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Lowcountry Jazz Day in Charleston
5:30 pm: Edwin G. Hamilton Quintet
7 pm: Marcus Amaker + Ron Wiltrout
8:30 pm: Grace McNally Trio + the Plantation Singers
10 pm: The Abdiel Iriarte Experiment
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Edwin G. Hamilton’s Quintet kicks off the 2022 Charleston Jazz Festival with style! They will take you on a journey of original music with their blend of Jazz, Gospel, and a subtle hint of R&B. Leading from his drumset, Edwin’s dedication to the art of music is inspiring. He earned a Jazz Fellowship to study with drummer Herlin Riley in New Orleans and has performed/recorded with such notable artists as Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Wycliffe Gordon, and many more. You don’t want to miss this stellar lineup of Lowcountry jazz greats!
Edwin G. Hamilton – Drums/Vocals
Mark Sterbank – Saxophone
Jonathan Lovett – Piano
Bryan Motte – Guitar
Brett Belanger – Bass
Marcus Amaker teams up with New Music Collective percussion explorer Ron Wiltrout for a powerful performance of Jazz and Poetry. Marcus’ poetry and music have been featured and recognized by Washington Post, The Kennedy Center, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and many others, and he’s currently the Artist in Residence at the Charleston Gaillard Center. One of his poems is on a Grammy-nominated album! Ron performs and records regularly throughout the country, with ensembles ranging from Jazz and Salsa to Avant-Garde and Contemporary Classical music.
Marcus Amaker – Voice/Moog Synthesizers
Ron Wiltrout – Drums/Percussion
Grace McNally Trio and The Plantation Singers blend Jazz, Gospel, Gullah, and Folk influences to create an inspired and heavenly sound! Their music showcases and celebrates the distinctive culture of Charleston. Guitarist/vocalist Grace McNally, keyboardist Jonathan Lovett, and percussion virtuoso Gino Castillo make up the Trio of this special ensemble. The Plantation Singers were created in 1996 under the direction of Ms. Lynette White and are world renowned for their singing the music of the Lowcountry. This amazing performing group will reach out and draw the crowd in with their foot tapping, hand clapping, and sing a long atmosphere!
Grace McNally – Guitar/Vocals
Jonathan Lovett – Organ/Bass
Gino Castillo – Percussion
The Plantation Singers – Gullah Gospel Choir
The Abdiel Iriarte Experiment is a hard driving Trio that combines the sound of Afro-Venezuelan-Cuban rhythms with a taste of modern Jazz. Originally from Valencia, Venezuela, Abdiel Iriarte now calls Charleston home. Through original compositions, Pop/Jazz standards and creative sound design with keyboards and various electronic instruments, this talented group promises to bring lots of ‘fire and passion’ to Lowcountry Jazz Night!
Abdiel Iriarte – Piano/Keyboards
Tim Khayat – Electric Bass/Keyboards
Miller Boone – Drums/Percussion
The Charleston Jazz Festival is made possible in party by MUSC Health.