Musical Styles: Eclectic Swing Era and Multi-Faceted Jazz
Bob is the owner of The Jazz Corner and plays his regular gig on Tuesdays. You can hear multi-jazz sounds from Gershwin to Jobim, played by his multi-talented band!
Bob Masteller has been a major force on the musical scene of the Low Country since 1973. In the period between '73 and '80, while a Senior Vice President of The Sea Pines Company, Bob played in a group called Jazz Reborn, which included early Hilton Head Islanders Mark Stuppy and Garry Moore, the legendary entertainer. During this period Bob became well known in Savannah as the trombonist with The River Street Ramblers, which included Savannah musical legends Sam Gill and Ken Palmer.
In the 1980's, Bob headed up various groups with different styles, including New Orleans, straight ahead jazz, and mood music. He has appeared at virtually every mainstream location for swing and jazz in the Low Country, including all major hotels, Hannah's East, The Golden Rose, Self Family Arts Center, USC Performing Arts Center and the Original Old Post Office on Pope Avenue.
Included in the highlights of Bob's career, he has performed for Presidents Clinton, Ford and Bush and Senator Bobby Kennedy. Also in hi background was a 26-week stint at Sweet Georgia Brown in Savannah during the key moments that went into the makeup of "The Garden of Good and Evil".
In the past five years Masteller has concentrated on his lifelong dream, The Jazz Corner. The club was commissioned in 1999 with the legendary George Shearing Quintet, and is now an island institution. "The Jazz Corner has allowed me to pursue, with equal intensity, business and artistic goals at the same time, and I feel good about both pursuits", says Bob. Masteller has conducted a Live TV series at the Jazz Corner called "The Man Who Lived Jazz" on the senior channel and also conducts seminars on The History of Jazz in various venues throughout the country.
Just wanted to let you know that I celebrated my 33rd bday with you guys last night and I must say.... IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!! The music, the food... and the wine! I;ve been on Hilton Head for 24 years and this by far was the best time! THANK YOU!
Almost every jazz musician I know dreams about owning his or her own club. If I had my own place, I'd want it to be just like the Jazz Corner. It's one of the classiest, "grooviest" clubs in which I've had the pleasure of performing. (I'm still trying to figure out if it's a great jazz club that's also a first-class restaurant, or the other way around!)
Congratulations on the BCAC award. You richly deserve it for all you have done for jazz on the island and in the low country.
I'll look forward to more award winning music when I get back to HHI in the winter.
Congratulations Bob! on the first HHI Mayor's Award for the Arts. This is no surprise to me, because The Jazz Corner is the best place for music, food and entertainment. Your staff has always been friendly and customer oriented. And, it is amazing to watch you and Lois mingle with the crowds, enjoying everyone and every minute of the night! Because of the two of you, you have a superior place of entertainment for people to enjoy. What a splendid, terrific job you are doing with the Junior Jazz also.
Congratulations Bob! on the first HHI Mayor's Award for the Arts. This is no surprise to me, because The Jazz Corner is the best place for music, food and entertainment. Your staff has always been friendly and customer oriented. And, it is amazing to watch you and Lois mingle with the crowds, enjoying everyone and every minute of the night! Because of the two of you, you have a superior place of entertainment for people to enjoy. What a splendid, terrific job you are doing with the Jr. Jazz also.
A Journey Through Jazz with The Martin Lesch Band featuring acclaimed pianist/composer Martin Lesch, percussionist Chris Russell, Bassist Clarence Williams, and Multi-Instrumentalist Danny Dennison Martin is a force on the...
Their first album, recorded in 2005, all the great hits the band is famous for! Including "Fly Me To The Moon", "Georgia", Rainy Night In Georgia",...
Their second album, recorded live at The Jazz Corner, has a different sound than the first album, and still includes all their great hits and...
Spanning the globe to offer you jazz from different eras, including Jobim, Mercer and more! The band includes Martin Lesch, Clarence Williams, Arnell Byrd and...
By Bob Masteller and Martin Lesch - Songs include: "A Closer Walk With Thee", "Swing That Music", "Black and Blue", "It Had To Be You", "Bourbon...
Celebrating 10 years of great jazz at The Jazz Corner!