Third Annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival Performer: Don Colton

Don Colton returns to the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival for a Friday performance during three days of live jazz, soul and R&B music held Sept. 28-30, 2018 on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Set to play between 8:15-9:15 p.m., the saxophonist was also featured during the 2017 jazz festival.

“This is what Myrtle Beach needs,” Colton told WMBF. “We have a lot of good musicians in this town that a lot of people don’t know about and in the surrounding areas, as well. So, I think Myrtle Beach has the potential to be a really great music destination.” Colton said.

Colton is a fourth-generation musician who was born in southeastern Iowa. In fact, his first public performance was with his sister and mother at a small country church. He later studied at the University of Iowa and University of Northern Illinois music programs. He is a graduate of the Army School of Music, and served as lead saxophonist for the First Calvary Army Band at Fort Hood, Texas. That led to a series of appearances with Lou Rawls.

Colton moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 1988, and has since appeared at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, Island Bar and Grill in Surfside Beach, and Pawleys Prime in Pawleys Island, among many other venues, performing a setlist dotted with a variety of standards, jazz and pop favorites. He’s been a regular collaborator with the Marsha Morgan Band, appeared on the Jebb Mac Band’s 2014 EP Business as Usual, and has also worked with Josh Brandon, Paul Grimshaw and Andrew Thielen. He was part of the house band at Club 2001 in Myrtle Beach from 1988-95, a regular performer at the All American Music Theater from 1996-98, and at the Carolina Opry from 2003-2010.

Along the way, Don Colton also released two albums with Heart and Soul, a Carolina beach-music group, and co-founded the Permanent Tourist band. He said he also appeared as a saxist for a radio station band in George Lucas’ 1994 film Radioland Murders. “It was a real acting stretch,” Colton later joked, “but I think I captured the part!”

As always, the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is free. The lineup for this year’s festival, including performance times, can be found here. Get the latest information by following us on Facebook. In addition to this great music, there will be food and merchandise vendors, children’s activities, and a wine and beer garden. Bring your lawn chairs.