirituals and gospel music – and that still plays a huge role in Murrill’s life, right down to his band’s name. Murrill has also performed at the Back Street Festival in Wallace, N.C.; Jazz at the Bellamy Mansion, the Stomp the Park Music Festival and the Night Before Christmas concert in Wilmington; the Ham and Yam Festival in Smithfield, N.C.; and various area venues like the Madd Boar, 141 North and Bluewater Grill.
Mike Frost’s band, originally a trio, teamed with singer-saxophonist Lauren Meccia in 2001. They’ve appeared across the Carolinas and in Frost’s native New York, while releasing a series of well-received albums, including 2011’s Get Frosted!: Live at the Blue Horse, 2013’s Live at the Red Pepper and 2015’s Inside Your Eyes, among others. A former student of the legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, Frost has recorded and performed with Wycliffe Gordon, Jorma Kaukonen, Jesse Colin Young, David Mann of Tower of Power, Manolo Badrena of Weather Report and George Cintron of Blue Oyster Cult, among many others.
Chocolate Chip and Company is led by Anthony Tony Lee Howard, affectionately known as Chocolate Chip. They have also played at the House of Blues, the Calabash Festival and Wicked Tuna, among many other venues. Kobie “Keys” Turner arrives after featured performances at Roc’s Jazz Bar and Sydney’s in Charlotte, N.C. He also appeared on Calvin Richardson’s 2008 album When Love Comes, contributing horn and keyboards.
Enjoy the VIP Experience for just $15!: This package includes front-row, covered seating, food and a wine tasting; we provide the chair. Passes will be sold on-site.