Artists – 2010
It’s no wonder the New York Times proclaims GRAMMY winner Earl Klugh “…a guitarist with impeccable technique.” His career of more than four decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, producing his own events, soundtrack recording and numerous world tours. 23 of his albums are top Ten charting records – with 5 of those reaching #1 – on Billboard’s Jazz Album charts, selling multi-millions worldwide. Klugh’s work has earned him 12 career GRAMMY® nominations, the most recent for his critically acclaimed release, The Spice of Life. He is thrilled to bring his renowned Weekend of Jazz event to Kiawah Island, SC for the first time, after seven successful years – and counting – at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs. Come experience Earl Klugh’s first annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island this November! www.earlklugh.com.
For nearly two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of ten recordings – five of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience. The Fourplay story has always been a dance of contrary energies: the group’s identity, and the characteristics of its members – each one a supreme artist on his own terms. Fourplay features GRAMMY®-winning pianist Bob James, legendary drummer and composer Harvey Mason, world-renowned bassist Nathan East and its newest member, multi-faceted virtuoso guitarist Chuck Loeb. www.fourplayjazz.com.
Soulful and gifted, three-time GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist and songwriter Boney James is one of today’s most respected and best-selling instrumental artists and performers. James made his debut as a solo artist with Trust in 1992, virtually creating the genre of “urban jazz.” The East Coast-raised and Los Angeles-based artist has not only sold over three million albums – he’s earned a string of 12 hit records (including 8 Billboard Contemporary Jazz #1’s) and garnered an array of honors; a Soul Train Award for Best Jazz Album, three Grammy nominations–two for Best Pop Instrumental Album and one for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance–and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Boney James was named as Billboard’s #3 Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Decade (behind Norah Jones and Kenny G) and the #8 Best-Selling Jazz Artist of the Decade. www.boneyjames.com.
Jazz provided the soundtrack to bassist/composer Kyle Eastwood’s childhood. The eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood, his annual family outing to the Monterey Jazz Festival and father’s affinity for the genre helped Kyle realize that jazz was his true passion. Kyle worked as a well-respected session player in the 1990’s and released his solo debut From Here to There in 1998. Since then, Kyle has released three critically-acclaimed albums (most recently 2009’s Metropolitan), toured worldwide, and composed music and soundtracks for several Clint Eastwood films, including Letters from Iwo Jima, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for Gran Torino.
Trumpeter/vocalist/composer/big-band leader Joe Gransden’s many talents have been heard around the world. From touring with the big bands Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, to recordings through the American Federation of Musicians for Barry White, the Temptations and Aretha Franklin, to his own eight album releases, Joe Gransden has already had a prolific career. He currently resides in Atlanta performing regularly throughout the southeastern United States with his own group. Joe’s latest release Close To My Heart is produced by saxophone great Kenny G, who reflects, “Joe Gransden is one of those rare musicians that has it all. He is an incredible instrumentalist with the technique of a virtuoso. His imagination lets him improvise as well as anyone on the planet and yet he retains a sense of melody that lets listeners of all musical tastes enjoy his wonderful playing…” www.joegransden.com.
PGA Tour Professional and golf commentator John Mahaffey has accumulated 10 PGA Tour victories including a PGA Championship, and numerous others during his illustrious career as a professional golfer. Mahaffey had back-to-back Top 10 finishes in the 1975 and 1976 US Open, a top 10 finish at the 1981 Masters, played on the 1979 US Ryder Cup team and won the 1970 NCAA Men’s Championship a year before he turned pro. Mahaffey joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1998 (now known as the Champions Tour) and serves as a commentator for the Golf Channel as well as various venues on the Champions Tour. He looks forward to participating in the Celebrity Golf Outing at Weekend of Jazz Kiawah Island in 2010.
East Coast Party Band
Get ready to enjoy a true South Carolina experience with one of the most popular dance bands in the Southeast, The East Boast Party Band! The East Coast Party Band will perform a variety of Carolina Beach Music, Soul, Fifties, a sensual array of ballads and classic Rock and Roll. The group has 6 dynamic lead vocalists, a well-versed horn section and a fantastic rhythm section that has played together for twenty plus years. The ECPB’s latest release, “Together” has garnered consistent airplay throughout the southeast as well as other parts of the country. Their single release, “Candy” was inducted into the Beach Music Radio Hall of Fame. The Party Band is currently in the studio working on a project and single release slated for a mid-May ‘ll unveiling.