Mindy Lucas

Art Notes: Celebrating Sinatra -- plus new books, more music and festivals

Don Jemella, conductor and co-founder of The Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra.
Don Jemella, conductor and co-founder of The Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra. Submitted photo

Jazz aficionados and big band enthusiasts have had a lot to talk about this year as celebrations surrounding Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday -- Dec. 12 -- continue.

In fact, a regional jazz orchestra plans to mark the occasion with a concert for "ol' blue eyes."

The Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra, a 21-piece Big Band ensemble comprised of musicians from Charleston to Savannah, will present "Happy Birthday Mr. Sinatra" at 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 27, at the Bluffton United Methodist Church, 101 Calhoun Street, in Bluffton.

Sinatra fans will appreciate vocalists Terry Herron and Penney Lynn Smith's nod to Sinatra with special phrasing and plenty of Sinatra swagger as they take audience members through such hits as "New York, New York," "Luck Be a Lady," and "Witchcraft."

Tickets are $22 -- with discounts for seniors, students and active members of the military -- and are available at the door or at Markel's Card & Gift Shop, 1008 Fording Island Road.

Tickets are also available by mail or pickup by calling 843-271-9919.

MUSIC TO DRIVE TO

And speaking of Jazz, The Fabulous Equinox Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band ensemble, led by Louisiana natives Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson, will give a benefit concert as part of the festivities surrounding Hilton Head's Motoring Festival and Concours d'Elegance.

The concert, which benefits Driving Young America and The Junior Jazz Foundation, is at 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 29, at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, 23 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head.

Tickets are $45. For details call 843-842-8620 or visit http://www.hhiconcours.com.

SINGING THE BLUES

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Legendary bluesman Bobby Rush plays at the Dollhouse, in Savannah, Oct. 31. April Brown Submitted photo

Above: Legendary bluesman Bobby Rush plays at the Dollhouse, in Savannah, Oct. 31. April Brown/Submitted photo

Legendary bluesman Bobby Rush will make a one night appearance in Savannah on Oct. 31, at the Dollhouse, at 980 Industry Drive.

A Grammy-nominated, Blues Music Hall-of-Famer, Rush learned to play guitar from Howlin' Wolf.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets for this 21 and older show are first-come first-serve and are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Student tickets are available for those with college ID for $25.

For tickets or details call 912-201-3748 or visit https://bobbyrushsav.eventbrite.com.

HEARING VOICES

Finally, Savannah-based VOICExperience will give a free concert on Hilton Head.

"Voices on the Island" will take place at 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 26, at First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Parkway.

VOICExperience, established by world-renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes and his wife, soprano Maria Zouves, works to promote the vocal arts through performances and community outreach.

For details call 843-681-3696 or visit http://www.fpchhi.org.

LITERARY EVENTS AND LECTURES

Food lovers will rejoice to hear the editors of Charleston's Garden & Gun magazine will release a 320-page, coffee table quality cookbook chock full of mouthwatering recipes, essays and beautiful photography.

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"The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories" from the editors of Garden & Gun magazine releases Oct. 27. Kyoshino Getty Images

"The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories" features chef-sourced recipes from such top Southern chefs as Hugh Acheson, Ashley Christensen, Edward Lee and Steven Satterfield, in addition to all-new recipes developed exclusively by Garden & Gun.

The cookbook is due out in bookstores Tuesday Oct. 27 and will sell for $37.50.

Pat Conroy calls him the funniest man alive. And now you can see him up close and personal when Bernie Schein, author of "Famous All Over Town," and numerous other stories and essays gives a talk at 1 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 27, Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort.

Schein will tell stories of growing up in Beaufort, serving as a teacher and school administrator and of course, what it's like to be close friends with Pat Conroy.

A book signing, with books to purchase, will follow the free event.

Lawrence Rowland, a Beaufort historian, author and professor emeritus with the University of South Carolina Beaufort, will give a talk on the history of Beaufort County at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 28, at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, on Hilton Head.

Rowland recently published two additional volumes on Beaufort County history, "Rebellion, Reconstruction and Redemption, 1861-1893, The History of Beaufort County, S.C., Vol. 2;" and "Bridging the Sea Islands' Past and Present, 1893-2006: The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina."

The presentation is free. For details call 843-681-3696.

Finally, the Lowcountry Arts & Literary Festival, featuring local and regional authors, will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24, at Frampton Plantation, 1 Low Country Lane, in Yemassee.

In addition to authors the festival will feature artists, musicians and historic re-enactor groups.

For details call 843-597-0912 or visit the festival's page at http://www.facebook.com/artsandliteraryfestival.

BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE, LOVELY INTERIORS

If you love touring stately homes and strolling through ornate gardens, then you won't want to miss Historic Beaufort Foundation's Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens.

Nearly 20 private historic homes spanning three centuries will be on display Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-25.

Three distinctive tours including one featuring Lowcountry cuisine will be offered.

Tickets are $50 per person per day and can be purchased online or inside The Arsenal, 713 Craven Street the day of the tour.

For times or tour descriptions call 843-379-3331 or visit http://www.historicbeaufort.org.

MUSIC, FOOD AND FUN

Coligny Plaza will host the Coligny Outdoor Market from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Oct. 23, at Coligny Plaza, on Hilton Head.

The event will feature music by Cranford Hollow, food trucks, street-style vendors and bounce houses for kids.

TINY WORKS OF ART

Artist and craftsman Robert Off gives a fascinating look into the world of miniatures in a free presentation next week.

"Miniatures as Art" is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Sea Pines Center, at 71 Lighthouse Road, on Hilton Head.

Off, who builds miniature architectural boxes, will present images and answer questions on the art form in this one-hour presentation.

For a look at Off's work visit http://www.miniaturerooms.com.

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