2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival
The festival opens with blue-eyed soul singer Bobby Caldwell, a 30-year musical icon whose recent performance of “What You Won’t Do for Love” had everyone on their feet at the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The ultimate entertainer, Caldwell also is known for composing the hits of others, notably "Heart of Mine" for Boz Scaggs, "The Next Time I Fall" for Amy Grant and Peter Cetera, "Janet" for the Commodores and "All or Nothing at All" for Al Jarreau.
Friday night’s show features multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson, back by popular demand from his festival appearance in 2012. The energetic keyboardist/trombonist has been honored with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album and a Soul Train Award nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist, among many others. Culbertson is currently re-recording his very first album, which was self-produced at age 20. Another Long Night Out will debut on the twentieth anniversary of the original on February 25, 2014.
Friday also will showcase the Smooth Side of Soul with saxophonist Najee. With two Platinum and four Gold albums, Najee has won numerous awards including Soul Train’s Best Jazz Artist twice. In addition to collaborating and performing with legendary artists Chaka Khan, Prince, Patti LaBelle, George Duke, Jeffrey Osborne, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke and Larry Carlton, Najee performed at the late Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebration in South Africa in the late 1990s.
Jazz Attack, a collaboration of crowd-pleasing, chart-topping contemporary jazz musicians will headline Saturday night. Acoustic guitarist Peter White, trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Euge Groove each have had numerous #1 hits on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts as well as long careers as sidemen to rock musicians Al Stewart, Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker, respectively. Philadelphia’s jazzy R&B band Pieces of a Dream will open the show, as well as BassistGerald Veasley.
Sunday concludes with one of the most successful instrumental artists of our time, Boney James. The saxophonist’s most recent genre-busting album The Beat earned James his fourth GRAMMY® nomination this month in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. Also appearing are immensely popular funky guitarist Nick Colionne with keyboardist Brian Simpson.
Still more artists are being confirmed for the festival as well as final plans for additional events and late night jam sessions. The festival, repeatedly named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, draws thousands of jazz fans to Charleston and raises funds to benefit Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc., an organization whose mission is to decrease health disparities among the underserved.