South Carolina Jazz Festival
Ticket prices

$30 Single Evening Pass: for Featured Concert on Friday or Saturday evening.

$50 Two-Day Weekend Pass: includes Featured Concerts for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Will Call
Tickets bought online that are not mailed must be picked up at Will Call located at Market Hall (Market & Second streets) from Friday 2:00 pm-6:30 pm and Saturday 11:00 am-6:30 pm.

Advanced tickets for the MAIN EVENT Evening Concerts are also available at the Cheraw Community Center Monday-Friday 8:30 am until 5:00 pm.

During the festival weekend, tickets and souvenirs will be available at Market Hall (corner of Market and Second Streets) Friday 2:00 pm-6:30 pm and Saturday 11:00 am-6:30 pm. Call 843-537-8420 ext. 12 for more information.

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Annual South Carolina Jazz Festival 2015 Featured Artists

Carol Welsman
Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced. Award Winner for "Pianist/Keyboardist of the Year" at the 2006 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, and nominee for "Best Female Vocalist," "Album of the Year," and "Best Pianist/Keyboardist" in 2007, Carol's jazz/pop career is soaring to new heights. She has released six CDs to date, and four have received Juno Award nominations, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammy Award. 2004 and 2005 brought Carol tours in Japan, Italy, Brazil, the US and French Canada.

She was honored to perform on "Larry King Live" for the 9/11/04 Commemoration Fluent in French and Italian in addition to her native English, Carol blends languages and rhythms with a versatile repertoire including Latin, R & B, pop and swing. She delivers a mix of classic standards and original compositions in a style that ranges from sensuous and warm to infectiously energetic. An elegant and sophisticated performer, this six foot strawberry blonde beauty exudes charm and delights fellow musicians and audiences alike.

Ignacio Berroa
Latin Jazz Network "Ignacio Berroa is an all American Afro-Cuban drumming maestro, completely fluent and conversant in all styles of music. He is a gift to our music." —Peter Erskine

Biography: Ignacio Berroa is recognized as one of the greatest drummers of our times. He was honored by inclusion in the 2011 Mp3 compilation entitled "Jazz Drumming Legends," which features some of the most renowned drummers in Jazz history. He was born in Havana Cuba on July 8, 1953. He began his musical education at age 11 at the National School of Arts and subsequently at Havana's National Conservatory, beginning his professional career in 1970. By 1975, Ignacio had become Cuba's most sought after drummer. In 1980, he left his country during the Mariel boatlift and settled in New York City where he met the great Cuban musician Mario Bauzá, who introduced him to Dizzy Gillespie.

In August 1981 Gillespie invited Ignacio to join his quartet. Ignacio Berroa also took part of all the important bands Gillespie assembled during that decade such as The Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band, The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars Big Band and the Grammy Award winner, United Nation Orchestra. His relation lasted until Dizzy's death. Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie best defined Ignacio as: "… the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro-Cuban music as well as Jazz…"

Skipp Pearson
Skipp Pearson's musical career spans more than 50 years. The South Carolina native has collaborated with legendary musicians ranging from Otis Redding to Sam Cooke. In 2002, 2004 and 2006 the SC House of Representatives and Senate presented Pearson with a commendation in honor of his extraordinary contributions to the world of jazz music and to congratulate him on an outstanding career and to name him South Carolina's ambassador of jazz music. in 2003 Pearson, received South Carolina's highest artistic honor; the distinguished Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for individuals artistic excellence. Pearson numerous professional music credits include, and are not limited to, performances given in Western Europe and across the United States. In 1998, Pearson was inducted into the South Carolina Jazz Music Hall of Fame.

Mark Rapp
Trumpeter Mark Rapp also doubles on the didgeridoo. He was raised in South Carolina and, although he played trumpet in his high school concert and jazz bands, he did not truly discover jazz until hearing a Louis Armstrong recording when he was 19. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Winthrop University. After meeting Wynton Marsalis, Rapp studied with Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans. Rapp generally appears each Friday night at New York City's Carnegie Club. Mark Rapp has played sold out shows at the Blue Note (NY), Joe's Pub, Yoshi's (San Fran) and such venues as the JVC Newport JazzFestival, Dizzy's at Jazz Lincoln Center, JazzTime Festival (Croatia), Jazzland (Vienna), Jazz Standard and more. Mark was named a "top emerging trumpeter" by Downbeat Magazine, and is featured on a Travel Channel documentary.

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Featured Artists

Ignacio Berroa

Ignacio Berroa

Carol Welsman

Carol Welsman

Mark Rapp

Mark Rapp

Skip Pearson

Skipp Pearson


SC Jazz Festival Brochure

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