Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Mezz gets into the swing

Co-owner Quentin Baxter and his combo jam through opening weekend

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Quentin Baxter
  • Tessa Blake/coutesy of the JAC
  • Quentin Baxter
After a few brief delays, the Mezz is now open for business on King Street. Co-owner Quentin Baxter — a veteran jazz drummer and board member of the Jazz Artists of Charleston — helped design the venue as jazz listening room upstairs from the newly renovated Sermet’s Downtown at the corner of King and Wentworth streets (276 King St., the same spot that held the popular jazz bar Mezzane, which closed in 2004). With a semicircular stage and dining room crafted specifically for jazz performances, the Mezz was initially planning to open in late May as the home of the Jazz Artists of Charleston’s JAC Jazz Series, but unexpected construction issues popped up.

The Mezz officially opened on July 19 with two performances by Baxter and his jazz combo. The club served drinks from a full bar and food the Sermet’s menu. Baxter and his bandmates will perform every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening through the summer. Other local and national jazz acts are expected on the Mezz schedule as well. Reservations for the evening performances are encouraged. Call 843-853-4515 and visit mezzdowntown.com for more.

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