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Charleston Jazz Announces New Executive Director

12.16.19

CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston Jazz is proud to announce Tatjana Beylotte as the new Executive Director. Tatjana Beylotte was hired in July 2018 as the Director of Development at Charleston Jazz. Ms. Beylotte has held a variety of leadership roles and has 19 years of experience in fundraising for arts organizations. Before coming to Charleston Jazz, she was the Deputy Director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. Prior to that role, Ms. Beylotte was Executive Director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit space for contemporary art in Richmond, VA. She also worked as Arts Education Grants Coordinator for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Director of Development for International Arts and Artists in Washington, DC. Ms. Beylotte holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Management from the College of Charleston.

“I couldn’t be more honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead this important organization and keep jazz alive and thriving in our community.  As the only organization solely dedicated to the presentation of jazz performance and education in our community in addition to the deep roots of jazz in the Lowcountry, Charleston Jazz is fundamental to the arts ecosystem and cultural life in Charleston and beyond.”

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Just Announced! Local Band Day Lineup – 2020 Charleston Jazz Festival, January 23, 2020

11.12.19

Charleston, SC  – Charleston Jazz is excited to announce the lineup for Local Band Day during the 2020 Charleston Jazz Festival, January 23-26, 2020. On January 23rd, the 6th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival will open with some of Charleston’s most exciting jazz groups – Offramp The Music of Pat Metheny, Cameron & the Saltwater Brass Shake Everything You Got! and Lee Barbour’s Polyverse Art of the Modern Organ Trio featuring Justin Stanton of Snarky Puppy. Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Tickets are $25. Performances will be at Forte Jazz Lounge, 475 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Special Guest Vocalist Zandrina Dunning is set to perform with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for Holiday Swing

10.23.19

Add a little jazz to your holiday cheer with this popular Charleston Jazz tradition!

HOLIDAY SWING: A Charleston Jazz Tradition
SATURDAY, November 30, 2019  |  5PM AND 8PM  |  CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra always looks forward to this holiday concert. Maestro Robert Lewis and our 18-piece big band with special guest vocalist Zandrina Dunning will swing you into the holiday spirit with big band arrangements of holiday favorites. Add a little jazz to your holiday cheer with this popular Charleston Jazz tradition! Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $60. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children.

“We are excited to be wrapping up our eleventh season with Holiday Swing! We will be joined by the great local vocalist Zandrina Dunning for several tunes, including a few from the classic Ella Fitzgerald Christmas albums. Also, we’ll be performing the entire Duke Ellington arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Add in several other holiday classics, and you’ve got yourself a party!”     -Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

“It is both an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to be front and center with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.”               -Zandrina Dunning

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Two-time Grammy Award Winner Ernie Watts joins your Charleston Jazz Orchestra for a tribute to the Saxophone Legends of Jazz

10.02.19

SAXOPHONE LEGENDS: Ernie Watts plays John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and more!
SATURDAY, October 19, 2019  |  5PM AND 8PM  |  CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

 CHARLESTON, SC – The saxophone is arguably the most recognizable symbol and sound in jazz. It can wail and scream with passion, as well as whisper softly your favorite melody. Saxophonist Ernie Watts joins the CJO to play the music of some of the most beloved Saxophone Legends of our time. A two-time Grammy Award winner and long-time member of the Tonight Show Orchestra, Ernie has been featured on more than 500 recordings, to include projects by Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, and the Rolling Stones. Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com. Or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $60. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children.

“Ernie Watts is one of the world’s greatest modern saxophonists. His amazing tone and astonishing technique have entertained audiences and inspired saxophonists for over 40 years. I personally was so influenced by him that my college jazz band director started calling me Little Ernie! It is incredible to me that I will get to share the stage with one of my heroes. I can’t wait!    

-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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