CHARLESTON JAZZ AND THE GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART PRESENT ‘THE ART OF JAZZ’ WITH DUDA LUCENA

June 14, 2017 / The Gibbes Museum of Art / 135 Meeting Street

CHARLESTON, SC (June 7, 2017), Charleston Jazz is partnering with the Gibbes Museum of Art to present ‘The Art of Jazz,’ a summer series of music inspired by the current works on view at The Gibbes. The first concert will feature the Duda Lucena Trio, taking place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

During the ‘Art of Jazz’ summer series, featured musicians like Lucena will play music inspired by specific art collections or works currently exhibited at the Gibbes, making it a visual and auditory experience. Lucena chose a nature-oriented collection of watercolor paintings by naturalist Mark Catesby on view in the exhibition Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas to inspire his jazz performance.

“We are so pleased to partner with the Gibbes Museum to offer this series of concerts inspired by fine art and expressed through jazz music,” said Mary Beth Natarajan, Executive Director at Charleston Jazz. “Creative collaborations like this are a key part of the art renaissance blossoming right now in Charleston.”

“The inclusion of performing arts in our programming provides a unique perspective on the works of art on view at the Gibbes,” said Lasley Steever, Director of Programs and Digital Engagement at the Gibbes. “Music and the visual arts have always had a complementary relationship. Partnerships like these allow for new interpretations and introduce new audiences. We’re delighted to be working with Charleston Jazz on this summer series.”

Tickets for ‘The Art of Jazz’ are available at www.charlestonjazz.com. Pricing is $15 for Gibbes Museum of Art members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for students and faculty (with valid ID). The ticket price includes the jazz concert and museum admission. The Gibbes Museum of Art is located at 135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401.

About Charleston Jazz:
Charleston Jazz is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote musical awareness and education including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz in the Lowcountry through performances, special events, and educational outreach. Established in 2008 as Jazz Artists of Charleston, the organization has earned a reputation for presenting, producing, and advocating for all things jazz and the artists who bring this music to life in dynamic ways. The organization manages the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival, and the Charleston Jazz Academy.

About The Gibbes Museum of Art:
Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy, and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org.

About Duda Lucena
Duda Lucena began composing music at the age of 12 and began working as a professional musician performing in the most renowned theaters in his hometown of Recife, Brazil. Now, after 5 years of living in Charleston, SC, he is recognized as a pivotal force in Brazilian jazz music on the local scene. Throughout his life, Lucena has been influenced by and performed with musicians from North and South America and Europe and performed throughout Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.


THE CHARLESTON JAZZ ACADEMY HOSTS ‘JAZZIN’ UP THE LIBRARY’ TO PROMOTE MUSIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN

June 8, 2017 / Charleston Public Library / 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC


CHARLESTON, SC (June 5, 2017), The Charleston Jazz Academy will host ‘Jazzin’ Up The Library’ on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Charleston Public Library to help promote music education for children in Charleston.

With three performances starting at 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 11:45 a.m., the Charleston Jazz Academy’s Director, David Carter, will lead an ensemble of student musicians and give an educational talk on rhythm, music, and the influence of jazz. The event is free and open to the public, so all music lovers are welcome.

“Charleston helped bring the great American art form known as ‘jazz’ to the world,” said Mary Beth Natarajan, Executive Director at Charleston Jazz. “So, we love having this opportunity to introduce children and their parents to jazz during Piccolo Spoleto.”

About Charleston Jazz:
Charleston Jazz is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote musical awareness and education including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz in the Lowcountry through performances, special events, and educational outreach. Established in 2008 as Jazz Artists of Charleston, the organization has earned a reputation for presenting, producing, and advocating for all things jazz and the artists who bring this music to life in dynamic ways. The organization manages the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival, and the Charleston Jazz Academy.

About The Charleston Jazz Academy:
In the interest of elevating jazz musicianship and broadening the love of jazz in future generations, Charleston Jazz has recently brought the Leonard School of Music under its wing to create the Charleston Jazz Academy. The Leonard School of Music has played an important role in teaching jazz to young people in Charleston since 1945. Working in partnership with local schools, parents, and students of all ages, the Charleston Jazz Academy brings together highly motivated students in a collaborative and challenging environment to expand their repertoire and nurture the skills of improvisation.


JAZZ JAM IS BACK FOR PICCOLO SPOLETO

Local jazz artists to perform at free event at Republic Garden and Lounge.
May 28, 2017 / Republic Garden and Lounge

CHARLESTON, SC (MAY 23, 2017) – Charleston Jazz will be hosting its Piccolo Spoleto Jazz Jam at Republic Garden and Lounge (462 King Street Charleston, SC 29403) on Sunday, May 28 from 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Charleston Jazz welcomes all jazz lovers and encourages local jazz musicians to stop by and share their talent on the stage. This event will be free and open to the public.

The house jam band includes the following musicians:
David Carter – Trumpet
Richard White – Piano
Brian Reed – Bass
Bates Holman – Drums

“Our annual Piccolo Spoleto Jazz Jam is a place where all jazz lovers and musicians can gather to enjoy the American art form that Charleston helped bring to the world,” said Mary Beth Natarajan, Executive Director at Charleston Jazz.

About Charleston Jazz:
Charleston Jazz is a non-profit organization with a goal of promoting musical awareness and education including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz in the Lowcountry through performances, special events and educational outreach. Established in 2008 as Jazz Artists of Charleston, the organization has earned a reputation for presenting, producing and advocating for all things jazz and the artists who bring this music to life in dynamic ways. The organization manages the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival and the Charleston Jazz Academy. For more information, visit http://www.charlestonjazz.com.

To schedule an interview, media appearance, or for hi-resolution images, contact Deja Knight at Dknight@regancomm.com.


JAZZ ARTISTS OF CHARLESTON ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF A NEW BRAND “CHARLESTON JAZZ”

New branding signals growth of key programs including the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston Jazz Festival and the Charleston Jazz Academy

CHARLESTON, SC – April 20, 2017 –  For the past 18 months, Jazz Artists of Charleston has been rapidly growing. The launch of a new brand signals the development of an expanded platform of programs that help the organization accomplish its mission:

To grow a local and global community for Jazz through performance, education and outreach while celebrating and preserving Charleston’s rich history in Jazz.

“Our new brand – Charleston Jazz – is an ideal name for our expanded programing which includes the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival, and the new Charleston Jazz Academy, said Mary Beth Natarajan, Executive Director of Charleston Jazz. It celebrates Charleston’s role in the history of jazz, and accommodates the branding of new programs we plan to add over the next 18 months.”

The brand’s graphic design symbolizes bringing people together through music and moving jazz forward as a progressive art form. The brand is now showcased on the organization’s new website at charlestonjazz.com.

About Charleston Jazz:

Charleston Jazz is a non-profit organization with a goal of promoting musical awareness and education including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz in the Lowcountry through performances, special events and educational outreach. Established in 2008 as Jazz Artists of Charleston, the organization has earned a reputation for presenting, producing and advocating for all things jazz and the artists who bring this music to life in dynamic ways. The organization manages the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival and the Charleston Jazz Academy.

About the Charleston Jazz Orchestra:

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is an 19-person big band led by Music Director, Charlton Singleton. The band is comprised of the crème de la crème of South Carolina jazz musicians and is an entertaining, educational and stellar example of the rich history and legacy of jazz in Charleston.  The CJO is in its 9th year offering a 6-concert subscription series and is known for its unique, enthusiastically received performances that contribute mightily to the ever-evolving Lowcountry arts scene.

About the Charleston Jazz Festival:

Established in 2014, the Charleston Jazz Festival is a 4-day festival dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of jazz by creating timeless and creative productions that entertain audiences, stimulate arts education, foster economic growth and unite artists and audiences in Charleston. The 4th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival will take place in downtown Charleston from January 18 – 21, 2018 with performances by the world’s greatest jazz musicians. From legends of jazz to emerging artists, to Charleston’s most celebrated home-grown talent, artists of the Charleston Jazz Festival perform a wide range of styles including Swing, Salsa, Blues, Brazilian, the American Songbook and draw hundreds of jazz lovers to the Holy City.

About the Charleston Jazz Academy:

In the interest of elevating jazz musicianship and broadening the love of jazz in future generations, Charleston Jazz has recently brought the Leonard School of Music under its wing to create the Charleston Jazz Academy. The Leonard School of Music has played an important role in teaching music to young people in Charleston since 1945. Working in partnership with local schools, parents, and students of all ages, the Charleston Jazz Academy brings together highly motivated students in a collaborative and challenging environment to expand their repertoire and nurture the skills of improvisation.

For more information and to schedule an interview, media appearance, or for hi-resolution images, contact Deja Knight at Dknight@regancomm.com