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Mi Alma Latina with Nestor Torres and Gino Castillo on March 14, 2020

02.25.20

Latin Grammy Award Winning Jazz Flautist Nestor Torres and Master Percussionist Gino Castillo will join the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for Latin Night – Mi Alma Latina on March 14, 2020

CHARLESTON, SC – Back by popular demand and as proclaimed by Jelly Roll Morton’s maxim “You’ve got to have that Spanish tinge,” Latin Night returns to Season 12! Latin Grammy award winning jazz flautist Nestor Torres will join your Charleston Jazz Orchestrafor an evening comprised of the lively rhythms and spicy spirit of Latin America. With his Caribbean heritage and Classical training, Nestor Torres provides a unique rhythmic and melodic approach to Jazz, one that explores diverse national traditions and bridges musical borders, embodying the essence of MI ALMA LATINA: My Latin Soul!

Charleston’s resident Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa musician – Gino Castillo – will be joining the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and Nestor Torres for this performance.

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. No additional ticket fees. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass. For groups (10+) please call 843.641.0011 for group rate.

“The charts Nestor Torres sent are complex, beautiful, and burning! We are excited to start digging into them, and getting to work with Nestor!”
-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate Duke Ellington’s 1956 Newport Jazz Festival Performance for the Season 12 opener!

02.01.20

CHARLESTON, SC – By the mid-1950s, Big Bands found themselves in a changed world as Bebop took center stage. Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra, who had creatively dominated the jazz scene from the late 1920s – 1940s, found itself struggling until the historic gig at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. With an electrifying performance, the crowd at Freedom Park was transformed and Ellington’s career was revitalized. Sixty-four years later, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate that notable night in jazz history, one that festival producer George Wein proclaimed as “the greatest performance of Ellington’s career” and one that “stood for everything jazz had been and could be.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. No additional ticket fees. Save 10% off individual ticket prices with a Season Subscription. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass. For groups (10+) please call 843.641.0011 for group rate.

“It has been fascinating diving in to this pivotal concert by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. We’re actually having to create about half the charts ourselves, so it’s been an incredible opportunity to learn more about how Duke constructed his music. I can’t wait to hear it all come together live!”

-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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Charleston Jazz Announces New Executive Director

12.16.19

CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston Jazz is proud to announce Tatjana Beylotte as the new Executive Director. Tatjana Beylotte was hired in July 2018 as the Director of Development at Charleston Jazz. Ms. Beylotte has held a variety of leadership roles and has 19 years of experience in fundraising for arts organizations. Before coming to Charleston Jazz, she was the Deputy Director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. Prior to that role, Ms. Beylotte was Executive Director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit space for contemporary art in Richmond, VA. She also worked as Arts Education Grants Coordinator for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Director of Development for International Arts and Artists in Washington, DC. Ms. Beylotte holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Management from the College of Charleston.

“I couldn’t be more honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead this important organization and keep jazz alive and thriving in our community.  As the only organization solely dedicated to the presentation of jazz performance and education in our community in addition to the deep roots of jazz in the Lowcountry, Charleston Jazz is fundamental to the arts ecosystem and cultural life in Charleston and beyond.”

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Just Announced! Local Band Day Lineup – 2020 Charleston Jazz Festival, January 23, 2020

11.12.19

Charleston, SC  – Charleston Jazz is excited to announce the lineup for Local Band Day during the 2020 Charleston Jazz Festival, January 23-26, 2020. On January 23rd, the 6th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival will open with some of Charleston’s most exciting jazz groups – Offramp The Music of Pat Metheny, Cameron & the Saltwater Brass Shake Everything You Got! and Lee Barbour’s Polyverse Art of the Modern Organ Trio featuring Justin Stanton of Snarky Puppy. Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Tickets are $25. Performances will be at Forte Jazz Lounge, 475 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Special Guest Vocalist Zandrina Dunning is set to perform with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for Holiday Swing

10.23.19

Add a little jazz to your holiday cheer with this popular Charleston Jazz tradition!

HOLIDAY SWING: A Charleston Jazz Tradition
SATURDAY, November 30, 2019  |  5PM AND 8PM  |  CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra always looks forward to this holiday concert. Maestro Robert Lewis and our 18-piece big band with special guest vocalist Zandrina Dunning will swing you into the holiday spirit with big band arrangements of holiday favorites. Add a little jazz to your holiday cheer with this popular Charleston Jazz tradition! Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $60. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children.

“We are excited to be wrapping up our eleventh season with Holiday Swing! We will be joined by the great local vocalist Zandrina Dunning for several tunes, including a few from the classic Ella Fitzgerald Christmas albums. Also, we’ll be performing the entire Duke Ellington arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Add in several other holiday classics, and you’ve got yourself a party!”     -Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

“It is both an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to be front and center with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.”               -Zandrina Dunning

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Two-time Grammy Award Winner Ernie Watts joins your Charleston Jazz Orchestra for a tribute to the Saxophone Legends of Jazz

10.02.19

SAXOPHONE LEGENDS: Ernie Watts plays John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and more!
SATURDAY, October 19, 2019  |  5PM AND 8PM  |  CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

 CHARLESTON, SC – The saxophone is arguably the most recognizable symbol and sound in jazz. It can wail and scream with passion, as well as whisper softly your favorite melody. Saxophonist Ernie Watts joins the CJO to play the music of some of the most beloved Saxophone Legends of our time. A two-time Grammy Award winner and long-time member of the Tonight Show Orchestra, Ernie has been featured on more than 500 recordings, to include projects by Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, and the Rolling Stones. Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com. Or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $60. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children.

“Ernie Watts is one of the world’s greatest modern saxophonists. His amazing tone and astonishing technique have entertained audiences and inspired saxophonists for over 40 years. I personally was so influenced by him that my college jazz band director started calling me Little Ernie! It is incredible to me that I will get to share the stage with one of my heroes. I can’t wait!    

-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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ANNOUNCING….2020 Charleston Jazz Orchestra Season 12

09.16.19

February – December 2020 | 5PM + 8PM | Charleston Music Hall
Tickets are on sale now and are available at www.charlestonjazz.com

Charleston, SC  – Charleston Jazz is excited to announce Season 12 for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. (CJO). 2020 CJO Season 12 will feature an eclectic and inspiring lineup of performances and guest artists including Nestor Torres, Jon Faddis and Charleston’s Lowcountry Voices.Season Subscriptions, Trio Passes and Individual Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843.641.0011. Individual ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. Save 10% off individual tickets prices with a Season Subscription. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass.

“I am delighted with the eclectic and inspiring lineup of performances and guest artists for Season 12! We’ll be celebrating South Carolina jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie with the great Jon Faddis, recreating the iconic album “Ellington at Newport,” exploring Latin rhythms with Nestor Torres, bringing back the popular Jazz on the Screen show, and of course capping the season off with Holiday Swing. I’m perhaps most excited about our collaboration with the Lowcountry Voices, directed by Nate Nelson, where we will be creating a completely new show celebrating the incredible Gullah musical traditions. I remain incredibly grateful for the community which supports such artistic ambitions; Charleston is the envy of the country for a reason!        – Music Director, Robert Lewis

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KEEPIN’ JAZZ ALIVE – A Benefit for Charleston Jazz featuring The Charlton Singleton Project

09.09.19

CHARLESTON, SC – Join us to celebrate and support Charleston Jazz at our Keepin’ Jazz Alive benefit!This special evening will include a VIP dinner and auction followed by a concert put together by Charlton Singleton featuring some of Charleston’s most accomplished artists. Expect a unique performance including newly written music and arrangements of well-known songs.

Set List to include:

Avalon – Al Jolson – Arranged by David Heywood
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby – Louis Jordan – Adapted by David Heywood
Enter to Worship –  Charlton Singleton
Gradual Lean –  Charlton Singleton
Just Friends – Sam Lewis/John Klenner – Arranged by Roger Neumann
L.O.V.E. – Bert Kaempfert/Milt Gabler – Arranged by David Heywood
Powder Puff – Shorty Rogers – Edited by Bob Curnow
Quizás, Quizás, Quizás – Osvaldo Farrés –  Arranged by David Heywood
Shiny Stockings – Frank Foster – Arranged by Tom Kubis
Sugar – Stanley Turrentine – Arranged by Bob Florence

The Charlton Singleton Project is specifically put together by Charlton Singleton for the Keepin’ Jazz Alive benefit and will feature Charleston Jazz Orchestra members, as well as some of Charleston’s highly recognized jazz artists including: Charlton Singleton (vocal/trumpet), Dan Voss (alto sax), Mark Sterbank (tenor sax), John Cobb (bari sax), Matthew White (trumpet), Mark Rapp (trumpet), Gavin Smith (trombone), Lee Barbour (guitar), Demetrius Doctor (piano), Reggie Sullivan (bass), and Quentin Baxter (drums and percussion).

For this fundraiser, I will be pulling from my FULL bag of tricks. I will be playing some solo piano, singing and playing from the piano, performing with my quintet and the newly formed Charlton Singleton Project. Please purchase your tickets now and support this important institution including the newly established Charleston Jazz Academy, which is nurturing the next generation of jazz artists and is so wonderfully run by my good friend (little brother) David Carter! I hope that you will be there!    -Charlton Singleton

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Take a ride with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra along the Pacific Coast Highway!

08.23.19

TAKE 5: West Coast Cool Jazz
September 14, 2019  |  5pm + 8pm |  Charleston Music Hall

 

CHARLESTON, SC – Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, and Gerry Mulligan helped create the popular ‘cool jazz’ style that hailed from the West Coast. Lyrical, mellow, and always swinging, it helped define the musical soundscape of the 1950’s. Your Charleston Jazz Orchestra takes on some of the great songs and arrangements from that era, while exploring new versions of some of its classics. Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com. Or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $60. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. Performances at 5pm and 8pm at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

We are thrilled to be able to explore the jazz world of the west coast! The music in California in the 50’s and 60’s had its own special flavor, and we are excited to be able to bring it to our Charleston audience. Brubeck, Mulligan, Baker, Guaraldi, Kenton, Holman: what could be better?!  -Robert Lewis, Music Director

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Charleston Artwork Inspires Original Music

08.07.19

Charleston Jazz + The Gibbes Museum of Art Present 2019 The Art of Jazz Series
ARSHAK SIRUNYAN QUARTET | AUGUST 21, 2019 | 6PM – 7PM | GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART

CHARLESTON, SC – The final performance in the 2019 Art of Jazz Series is on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, featuring the Arshak Sirunyan Quartet from 6pm – 7pm at the Gibbes Museum of Art located on 135 Meeting Street. Members of the Arshak Sirunyan Quartet will be using artwork with Charleston themes to inspire original music compositions, which will be premiered on August 21, 2019. Tickets are on sale now: $25 general admission | $20 for Gibbes Museum of Art Members | $10 for students. The ticket price includes the jazz concert and museum admission. Tickets are available at www.charlestonjazz.com.

AUGUST 21, 2019: 2019 Art of Jazz Series: Arshak Sirunyan Quartet

Born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia, composer and pianist Arshak Sirunyan moved to the United States in 2002 and has recorded several acclaimed albums as a leader. In 2014, he released ‘Hoodman’s Blind’ which featured several Grammy Award winning artists, such as Mike Stern, Omar Hakim, and Eric Marienthal. Two of its tracks won 1st place in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.

Arshak Sirunyan – piano | Ben Wells – bass | Ron Wiltrout – drums | Robert Lewis – saxophone

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