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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF

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"Lavon Stevens Trio to serve up blues, jazz blend"

Lavon Stevens Trio to serve up blues, jazz blend
Special to The Packet
Published Friday, November 11, 2005
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Photo: Lavon Stevens, seen here, and his band, The Lavon Stevens Trio, will perform at Monkey Business on Nov. 20. The concert is sponsored by Jazz Lovers of the Lowcountry.
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The Lavon Stevens Trio will take the stage with its unique blend of jazz and blues at Monkey Business on Nov. 20. The two-hour concert is the third performance sponsored by the new nonprofit organization, Jazz Lovers of the Lowcountry.

Lavon Stevens and blues vocalist Louise Spence, two members of the trio, have entertained local audiences with their unique blend of jazz and blues for decades. The third member of the group is Codney Ulmer of Hardeeville, a vocalist who also plays the bass.

Stevens, a vocalist who also plays the piano and keyboard, is a native of Savannah, but he's lived on Hilton Head Island since 1981. His fans say Stevens has a gift for drawing in an audience.

"I am humbled with the opportunity to make people feel something in the music that encourages them or makes them smile for just a while as their troubles and worries are temporarily gone," he said.

He got his start in music as a child in churches in Savannah.

"I grew up with soulful Gospel music," Stevens said.

But he also had classical training as a child, studying the violin and playing in a youth orchestra in Savannah starting at age 11.

He then joined his brother's band, The Spice Cabinet, a group that played many genres, including bands as diverse as the Jackson Five, the Beatles and Alice Cooper.

In high school and college, he played 1970s music with the band The Sensations, an eight-piece soul and rock group.

"Classical music and jazz are really my favorite music to listen to," Stevens said. "I enjoy performing the music I grew up with from such artists like Stevie Wonder, Ramsey Lewis, Earth Wind & Fire, and Quincy Jones," adding other influences include the Doobie Brothers, Elton John and Steely Dan.

"Music is the thread of life that sews us all together in an atmosphere of love and appreciation for the arts," he said.

For more information about the concert, call 338-3688 or e-mail the society at jazzlovers@adelphia.net.

- Special to The Packet


"Travelin' Music CD Release"


Hilton Head Jazz Corner releasing two albums
Published Fri, Dec 14, 2007 12:00 AM
By HEATHER HOEFER
Special to the Guide
It's Friday night at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. Louise Spencer's curly black hair is tied into a neat ponytail and her pearl earrings dance about as she talks animatedly about how she went from a 5-year-old singing in the backyard in Green Bay, Wisc., to one of the Lowcountry's most popular blues singers.

"I have a very soulful voice for a white kid in Wisconsin," she says, lightly crooning afew bars about missing her dad and her dog to demonstrate.

But even with that voice, Spencer couldn't have predicted that she would one day sing for a living, and along the way perform for the likes of Chaka Khan, Maya Angelou, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman and, most recently, Sen. Hillary Clinton.

"I sang 'America the Beautiful,' " Spencer said of performing at a recent Clinton campaign stop in Beaufort. "When I asked the crowd, 'Do you love America?' I got 900 people up on their feet. People thought I was hired by the Clinton campaign to get the crowd worked up."

Over the year, Spencer has been featured on a few locally produced compilation CDs by such talents as Scott Morlock and Phillip Myers. But now, she and her pianist partner, Lavon Stevens, are about to release their long-awaited debut CD, "Travelin' Music," on the Jazz Corner's Sweet Jazz Recordings label.

Stevens, who hails from Savannah, has been a pianist and local music favorite for more than 25 years. A former member of the Sensations, a 1970s soul and rock band, he now spearheads the Lavon Stevens Band, which in addition to Spencer, features Cotdney Ulmer on bass guitar and vocals, Clarence Williams on saxophone and vocals and Jimmy Charles on percussion.

Stevens and Spencer have known each other since the late '80s, but have only been working together for the past four years.

"They have become the most exciting weekday attraction at the club every Thursday night," says Bob Masteller, owner of the Jazz Corner. "Their CD is overdue. It's going to resonate really well."

According to Stevens, the CD includes many of their most-requested songs. " 'Route 66,' 'New York New York,' 'All That Jazz,' 'At Last,' 'Dance With My Father' and 'There'll Never Be Another You,' just to name a few," Stevens said.

'ALL AGES'

But Stevens and Spencer aren't the only artists releasing a disc on Sweet Jazz this month: Masteller's own disc, "Jazz for All Ages," will be available Tuesday at the club. The collection encompasses a broad history of jazz and features a range of styles, including Latin music, New Orleans swing and several slow-burn ballads.

"This is a major step in a direction I wanted to go into for a while," says Masteller, whose specialty is the coronet and the flugelbone, a flugelhorn/trombone hybrid. "I'm more excited about this than anything that I've done to date," said Masteller.

Masteller's CD features Martin Lesch on piano, Chris Russell on drums and Arnell Byrd on guitar. The music, meanwhile, is drawn from the great American songbook and features George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and the like.

Masteller said he has high hopes for the future of Sweet Jazz Recordings, and says he expects to announce a national distributor in the next two to three months. And Stevens says he's impressed with how far the Jazz Corner and its label has come.

"(Masteller) has made some really significant moves in hiring a marketing firm," he said. "He's put some money into advertising the Sweet Jazz label."

Spencer says she's thankful to have such a venue on Hilton Head Island. "I love the Jazz Corner. My face hurts every night after finishing there -- not from singing, but from smiling," she said.

'Travelin' Music' CD release party When: 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Where: Jazz Corner, Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island Tickets: $5 Information: 843-842-8620, www.thejazzcorner.com Additional shows: The Lavon Stevens Band plays at 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Jazz Corner - The Island Packett


Discography

"I Ain't Got No Blues"
"I See Love"
"Tenderly"
"Ain't That Right"
"I'm Singing"
"Love On"

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I am Lavon Carter Stevens - The youngest of three children, Born and raised in Savannah, Ga---well, actually Thunderbolt Georgia, a small town in the suburbs of Savannah. "I first experienced music in Church. "I grew up with soulful Gospel music. My first instrument in grade school was the Violin and eventually the Viola. I was an inaugural member of The Savannah Youth Orchestra circa 1970. Motown, Rock and Soul, and Jazz has always been among my music experiences.

I presently live in Hilton Head Island, SC and I have two beautiful and wonderfully talented sons, Joshua is a gifted drummer and Nicholas loves the saxophone & bass.

I recall - "My first job was lead singer with my older brother Ronald and his band. The band was called The Spice Cabinet. This four piece combo played a great variety of music. Everything from The Jackson Five to The Beatles to Alice Cooper to Rare Earth and so on... The Spice Cabinet had it all!"

Years later I was a product of the music of the 70's with the local Savannah band "The Sensations", an eight piece soul and rock band with 2 trumpets , 2 saxophones, bass,drums, guitar and keyboards. Almost everyone would sing. The band traveled all over the southeast throughout my high school and early college days.

I Attended Dekalb College (Now Perimeter College) in Atlanta, Ga. '79- '81 with a concentration in Vocal Performance. I also studied Piano and Theatre at Dekalb College. I performed all over Atlanta with Jazz and R&B groups.

I traveled back to Savannah to help care for my mother and eventually landed on Hilton Head Island, SC. I have had great success on Hilton Head Since 1981. I have performed in some of the finest Hotels, Jazz Clubs, and Private Country Clubs in the country; including locations such as Aspen,CO., Atlanta, Ga., parts of Florida and Texas to name a few.

I love to capture my audiences with the warmth of the music and the personality of the performance. I feel very fortunate to be described as an amazingly talented Singer/Pianist. I try to have a great feel for my audiences and give all of myself with every performance. The music is powerful and I try to touch every emotion through my music.

I am humbled with the opportunity to make people feel something in the spirit and attitude of the music that encourages them or makes them smile for just a while as their troubles and worries are temporarily gone. When people are involved in music, whether performing or listening, The World Is At Peace.

I am still growing musically. "Classical music,Jazz, and old school soul music are really my favorite styles to listen to. I enjoy performing the music I grew up with from such artists as Stevie Wonder, Ramsey Lewis, Earth Wind & Fire and Quincy Jones." Some other influences come from The Doobie Brothers, Elton John and Steely Dan. Lately, the rich history and artistic expressions of Jazz are the greatest influence. Louis Armstrong, Nat king Cole, Joe Williams, Al Jarreau and Ella Fitzgerald are giants in this unique art form known as Jazz. Their styles are models for the sound we strive to create. It is unique!

I am affiliated with BMI as a Publisher and a songwriter. Love On Music is the name of the publishing company. My catalogue includes 25 compositions and arrangements.

The Band is a compact 5-piece with all the right ingredients to be inspiring, energetic and true to the music.

Louise Spencer, originally from Green Bay, WI., is as exciting as any singer in the business today. She has great range and power with beautiful tone and control. Louise has worked with many Hilton Head Island entertainers like The Headliners, Phillip Myers, Tim Malchak, The Lawn Jockeys, Jay Samuels, and Bobby Ryder.

She has several recordings to her credit with local producer Scott Morlock and others including Phillip Myers and Lavon Stevens Live at The Jazz Corner. Louise is very active in the community performing Gospel music. She sings at her church. She has wonderful natural talent for singing. Her delivery is powerful yet controlled and her ballads are emotionally inviting. Her fun-loving personality comes through in up-tempo jazz arrangements. "What a talent!!"

Jimmy Charles keeps the group in the pocket with his drumming skills and solid groove fee. Jimmy a native of Jacksonville,Fl. has traveled extensively. He has toured with the likes of The Allman Brothers band, and others. Jimmy has settled in the Savannah,Ga. area and is one of the hottest percussionist around.

Clarence Williams has recently joined the group to fill the Bass guitarist spot. Clarence is one of the most gifted musicians in the area. He is in constant demand with other shows and artists. He also adds wonderful vocals to the group.

 

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