CJO Season 13 will feature a lineup including a musical timeline of the history of the big band, an exploration of jazz around the world, a jazz twist on symphonic classics, and the Charleston Jazz tradition Holiday Swing. Guest artists for CJO Season 13 will include Jon Faddis for a Dizzy Gillespie tribute and Manny Houston for a Jazz on Broadway production.
All CJO Season 13 shows will be performed at the Charleston Music Hall and available as a virtual performance. 2021 Spring CJO shows (March, April and May) will be performed outdoors at Firefly Distillery.
Mask wearing and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to at both venues. The Charleston Music Hall currently has a 250 maximum capacity limit.
“I’m extremely excited for the shows we have lined up for 2021! We start off with Big Band Legacy, where we will track how the sound of the big band has changed over the history of the music. We follow that with World of Jazz, exploring versions of jazz from outside the United States. We’ll bring back a favorite theme from the early days, Symphonic Swing, in which we take well-known classical pieces and turn them into swingin’ jazz tunes. Manny Houston will return to sing with the band for Jazz on Broadway, and trumpet legend Jon Faddis will be our guest artist on a Dizzy Gillespie tribute, Groovin’ High! Of course, no CJO season would be complete without Holiday Swing. We all continue to be blown away by the incredible support by the Charleston community, it is really a privilege to be a part of this amazing arts scene.”
– Music Director, Robert Lewis