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2024 Charleston Jazz Gala

October 18 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

Charleston Jazz Gala Marquee Sign on the American Theatre


Good Vibrations: An Electrifying Vibraphone Performance by Stefon Harris!

Dinner | Live Auction | Performance


Join us for the 2024 Charleston Jazz Gala at the American Theater, a benefit for the jazz education and outreach programs of Charleston Jazz.


Prepare to be swept away by the sounds of jazz vibraphonist and four-time Grammy Award nominee and Blue Note Records recording artist, Stefon Harris, and our Charleston Jazz Academy students.


Mingle with the city’s most devoted champions of jazz at the 1940s-era American Theatre on the very street where the Jenkins Orphanage developed some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, giving Charleston the designation as America’s jazz cradle.


Here’s the vibe! Picture yourself dressed to the nines in snazzy cocktail attire, in an historic venue, surrounded by music lovers and the vibrant sounds of jazz.  Festivities are accompanied by an open bar, dinner, a live auction, paddle-raise, and the presentation of the Tip of the Hat Award. 

People at Gala
Man and woman at Charleston Jazz gala posing with instruments

Since its inception, Charleston Jazz has elevated the Lowcountry’s jazz heritage through world-class performances and educational programming. Together, we have maintained and grown Charleston’s reputation as a significant jazz destination, and one of the most respected training grounds for emerging jazz musicians through the Charleston Jazz Academy.


Proceeds will strengthen our education and outreach programs. Over the last year, we engaged over 4,200 students through free in-school jazz programs and provided $86,000 in scholarships for students to learn jazz at the Charleston Jazz Academy.

Man and woman playing jazz instruments wearing gold top hats
Keepin Jazz Alive Gala
Woman wearing fascinator sitting at table with flowers
People talking at a gala
Man and woman smiling sitting at table at gala
Student in black shirt playing saxophone
People smiling sitting at a table at a gala
Couple sitting at table at a gala


Born in Albany, New York, Stefon Harris is known as one of the world’s leading vibraphonists known for his brilliant dexterity and spellbinding musicality. He has been hailed as the “Best Mallet Player” by the Jazz Journalist Association eight times, and named “Best Vibes” in the 2018 and 2017 Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll. He has collaborated with many great jazz luminaries including Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Dr. Billy Taylor, Max Roach, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Chaka Khan, Kurt Elling, Buster Williams, Dianne Reeves, Ry Cooder, Charlie Hunter,and Benny Golson.

Stefon Harris dancing
Stefon Harris - Photo by Jimmy & Dena Katz
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The American Theatre

446 King St., Charleston, SC 29403



Visitor Center Garage: 63 Mary St., Charleston, SC 29403

Visitor Center Parking Lot: 375 Meeting St., Charleston SC 29403

Cocktail Attire

Hats and fascinators are encouraged as a special tribute to our Co-Founder, Jack McCray, and his famous hats.

For any questions about accessibility, contact the Box Office: [email protected] 843-641-0011

See you there!


October 18
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM EDT
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American Theater
446 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Charleston, 29403 United States
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