Bob Masteller ’60 and The Jazz Corner, a club he co-owns in Hilton Head, S.C., is featured in the December issue of US Airways Magazine. The Jazz Corner is known as one of the leading jazz venues in the United States.
A lifelong jazz enthusiast, Masteller began playing jazz in his father’s band at the age of 12 and led a series of jazz groups on campus during the late 1950s while attending Hobart College. Following his graduation, he continued to practice jazz, playing the trumpet, valve trombone and vibraphone and leading his own groups in clubs throughout the “low country” of South Carolina and Georgia. Masteller has performed for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Sen. Fritz Hollings from South Carolina.
The past several years, he has performed during Reunion celebrations at HWS.
The article follows.
US Airways Magazine
The Beat Goes On
And it never stops at The Jazz Corner, a world-renowned jazz club and restaurant.
Tara Titcombe • December 2011
Hilton Head Island swings to the cool sounds wafting from The Jazz Corner, ranked one of the top 150 great jazz rooms in the world by Downbeat magazine.
This jazz club and restaurant serves up worldclass jazz alongside dishes like bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with a blueberry demi-glaze and spiced peach butter. Here, you don’t just listen to the music…you experience it.
Owner Bob Masteller knows his music- you might say it runs through his blood. His father was a violinist during the hot jazz era, and passed on his passion to Masteller, who picked up the cornet at age 5. “One of my key objectives is to leave a lasting legacy in honor of my father,” Masteller says. “I wanted this to become a cultural arts center on the island, and we’ve become that. We’re now known as an asset in promoting, preserving, and attracting jazz artists.” Those artists include the likes of George Shearing, Ellis Marsalis, Mose Allison, and Freddy Cole. The Jazz Corner’s 2012 opening weekend (January 6-7) presents a CD release party for Italian jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello accompanied by world-renowned bassist Nicki Parrott and award winning percussionist Eddie Metz. The trio’s CD was recorded live at The Jazz Corner in early 2011.
The Jazz Corner also enriches the community through the Junior Jazz Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Masteller that works to bring jazz into area schools and the greater Lowcountry community. Good music and a good cause? Sounds good!
The photo above features Bob Masteller performing at Houghton House during a recent Reunion celebration.