2nd Annual Jazz Day for Kids Introduces Hundreds of Children to the Joy of Jazz

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CHARLESTON, SC November 7, 2017Charleston Jazz will host its 2nd Annual Jazz Day for Kids on November 15, 2017 at the Charleston Music Hall.  Over 800 elementary school children in grades K – 6th will experience a jazz immersion as they enjoy a full big band concert performed by the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO). Charleston Jazz is also partnering with Streamable Learning to live stream the concert and a post-concert jazz lecture to Charleston areas schools.

“Our mission at Charleston Jazz is to grow a local and global community for jazz through performance, education and outreach,” said Mary Beth Natarajan, Executive Director at Charleston Jazz.  “Inspiring kids is where it all begins,” she added.

The CJO will perform tunes from popular children’s movies and TV shows including Let it Go, and the Addams Family. The band will also perform songs that showcase various instrument sections such as saxophones, trombones and trumpets.

“70% of the children attending the concert are from Title One Schools,” said Charlton Singleton, Music Director for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.  “Some of these kids have never seen a live big band or visited a theatre,” he added.  “If only one child is inspired to take up a musical instrument, that’s a success.”

After the concert, Charlton Singleton will present a live stream lecture entitled, “The History of Jazz in Charleston” with special guest, Mayor John Tecklenburg.

The schedule of live stream events is:

  • 10:45am – 11:45am EST Grades 3-6 | Charleston Jazz presents Jazz Day for Kids
  • 1:10pm – 1:40pm EST Grades 3-6 | Charleston Jazz presents The History of Jazz in Charleston – Featuring Charlton Singleton with special guest Mayor John Tecklenburg


Additionally, the Charleston Jazz Academy has developed a jazz-oriented curriculum for teachers to use in the classroom before and after the CJO concert to extend the learning experience.  All teachers and jazz education enthusiasts are encouraged to register for the live stream events or download the curriculum at www.jazzday4kids.com.

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 Orchestra:

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is an 18-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 Streamable Learning:

Streamable Learning is the leading provider of live streaming, interactive educational programs to K-12 classrooms and homeschool families. Its content partners include Charleston Jazz, and leading museums, science centers, aquariums, zoos, art and historical organizations, cultural centers, authors, musicians, universities, motivational speakers, and performing art groups. Programs cover a broad spectrum off K-12 curriculum with a select group of programs offered in non-English formats.

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