Inaugural Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival a Success

By August R. Dittbenner, My Horry News.

The sounds of melodic jazz rang out on Carver Street Saturday as crowds ate, laughed, listened and shopped.

At the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, spirits were high and attendees were happy. “It’s more than what I expected,” said Mickey James, president of the local NAACP chapter. “It’s very phenomenal.”

The festival, which was the brainchild of James and supported by many in the community, brought attention to the historic Booker T. Washington community in Myrtle Beach and harkened back to the days when some of the most famous names in music performed just a few hundred feet from where the main stage stood Saturday.

From the 1930s until the 1960s, performers like Little Richard, B.B. King, Billie Holiday and more performed at Charlie’s Place, a popular nightclub that is now just a memory. But that memory lived again on in the one-day festival which showcased local jazz talent.

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