Jazz will fill the air Friday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 18, at the 2015 South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw. More than 25 jazz performances are scheduled during the weekend.
The festival weekend concludes on Sunday with a jazz brunch and a jazz mass. The brunch will be at G.W. Long Presbyterian Church from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 312 Second St. The band A New Creation will be the featured musicians for the brunch.
The jazz mass will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Cheraw at 3 p.m. Area clergy, musicians and choir members will lead the community worship on the church grounds located at 300 Market St. This marks the eighth year of this annual event that is presented during the festival weekend by area churches.
The jazz mass will feature the Market Street Brass and the Jazz Mass Community Choir. The Market Street Brass was founded in 1974 as the resident faculty brass quintet at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The quintet performs music in all styles from Renaissance to jazz in a variety of settings. Some 50 or more engagements per year include concerts, services and music for special events. The group has performed throughout the United States for professional music education conferences, public and private schools, colleges and universities and concert series.
In August 2005, the Market Street Brass traveled to PR China to perform concerts in Beijing and Changsha. In Beijing, concerts were played in the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Peking University Concert Hall.
The Jazz Mass Community Choir features singers from various community churches who will share their talents. The choir will present four selections from Missa Jazzis that were written especially for choirs, trumpet and keyboard.
The public is invited to attend this community worship set in the tones of soulful jazz. Seating will be available, while lawn chairs are welcomed. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the church sanctuary. For additional information visit www.scjazzfestival.com or call 843-537-8420.
Lindsay Bennett is executive director of the Cheraw Arts Commission.