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12/4/20 – LIVE AT FIREFLY: Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition

09.03.20

CJO Season 12 Reimagined

The COVID-19 pandemic poses fundamental challenges to live music and we have to (temporarily) reinvent what the Charleston Jazz Orchestra is and does while the concert halls are closed.

In an effort to keep our musicians safe but also playing, and to continue to bring new music to you, all performances for the rest of the year will be performed by half of the CJO musicians live outdoors at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston as well as virtually.  All season subscribers and current ticket holders will receive a unique link to the virtual performance as well as have the option to enjoy the concert live. Due to space limitations and to follow social distancing guidelines, we are selling a limited number of tickets to the live performance. Tickets for the virtual performance are also for sale.

As always, thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate this challenging time. We are learning, listening, experimenting, improvising, and adapting to ensure the Charleston Jazz Orchestra can continue to perform for our community. To help us secure our future, please donate if you are able HERE.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at jazz@charlestonjazz.com or by calling 843-641-0011.

 

CJO Season 12 continues with Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition

Maestro Robert Lewis and your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will swing you into the holiday spirit with big band arrangements of winter classics and holiday favorites. Add some jazz to your holiday cheer with this Charleston Jazz tradition!

Featuring Special Guest Vocalist – Zandrina Dunning

Photo Credit: Suzannah Elliott for Lyric Photography

 

Live at Firefly: Friday, December 4 at 6:00pm (Doors at 5pm)

A limited number of tickets are available for Holiday Swing Live at Firefly. Must have a previously purchased ticket for the Holiday Swing performance originally scheduled for 12/5 at the Charleston Music Hall or purchase a Live at Firefly ticket for entry.

BONUS: Includes access to the virtual performance which will be available for all ticket holders for the rest of the year.

 

ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO: 
  • Bring your own chair/blanket
  • Wear a mask while moving around Firefly grounds
  • Sit at least 6 feet from each other (besides members from the same household)
  • No outside food or drink permitted
  • Recommended – We will have bug spray and hand sanitizer but it is recommended you bring some of your own.
Please note, this concert will only be performed once at 6pm (whether you have tickets to our usual 5pm or 8pm show, your ticket will give you access to the 6pm show). Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm.
Food truck snacks, Firefly cocktails and other beverages will be available for sale. 
This performance will also continue to be available virtually for all ticket holders.

11/20/20 – SOLD OUT – LIVE AT FIRELY: Mi Alma Latina: Nestor Torres

09.02.20

CJO Season 12 Reimagined

The COVID-19 pandemic poses fundamental challenges to live music and we have to (temporarily) reinvent what the Charleston Jazz Orchestra is and does while the concert halls are closed.

In an effort to keep our musicians safe but also playing, and to continue to bring new music to you, all performances for the rest of the year will be performed by half of the CJO musicians live outdoors at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston as well as virtually.  All season subscribers and current ticket holders will receive a unique link to the virtual performance as well as have the option to enjoy the concert live. Due to space limitations and to follow social distancing guidelines, we are selling a limited number of tickets to the live performance. Tickets for the virtual performance are also for sale.

As always, thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate this challenging time. We are learning, listening, experimenting, improvising, and adapting to ensure the Charleston Jazz Orchestra can continue to perform for our community. To help us secure our future, please donate if you are able HERE.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at jazz@charlestonjazz.com or by calling 843-641-0011.

 

CJO Season 12 continues with Mi Alma Latina featuring Nestor Torres

Back by popular demand and as proclaimed by Jelly Roll Morton’s maxim “You’ve got to have that Spanish tinge,” Latin Night returns to Season 12! Latin Grammy award winning jazz flautist Nestor Torres will join your Charleston Jazz Orchestra for an evening comprised of the lively rhythms and spicy spirit of Latin America. With his Caribbean heritage and Classical training, Nestor Torres provides a unique rhythmic and melodic approach to Jazz, one that explores diverse national traditions and bridges musical borders, embodying the essence of MI ALMA LATINA: My Latin Soul!

Master Percussionist Gino Castillo will be joining the CJO and Nestor Torres for this performance. 

Live at Firefly: Friday, November 20 at 6:00pm (Doors at 5pm)

There are no additional tickets for Mi Alma Latina: Nestor Torres Live at Firefly at this time.

Must have a previously purchased ticket for the Mi Alma Latina performance originally scheduled for 3/14 at the Charleston Music Hall for entry.

BONUS: Includes access to the virtual performance which is available for all ticket holders for the rest of the year.

 

ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO: 
  • Bring your own chair/blanket
  • Wear a mask while moving around Firefly grounds
  • Sit at least 6 feet from each other (besides members from the same household)
  • No outside food or drink permitted
  • Recommended – We will have bug spray and hand sanitizer but it is recommended you bring some of your own.
Please note, this concert will only be performed once at 6pm (whether you have tickets to our usual 5pm or 8pm show, your ticket will give you access to the 6pm show). Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm.
Food truck snacks, Firefly cocktails and other beverages will be available for sale. 
This performance will also continue to be available virtually for all ticket holders.

About Nestor Torres:
Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. The Latin jazz all-star has recorded14 solo albums, received 4 Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination and has received one Latin Grammy Award. Nestor has collaborated with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval among many others. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Nestor studied flute at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He learned to improvise with “Charanga” Cuban Dance music which helped shape his unique melodic and danceable style.

About Gino Castillo:
From Quito, Ecuador, Gino Castillo has made a name for himself as the leader of Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa in Charleston. He has an honorary degree in percussion teaching from the George Gershwin Conservatory. He studied percussion at the Caturla Conservatory, Felix Varela Conservatory and private lessons, including sessions with Oscarito Valdes (Cuba). Since then, his musical talent has been heard in many albums and live shows, collaborating with many international artists, such as: Earl Klugh, Al Turner, Michael Mossman, Quentin Baxter, Etienne Charles, Horacio el Negro Hernandez, and more!

10/23/20 – LIVE AT FIREFLY: Sounds of the Lowcountry

CJO Season 12 Reimagined

The COVID-19 pandemic poses fundamental challenges to live music and we have to (temporarily) reinvent what the Charleston Jazz Orchestra is and does while the concert halls are closed.

In an effort to keep our musicians safe but also playing, and to continue to bring new music to you, all performances for the rest of the year will be performed by half of the CJO musicians live outdoors at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston as well as virtually.  All season subscribers and current ticket holders will receive a unique link to the virtual performance as well as have the option to enjoy the concert live. Due to space limitations and to follow social distancing guidelines, we are selling a limited number of tickets to the live performance. Tickets for the virtual performance are also for sale.

As always, thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate this challenging time. We are learning, listening, experimenting, improvising, and adapting to ensure the Charleston Jazz Orchestra can continue to perform for our community. To help us secure our future, please donate if you are able HERE.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at jazz@charlestonjazz.com or by calling 843-641-0011.

 

CJO Season 12 continues with Sounds of the Lowcountry

America’s greatest art form may have been born in New Orleans, but the Lowcountry was quite arguably one of the early incubators of jazz. One of the greatest influences on jazz history in the Holy City was the Jenkins Orphanage Band, producing jazz greats such as William “Cat” Anderson, Jabbo Smith and Freddie Green. Based on the rhythms of the Gullah/Geechee Culture, that Lowcountry Swing can be found in some of our favorite tunes – Corner Pocket,Tuxedo Junction, A Night in Tunisia and Porgy & Bess. From Ragtime to Broadway and everything in between, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will explore the Sounds of the Lowcountry with music that is distinctly Charleston Jazz.

Featuring Special Guest Vocalist – Zandrina Dunning

Photo Credit: Suzannah Elliott for Lyric Photography

Live at Firefly: Friday, October 23 at 6:00pm (Doors at 5pm)

A limited number of tickets are available for Sounds of the Lowcountry Live at Firefly. Must have a previously purchased ticket for the Sounds of the Lowcountry performance originally scheduled for 10/17 at the Charleston Music Hall or purchase a Live at Firefly ticket for entry.

BONUS: Includes access to the virtual performance which will be available for all ticket holders for the rest of the year.

 

ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO: 
  • Bring your own chair/blanket
  • Wear a mask while moving around Firefly grounds
  • Sit at least 6 feet from each other (besides members from the same household)
  • No outside food or drink permitted
  • Recommended – We will have bug spray and hand sanitizer but it is recommended you bring some of your own.
Please note, this concert will only be performed once at 6pm (whether you have tickets to our usual 5pm or 8pm show, your ticket will give you access to the 6pm show). Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm.
Food truck snacks, Firefly cocktails and other beverages will be available for sale. 
This performance will also continue to be available virtually for all ticket holders.

9/18/20 – LIVE AT FIREFLY: Trumpet Legends

CJO Season 12 Reimagined

The COVID-19 pandemic poses fundamental challenges to live music and we have to (temporarily) reinvent what the Charleston Jazz Orchestra is and does while the concert halls are closed.

In an effort to keep our musicians safe but also playing, and to continue to bring new music to you, all performances for the rest of the year will be performed by half of the CJO musicians live outdoors at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston as well as virtually.  All season subscribers and current ticket holders will receive a unique link to the virtual performance as well as have the option to enjoy the concert live. Due to space limitations and to follow social distancing guidelines, we are selling a limited number of tickets to the live performance. Tickets for the virtual performance are also for sale.

As always, thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate this challenging time. We are learning, listening, experimenting, improvising, and adapting to ensure the Charleston Jazz Orchestra can continue to perform for our community. To help us secure our future, please donate if you are able HERE.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at jazz@charlestonjazz.com or by calling 843-641-0011.

CJO Season 12 continues with Trumpet Legends

In early days of jazz, the majestic and astounding trumpet reigned and was the natural leader of the band – trumpet was king. Before the shift to the saxophone as the dominant instrument of jazz, musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, to name a few, put the trumpet in the spotlight. For this performance, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will feature members of its trumpet section as we pay homage to the Trumpet Legends who shaped its sound.

Live at Firefly: Friday, September 18 at 6:00pm (Doors at 5pm)

A limited number of tickets are available for Trumpet Legends Live at Firefly. Must have a previously purchased ticket for the Groovin’ High performance originally scheduled for 9/12 at the Charleston Music Hall or purchase a Live at Firefly ticket for entry.

BONUS: Includes access to the virtual performance which will be available for all ticket holders for the rest of the year.

ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO: 
  • Bring your own chair/blanket
  • Wear a mask while moving around Firefly grounds
  • Sit at least 6 feet from each other (besides members from the same household)
  • No outside food or drink permitted
  • Recommended – We will have bug spray and hand sanitizer but it is recommended you bring some of your own.
Please note, this concert will only be performed once at 6pm (whether you have tickets to our usual 5pm or 8pm show, your ticket will give you access to the 6pm show). Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm.
Food truck snacks, Firefly cocktails and other beverages will be available for sale. 
This performance will also continue to be available virtually for all ticket holders.

 

 

 

9/24/2020 – FREE EVENT – From the Archives: Singin’ Ella – Carmen Bradford with your CJO

08.27.20

Charleston Jazz is committed to using the power of music to inspire, unite, and lift each other up during this time of uncertainty through our virtual performances. At the Charleston Jazz Academy, we have been virtually teaching 60+ students weekly, ensuring that our young students of jazz don’t miss a beat. We are learning, listening, experimenting, improvising, and adapting to ensure Charleston Jazz and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra will be back on stage swinging as soon as possible. To help us secure our future, please donate if you are able HERE

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Singin’ Ella: Carmen Bradford with your CJO
Originally performed live on February 24, 2018

In 2017 the world celebrated the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald, ‘The First Lady of Song’. Her fame began as featured vocalist with the Chick Webb Orchestra and their recording of ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’. In 1942 she started her solo career and went on to record some of the most beloved jazz albums that highlighted her ‘scat singing’.

With performances on 4 Grammy Award-winnings albums, sold out concerts the world over, and 16 recordings, Carmen Bradford is considered to be one of the greatest jazz vocalists alive today. On this magical evening, Carmen will join the CJO to pay tribute to one of her musical heroes, Ella Fitzgerald.

When I’m on stage, I feel at home.”     –Ella Fitzgerald

 

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SETLIST

Honeysuckle Rose – Fats Waller, Arranged by Quincy Jones
Don’t Be That Way – Benny Goodman, Arranged by Nelson Riddle
I’m Beginning to See the Light – Duke Ellington, Arranged by Quincy Jones
Daydream –  Billy Strayhorn, Arranged by Alan Glasscock
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues – Arlen/Kohler, Arranged by Sammy Nestico
The Very Thought of You – Ray Noble, Arranged by Nelson Riddle
I Wish You Love –  Albert Beach, Arranged by John Clayton
A Tisket, A Tasket – Fitzgerald/Feldman, Arranged by Klaus Lessmann
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye – Cole Porter
This Can’t Be Love – Rogers/Hart, Arranged by Bill Holman
Goody Goody – Melnick/Mercer

ENCORE
Sweet Georgia Brown – Bernie/Casey, Arranged by Sammy Nestico

9/12/20 – NEW VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE: TRUMPET LEGENDS

07.27.20

CJO Season 12 Reimagined

The COVID-19 pandemic poses fundamental challenges to live music and we have to (temporarily) reinvent what the Charleston Jazz Orchestra is and does while the concert halls are closed.

In an effort to keep our musicians safe but also playing, and to continue to bring new music to you, all performances for the rest of the year will be performed by half of the CJO musicians live outdoors at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston as well as virtually.  All season subscribers and current ticket holders will receive a unique link to the virtual performance as well as have the option to enjoy the concert live. Due to space limitations and to follow social distancing guidelines, we are selling a limited number of tickets to the live performance. Tickets for the virtual performance are also for sale.

As always, thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate this challenging time. We are learning, listening, experimenting, improvising, and adapting to ensure the Charleston Jazz Orchestra can continue to perform for our community. To help us secure our future, please donate if you are able HERE.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at jazz@charlestonjazz.com or by calling 843-641-0011.

CJO Season 12 continues with Trumpet Legends

In early days of jazz, the majestic and astounding trumpet reigned and was the natural leader of the band – trumpet was king. Before the shift to the saxophone as the dominant instrument of jazz, musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, to name a few, put the trumpet in the spotlight. For this performance, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will feature members of its trumpet section as we pay homage to the Trumpet Legends who shaped its sound.

Virtual Premiere: Saturday, September 12 at 7:30pm

The performance will be available for all ticket holders for the rest of the year.

Live at Firefly: Friday, September 18 at 6:00pm (Doors at 5pm)

A limited number of tickets are available for Trumpet Legends Live at Firefly. Must have a previously purchased ticket for the Groovin’ High performance originally scheduled for 9/12 at the Charleston Music Hall or purchase a Live at Firefly ticket for entry.

BONUS: Includes access to the virtual performance which is available for all ticket holders for the rest of the year.

 

8/13/2020 – From the Archives: Charleston Jazz Festival Edition – Nnenna Freelon with your Charleston Jazz Orchestra

07.06.20

Nnenna Freelon and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra kicked off the 4th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival with their performance of NEW STANDARD TIME: The Great American Songbook. As a six-time Grammy Award nominee, Nnenna has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. In 2014, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Nnenna is no stranger to the music of Ray Charles as she toured with him, as well as many other great jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and others.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

NEW STANDARD TIME: The Great American Songbook – Nnenna Freelon and your Charleston Jazz Orchestra
Originally performed live on January 18, 2018

SETLIST
Let the Good Times Roll – Louis Jordan, Arranged by Mark Taylor
Out of This World – Harold Arlen, Arranged by John Charles
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – George Gershwin,  Arranged by Slide Hampton
I Like the Sunrise – Duke Ellington, Arranged by Jay Meachum
Lately – Stevie Wonder, Arranged by Alan Baylock
Little Girl Blue – Rogers and Hart
Wouldn’t it be Loverly – Lerner and Lowe, Arranged by Peter Matz
Bewitched – Rogers and Hart, Arranged by Mark Taylor
Skylark – Hoagy Carmichael
Come Rain or Come Shine – Arlen and Mercer, Arranged by Jeff Martin
Feelin’ Good – Anthony Newley, Arranged by Alan Baylock

 

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8/6/2020 – From the Archives: Charleston Jazz Festival Edition – Robbie Madison and Kanika Moore

This week’s From the Archives performance is from our 5th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival. On January 25, 2019, Robbie Madison and Kanika Moore performed to a sold out crowd at Dockery’s on Daniel Island!

FROM THE ARCHIVES

CROONERS & CURRENTS: Robbie Madison and Kanika Moore
Originally performed live on January 25, 2019

Crooners & Currents was a truly special performance as Robbie Madison and Kanika Moore celebrated the singers of yesteryear and today! Classics by Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra intertwined with music by Esperanza Spaulding, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Michael Bublé.

Charleston natives Robbie Madison and Kanika Moore have entertained audiences throughout the Lowcountry and around the world. Robbie was welcomed into a family of artists and studied jazz voice and trumpet at the Charleston School of the Arts. He has been a featured performer in Argentina, the Dominican Republic and other South American countries. Kanika has toured throughout Italy and Spain mixing her blend of swing with a dash of sultry. With her powerful voice she knows how to bring the swing, blues and jazz to your soul! Joining Robbie and Kanika are three of Charleston’s favorite musicians: Jonathan Lovett on keyboards, Alex Kellner on bass, and Ron Wiltrout on drums.

Robbie Madison – Vocals
Kanika Moore – Vocals
Jonathan Lovett – Keyboards
Alex Kellner – Bass
Ron Wiltrout – Drums

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SETLIST
Come Fly With Me – Jimmy Van Huesen and Sammy Cahn
Weak – Brian Morgan
Billie’s Bounce – Charlie Parker and Jon Hendricks
I Know You Know – Esperanza Spalding
John Henry – Traditional
Feelin’ Good – Anthony Newley
What’s the Matter Now – Bessie Smith
Body and Soul (Corpo e Alma) – Johnny Green
My Foolish Heart – Victor Young
Stepsister’s Lament – Richard Rogers

7/9/2020 – From the Archives: Unforgettable – Freddy Cole with your Charleston Jazz Orchestra

06.28.20

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Freddy Cole. His music and memory will live on in Charleston! It was truly an honor to be able to share the same stage. We share this week’s From the Archives Series performance as a tribute to Freddy Cole and his family.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

UNFORGETTABLE: Freddy Cole with your Charleston Jazz Orchestra
Originally performed live on March 18, 2017

“Freddy Cole was the ultimate storyteller through music. His style, delivery, and ability to place the audience fully into every song is unmatched.” said Charlton Singleton, Music Director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.

On March 18, 2017, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra welcomed Freddy Cole for a truly Unforgettable evening. All members of the Freddy Cole Quartet performed with the CJO including Charleston native, Quentin Baxter (drums), Elias Bailey (bass), and Randy Napoleon (guitar).

 

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SETLIST
As Long as I’m Singing – Bobby Darin, Arranged by Jack Cortner
It’s Crazy, But I’m in Love – Harold Adamson, Arranged by Jack Cortner
Send for Me – Ollie jones, Arranged by Jack Cortner
Alone With My Thoughts of You – Arranged by Charles Harrison

Still – Lionel Richie, Arranged by Charley Harrison

Nat King Cole Medley:
Sweet Loraine
Mona Lisa
Nature Boy
LOVE

Unforgettable

– Freddy Cole Quartet –
You’re Sensational
Sometimes I’m Happy It’s Only Paper Moon
Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much?
 
Home Fried Potatoes – Freddy Cole, Arranged by Jerry van Rooyan
That Old Feeling – Sammy Fain, Arranged by Charley Harrison
South Side of Chicago – Phil Zeller, Arranged by Charley Harrison
The Continental – Con Conrad, Arranged by Charley Harrison
Jelly, Jelly – Earl Hines

6/4/2020 – Originally Scheduled Content has been rescheduled to 6/11

06.02.20

The premiere of SAXOPHONE LEGENDS: Ernie Watts Plays John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and more! as part of our #FromTheArchives series has been rescheduled to June 11, 2020 at 7pm.