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Music Festival Schedule - November 20, 2008

MUSICIANS FOR COTDNEY
(All scheduled times are approximate)


1:00 Tim Malchak – (Inspirational)
Paul Elgin & The Providence 629 worship Team (Inspirational)
The Crossroads Worship Team (Gospel/Inspirational)
Barbara Patterson (Traditional Gospel)
Terry grant (Gospel)

2:00 The Headliners (R&B/Beach Music)
Deas Guys (R&B/Rockin’ Soul)
Permanent Tourists (R&B)
Tommy Beaumont (Pop Rock/ Inspirational)

3:00 Nate Drake
Craig Washington
Lavon & Louise (Jazz/R&B)
Clarence Williams, Jimmy Charles (Jazz/R&B)
Bobby Ryder (Big Band Jazz)

4:00 Earl Williams (Jazz /Blues)
Barbara Patterson (Jazz/Gospel)
Brad Henty & Bradford Station (Blues)
Teddy Adams (Jazz Jam Session)
Claire Frazer
Teri Rini Powers
Larry Golden
Kirk Lee
Tyrone Mack
Danny Boozer
Eric Vaughn
Willie Harvey

5:45 John Brackett (Jazz Rock/R&B)
The Simpson Brothers (Rockin Soul/R&B)
Dean St. Hillaire (Reggae/Pop)

6:45 (Let’s get funky & have some fun! These bands are wild and loose!!)
Positive Vibration (Calypso/Reggae)
The Martin Lesch Band (Funk Rock)
John Sturm (John’s Music)
Tim Horan Band (Blues Rock)
The Busted Hand Band (Hard Rock)
The Curved Invaders (Hard Rock)

Also Scheduled to appear:
CAPPY THE CLOWN &
RICK HUBBARD’S KAZOOBIE SHOW
ALAN PALCHAK ((MC)

RESTAURANTS FOR COTDNEY
(Donating Food for the Buffet)

THE BIG BAMBOO
THE SMOKEHOUSE
HUDSON’S SEAFOOD
FRANKIE BONES
THE JAZZ CORNER
CATERING DELIGHT BY MACK
DYE’S GULLAH FIXINS’

There will be raffle tickets, a silent auction and fun for the whole family!!

Cotdney's Music Festival - November 20, 2008

Musicians Really Have A Heart

On many occasions musicians are asked to render service to an event. Most are a joyful occasion. We realize that most people take for granted the importance of music and arts in our world. On many occasions artists are viewed as people who really enjoy what they do and really don’t care about getting paid. In some cases that may be true. Most of us are happy to share our gifts and talents to make the world a better place. When one of our own needs support there is no doubt that we as musicians, artists, and entertainers will rally to the call.

Cotdney Ulmer is a rare individual that has touched so many people in various musical settings. When someone who has given so much of themselves finds they need some support or assistance we all come running. The community of Hilton Head Island, SC, Savannah, GA and beyond is responding to the call of one of our most beloved musicians. Cotdney Ulmer finds himself confronted with a great health challenge as he deals with a debilitating heart condition. He has been challenged with health issues since December of ’07 and is facing the need of a heart transplant. This condition has affected his ability to work and keep up with medical and household bills. Even with some insurance the bills would be overwhelming. Cotdney, a native of Hardeeville, S.C. has work with almost every band and artists in the area and beyond. Back in the 80’s his childhood group “Primitive Expression” traveled extensively through out the southeast region and toured with Sly Stone. Most recently he has appeared with Lavon Stevens and Earl Williams at The Jazz Corner, The TCB Band, and the very popular Reggae/Calypso group Patwah/ Positive Vibration. Cotdney has shared his talents with others including Gospel, Jazz, and Rock music.

The response from our community of musicians has been incredible. Friends from the food and beverage industry and area businesses have also responded with overwhelming support. This is an opportunity to raise awareness to the importance of things like health insurance for self employed people such as musicians and entertainers. It is in times like these we have witnessed the call and response of our benevolent community. Cotdney Ulmer is one of our own musicians and friend. Whenever his name is mentioned we all have nothing but great things to say about his character and respect for him and his musical talent. Some people study for years to perform music; others are blessed with loads of natural talent. Many of us play music not just by memory or education but also truly by “HEART.” Whenever the question arises about the heart of all who come together to support this great friend and brother the answer is that yes musicians really do “HAVE A HEART.”

MUSICIANS FOR COTDNEY
(All scheduled times are approximate)


1:00 Tim Malchak – (Inspirational)
Paul Elgin & The Providence 629 worship Team (Inspirational)
The Crossroads Worship Team (Gospel/Inspirational)
Barbara Patterson (Traditional Gospel)
Terry grant (Gospel)

2:00 The Headliners (R&B/Beach Music)
Deas Guys (R&B/Rockin’ Soul)
Permanent Tourists (R&B)
Tommy Beaumont (Pop Rock/ Inspirational)


3:00 Terry Grant
Nate Drake
Craig Washington
Lavon & Louise (Jazz/R&B)
Clarence Williams, Jimmy Charles (Jazz/R&B)
Bobby Ryder (Big Band Jazz)

4:00 Earl Williams (Jazz /Blues)
Barbara Patterson (Jazz/Gospel)
Brad Henty & Bradford Station (Blues)
Teddy Adams (Jazz Jam Session)
Claire Frazer
Teri Rini Powers
Larry Golden
Kirk Lee
Tyrone Mack
Danny Boozer
Eric Vaughn
Willie Harvey

5:45 John Brackett (Jazz Rock/R&B)
The Simpson Brothers (Rockin Soul/R&B)
Dean St. Hillaire (Reggae/Pop)

6:45 (Let’s get funky & have some fun! These bands are wild and loose!!)
Positive Vibration (Calypso/Reggae)
The Martin Lesch Band (Funk Rock)
Peddlin’ The Dope (Funk/Rap/R&B)
John Sturm (John’s Music)
Tim Horan Band (Blues Rock)
The Busted Hand Band (Hard Rock)
The Curved Invaders (Hard Rock)
Also Scheduled to appear:

CAPPY THE CLOWN &
RICK HUBBARD’S KAZOOBIE SHOW
ALAN PALCHAK

RESTAURANTS FOR COTDNEY
(Donating Food for the Buffet)

THE BIG BAMBOO
THE SMOKEHOUSE
HUDSON’S SEAFOOD
FRANKIE BONES
THE JAZZ CORNER
DYE’S GULLAH FIXINS’
CATERING DELIGHT BY MACK

There will be raffle tickets, a silent auction and fun for the whole family!!

New 2008 CD Release. The new CD "Travelin' Music" is now available - January 23, 2008

Hilton Head Jazz Corner releasing two albums
Published Fri, Dec 14, 2007 12:00 AM
By HEATHER HOEFER
Special to the Guide
It's Friday night at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. Louise Spencer's curly black hair is tied into a neat ponytail and her pearl earrings dance about as she talks animatedly about how she went from a 5-year-old singing in the backyard in Green Bay, Wisc., to one of the Lowcountry's most popular blues singers.

"I have a very soulful voice for a white kid in Wisconsin," she says, lightly crooning afew bars about missing her dad and her dog to demonstrate.

But even with that voice, Spencer couldn't have predicted that she would one day sing for a living, and along the way perform for the likes of Chaka Khan, Maya Angelou, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman and, most recently, Sen. Hillary Clinton.

"I sang 'America the Beautiful,' " Spencer said of performing at a recent Clinton campaign stop in Beaufort. "When I asked the crowd, 'Do you love America?' I got 900 people up on their feet. People thought I was hired by the Clinton campaign to get the crowd worked up."

Over the year, Spencer has been featured on a few locally produced compilation CDs by such talents as Scott Morlock and Phillip Myers. But now, she and her pianist partner, Lavon Stevens, are about to release their long-awaited debut CD, "Travelin' Music," on the Jazz Corner's Sweet Jazz Recordings label.

Stevens, who hails from Savannah, has been a pianist and local music favorite for more than 25 years. A former member of the Sensations, a 1970s soul and rock band, he now spearheads the Lavon Stevens Band, which in addition to Spencer, features Cotdney Ulmer on bass guitar and vocals, Clarence Williams on saxophone and vocals and Jimmy Charles on percussion.

Stevens and Spencer have known each other since the late '80s, but have only been working together for the past four years.

"They have become the most exciting weekday attraction at the club every Thursday night," says Bob Masteller, owner of the Jazz Corner. "Their CD is overdue. It's going to resonate really well."

According to Stevens, the CD includes many of their most-requested songs. " 'Route 66,' 'New York New York,' 'All That Jazz,' 'At Last,' 'Dance With My Father' and 'There'll Never Be Another You,' just to name a few," Stevens said.

'ALL AGES'

But Stevens and Spencer aren't the only artists releasing a disc on Sweet Jazz this month: Masteller's own disc, "Jazz for All Ages," will be available Tuesday at the club. The collection encompasses a broad history of jazz and features a range of styles, including Latin music, New Orleans swing and several slow-burn ballads.

"This is a major step in a direction I wanted to go into for a while," says Masteller, whose specialty is the coronet and the flugelbone, a flugelhorn/trombone hybrid. "I'm more excited about this than anything that I've done to date," said Masteller.

Masteller's CD features Martin Lesch on piano, Chris Russell on drums and Arnell Byrd on guitar. The music, meanwhile, is drawn from the great American songbook and features George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and the like.

Masteller said he has high hopes for the future of Sweet Jazz Recordings, and says he expects to announce a national distributor in the next two to three months. And Stevens says he's impressed with how far the Jazz Corner and its label has come.

"(Masteller) has made some really significant moves in hiring a marketing firm," he said. "He's put some money into advertising the Sweet Jazz label."

Spencer says she's thankful to have such a venue on Hilton Head Island. "I love the Jazz Corner. My face hurts every night after finishing there -- not from singing, but from smiling," she said.

'Travelin' Music' CD release party When: 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Where: Jazz Corner, Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island Tickets: $5 Information: 843-842-8620, www.thejazzcorner.com Additional shows: The Lavon Stevens Band plays at 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Jazz Corner

LAVON & JAZZLOVERS! - September 17, 2006

LAVON WILL TAKE HIS TRIO TO MONKEY BUSINESS TO ENTERTAIN HILTON HEAD'S JAZZLOVERS ASSOCIATION.THE DIVA HERSELF, LOUISE SPENCER, WILL ALSO PERFORM WITH LAVON.

PRODUCTION SUCCESS! - December 23, 2005

Lavon Stevens and friends recently created a magical and spiritual holiday event, A Lowcountry Christmas, consisting of splendid local talent and featuring gospel, classical and traditional Christmas music. Everyone left First Presbyterian church spiritually uplifted.

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