Mike Frost and the D.Myers Band are set to perform on Saturday at the third annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival. They’re part of three days of live jazz, soul and R&B music to be presented between Sept. 28-30, 2018 on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mike Frost closes out the Saturday schedule at this year’s festival, performing from 10:15-11:15 p.m. D.Myers performs from 4:45-5:45 p.m. The lineup for this year’s festival, including performance times, can be found here.
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 and 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.
Patrick Wall of the Free Times in Columbia, S.C., said Pastorius’ “influence shows in Frost’s deep understanding of advanced harmony with ferocious technical prowess. But there’s plenty of crisp treble in his eponymous band, whose smooth crossover jazz boasts flourishes of fusion, hard bop, Latin jazz and more.”
Meccia is director of jazz studies at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. She has also appeared with the Temptations, and collaborated with the Aiken Concert Band, North Dakota’s Minot Symphony Orchestra, and the Florence Symphony Orchestra, among others.
“As a vocalist, she has a crystal clear sound that rings like a bell, and can effortlessly go for drawing out a lyric,” according to George Harris of Jazz Weekly. “She can also clip out a series of words like she’s jumping through an obstacle course. Her voice resonates like a glass organ.”
The D.Myers Band were a featured performer at the 25th annual Foxtrot Festival in Marion, and are regulars at the Island Bar and Grill in Surfside Beach, S.C. They have also appeared at the Half Shell in Murrells Inlet, Ron Jon’s Beer and Burgers in Myrtle Beach, and the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island, among many others.
Singer Kayla Wilson, known as K-Note, is a Little River, S.C., native who began singing at the age of 5 in the Tones of Joy, her family gospel group. She says she takes inspiration from her children Malek and Zamarius McDuffie, and partner Deonta Myers.
As always, the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is free. Bring lawn chairs for this special event, to be held on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach. In addition to this great music, there will be food and merchandise vendors, children’s activities, and a wine and beer garden. Get the latest information by following the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival on Facebook.