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Grammy Award-Winning Artist Earl Klugh Brings His Weekend of Jazz Event to Kiawah Island Golf Resort This Fall!

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Kiawah Island, SC—After seven successful years and counting, GRAMMY-winning guitarist Earl Klugh brings his renowned 'Weekend of Jazz' to Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The first annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will be held November 11-13, 2010, at the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and will feature three incredible nights of music from chart-topping jazz supergroup FOURPLAY, three-time GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum selling saxophonist BONEY JAMES, Golden Globe nominee and bassist KYLE EASTWOOD, Latin-jazz saxophonist and vocalist JESSY J, trumpeter/vocalist/composer JOE GRANSDEN, your host GRAMMY-winning guitarist EARL KLUGH, and more!

2-Night Weekend of Jazz Packages Include:
  • Luxury accommodations for each night on the package
  • Tickets to main event concerts Friday and Saturday night with priority seating
  • Admission to after-hours shows
  • Admission to VIP artist experience
  • Priority sign-up for weekend of Jazz activities, including a Celebrity Golf Outing featuring PGA Tour Professional and golf commentator John Mahaffey, featured artists, contests and more on Saturday afternoon
  • Great discounts on suite/ocean view/villa upgrades
  • Great discounts on Sanctuary Spa treatments and select Kiawah Island golf courses
  • And more!
*Two-night package prices start at $299 per person/per night at the Sanctuary, based on double occupancy. Two-night villa prices start from $229 per person/per night. All packages are based on availability. Rate does not include taxes, service fees or parking.

*limited 3-night packages are currently available on a wait-list basis only. Please call Kiawah Island Golf Resort today at 800-654-2924 to book your 2-night package and indicate that you would like to be added to the Thursday evening wait list for the Lowcountry Feast and VIP party at Mingo Point with Jessy J. While on the wait list, you can still reserve a room at the resort for Thursday evening at a great WOJ rate!

Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island has limited availability, so don't miss this unique opportunity. Plus, all two and three-night package guests will also be automatically entered to win a VIP dinner with Earl Klugh at the event! To place your weekend reservation, please call Kiawah Island Golf Resort at 1-800-654-2924.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

EARL KLUGH It's no wonder the New York Times proclaims GRAMMY winner Earl Klugh ..."a guitarist with impeccable technique." His career of more than four decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, producing his own events, soundtrack recording and numerous world tours. 23 of his albums are Top Ten charting records—with 5 of those reaching #1—on Billboard's Jazz Album charts, selling multi-millions worldwide. Klugh's work has earned him 12 career GRAMMY nominations, the most recent for his critically acclaimed release The Spice of Life. He is thrilled to bring his renowned Weekend of Jazz event to Kiawah Island, SC for the first time, after seven successful years—and counting—at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs. Come experience Earl Klugh's first annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island this November!

FOURPLAY For nearly two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of ten recordings—five of which have climbed to the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album charts—the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience. The Fourplay story has always been a dance of contrary energies: the group's identity, and the characteristics of its members—each one a supreme artist on his own terms. Fourplay features GRAMMY-winning pianist Bob James, legendary drummer and composer Harvey Mason, world-renowned bassist Nathan East and its newest member, multi-faceted virtuoso guitarist Chuck Loeb.

BONEY JAMES Soulful and gifted, three-time GRAMMY Nominated saxophonist and songwriter Boney James is one of today's most respected and best-selling instrumental artists and performers. James made his debut as a solo artist with Trust in 1992, virtually creating the genre of “urban jazz." The East Coast-raised and Los Angeles-based artist has not only sold over three million albums—he's earned a string of 12 hit records (including 8 Billboard Contemporary Jazz #1's) and garnered an array of honors: a Soul Train Award for Best Jazz Album, three Grammy nominations—two for Best Pop Instrumental Album and one for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance—and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Boney James was named as Billboard's #3 Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Decade (behind Norah Jones and Kenny G.) and the #8 Best-Selling Jazz Artist of the Decade.

KYLE EASTWOOD Jazz provided the soundtrack to bassist/composer Kyle Eastwood's childhood. The eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood, his annual family outing to the Monterey Jazz Festival and father's affinity for the genre helped Kyle realize that jazz was his true passion. Kyle worked as a well-respected session player in the 1990's and released his solo debut From Here to There in 1998. Since then, Kyle has released three critically-acclaimed albums (most recently 2009's Metropolitan), toured worldwide, and composed music and soundtracks for several Clint Eastwood films, including Flags of Our Fathers, Gran Torino, and Invictus, as well as Academy Award-winning films Letters from Iwo Jima, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for Gran Torino.

JESSY J With her debut CD Tequila Moon on Peak Records, vocalist/saxophonist Jessy J had one of the most successful recordings in Contemporary Jazz of 2008, with the title track named #1 Song of the Year by both Billboard and Radio & Records. Jessy's sophomore release True Love features the single “Tropical Rain" which hit a sweet spot at #1 for an incredible 3 months on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 countdown. Jessy has been hailed as a “unique voice with a gift for melodic improvisation" (All Music Guide); “flawless" (Jazz Times); “increasing the boundaries of jazz both musically and demographically" (JAZZIZ); and “revolutionizing jazz" as a young Latina by People Espaol. Prior to her solo success, Jessy supported artists onstage including The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Jessica Simpson, Gloria Trevi, and recorded with Michael Buble.

JOE GRANSDEN Trumpeter/vocalist/composer/big-band leader Joe Gransden's many talents have been heard around the world. From touring with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, to recordings through the American Federation of Musicians for Barry White, the Temptations and Aretha Franklin, to his own eight album releases, Joe Gransden has already had a prolific career. He currently resides in Atlanta performing regularly throughout the southeastern United States with his own group. Joe's latest release Close To My Heart is produced by saxophone great Kenny G, who reflects, “Joe Gransden is one of those rare musicians that has it all. He is an incredible instrumentalist with the technique of a virtuoso. His imagination lets him improvise as well as anyone on the planet and yet he retains a sense of melody that lets listeners of all musical tastes enjoy his wonderful playing..."

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 participating in the Celebrity Golf Outing at Weekend of Jazz Kiawah Island in 2010.

About Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is rated as the top resort in the U.S. Mainland by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the No. 1 resort in the U.S. by Golf World magazine. It includes The Sanctuary—a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated, 255-room hotel and spa—and 600 private villas and luxury homes. The resort has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course—host of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA championships. The resort also ranks in the top 5 tennis resorts in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine, has nine restaurants, and features a renowned recreation and nature program.

For more information visit kiawahresort.com or call 800-654-2924.

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