For over 12 years, Spoleto Festival USA and the organizers of their jazz and world music events have utilized the support of Wachovia Bank and delivered a wide range of international musical artists. Under the careful guidance of director/producer Michael Grofsorean, the Wachovia Jazz Series regularly delivers a diverse lineup of veteran and up-and-coming artists who specialize in just about everything under the global jazz tent — from Latin and Afro-Cuban, bossa nova, flamenco, and traditional swing and bebop, to modernistic and experimental. This year’s Wachovia Jazz series is no exception.

[image-1]On opening night — Fri. May 23 at the Cistern (tonight!) — San Fran-based jazz vocalist Paula West (pictured) and the George Mesterhazy Quartet — with Mesterhazy on piano [image-2] (pictured), bassist Barak Mori, drummer Tony Reedus, guitarist/vocalist Ed Cherry — will surely captivate the audience with a cool set of tunes, including standards from the jazz world as well as the folk, Celtic, country, blues, and rock ’n’ roll sides of things.

Wanna see Paula West and the Mesterhazy Quartet performing Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” at a recent gig? Click here, will ya? It’s a peach.

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