The Charleston Jazz Festival is a special time of year when jazz fans throughout the Southeast flock to Charleston to celebrate the Holy City’s rich jazz heritage and thriving jazz scene. 2019 marks our 5th year with an exciting 4-day program bringing over 100 local, regional and nationally recognized jazz musicians together to share their talent and love of jazz.

January 24 – 27, 2019

The 5th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival will jazz up January with performances by a wide variety of talented jazz artists. From legends of jazz to emerging artists, to Charleston’s most celebrated home-grown talent, artists of the Charleston Jazz Festival perform a wide range of styles including Swing, Salsa, Blues, Brazilian, the American Songbook and more.

This year’s Festival will happen at a variety of venues throughout Charleston including the Charleston Gaillard Center and Sottile Theatre. Nearly 3,000 attendees will join together to celebrate America’s quintessential art form at the 5th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival.

January 26, 2019

Bobby McFerrin with Ranky Tanky

Gaillard Center
92 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
8:00-9:30pm

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The full line-up for the 5th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival will be launched December 1, 2018.  Stay tuned!

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Testimonials

2018

“Each show during the festival was unique and dynamic. It brought the community together through a shared interest and it was just an overall good time!”

“I bought my mother tickets to see Nnenna Freelon on the first day of the Jazz Festival and we had a wonderful time! My mom grew up in New York and said the venue and the artists singing brought her back to when she was in her 20s listening to her favorite artists in the city. Had such a great time and it was amazing getting to share that experience with my mother!”

“Enjoyable entertainment at a reasonable price. Kenny G was amazing and his performance was one of the best I have ever heard.”

“Amazing performance! To see talented high school students and the School of Arts talent in one show is a treat! These students are our future in jazz! I was visualizing some of the students on an album cover some day! Great performance!”

2017

“We have been to each of the Charleston Jazz festivals and have not been disappointed with any performance. Having been born and raised in New Orleans, and practically weened on jazz, I am so delighted to have that same kind of mojo working here in Charleston.”

“The CJO was fantastic! Loved Charlton and the whole orchestra who were totally engaged. Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 were outstanding. What a great evening!”

‘The festival does a great job of working to ‘keep jazz alive’ and also the tie-in to educational opportunities for youth is a good one.  Bravo! 

“The music was outstanding – both the instrumentals and vocals. World class talent in great venue and reasonable prices.”

“Performance was outstanding. Charlton Singleton was great when talking about the history of jazz in Charleston.”

2016

“The Saturday night program was THE BEST JAZZ we’ve heard since the 50s and 60s! Brava AND Bravo!”

“Great musical offerings, fun atmosphere, reasonable prices. Plus, it’s live jazz!”

“Incredible opportunity to see and hear jazz icons. Diane Schuur and Arturo Sandoval were great!”

It shows people the importance of Charleston in the world of Jazz with so many great performers located here!”

“I have been a long time fan of Diane Schuur and became a fan of Arturo Sandoval. Fabulous performance by all. The venue was terrific and the price was right!!”