Artists – 2014

Natalie Cole

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Nine-Time GRAMMY® Award-winner and Twenty-One Time nominee NATALIE COLE rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist with the hits “This Will Be”, “Inseparable” and “Our Love”.

Cole marked a career milestone in 1991 with the release of UnforgettableWith Love, featuring the celebrated duet with her late father, Nat King Cole. The album spent five weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts, earned six Grammy® awards, and sold more than 14 million copies.

Overall, Cole has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Her current release and first Spanish-language album, Natalie Cole en Español finds Natalie personally inspired by both the bilingual recording legacy of her father Nat King Cole, and a growing passion for the timeless romanticism of the great Latin music composers. |


Earl Klugh and David Benoit

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GRAMMY®-winning guitarist EARL KLUGH’s career of more than four decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, hosting and producing his own events, work in film and numerous world tours. Klugh’s latest release david-benoitHandPicked earned him his 13th career Grammy nomination, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart.

Since 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings and multiple GRAMMY® nominations.

His prolific output includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Klugh and Benoit look forward to collaborating at Weekend of Jazz this November. 

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue


New Orleans native and GRAMMY®-nominee TROMBONE SHORTY began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble ORLEANS AVENUE, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band.

Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated Backatown, followed by For True in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest chart-topping album, Say That to This, was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.


RNR: Rick Braun & Richard Elliot


With over 25 solo albums between them and a massive catalogue of chart-topping radio hits, the thrilling collaboration between R n R: Rick Braun and Richard Elliot has been ongoing for over a decade.

They’ve toured together for years and have made guest appearances on each other’s records, and it was only a matter of time before the two heavyweights stepped into the ring together to deliver a knockout album full of punchy beats & rhythms and potent melodies.

Their collaborative album R n R reached #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart, and both Braun and Elliot’s current solo projects have done the same, each debuting at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart in 2014; Can You Feel It, Rick Braun and Lip Service, Richard Elliot. |


Chuck Loeb with special guest Andy Snitzer


andy-snitzerGRAMMY®-nominated guitarist, composer, and producer, CHUCK LOEB has had a musical career that spans over four decades, and he is proud to be known as a “renaissance man” in the music world.

He is a #1 jazz recording artist, composer of over 250 published songs and a producer of over thirty world-renowned recording artists. He is also a member in one of the world’s premier jazz groups Fourplay, and the ground-breaking fusion band Metro.

Saxophonist ANDY SNITZER has performed and/or recorded with artists including Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Christina Aguilera, The Rolling Stones and many more. He is also an active member of Paul Simon’s touring band. Both maestros are enjoying success with their current solo albums: Silhouette, Chuck Loeb and The Rhythm, Andy Snitzer. |

Michael Lington


Since his 1997 self-titled breakthrough album, saxophonist MICHAEL LINGTON has had hundreds of live performances and countless hit radio singles.

Lington, who became a U.S. citizen in 2008, has performed numerous times for the Danish royal family, including the wedding reception of Crown Prince Frederik, the country’s future king. In addition, the saxophonist has been a special guest with many musical superstars, including Barry Manilow, Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford and Michael Bolton.

On Bolton’s tour, he played more than 300 shows in over 50 countries. Lington’s current release, Soul Appeal, has enjoyed success on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Lington will perform at Weekend of Jazz as part of an exclusive concert for package guests.

John Mahaffey


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 hosting The Weekend of Jazz Golf Outing each year at Kiawah Island.

East Coast Party Band

east coast party band performed at 2010 weekend of jazz kiawah

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. |