In Jazz at the Gibbes

July 25, 2018/ The Gibbes Museum of Art / 135 Meeting Street

CHARLESTON, SC – July 18, 2018, Charleston Jazz is partnering with the Gibbes Museum of Art to present the second-annual Art of Jazz summer series sponsored by Nancye B. Starnes. The second show of this three-part series will feature French Canadian jazz pianist and composer Chantale Gagné who recently moved to Charleston from New York City. Chantale will present original compositions inspired by the art on display in the museum. The event takes place on July 25, 2018, from 6pm to 7pm.

Inspired by two pieces of art on exhibit, The Search by William Halsey and Grand Dance by Merton Daniel Simpson, Chantale will debut seven original compositions as part of a trio that includes Charleston jazz musicians Asa Holgate (drums) and Jeremy Wolf (bass).

After receiving her bachelor degree from McGill University in Montreal, Chantale Gagné officially pursued her career in New York City. She self-produced three albums entitled Silent Strength, Wisdom Of The Water (featuring Joe Locke on vibraphone) and The Left Side Of The Moon (featuring Steve Wilson on saxophone). In 2017, Steinway & Sons in NYC produced her latest solo work Rooftop Jazz, which features several originals and arrangements of public domain pieces.

The Art of Jazz series is made possible by the generosity of title sponsor Nancye B. Starnes and supporting sponsors 5Church Charleston and Hyams Garden Center. Pricing is $20 for Gibbes Museum of Art members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students and faculty (with valid ID). The ticket price includes the jazz concert, museum admission, and a complimentary cocktail from 5Church Charleston. Tickets for Art of Jazz are available at www.charlestonjazz.com.

The project was also funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

“Chantale Gagne is one of the most talented new artists to arrive on the Charleston music scene and we encourage all jazz and art lovers to join us for this special performance,” said Mary Beth Natarajan, Executive Director at Charleston Jazz.

“We are delighted to partner with Charleston Jazz again for our summer series, Art of Jazz,” said Lasley Steever, Director of Programs and Digital Engagement at the Gibbes Museum. “The talented musicians bring the artworks to life with their compositions. The performances add a new dimension for the audience members to reflect on as they enjoy the museum galleries.”


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.


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.

The Gibbes Museum of Art is located at 135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401.

For more information and to schedule an interview, media appearance, or for hi-resolution images, contact Mary Beth Natarajan at [email protected].


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