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CJO at Kiawah: Ellington at Newport

August 15, 2021 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

CJO at Kiawah: Ellington at Newport

***The most current CDC guidelines recommend that everyone wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Charleston County is currently in the Substantial level of transmission rates.***

CJO at Kiawah: Ellington at Newport

By the mid-1950s, Big Bands were in a changed world as Bebop took center stage. Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra found itself struggling until the historic gig at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. With an electrifying performance, Duke Ellington and his orchestra transformed the crowd at Freedom Park. This performance revitalized Duke Ellington’s career. For CJO at Kiawah: Ellington at Newport, the CJO will recreate that notable night in jazz history. Festival producer George Wein proclaimed this performance as “the greatest performance of Ellington’s career” and one that “stood for everything jazz had been and could be.”

Grammy Award Winner Charlton Singleton will join your CJO at Kiawah on vocals for this evening’s performance.

Tickets: $25
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021  |  7:30PM
Location: West Beach Conference Center, 2 Shipwatch Road, Kiawah Island, SC 29455

This performance is presented in partnership with the Town of Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council.


About the Charleston Jazz Orchestra:

Currently, under the direction of Robert Lewis, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra has been performing for audiences in the Lowcountry for over 12 years. Comprised of 18 accomplished jazz musicians, the CJO is an entertaining and educational example of the rich history of jazz in Charleston. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra offers a six concert subscription series known for its unique, enthusiastically received performances that contribute mightily to the ever-evolving Lowcountry arts scene.

Don’t forget to check out our From the Archives Series!


Watch the original performance of Ellington at Newport from CJO Season 12. Your Charleston Jazz Orchestra originally performed Ellington at Newport live on February 15, 2020 at the Charleston Music Hall. Subscribe to the Charleston Jazz YouTube channel HERE to watch videos from your Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival and the Charleston Jazz Academy.

Check out the full list of performances HERE


August 15, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
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West Beach Conference Center
2 Shipwatch Road
Kiawah Island, SC 29455 United States


Charleston Jazz
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