Celebrating International Jazz Day: Live 5 News’ Palmetto Life Features Charleston Jazz

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Celebrating International Jazz Day: Live 5 News’ Palmetto Life Features Charleston Jazz

CHARLESTON, SC – On the eve of International Jazz Day, Charleston, South Carolina, stands as a beacon of jazz history, with its vibrant musical heritage deeply intertwined with the fabric of the city. Recently, in anticipation of this global celebration of jazz, Charleston Jazz Orchestra Director Robert Lewis and Charleston Jazz Marketing and Communications Director Lacy Miller engaged in a compelling conversation with host Emilie Zuhowski of Live 5 News’ Palmetto Life. Together, they delved into the significance of jazz in Charleston and shared insights about an upcoming concert that promises to be a memorable homage to the city’s musical legacy.

Exploring Jazz’s Roots in Charleston

Charleston’s relationship with jazz runs deep, dating back to the early 20th century when the city served as a vital hub for the development of the art form. “Charleston Jazz” rhythms rooted in the Gullah Geechie praise houses and African tradition influenced the genre worldwide. From the sounds of the legendary Jenkins Orphanage Bands filling the streets to the bustling clubs and touring artists that emerged during the Jazz Era, jazz became a defining element of Charleston’s cultural identity.

Honoring Tradition with “Lowcountry Rhythms”

In honor of International Jazz Day, Charleston Jazz is gearing up for a spectacular event that pays tribute to the rich tapestry of Lowcountry music. On May 11th, the Charleston Music Hall will come alive with the enchanting melodies of “Lowcountry Rhythms,” a concert curated to celebrate Charleston’s musical heritage. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will take center stage, performing timeless classics from George Gershwin’s iconic opera “Porgy and Bess” alongside beloved Charleston favorites like “The Charleston.”

Adding to the excitement, the concert will feature a special guest appearance by the renowned gospel ensemble, “Lowcountry Voices.” Their soul-stirring harmonies promise to elevate the evening to new heights, blending the sacred sounds of gospel with the infectious energy of jazz.

An Unforgettable Musical Experience

With two showtimes at 5pm and 8pm, “Lowcountry Rhythms” offers music lovers the opportunity to immerse themselves in an unforgettable musical journey through Charleston’s storied past. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or simply eager to experience the magic of live music, this concert promises something truly special for everyone.

Tickets for “Lowcountry Rhythms” are now available at CharlestonJazz.com, and anticipation is building as the date draws near. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary celebration of jazz, culture, and community in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina.

As Robert Lewis and Lacy Miller aptly conveyed during their conversation, jazz isn’t just a genre of music; it’s a living, breathing testament to the resilience and creativity of the human spirit. So mark your calendars, secure your tickets, and join us as we come together to honor the timeless legacy of jazz on International Jazz Day and beyond. Let the music play on, echoing through the streets of Charleston for generations to come.



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