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10/18 – Free Masterclass with Ernie Watts

09.16.19

Ernie Watts – A Melodic Approach to Improvisation – Free Masterclass!

Living legend Ernie Watts will be in town for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra performance on October 19th at the Charleston Music Hall. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from the master himself. Joining him will be Frank Duvall on bass, Gerald Gregory on piano and Ron Wiltrout on drums.

Topics will include daily warmup exercises, how chords and scales relate to musical structure and melodic improvisation.

Presented by Charleston Jazz, the College of Charleston and Keilwerth Saxophones.

10/17 – JAZZ NOTES: Let’s talk Saxophone Legends

07.29.19

Join us for JAZZ NOTES and learn about Jazz Saxophone Legends! David Carter, Director of Education, will present an informative talk about some of the most beloved saxophone legends of our time in preparation for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra’s performance of Saxophone Legends: Ernie Watts plays John Coltrane, Charlie Parker & more! on Saturday, October, 19, 2019.

ADMISSION – SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00
Limited seats available – Register to secure your spot!

 

JAZZ NOTES: Let’s talk West Coast Cool Jazz

Join us for JAZZ NOTES and learn about West Coast Jazz! David Carter, Director of Education, will present an informative talk about this genre of jazz and the artists that made it famous in preparation for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra’s performance of West Coast Cool Jazz on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

ADMISSION – SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00
Limited Seats Available – Register to secure your spot!

SUMMER TROMBONE CAMP

05.22.19

JUNE 11-14, 2019
10AM – 4PM

***For all ages with at least one year of trombone playing.

Our Summer Trombone Camp is an intensive and supportive environment for trombonists who wish to grow their musical skills. Topics will include, but not limited to audition preparation, jazz improvisation, technique and tone development, and sightreading. Participants will also perform in a trombone ensemble.

SUMMER DRUM SET CLINIC

JUNE 10, 2019
10AM – 4PM

***6th – 12th grade. All experience levels.

Find your inspiration by working alongside other drummers to reach new milestones in this encouraging environment.  Students will work with professional drummers, Brandon Brooks and JT Rollerson, to learn the proper techniques, develop various grooves and styles, build confidence, and grow as musicians.

Sign up now! Limited spots available.

Charleston Jazz Academy Workshop Series: Terri Lyne Carrington

04.29.19

In collaboration with Spoleto Festival USA, we are excited to host Wells Fargo Jazz Series performing artist Terri Lyne Carrington at the Charleston Jazz Academy on May 29, 2019 from 6pm – 7:15pm. At the age of seven, Carrington was given a set of drums that had belonged to her grandfather, and at the age of 11, she received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Throughout her extensive touring and recording career, she has worked with luminary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Dianne Reeves, and many more! Don’t miss this chance to learn from the first female artist to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album in this free workshop.

FREE WORKSHOP – Reserve your seat early!
For all ages and experience levels.

Charleston Jazz Academy Workshop Series: David Virelles

In collaboration with Spoleto Festival USA, we are excited to host Wells Fargo Jazz Series performing artist David Virelles at the Charleston Jazz Academy on May 28, 2019 from 1pm – 2:15pm. Born in Cuba in 1983, Virelles was raised in a musical family. Discovering his grandfather’s jazz collection ignited a passion and changed his life’s musical direction. Gain insight from David Virelles’s personal musical experiences as a pianist and composer and learn Cuban music traditions in this free workshop.

FREE WORKSHOP – Reserve your seat early!
For all ages and experience levels.

Workshop: All-State Saxophone Audition Preparation

10.26.18

The Charleston Jazz Academy is excited to present our All-State Saxophone Audition Preparation Workshop, led by educator and performer – Dr. Ryan Westberry! This workshop is designed for saxophonists from 7th to 12th grade who intend to audition for the South Carolina All-State Concert Band on saxophone. Even if you are not auditioning this year, but want to learn more about playing the saxophone, this workshop is also for you! Topics will include: examining the audition process; enhancing tone; developing stronger fundamentals; audition etude; improvising over the blues; and sight-reading techniques. This workshop is sure to be enlightening for all – so don’t miss your chance to register now!

About Our Clinician

Ryan Westberry has served as a public school educator for twenty years.  He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University, a Master of Music Education and an Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina, where he served as a graduate assistant with the Carolina Bands.  Currently, he holds the position of Coordinator of Performing Arts in Berkeley County where he oversees instruction of music, theatre, and dance in grades K-12.

Prior to his appointment in Berkeley County, Dr. Westberry was the assistant band director at Effingham County High School (GA), band director at Aiken Middle School and Aiken High School, and an adjunct professor of music at USC-Aiken where he conducted the Aiken Concert Band. Consistently earning Superior and Excellent ratings in marching contests, concert festivals, and jazz festivals in South Carolina and Georgia, Dr. Westberry was also named Teacher of the Year at Aiken Middle School in 2005 and was awarded the Golden Apple from WJBF TV in Augusta, GA in 2006.  He is an active clinician, working with ensembles throughout South Carolina and Georgia.

Dr. Westberry is a member of the National Association for Music Education, South Carolina Band Directors Association, American School Band Directors Association, and Phi Beta Mu and lives in Summerville with his beautiful wife, Wendy, and two amazing daughters, Ella and Molly.

Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline: 12pm on November 26, 2018.

Workshop: All-State Jazz Saxophone Audition Preparation

10.19.18

With Robert Lewis, Director of Jazz Studies, College of Charleston

The Charleston Jazz Academy is excited to present our All-State Jazz Saxophone Audition Preparation Workshop, led by Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Charleston, Robert Lewis! This workshop is designed for saxophonists from 8th to 12th grade who intend to audition for the South Carolina All-State Jazz Band on saxophone. Even if you are not auditioning this year, but want to learn more about playing the saxophone, this workshop is also for you! Topics will include: examining the audition process; developing stronger fundamentals; audition etude; improvising over the blues; and sight-reading techniques. Reserve your spot today!

About Our Clinician

Based in Charleston, SC, saxophonist/composer/educator Robert Lewis is enjoying a growing presence in the jazz community of the South. In demand as an artist and clinician, Robert performs over 200 times a year, both as a leader and as a sideman. He is also the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Charleston, balancing his career between performance and education.

Robert and his primary musical collaborator Frank Duvall have released two critically acclaimed cds of original music, Swagger and Fearless Jones. Swagger was featured on the National Public Radio program JazzSouth, voted in by the committee with the highest score of any of the featured albums that year.

Robert and Frank have found they have an unusually strong chemistry when performing together. They have performed nearly 2000 times together, consistently working on each others projects, and working out a musical vocabulary of their own.

Robert is the bandleader and lead alto saxophonist for the Darius Rucker Big Band. He has been working with Darius (lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish) in shows featuring the music of Frank Sinatra.

Robert was the winner of the 1998 “db” award by Downbeat Magazine for “Best Jazz Soloist,” chosen from thousands of applicants around the country.

As Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Charleston, Robert directs the Jazz Combo I, teaches Jazz Theory, Jazz Composition and private lessons on saxophone and jazz improvisation. Under his leadership the program has grown in both quality and quantity of students. The program has produced a number of working professional musicians, as well as students winning prestigious awards such as Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead camp at the Kennedy Center.

 

Workshop: All-State Jazz Trumpet Audition Preparation

With Charlton Singleton, clinician

The Charleston Jazz Academy is excited to present our All-State Jazz Trumpet Audition Preparation Workshop, led by the conductor of our Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charlton Singleton! This workshop is designed for trumpet students from 8th to 12th grade who intend to audition for the South Carolina All-State Jazz Band on trumpet. Even if you are not auditioning this year, but want to learn more about playing the trumpet, this workshop is also for you! Topics will include: examining the audition process; developing stronger fundamentals, audition etude; improvising over the blues; and sight-reading techniques. Don’t miss this opportunity! Sign up now!

About Our Clinician

A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. Currently, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; an 18 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. Mr. Singleton is also the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, SC. In November of 2016 he was named the inaugural Artist in Residence at the recently renovated Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston.

As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. He is a member of a new ensemble called Ranky Tanky. The group is a quintet that interprets the sounds of Gullah from the Southeast Coast of the United States. Though the ensemble has only been in existence for a short time they have already reached the number one position on the iTunes, Amazon, and Billboard Jazz Charts. In addition to performing, he is in demand as a speaker, composer, and arranger. Outside of music and entertainment, he and his wife, MaryJo, are the proud parents of Shalamar and D’Marcus, as well as their pets…Sassy, Jango, Mojo, Kota Bear, Pumpkin, and Ginger.