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The Jazz Vibes Showcase Makes Landfall in January

World-Class Vibraphonists Come to Arts Center

Jazz Vibes Showcase & Workshops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The World Vibes Congress is a gathering of professional players, college percussion teachers, and students whose mission is to promote the vibraphone through improvisation and composition, encouraging students to play and working with teachers to develop curriculum for the instrument. For the last six years, they have met annually in New Jersey each January.

In cooperation with the World Vibes Congress, in January, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina will host four of the best vibraphone players on the music scene today. Tony Miceli, Joe Locke, David Friedman and Warren Wolf will perform on Sunday, January 6 at 2pm on the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s mainstage.

As part of the Jazz Vibes Showcase on Sunday, January 6, the four will play individually with a rhythm section of professional musicians including Martin Lesch on piano, Chris Russell on drums, both local Island jazz celebrities, and Ron Brendle on bass, hailing from NC.

For the finale, these four incredible vibraphonists will perform together in a dynamic musical extravaganza. The mainstage performance is dedicated to the memory of Lowcountry jazz legend and owner of The Jazz Club, Bob Masteller. The event is co-sponsored by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and Junior Jazz Foundation.

As part of the Jazz Vibes Showcase, each of the four vibraphonists will present a 4-session Workshop Experience on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10am-3pm. A fifth player,

West Coast native Anthony Smith, will give a fith seminar at 3pm.

The two sessions before lunch are Tony Miceli's workshop "How to Study and Work with Chords and Harmony,” and Joe Locke’s session “Inspiration and Transformation - Creating New Lines for Improvisation.” Following lunch, Warren Wolf presents “Bebop and More,” and the final session will be David Friedman’s “Vocal Phrasing on a Hunk of Metal.” Smith's presentation is to be determined. Out of town guests can take advantage of special group rates at both Sonesta Hotel (130 Shipyard Drive, HHI 29928; 843-842-2400) and Park Lane Hotel & Suites (12 Park Lane, HHI, 29928; 843-686-5700). Contact either hotel directly for rates and details, or go online to to learn more.

Showcase tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students (ages 18 and younger). The four-session workshop is $50, which includes lunch; or $25 with an early-bird concert ticket purchased by October 12; and $35 with concert ticket purchase after October 12. Visit or call (843) 842-2787 (ARTS).

The Arts Center is located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC and is a non-profit, 501(c)-3 organization, which includes professional theater productions, a Great Performances series, as well as region-wide educational and outreach programs. Gloria Krolak is co-producing the event with financial services industry wizard, Rich Speer.

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