Daniel D.: Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival Headliner

Daniel D returns for a second straight year to headline the annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, held Oct. 4-6, 2019 on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Described as a “viral violinist” by Charleston’s City Paper, Daniel D was also featured during the third annual jazz festival last year. He is not one to be confined by genres or expectations.

Daniel’s 2010 album Serenade was an R&B-inflected effort showcasing keyboards and electronic vocals, but he has also played with chamber groups and his own string quartet. He’s opened for Kanye West, and put out a gospel project titled SonRise. He’s done a violin remix of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and a hip-hop medley. Daniel D has covered Grover Washington, and also Usher. He’s ruled the Apollo Theatre stage then played for a president, and he’s performed on Charleston street corners, too.

“My goal is to reach and connect different audiences and especially age groups. Smooth jazz and instrumental music as a whole is lacking younger listeners. I would like to reach fans of all ages,” Daniel D told Smooth Jazz Interviews. “I want to grab the attention of those that would never consider picking up or listening to an instrumental record, let alone one with a violin on it.”

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, among others. He’s appeared on BET’s 106 and Park, an Essence magazine event hosted by Oprah Winfrey and, closer to his hometown, at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. He’s been featured at a series of NBA events, including Hornets’ games in Charlotte, N.C.

At every stop, Daniel D arrives with a goal: Preserving his favorite forms of music by bringing them into a new era. “Jazz, as well as classical, are genres that aren’t dying per se, but they are suffering,” he told the City Paper. “They need innovators to help take them further. If I can connect other young people to keep the fan base growing, I would definitely like to do that. I’m trying to break out of the form of what people think jazz is — like, just background music or you have to have caviar or something with.”

The lineup for this year’s festival, including performance times, can be found here. As always, the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is free.

Get the latest information by following us on Facebook. In addition to this great music, there are food and merchandise vendors, children’s activities, and a wine and beer garden. Bring your lawn chairs.