Nurturing the next generation of jazz performers is integral to our mission and on the final day of the Charleston Jazz Festival, we are celebrating our up-and-coming jazz musicians from around South Carolina! Come hear from some of the best youth jazz artists including our own Charleston All Star Jazz Band, a program of our Charleston Jazz Academy.
Charleston Southern University Jazz Band | 3:00pm – 3:20pm
The CSU Jazz Band, in its 20th year under the direction of Professor Mark Sterbank, is a select ensemble providing students the opportunity to play in a large ensemble setting covering styles from the swing era to the present day. The ensemble rehearses twice a week and performs on and off campus throughout the school year. The band has performed at the Folly Jazz Festival, the Goose Creek Jazz Festival and performs regularly for the Summerville Music Club and the Elms Community. The band also serves to train and equip future music educators, who regularly make up the largest number of the various majors represented.
Westview Middle School Jazz Band | 3:25pm – 3:45pm
The Westview Middle School 8th Grade Jazz Ensemble, located in Goose Creek, is under the direction of Ronnie Ward. The band is in its 17th year and is a class that meets for 45 minutes per day. This group just recently performed their first two gigs for this school year. They have performed for Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s Annual meeting and just a few days later performed an entirely different set for a “Jazzy Christmas” at Crowfield Baptist. They have received Superior Ratings for the past 4 years at Berkeley County’s Jazz Performance Assessment.
Westside High School Jazz Combo | 3:50pm – 4:10pm
The Westside High School Jazz Combo, located in Anderson, SC, is under the direction of Dr. Alston Pettigrew. The Westside Jazz Combo has been in existence for three years and is a part of the Jazz Education Program at Westside High School. This group meets during our school’s intervention period and is regularly asked to play for school and community events. During the 2019 – 2020 school year, the Westside Jazz Combo has performed on WSPA’s (Channel 7) morning show ‘Your Carolina with Jack and Megan,’ the Market Theatre Company’s ‘Million Dreams for New Year’s Eve Celebration,’ and many other educational performances in our community.
Will Crowther – Alto Saxophone
Kevin Galicia – Tenor Saxophone
Jude Collins – Trombone
Dalvin Gray – Drums
Ryan Malcolm – Bass Guitar
Charleston School of the Arts Jazz Band | 4:15pm – 4:35pm
The Charleston School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble, also known as “SOA JAZZ”, is one of the most popular performing ensembles at the school. Featuring the best of swing, Latin and popular styles, the members of this group perform at a professional level. The SOA Jazz serve as musical ambassadors for the school and the Charleston area, performing at the East Carolina University Jazz Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival and the SC Music Educators Conference. The band has worked with some of the leading jazz artists in the Charleston area, and has performed at many major events around the Lowcountry. They have appeared locally at the Folly Jazz Festival and the Charleston Jazz Festival. There is no finer group of young jazz musicians than the SOA JAZZ!
College of Charleston Jazz Combo | 4:40pm – 5:00pm
The College of Charleston Jazz Combo 1 is the premier student jazz ensemble at the College of Charleston. This quartet is comprised of some of the best young musicians in the area, several of whom are already working professionally on a regular basis.
Chandler Taylor – guitar
Misha Pekar – piano
Tim Khayat – bass
Miller Boone – drums
Wando High School Jazz Band | 5:05pm – 5:25pm
The Wando Jazz Program, under the direction of Jeff Handel, consists of three auditioned student ensembles and a case based ensemble. The Festival Jazz Band is Wando’s premier jazz ensemble with a standard big band instrumentation that rehearses once per week after Schoo. They have performed at the South Carolina Music Educators’ In-Service Convention and the Charleston Jazz Festival, in addition to other Wando events. They have performed with several guest artists in the past, including Charlton Singleton, Adam Rapa, Nat McInotosh, and many others.
Charleston All-Star High School Jazz Band | 5:40pm – 6:00pm
Formerly known as CASYJO, this all-star high school jazz band is comprised of Charleston’s top youth jazz musicians hand-picked by area high school band directors and music teachers. Led by David W. Carter. Jr, Director of Education and Outreach for Charleston Jazz, this ensemble serves as the finale performance of our annual Charleston Jazz Festival.
Revive Charleston – Faith Church
1527 Remount Road -North Charleston, SC 29406
***There is limited parking at the church venue, but you may park at any of the following locations:
A. “Event Parking” (same lot at Remount Baptist Church)
B. “Student Center/Increasing Hope”