Jamburg Jazz Festival Highlights North Augusta’s Musical History

AUGUSTA NORTH, SC (WJBF) – A local jazz festival is gearing up to bring some music history to CSRA during Masters Week.

Inside the Jamburg Jazz Festival at the BEC Plex in North Augusta, you’ll find a Black History exhibit with rich information and discovery that began right here at CSRA.

“Because I have a very close connection with the history of jazz. My grandfather was a childhood friend of Dizzy Gillespie. They grew up all over South Carolina so he was a local jazz legend in Charlton and his brother discovered Ella Fitzgerald,” Wayne O’Bryant told NewsChannel 6.

Author and historian Wayne O’Bryant said he started the festival to give people a better view of jazz music and how it was created by African Americans in the South and brought to the North Augusta waterfront entertainment area, The Palmetto Park and Pond and beyond.

He said, “And there was a venue maybe about a quarter of a mile from where we are today that hosted jazz bands from all over the world, you know the biggest jazz bands in the world , and so we wanted to put the music and the story together, so we created Jamburg.

Along with a jazz music tour, another aspect of Jamburg is a boutique offering people the opportunity to experience the history and fashion sewn into styles.

Other providers are also part of the experience.

O’Bryant said her family put a lot of effort into the exhibit to educate the community, even displaying her late mother’s jazz quilts that she made to depict jazz musicians.

He also said he wanted people to bring their family history to the event.

“What we want to do is get people to bring their stories. If you have people in your family history who have been involved in jazz music, we want you to bring that here and so every year we will build on that and we want to celebrate the locals who have come from the area,” said he explained.

Lumus Vick, who is the centre’s founder, said he hopes people will leave the festival knowing the importance of black history in jazz music.

“Little did we know four years ago when my partner Ken and I opened the BEC Plex that we were going to, I guess in a way, replicate something some black men did 75, 80 years ago Vick said.

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