“Our guests come to The Jazz Corner over and again for a fine dinner, good drinks and great music. The friendly welcome and efficient service our guests receive is paramount to making their visit memorable. All of our staff consider that nothing less than a duty”
– Lois Masteller
“My jazz life was gifted to me by my father, Harold F. Masteller. He was born in 1900 and fronted a hot music band at the apex of the Jazz Age. In the Swing Era, he led a Big Band, playing hot fiddle violin, and he was one of the first vibraphone players in America. Classically trained, he attacked his music with passion and arranged and composed music, too”
– Bob Masteller
COME BACK IN TIME WHEN MUSIC WAS WILD AND INNOCENT, EVERYONE WAS YOUNG, AND THE SUN SHONE EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Entering The Jazz Corner is like taking a step back in time. A step back to dine in an authentic big city nightclub atmosphere. The room is low lit, intimate, elegant and sophisticated. The music is hot and exciting. The Jazz Corner showcases excellence. It is the safe repository for the great American art form of jazz, played close to the original melody.
Born in the South, Kelli Lesch has been a driving force in the operating culture of The Jazz Corner since the start. Working with her team and the chefs in the kitchen, they ensure consistent excellence in service and cuisine.
Before patrons even reach the door of The Jazz Corner, they are welcomed from across the courtyard by live music. You have to ask yourself, how did a jazz nightclub, ranked one of the best in the entire world, come to be on a resort island in the Carolinas?
In 1974, Bob Masteller made the fortuitous choice to accept the position of vice-president to Charles Fraser, the visionary developer of Hilton Head Island, in his Sea Pines Development Corporation. When Bob, his wife Lois, their family and their collective jazz history came to Hilton Head Island, it was still undeveloped virgin territory.
Bob looked at the music scene in nearby Savannah, GA and played horn in the evenings there for a while. As Hilton Head Island grew, he saw the potential for a great jazz club with easy listening, live music and fine dining in an elegant atmosphere. In 1999, Bob and his wife, Lois, launched The Jazz Corner with co-founders, Barbara and Charlie Swift…The early years were tough, but experience and a great team effort slowly established The Jazz corner as the premier local and international venue for fine dining and live music from the vintage years of jazz.
With Bob’s family background it is hardly surprising that he ended up owning one of the top jazz clubs in the world today…
Bob learned his horn and vibraphone skills playing Swing with his father’s Big Band and in his own, smaller combos in the days when dancing was something everyone did.
Live music comes first today and every day, but Bob has a deeper mission. His life runs parallel to the life of jazz music. He is a student of history. His passion is to see to it that this unique art from of Jazz continues to be played and enjoyed by generations to come around the world.
In 2004, Bob Masteller, together with his wife Lois, formed The Junior Jazz Foundation, which does for aspiring young musicians what Bob’s own father did for him. The foundation raises funds independently to buy instruments for students in schools, pay for their music lessons and bring professional musicians to teach them at the yearly HHI Jazz Camp. It encourages and enthuses them in the joy, fun, humor and open-minded evolution of this fascinating part of American culture. Immersion in Jazz gives youth an opportunity to discover some of life’s great secrets: teamwork, improvisation, balance, creativity and the sheer joy of performing for a receptive audience.
The Jazz Corner and The Junior Jazz Foundation are Bob’s tribute to the music, and to his father. Here, Bob has created a modern day return to the Jazz and Swing Eras. The atmosphere and the culture of the place echo with speak-easy retro. There is always a huge welcome for people enthusiastic to have uninhibited fun and enjoy themselves, listening to great musicians play live music seven nights a week. Live jazz that gets feet tapping and just won’t stop…Not ever…