Hilton Head SC

The Jazz Corner

Happy Friday! Today we share a few iPhone images from a wonderful jazz and super club we visited on Hilton Head Island recently. It's a quaint place called The Jazz Corner, featuring upscale culinary treats and outstanding entertainment. The name fits perfectly as the club sits back in a corner of a modern commercial development.

Upon entry, you are welcomed by a host or hostess and your immediate impression will be how professional the staff is. After taking a few steps inside the place, you just know this is a high quality establishment and you will anticipate nothing but the best of everything. You will also not be disappointed.

We visited on a Wednesday evening (do make a reservation, the place fills quickly) and was seated at a front row table with the stage just a few feet away.

The Jazz Corner Stage
The Jazz Corner Stage

The shots in this post were all taken while seated at our table. One may wonder if sitting this close to the stage would be too close. Will the music be too loud and annoying?

Not a chance, this place has excellent acoustics and sound quality.

After ordering wine and dinner, which was a five-star affair, we were entertained by The Earl Williams Quartet. What a great show and experience. Earl Williams is a very funny and talented gentleman who interacted very nicely with the sold-out crowd. It was truly a night to remember.

Earl Williams
Earl Williams

Mr. Williams plays several instruments and provides comedic relief, often reminding you of Fred Sanford (Red Foxx). Yes, he is truly an all-around entertainer and great song and dance man.

Clarence Williams
Clarence Williams

Clarence Williams, son of Earl, performs a solo on his bass guitar.

In the background is Jimmy Charles on drums, quite a talent and the man that keeps everything in time and on beat. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a better shot of Jimmy without rudely blocking someone's view.

Lavon Stevens
Lavon Stevens

Lavon Stevens, an excellent pianist, was quite impressive with his ability to sing as well as play piano.

Earl Williams sings the Blues
Earl Williams sings the Blues

Lastly, we have Earl Williams, looking somewhat Hip-Hop, singing the blues. What an entertainer, he sings, dances, plays harmonica, saxophone, clarinet and provides comedy.

Bravo sir!

Overall, I rate The Jazz Corner as a 5-star experience and the owner and President, Bob, should be most proud of this wonderful establishment. If you are ever in Hilton Head, make this a place to visit for a memorable evening. Here is a list of the talent you can see there.

Thanks for visiting, and I wish you all a great weekend. :-)

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Out To Lunch

After a week-long visit to Hilton Head South Carolina, it's good to be back home. We thoroughly enjoyed the time away and although I was unable to do everything I had in mind, I feel refreshed and energized.  I want to thank everyone for their visits, comments and RTs during the past weeks, as my online presence has been less than normal. It is now time to get back in the groove and continue to work on the many projects I established for myself at the beginning of the year.

Today's image is titled Out To Lunch, and is a sculpture created by J. Seward Johnson, the American Artist known for his bronze works, many of them painted. If you have been to any of the major American cities you have likely seen Mr. Johnson's life-sized works of art.

Out To Lunch has been seen in several places including California, Missouri and New Jersey. The image featured here was taken on Hilton Head Island (SC).

Out To Lunch
Out To Lunch

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Difficult to see from this vantage point, but this young man is grasping what appears to be a hamburger in his right hand while reading a book during his lunch break. There are many photographs of this particular piece, most of which are the tourist shots taken from a standing position and straight on from the front. I chose this angle to show a different view and to give more prominence to the book.

Processing

I used the beta version of the soon to be released Topaz Clarity,  a powerful plugin that allows you to cleanly enhance contrast and clarity in your images. I am impressed with this product so far. This is my first usage of it but I'll have a Clarity specific post up soon. Here is a look at the interface, which will be familiar to current Topaz users.

Topaz Labs' Clarity Interface
Topaz Labs' Clarity Interface

After running this through Topaz Clarity (Beta) and selecting the Clouds II preset, I added a slight background blur in Photoshop and called it a day.

Thanks so much for clicking by! :-)

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