Charleston Jazz and the Gibbes Museum of Art Present ‘The Art of Jazz’ Featuring Demetrius Doctor

July 19, 2017/ The Gibbes Museum of Art / 135 Meeting Street

CHARLESTON, SC – July 11, 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 second concert of this 3-part series will feature the Demetrius Doctor Trio, taking place on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Gibbes Museum of Art.During the ‘Art of Jazz’ summer series, featured musicians like Doctor compose and play music inspired by specific art collections or works currently exhibited at the Gibbes. The song list for the July 19 performance includes:

“The Weaver”
A Demetrius Doctor original piece inspired by the Mary Jackson Exhibit along with “Mary Jackson” by Mary Whyte

A Demetrius Doctor original piece inspired by “Accident” by Jacob Lawrence

A Demetrius Doctor original piece inspired by “Sarah Remembered” by Leo Twiggs

A Demetrius Doctor arrangement of “Summertime” composed by George Gershwin as inspired by “No ‘Count Boys” by Henry Botkin

“Jesus is Best Thing”
A Demetrius Doctor arrangement of a song by Rev. James Cleveland as inspired by “Jenkins Band (No. 2)” by Alfred Hutty

“This series is all about artists inspiring artists,” said Mary Beth Natarajan, Executive Director at Charleston Jazz. “We’re discovering that collaboration between different art forms brings a new energy and excitement to a performance which inspires artists and audience members alike.”

“The synthesis between the performing and the visual arts is brought to life by the concerts in our summer jazz series. Duda Lucena’s compositions had audiences imagining the skittery gate of a ghost crab and the lofty flight of a butterfly on view in the watercolors by Mark Catesby,” said Lasley Steever, Director of Programs and Digital Engagement at the Gibbes. “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.wpengine.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.

Learn more about the concert on the Gibbes Museum blog.


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 Demetrius Doctor Trio features consists of musicians that grew up in various Gullah/Geechee infused African-American churches in Charleston, SC. This group blends this experience with the structure of Jazz and Fusion to create a unique brew of the rhythms, feelings, and stories straight from their roots in the Lowcountry.

The Demetrius Doctor Trio includes:

Demetrius Doctor – Piano

LaVontá Green – Bass

David Patterson – Drums


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