The Columbia, S.C.-based Soda City Brass Band have been added to the bill for the third annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival. They’ll be featured during three days of live jazz, soul and R&B music to be presented between Sept. 28-30, 2018 on the Grand Strand.
The group has been described as a “New Orleans-style groove machine” by Vincent Harris of the Greenville Journal, who said the Soda City Brass Band represents “the next logical step in a tradition that includes bands like the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the immortal Dirty Dozen Brass Band.”
They have recently played the Columbia (S.C.) Food and Wine Festival, the Reedy River Concerts in Greenville S.C., the Aiken Mardi Gras, the Taste of Newberry, the ColaJazz Festival in Columbia, the South Carolina State Fair as a part of the University of South Carolina’s FOLKFabulous@theFair, and during regular gigs at the Pearlz Oyster Bar in Columbia.
They’ve also shared the stage with contemporary jazz greats like Wynton Marsalis and Chris Potter, while taking particular inspiration from Skipp Pearson – the late South Carolina Ambassador of Jazz who served as headliner for the first annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival.
“Skipp inspired everyone, from listener to performer,” Soda City Brass Band trumpeter Mark Rapp told Deena C. Bouknight of Columbia Metropolitan magazine. “Through the music of jazz, Skipp showed people how differences can be celebrated, not hated; how diversity is inspiring. Without him, we would have nothing from which to develop further. He laid an incredible foundation.”
Rapp spent five years in New Orleans while getting his master’s degree, Harris said. Chris Church is the Soda City Brass Band’s drummer and co-bandleader. Other featured performers include guitarist Zach Bingham, trombonist Brad Jepson, saxist Stuart Ray, trumpeter Ivan Covington and sousaphone player Justice Perkins.
As always, the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is free. Bring your lawn chairs for this special event, to be held on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach. In addition to all of the great music, there will be food and merchandise vendors, children’s activities and a wine and beer garden.
Lineup announcements are continuing, so check back often. You can also follow the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival on Facebook for the latest information.